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An IM conversation with my gracious host, just a moment ago:

[12:33] (gracious host): After a lifetime of working, paying taxes and raising three children on her own, Wilder is struggling. She said she retired on disability from M&T Bank three years ago after undergoing knee replacement and back surgeries. She lives on her Social Security and disability benefits. Last year, she petitioned the bankruptcy court for protection from creditors. She said she did not have to pay federal income taxes last year because her income was too low. "I don't want to see this country turn into a welfare, nanny state, where we stand in line for groceries, and we're in welfare lines, and in socialized medicine lines," Wilder said.
[12:33] (gracious host): http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/antitax_tea_party_could_draw_c.html
[12:33] mdahmus: fuh guh buh
[12:35] (gracious host): with appologies to the Princess Bride.... socialism... You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.
[12:35] mdahmus: my favorite comment so far: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/antitax_tea_party_could_draw_c.html#3333987

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In the "not what you think it means" category, I will also add Reaganism. A lot of self-professed Reagan lovers today don't seem to understand that he was a million times more pragmatic than they are.

I will also add that this lady reminds me of the "what did the Romans ever do for us?" scene in Life of Brian: "what did taxes and the social safety net ever do for me?"

One more comment: I hearby dub this lady "Joanne the Taxpayer" (c.f., "Joe the Plumber").

I grew up in Britain during the 1970s and well remember the socialist policies of the day. The British Government truly did own the means of production -- the coal mines (National Coal Board), the oil industry (BP), gas (British Gas), electricity (CEGB), water (local water authorities), and controlled much of the mass transit industry too -- British Aerospace, local bus services, British Airways, British Rail, the Post Office (they also ran the phone service), and so on.

That was socialism, but even that wasn't close to being the type of totalitarian socialism the teabaggers have their knickers in a twist (or is that panties in a wad?) about.

I doubt 99% of them have a clue what real socialism is, but it does make a nice scare word now that communism no longer has the power to send them diving under the covers.

Have you seen this?

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