Socialist Obama? Not by the economic definition!

In a previous issue of The Jambar, fellow voter George ludicrously explained that Obama was going to run the U.S. into the ground with his “socialistic ways.” But economics is my minor, and you need to borrow my book.

According to, several of the happiest and most prosperous nations, like Sweden, are socialist. Free market nations in Latin America are among the poorest in the world. I know; I’ve been there. Cuba’s small wage rate is balanced by extremely low prices, and, by the way, it’s a communist nation, not socialist.

Barack Obama has not and is not turning this nation into a socialist state. For us to be socialist, the government would be controlling the production of pricing of EVERYTHING because they would own everything. They would tell Apple how many iPhone 5s to make (if they let Apple make them at all) and at what price to sell them. Last time I checked, Apple still did that. If you attend any public university, you are reaping the benefits of others’ taxes. We are a STATE university that receives federal and state funding. If that’s too “socialist” for you, say hello to private college prices of $40,000 a year. Can you afford that? Wait … you go to YSU, so probably not.

You quoted Abraham Lincoln, a middle-class American who worked his way up from a log cabin to the legendary White House. He waged a war against half a nation to make sure that those who were being horribly mistreated and taken advantage of were given proper rights.

He was also quoted saying, “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” (Capital is defined as money and what we use to make goods.) Without the middle class, there never would have been a U.S. in the first place, so making sure that this middle class can support itself is a little bit on the important side.

But please listen to Mitt Romney too: “When you have a fire in an aircraft … the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.” Maybe, because by the laws of physics, everyone will get sucked out of the plane and die, his wife included?

Please vote for Barack Obama. Save not just the republic, but also yourself.

Heather Miller YOUNGSTOWN

2 comments Anonymous Mon Oct 8 2012 12:50 And bailing out the banks and auto industry would be called . . . . ? Glango Sat Oct 6 2012 10:57 Nice letter, and a fine examination of just how how absurd it is for people to accuse the President of socialism.