March 5th, 2009
02:10 PM ET
14 years ago

House Republicans warn of socialism under Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bachmann sounded the socialism alarm on Thursday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some Republicans in Congress are continuing to warn that President Obama is intent on turning the United States into a socialist nation.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann pressed the socialism argument on Thursday, telling a conservative radio show that the Obama administration is "completely socializing the American economy" with its mortgage relief proposals and bailouts of financial institutions.

"What we've seen them do in the last five weeks is nothing short of a great leap forward toward than finalizing a place of socialism in American economic life," Bachmann told radio host G. Gordon Liddy. "We have never seen this level of socialism in the history of our country, and I think the American people would be floored when they understand the dramatic steps that Obama has taken for our future."

Bachmann called for a "a growth future, a prosperity future, a freedom liberty future."

"Will we be a country that will go forward with liberty, freedom and prosperity, or will we be a country that's mired in Eastern European, Western European doldrums, where freedom is limited and taxation remains high?," she asked.

Bachmann wasn't the only House Republican to say as much on Thursday.

Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp, who is also running for governor in his home state, told MSNBC that the president's health care proposals represent "a fast march toward socialism."

Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Zach Wamp
soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. You be da man

    @Kevin in Ohio March 5th, 2009 4:01 pm ET
    Keep listening to RUSH -–IDIOT!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Bridget

    Oh PLEASE. Michele Bachmann is a neo-McCarthyist who believes members of Congress should be investigated for anti-American sentiments. She confuses "anti-Conservative" with "anti-American". I'm disgusted that she represents Americans in our government.

    March 5, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. smtaber

    Obviously, Michele Bachmann has never read Adam Smith or Karl Marx or has even an iota of understanding about what socialism or capitalism is all about. My question to her is more general: how does the Wall Street bail-out and proposals for health care reform erode our civil liberties? Last I looked, there is nothing in the laws that say "and oh, by the way, the Bill of Rights is repealed."

    As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, "the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." Michele Bachmann is intent on fanning the flames of fear instead of coming up with meaningful solutions.

    March 5, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Lisa C.

    Ummm, I thought the financial bailout was introduced by the previous Republican Administration? I still don't see what's so "socialist" in trying to fix an obviously broken system. If they're trying to sell me on capitalism, well didn't it just fail? So, they want me to give them another chance? It was predicted that our system would fail because of the extremity of greed that co-exists within free-market capitalism. But, we ignored the warnings because the getting was good. We ethnocentristically thumbed our noses at those outside of America and within, who told us there was an end to our current economic system. Again, we didn't listen. Just like the Big 3 didn't listen to Demings when he told them to focus on quality products and the improvement of processes. But noooooo, they wanted quantity and an increase in production. What we have here my, fellow Americans, is a failure; a failure to accept responsibility for this financial fiasco. So now my fellow warped American Republican brothers and sisters, want to scare me into remaining in the current failed system by yelling socialism, so that their pockets would become fatter. Yeah right, I'm shakin' in my boots. Tell that lie to Rush's followers. I'm done.

    March 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Matt

    Socialism will be all we have in a few months if Obama continues to destroy everyones retirement fund and portfolio. But at least the poor people that don't work, don't pay taxes and bought homes they could never afford will get hand outs.

    Pretty soon we will all have our hand out then where will Barack get the money to pay for all this?

    March 5, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Snake eyes


    March 5, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. bob from canada

    now where do i start with this saucer eye idiot............if you have no idea.......shut know canada aint no socialist country and we got a sound banking system(#1in the world) health medecations.......oh but have repugs that have taken money from every lobbyist in town and you want them to defend your liberties.............ha.......what a farce.......keep it up repugs and you will destroy your once beautifull & bountyfull country......what .....a shame

    March 5, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Cali Girl


    Please shut-up. You are as ignorant as Palin.

    March 5, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. ac


    If I knew how hard she'd work to ensure an Obama reelection, I would have never sent money to her opponent!

    March 5, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Too True For You

    Ahhh, Bachman. The fact-free republican queen of uninformed inflammatory dis-information. Actually, she and Ann-the-man Coulter are neck-in-neck for that title as the most egregious right-wing manufacturers of spurious agitprop.

    So, you republican guardians of all the is Right, can you show any of us where the Constitution dictates we must be a capitalist nation? Since you are so zealous about rooting out socialism in the US, do you want to shut down public schools, fire & police departments,our armed forces? They are examples of socialist policy. Will you refuse to use the national power grid, highways and roads, unemployment benefits, social security benefits, medicare and medicaid? Will you refuse government sponsored college tuition programs,like the GI Bill and Pell grants? I doubt you even understand these are examples of "socialist" programs, or the difference between socialism and communism, which you seem to be very, very confused about.

