February 27th, 2009
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Senator calls Obama 'world’s best salesman of socialism'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Another prominent Republican told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that the president’s spending plans are pushing the country to the brink of socialism.

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, the only member of the senate to earn a perfect rating from the American Conservative Union, called President Obama “the world’s best salesman of socialism” on Friday in describing his prime time speech earlier this week.

DeMint, a fierce opponent of government expansion, told the CPAC crowd that conservatives might have to “take to the streets to stop America’s slide into socialism.”

His remarks comes a day after Mike Huckabee told the conference of conservative activists that “the Union of American Socialist Republics is being born” with the president’s stimulus package.

“Lenin and Stalin would love this stuff,” Huckabee said of the government bailing out financial institutions.

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  1. Michael

    Baloney, shoving socialism down our throats is not salesmanship. Of course is easy to sell socialism to those who won't be paying for it, at least right away. I do hope that those expecting to benefit from the new socialist regime will enjoy the monthly chicken and ten pounds of rice they will be receiving from Obama, as opposed to the oversized flat screen TV and two cars in the garage that they enjoyed compliments of capitalism and the free enterprise system. Hail to Obama and economic justice.

    February 27, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. David

    please note that the idiots that are so quick to judge, have no ideas of there own. I'm still waiting for any Republican to suggest anything to help the American people, country first, as John always said, rather than just criticize, just one.

    February 27, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Hadley V Baxendale

    Senator Hickenlooper has reincarnated!

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Gary

    Socialism may appear to provide less uncertainty in a time of uncertainty, however we have to resist this temptation. At our heart America is a country dedicated to Democracy and Free Markets. You own your family business, your home, your car. You choose your doctor, your plumber, your place of employment. Our hard work and entrapreneurial spirit is what made us a great economy and a great nation and that is what will help us to get out of this recession/depression. We have to resist the urge to socialize, we have to resist the urge to borrow against our children's future and spend instead of facing our current economic problems ourselves. We need more fiscal responsibility not more pork spending disguised as stimulus.

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. wow

    The truth is i am not surprised... u no y? I watched the HBO special "right America feeling wronged". This country should worry about people in that special. Demint or whatever his name is from SOUTH carolina.....scary

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Conservatism is not dead, but it is on life support. I'm sure it will come back, but not anytime soon.

    Capitalism is also on life support. And President Obama is the defibrillator.

    Now, let's talk about socialism. Social Security is socialist. Medicare and Medicaid are socialist. The Public School system is socialist. The police forces in all cities and towns are socialist.

    Capitalism, in and of itself, is not the problem. The problem is when our leaders try to remove the safeguards to protect us against greed and corruption. We all know that pure capitalism never worked. That's because pure capitalism is based on two things: need and greed. That's why we have all these "bubbles" that burst, that take down the economy every ten or so years.

    Jim DeMint should change his name to Jim DeMented!

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Mr. H

    So all of a sudden DeMint thinks he has great incite and bright ideas? Where were those qualities Sen. DeMint over the last eight years?

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Free Thinker

    Finally – someone in Washington who speaks the truth!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Helen, NY

    It is a sad day for America. We have a radical socialist president in the white house. Add fuel to the fire, he says that he was voted in by Americans in last November. He is dishonest. He took advantage of Financial crisis and got elected. People now realize what he is doing now to destroy our country. There will be rationing of health-care, rationing of food and other essential commodities. Get ready for suffering and poor days ahead. Unemployment will rise because small businesses and corporations will not be able to hire people with tax increase, capital gain tax increase. In the coming four years, our country will go to the socialism and we will be spending several years of our lives to correct this situation. There will be no respect internationally for our economy and our currency. We have a total destroyer in the white house. Wake up America.

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Jimbo - st. louis

    Calling a spade a spade... you fools that voted for this commi.

    The U.S. will never be the same. We will not have incentives to work harder - we will demand four day work weeks with two hour lunches and will be paid equal and live in box homes. We will be Europe. Hey, if something slowly evolves you won't really notice it to be true. Mark you calendars today and then take a hard look in three or four years and you will notice how America will have changed.

    Thanks to the "I want my handout" bunch and "I don't want to work" bunch. You have all brought us down and you either don't know it or you are fine with it.

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. susanb

    Fact: Bush inherited a budget surplus from Clinton. He turned that into a budget deficit.

    Fact: The national debt when Bush took office was $5 trillion and heading steadily downward.

    When Bush left office, the national debt was $10 trillion.

    Debt – from $5 trillion to $10 trillion under 8 years of Republican rule.

    And the Republicans now think we should take them seriously when they spout their fiscal conservatism?

    Please..... can we say HYPOCRISY !!!

    What a bunch of vile, arrogant, delusional idiots.

    I can NOT believe that anyone votes for these fools....

    February 27, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. proud army navy mom

    So what are republicans? Oh, I know, poster children for liars and intolerance.

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. George P

    What we need in this country is a little more socialism and a little less selfishness.
    So go sit down Senator DeMint. Hope you see what lack of regulation and greed did for us.

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Bankrupt

    So who is the real fiscal conservative? Senator Deminted conveniently failed to mention what SPECIFIC programs and spending he proposes to cut. Obama has specified 2 trillion in budget cuts. Would Deminted have allowed Citigroup to fail? The only thing Deminted can do is lambast his Commander in Chief.

