Posted on Mon, Mar 3, 2008
I try not to get overly political here, but tomorrow, we here in Ohio (and you in Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island) have a critical decision to make in the primaries.
I'm supporting Barack Obama, and I just wanted to say why:
No matter who you support, please vote tomorrow. I hope you'll consider voting for Obama. Thanks, and I now return you to your regularly scheduled rock and roll music. :)
I must apologize in advance for 1) my english because I'm french 2) the fact that I take part to a discussion without knowing every little details because I'm french again 3) to dig up an old post
but it seemed important to me to send you an oversea's opinion about socialism. Very often I read or hear something about socialism from american people saying it's bad it's evil, it's against freedom... Everyone has the right to vote what they want of course, but it's like you don't see all of the picture because you live too far from the painting...
I've been living for fourteen years during Mitterand in a country who had a little bit more of socialism than today. Even at the end of 90's we still had a lot of "nationalized" companies (I'm sorry I don't know the english word) It meant no competition with other companies, no price raising and the security of the government to make it work.
Sarkozy has been leading the country "the american way" as we say in France. Meaning that every company is now private, one after the other. Capitalism is not freedom, it's less control from the government which is different. Socialism gives controls over a lot of things in order to bring a certain harmony, not especially to tyrannise people as we sometimes saw during the last century. It's up to us to vote for people able to create a socialist democratic country.
Higher taxes are here to help the one who need it. We all needed or will need the help of government if we lose our job, social security when we are sick, or retirement when we are old. If no taxes are paid accordingly to our living standard (low rate for the less wealthy, high rate for the most ones) no one could get any help. This is selfish, I call it "capitalist totalitarism" because you think you have power over your life, but you don't.
Sorry again to get back to this old conversation, this was my voice today, aug 26th 2010.
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