In these days of bitter and hyperbolic partisanship, the right has fallen victim to its own propaganda. But many of its most cherished myths cannot pass a smell test.
One current gospel is that President Obama is a radical socialist, if not an outright Marxist. Yet he began his term by appointing Tim Geithner and Larry Summers to steward the economy. Those two wild-eyed radicals are well-known as the Lenin and Stalin of Wall Street.
In truth, Obama, like all presidents, is in the pocket of corporate and military interests, and most progressives are dismayed by his conservative policies. That includes the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” born in right-wing think tanks and first championed by Mitt Romney.
Another fairy tale is that socialism is somehow inherently horrible. Again, the reality is different. We live in a blended socialistic and free market society, witness Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits and health care, etc. The main arguments are simply about the ratios of that blend.