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."

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soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. June

    "completely socializing the American economy" ... Lady, you're so ignorant you probably don't even know what supply and demand are much less socialism.

    March 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Faux News and Beyond

    Republicans are just quoting Rush and Faux News: using their new "scary" word to frighten people.

    We have already wandered into "socialism" – its called social security, government health care programs for Congress, Medicare: Even fire & police use to be private but are now run by towns & villages.

    What does the GOP call the Bush Bailout (he could have vetoed it) in December?

    Used to be "terrorists" – now the in word is "socialist" which most Republicans can not define or explain: Just quote Rush – he'll tell them what to say!

    March 5, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Socialism... blah blah blah...socailism....blah blah blah....... socailism.......blah blah blah.............Is that all you got?...............CHILDREN!

    March 5, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. WAW

    Michele and Zach will get big kadoos from all the 15 million ditto heads tomorrow. Rush will praise their little Rushpublican hearts. Ain't ya glad you voted for them! They speak RUSH for you and now the (R) after their name will mean RUSH to everyone. How wonderful!

    March 5, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. A tired American

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, "promote the general Welfare", and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    This is the Preamble to the Constitution. It is the mission statement for the government. Nowhere does it promise anyone the right to make more money than your neighbor or the right to a better lifestyle then people down the road. The government is supposed to look after all the people, and that is what President Obama is trying to do. All this BS about socialism is just sour grapes because Democrats won the election, and it is getting really old.

    March 5, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    We need to do what the NObel Prize economists told us to do in order to revive the economy. If it be pork, let's eat PIGS!!!. If it be drinking OIL tanks, so let it be!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Gee, my original comment was waiting for review and then just disappeared. Unlike the right wingnuts, I didn't call anyone a bad name or lie. Just what does it take to be posted? Pure idiocy?

    March 5, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. arsham

    This BIMBO. Shut up Bachmann. Mentally ill.

    March 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Jerzjen

    Republican definition of socialism: Rich people need more money so they can take more trips. The other 95% of the country needs to pull their pants down bend over and breath deeply!

    Republican definition of universal healthcare: Everybody has access to Advil. If you need anything stronger than that tough luck!

    Bachmann's definition of a good idea: ____________ (Sorry! We thought we could revive her brain!)

    March 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Cathy

    Marc....How's Capitalism working for us now?

    March 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. peakarack

    Obama is the biggest fraud in history. hahahaha!!!!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Real Change

    THANK GOD!!!! name calling, now we're getting somewhere

    Okay mine turn now. Michele Bachmann is a Fascist.
    See this is fun and productive.

    March 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. United Socialist of America

    Siel Heil Commandant Obama buying up private businesses like Clinton buying lap dances at a strip club. The only problem is that Obama's mind numb sheeple are to stupid to realize that they're losing more rights everyday. Let the producers of the country pay for the non-producers of the country and pretty soon you have no producers at all. Continue to over tax employers and see how many jobs are lost during the 2nd term of Jimmy Carter Jr. Stock Market is dropping like a lead balloon, gas is on the rise again, and Comandant Obama and friends want to tax the people who hire. Where will the madness end?

    March 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. maf

    Same old rhetoric from the GOP. Terrible direction the US is headed (although it is currently a path that was started many years previously), the current administration is spending the next generation's future, blah blah blah. No alternatives put forth (as usual).

    This is getting really boring. Maybe let Obama's plan pan out a little while. He has at least 4 (and the way it's going for the GOP – 8) years to work his platform of "change". No wonder the Republicans don't like it, they are so uncomfortable with doing things differently, they will all be out of jobs after 2010. Change to believe in!

    March 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Sarty

    Brainless Bimbo and Fat Boy Limbo can form an entertainer team.

    March 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Thomas Paine

    We tried it your vway and look where it got us, on the brink of a depression.
    It's time to give the other side the chance to screw up, you already did.
    You alway promise fiscal conservatism, but you pratice fiscsal irresponsibility.

    March 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. john

    muzzle for Bachman anyone??

    March 5, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Marty, FL

    Bachmann should not be serving in Congress if she is going to bash our European allies at a time when we need to restore our international relations. This latest Republican fear-mongering sadly represents their continued nonsense!

    First, Michelle Bachmann insults our eithnic communities by using ridiculous street slang towards the RNC Chairman, and now she insults our intelligence with her hypocritical "socialist" rhetoric. Doesn't she have the best healthcare extended to Congress members at OUR expense? Why shouldn't the American people be offered the same plan?

    March 5, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Debbie

    This country works best when we have a balance of capitalism and socialism. The scales have been heavily tilted toward capitalism for some time. Now we are seeing the scale tilt in the other direction and the Republicans are screaming about it. Why does it have to be one extreme or the other? What is wrong with a centrist government where we combine the best ideas of both isms?

    March 5, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. priscila willis

    "American First" your comment is so stupid its people like you the voted for our last boy genius president and now you want to act like Obama can do more harm... we are Americans as well and we say we like the direction the President is trying to push this country into.. now if we could just send the whole GOP party to Cuba we would be happier.

    "Real American"

    March 5, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Matt in MN

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

    And history repeats itself."

    So what your saying is that we need a War on the scale of WW2 to get out of this? 'Cause the New Deal did **** to get us out of the economic crisis, and had WW2 who knows how long it would have taken to get out of it.

    March 5, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. So Sorry from MN

    Michele – We are certainly mired in something. Scary woman...

    March 5, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. chris

    Where is Al Franken?

    March 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. John Anthony

    I would like to warn America about the danger of FASCISM under the likes of Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence, Eric Cantor, John Boejner, Mitch McConnell, John Kyl, Jim DeMint, John Cornyn, and all the rest of those bellyaching far, far right neoconservative, for-the-wealthy-only Republicans! Their cry of socialism is incorrect and a deliberate distortion as part of their ongoing strategy of using fear. As the only ones they are really representing are the wealthy and big business, they don't deserve to be on the public payroll!

    March 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. CMG

    Michelle Bachman, you are a disgrace to the fine state of Minnesota. Please try to refrain from opening your mouth in the future. It is far to risky for the good people of Minnesota.

    March 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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