    I would love for you to show me how socialist countries like France have it all wrong with their universal free health care, their incredibly inexpensive higher education system, their record of environmental leadership, the fact that their citizens don't have to work two and three jobs to keep a roof over their heads. And their jobs come with thirty days of vacation, unlimited sick days, and full child care. And they have the highest standard of living to boot, higher than us. Oh yeah, I can see how they got it all wrong.

    March 5, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Jim of Burlington, NC says:

    "Still haven't met a Republican who can give me a correct definition of Socialism."

    Will a definition from a Libertarian do?

    socialism - an economic system based on state ownership of capital

    Granted, what Obama is trying to do isn't ownership per se, but what he is trying to do is control the US economy by providing bail-outs with lots of strings attached. The effective difference between that and ownership is moot.

    March 5, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Tim

    "You be da man" woman has spoken. Well, she was wrong about Steele being da man, so why should we listen to her on this issue?

    March 5, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. J-Syxx

    The American people are sick of fear-mongering. They want real answers. Too bad Republicans can't think of any new ideas beyond the old tired crap that got here in the first place.

    March 5, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Armando

    Where were these socialist Republicans during the Bush years? While we are turning into a socialist country which is really bad. I find it funny that these people can call someone else a socialist.

    March 5, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. USAF Staff Sergeant

    The Repubs claim Obama is Socialist, but the Republican leadership of the past eight years possessed many attributes of Fascism. Don't believe me? Look up Fascism and think about how the Bush administration responded to Sept. 11. The Patriot Act? Wow.

    March 5, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Accountability

    Bachman is a whack job of the first degree....she wouldn't know a socialist if it bit her in the.....

    March 5, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Kim

    How completely silly. Yep, that's right– try and scare people with the "socialism" rantings when nothing else is working. And it's not "socialism" when the GOP wants to interfere with my reproductive life? Or when the President is told it's OK to search and seize without warrants? Or when the President decides to start a war so he will look macho? Keep it up, GOP. Your self-implosion is comical to watch.

    March 5, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Jim

    Don't think for a minute that by calling the current Administration :"socialists" the Republicans are clawying at their coffin. This kind of mud-slinging has served the GOP well in the past, and will continue to serve them well in the future. Here's a little bit of explanation for those who belleve that we are headed towards Socialism... By investing in helping these buisinessess the government is safeguarding them against failure. In a Socialist state, these companies and their CEO's would have been put out to pasture because their existence hurt the society.

    And if we WERE headed for Socialism, the people that put us on the track are the very Republicans who are now criticising these bills. Who controlled the White House for 16 of the past 24 years? Congress for 6 of the last 8? The Right-Wing, neo-conservatives are very quick to call these measures socialism, but they have offered NOTHING in place of them. So, let's hear something constructive. Instead of wishing for this administration's failure, show us you can lead, show us you can be fiscally conservative. If you can't, which you haven't, then don't drag others down. When Bush took over, we had a budget surplus. Not any more. So before you preach financial conservatism, practice it...

    March 5, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. David in Pennsylvania

    Bachmann really needs to go away like Palen did.... Keep the rich richer and the poor poorer is her philosophy.....

    March 5, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Steve in Louisville

    We've never seen this level of Nazism in the history of our country. If these mindless Republicans can't stop the hyperbole than they should be labeled for what they truly are.

    March 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Barry Baker

    Oh dear Miss Ruanway Bride Bachmann, the lights are on but there is certainly no one at home. Your idol Mr. Reagan was perhaps the greatest redistributer in chief as he was responsible for exapnding teh Earned Income Credit to (wait for it) provide additional income to people below certain income levels with families receiving monthly checks from the government. Apparently Reagan was the real socialist, maybe even a communist.

    March 5, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. walleye

    Seventy years ago everyone was saying FDR was a Socialist and would lead us to ruin. Of course nothing of the sort happened and we had prosperity, strong regulations that protected us, and we became a world leader. Nothing like that (Socialism) will happen this time either. The GOP, led by the moron Limbarf are just trying scare tactics as usual. What we need to fear is their way of running the government. Wars built on lies, shredding of the Constitution, spying on our own people, torturing. Amazing how much damage these people did in just eight years. Now they complain because of changes that are meant to fix their errors are being put into place by a progressive and intelligent leader. Any that thinks this economy can be fixed in 2 months is nuts. Obama is putting things in place with WILL fix the problems Bush created, but it will take a few years. Have patience.

    March 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. w.l. jones

    It been Socialism for some since 1619 if you know what I mean.Said enough.

    March 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    blah blah blah blah FEAR! blah blah blah COMMMIES! blah blah blah COMRADE!!! blah blah RESENTMENT!!! blah blah blah SOSHULIZM!!! blah blah...

    March 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Adam

    Umm...we've had socialist policies and practices for is what Obama is doing anything new? We have things like the FDIC, welfare, labor unions, and social security. I'm sure Republicans wouldn't want to get rid of those things...especially the FDIC.

    We've been "socialist" for a while. FDR endured the same insults Obama has when he proposed the New Deal.

    And history repeats itself.

    March 5, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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