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Tired of the Drama

    More of the same types of comments here. Democrats bashing Republican, Republicans bashing Democrats. I think that each and every one who responds in here is no better then a home town gossip. Not a one of you know what you are even talking about. Each one of you pick facts out of thin air or you pick a fact that will help make your case. I don't care who you are Dem or Repub, the problems facing this country are born from Greed!!! Greed by the big corporations, the corrupt politicians that get elected every term, and yes, even the average American citizen who puts their wants above everyone else's needs. American is Doomed unless we stop the bickering and get into Action as a Nation. America, stop thinking as an indivdual and start thinking as a Nation of people who care for others. We think too much about the safety and welfare of other nations while our nation and it's people continue to suffer.

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Illinoisman

    Well I have to quit my job so i can live as good as my neighbor. He is jobless and recieves government money. He eats better than me because they have food stamps. His house is 3 times better than mine and the government is going to basically give it to him because he cant afford it. And when the housing market goes up he will be able to sell it for a major profit. Me on the other hand have worked hard and had a job my whole life. Had to save money to buy a house and car. And I have to pay for my food myself but my reckless living jobless neighbor has it better than me now and will profit from it. Well now you can pay for me too and i wont have to pay for him. America what a dream.

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. David

    Does the Republican party have any ideas of there own, except the format of using FEAR.

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Baze

    Another nobody with an opinion

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Thanks for nothing!

    Thank you Bush for the recession.

    Thank you Obama for turning the recession into a depression.

    You're all a bunch of clowns!

    February 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Siegfried Schrfanz

    A Canadian with roots in Germany and Austria, relatives in Chicago, a business background and an MBA, and a retired teacher rejoices in the measures undertaken by your President Obama. He is indeed a blessing for the USA and the world in his proactive policies to improve medical care for everyone, for restoring stability in the financial market and to reduce foreclosures and engage in a proactive and responsible foreign policy. Keep supporting him, you guys, and expose irrational comments and criticisms for their lack of economic understanding and lack of community awareness.

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    All this takeover stuff started when Republican chickens finally came home to roost and 8 years of trickle down economic theory – 16 if you count the Reagan years, as you should. Let Obama have a chance to pull these irons out of the fire, stabilize these industries and turn them back over to private control with some reasonable oversight.

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Ellie

    REPUBLICANS = the party of NAME CALLING!!

    Where was their SOLUTIONS?

    Where was their HEALTHCARE REFORM PLAN?

    Where was their TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY??

    Where was their REGULATION OF WALL STREET?

    Where was their SOCIALISM CONCERN when they were spending billions and billions of our money??

    Yep.... ALL these southern dick-heads do is "name call or finger pointing". SO TYPICAL and so very old, Americans are SICK and TIRED of the name calling and the whining, WE WANT TO HEAR THE GOP'S SOLUTIONS!!

    Is that silence I hear..........?

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Tony83702

    So what's really wrong with socialism? Anybody who's spent any time in Europe knows that the people in those countries, especially the elderly and disadvantaged, enjoy a standard of living and quality of life that we can only dream about in this country. As America becomes more socialistic, the higher we'll be able to hold our heads in the western community of nations.

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. John W. Olver

    Let's see, conservatives have so far called for any acts to stop the President (Alan Keyes- "Barack Obama Must Be Stopped"), now open insurrection (Jim DeMint – “take to the streets to stop America’s slide into socialism.”). They have called Pres. Obama a socialist, communist, a facist, and a terrorist. They have equated him with Hitler, Stalin and Lenin, continue to question his citizenship and called for his arrest and deportation.

    A conservative supreme court has already thrown out the citizenship garbage and Obama's birth certificate has been posted on line and validated by FactCheck.org.

    Calls for Obama to be stopped by any means or the nation will fall should be investigated by the secret service because they are treasonous.

    The failed ideas of the Republican Party since Reagan have left us with a nation in shambles economically and very much weakened geopolitically. Republicans, even when the majority of Americans disagree with them, think that only their ideas can possibly be good ideas and any others are anti American .

    They might very well be worked into a frenzy over Democratic policies under any circumstances but the questioning of his citizenship and the constant drumbeat of communist, alien, Hitler, etc. would never be in the mix if Obama were a white man. The Republican Party has descended into paranoid racism. I hope some rational conservatives either gain control of the Party or break off and form a new and true conservative party soon.

    Meanwhile I hope the wingnuts that will be inspired by Keyes, DeMint, Huckabee and others are stopped before they go over the edge.

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Nick Bishop

    Newsflash!! Hey, I am not saying Republicans are perfect, but moving forward in this nation is going to take the help of all...not just the Democrats posting on this blog! Let's not forget that it was old Democratic ideas (i.e. lending to those who should never have been in their own home – equality for all) that started this mess. Bush was just stuck with the bag when the house came down. If you guys are all on board with Obama's policies...then what was so wrong with George Bush? He grew the government just like a good Democrat! I got it now...Hope = the largest U.S. deficit times four. Can I have my vote back Mr. Obama...John McCain is looking better and better!

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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