Once again, Obama != Socialist.

A full four days ago, I said that Barack Obama is anything but a socialist, and that he is light years away from being a communist. It should not need restating that the political party which has nationalized huge parts of the commercial finance industry is the Republican Party and their most radical fixture, President Bush. But the last-minute desperate attempt by GOP flacks such Brian Fraley to color Obama red (Communist red, not Republican red) went right on. He posted a passage from Communist Party USA on his blog — and attributed it to Obama.

Remember when the right was all up in arms about plagiarism? This isn’t plagiarism, but what is it when you use someone’s words, and stick someone else’s name on it? Misrepresentation? Poor citation skills? No, none of those. Apparently Mr. Fraley was trying to set up a clever trap that would get some unsuspecting Dreams Of My Father-waving Obama supporters so riled up that they would fall prey to his diabolical scheme. But that didn’t happen. As Folkbum pointed out, Obama supporters aren’t dumb. We can read. We can think critically. And we can do a five second Google search to figure out where things came from, in this case from Communist Party USA, not anything Barack Obama said. That only makes the person who tried to stage this look bad.

And as it turns out, Joe the Plumber Contractor’s “would-be income” would not be taken away under Obama’s tax plan. Sorry, Mr. Fraley, moye droog, you’re wrong. Again.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.