LAUGH NOW – AT 8:33 A.M. ET: The most left-wing president we've ever had, who was also the most left-wing member of the Senate, defines himself on the political scale. From The Hill:
President Obama said his economic policies are "so mainstream" he'd be considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s.
In a Thursday interview with a Miami-based local television station, Obama said he thinks few people believe he wants to impose socialism on the country.
"The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican," he told Noticias Univision 23 in a White House interview.
"I mean, what I believe in is a tax system that is fair," he continued. "I don't think government can solve every problem. I think that we should make sure that we're helping young people go to school. We should make sure that our government is building good roads and bridges and hospitals and airports so that we have a good infrastructure.
"I do believe that it makes sense that everyone in America, as rich as this country is, shouldn't go bankrupt because someone gets sick, so the things I believe in are essentially the same things your viewers believe in," Obama said.
Worries that Obama has turned the U.S. toward socialism are frequently raised by conservatives, who point to Obama's healthcare law and the stimulus bill the president championed shortly after taking office.
COMMENT: Yeah, right. Name me any Republican who would have said to entrepreneurs that they didn't build their own businesses. And Obama's glowing Republican foreign policy.
I get the feeling that this is part of the big buildup to Obama's announcing the appointment of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. "See, a moderate Republican, just like me."
I'm choking already.
December 14, 2012