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. Sharon

    Dear Michelle Bachman, thank you so much for you to bring the issue that Capitalism country, America become high level of socialism in the history of our country by OBAMA and DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
    GO SARAH/RUSH 2012

    March 5, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Unlimited

    I cant wait for Kay to send Bachman packing in 2010!!! You know she'll be back...she hasn't forgotten that "There's no God"

    March 5, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Matt: honestly

    Adam, you are on the money. People quickly forget one of our greatest presidents ever had a very Socialist agenda. FDR's was the reason we got out of the Great Depression (yes Matt in MN, along with WW2). The jobs that were created are the reason we have the roadways we have today, among other things. Republicans need to get their heads out of you know where and wake up.

    March 5, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. The other Jean

    I agree, this country does seem to work best, when there is a balance of Capitalism and Socialism, but it is definitely leaning toward Socialism, where even in the very near future, we are going to have a one world Political system, and a one world Government, "So what I say unto you, I say unto all " Watch".

    March 5, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. arithmetic is liberal

    No Pat,

    They want to take a slightly larger sliver of the wealth from people who DON'T WORK and give it to you, a person who DOES WORK.

    GOP – Gullible Obfuscation Party

    March 5, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. C

    Ha Ha, Bachman is a moron. I would like for her to define "Socialism", compare and contrast it to "Capitalism", then use them both in a sentence.

    That'll shut her up.

    March 5, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. scott

    Socialism is for people who want to be taken care of. Going to socialism there would be no reason to work hard to get ahead, so who would work? Your dog would get better health care than you. Who would want to be a doctor? Why work hard to make good money only to give it to someone who doesn't want to work?

    March 5, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    The REPUBLICANS and unbridled CAPITALISM got us INTO this mess.

    March 5, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. KG, Twin Cities

    First off, the Repub talking isn't exactly known as the brightest bulb and secondly, if socialism is what it takes to get us out of this Bush left mess, then I'm all for it.

    Palin/Bachman 2012 - Dems dream Repub ticket

    March 5, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. United Socialist of America

    Cathy--– In 1900 the U.S. deficit was 2 billion dollars, today its 11- 12 trillion. What makes you think government has any business handling any money? The president, the Congress, the Senate, should have to prove they can operate within a budget before we let them handle our tax dollars. This president, Congress, Senate will be the poster men and women for not only term limits,[which the president already has] but for shorter term limits which should be a maximum of 2 terms of 2 years for every branch of government.

    March 5, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Voter

    We need to start giving I.Q. tests to people aspiring to run for national office.

    March 5, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. I am so sorry

    on behalf of my fellow Minnesotans, I apologize for letting her win the election.
    She showed nothing but ineptitude and bigotry during her campaign, and were those opposed to her to unite behind either DFLer Ttinklenberg or Independent Bob Anderson, we would not be dealing with this bull right now.

    March 5, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Bajanluv, Newport Newss

    America First, You did not vote for Obama. Get real!!!

    Michele Bachman need lesson in: Socialism/Communisn/Marxism. She is just repeating what other uneducated republicants say. What are your ideas?

    March 5, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Terry

    It's too bad that none of these lackwits can define "socialism." It's too bad that none of them did ANYTHING to prevent this mess. It's too bad that they are recommending the same one-size-fits-all-problems solutions that they have been promoting – but not doing – since 1964.

    How many times will Americans fall for the same old Conservative mealy-mouthed claptrap that got us into the fix we are now in?

    March 5, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. what?

    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.

    Which part of this isn't on obamessiah's list to destroy? So far, he's nicked at all of them...soon to come taking away our right to bear arms.

    March 5, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. lived9lives Southern Oregon

    Well, let's see. Up until jan. 20 we have been living in a FASCIST republic! If you want to talk government structures let's at least acknowledge reality. A few more government controls over greed and corruption. Ummmh. That's new! Socialism – the sky is falling and pigs can fly.....I'm really scared now!!!

    March 5, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Get Real

    America is full of dumb idiots that will let someone push them around as long as they get a free handout. Our rights have been slowly taken away long before there was Bush or Obama. WE WERE WARNED, WE JUST DID NOT LISTEN OR TAKE ACTION!!!!!!! U.S.(Unintelligent Society)

    March 5, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. YBM

    Ok, maybe the illuminati are behind Obama, or maybe he is the antichrist, or maybe he does have a piece of the spear of destiny……

    Or, maybe so many sheeple were just wanting to make history, or vote for him from misplaced guilt, or just voted for him because of the color of his skin.

    Whatever the case, it is obvious to people that think for themselves that he is on his way to ruining this country, sending it the same way the Roman Empire went.

    If we as a country want to survive as anything other than a 3rd world country, we need to elect people in 2010 that will block at least the most dangerous of his actions.

    March 5, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. mkn

    Comrades? you think socialism and communisim are the same thing?
    Yikes ....NO WONDER BUSH WON TWICE you must have voted for him ..

    March 5, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Donny

    If you not like capitalism, than you must be unwilling to work and make a better life for yourself. Capitalism is what has made this a great nation. Do you enjoy watching what is going on in Venezuela? Is that the kind of country you want to live in? All you liberal wack jobs just don't get it. Yeah, the republicans have really stunk it up for a while now too, but less than 2 years ago we were a booming economy. If you were serious about making this country even better, we would embrace more Libertarian values.

    March 5, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Nathan James

    That’s right!! Repub's follow your leader Rush the clown all the way to hell....

    Socialism... What Obama is doing sounds more to me like protectionism.... From Repubs who have allowed their corporate thugs and lobbyist to suck America dry for the last 8 yrs.

    March 5, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. AA

    Oh I love it, it keeps getting funnier.

    I just feel sorry for the non-morons (the one who did not vote for her) who have to have her make decisions for them.

    Seriously though, has there been any discussion on running a phycological test on some of these repubs?


    March 5, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Kevin

    How on earth is Michele Bachmann a member of congress! I can't believe she got re-elected. Everytime I hear her talk, I just want to crawl into a hole. To me she is just a pretty face and doesn't have anything to contribute politically. And don't ask her a diffuclt question if you don't want her to spin you sick and then not even get a solid answer out of it. And to get to the point of the story, if we don't provide some bailouts and just let everything happen on its own, we are for sure doomed. The more companies that go bust the higher the unemployment rate goes. I don't like all the bailouts anymore than the next person, but really, do we have another option. What they need to do is put a ball and chain on the companies that get the taxpayers money and make sure it is being used for reasons intended.

    March 5, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Lady K

    Socialism only works if the citizens can handle it. France has free healthcare and higher education, and rich people too! The government is more stable that Venezuela's because French citizens aren't afraid to protest and strike until they get what they want. BTW, how many rich Americans ADORE French products!

    March 5, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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