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  •  Why not self-identify as "Socialist?" (0+ / 0-)

    Why "Liberal?"
      I'm not advocating, just asking.

    •  I do. (1+ / 0-)
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      Admittedly, one problem is that, technically, 'socialist' merely describes (in very broad terms) your preferred economic system, not a political one.

      Socialist is like capitalist, whereas liberal and progressive are attempts to define oneself on a political spectrum.

      My problem with those terms is that I have ideas that span the entire spectrum.  I consider myself more fiscally conservative that the vast majority of those fake fiscal conservatives on the right, because I don't think they understand even the simplest of economics.  Government spending is not 'good' or 'bad' in and of itself, it's a matter of what you spend, why you spent it, and what your return is - and that return may not directly be monetary, although keeping people employed at useful work gives you a far better return than simply giving them money to survive.  

      If Republicans actually want to get rid of food stamps, welfare, etc, for the able-bodied or minded, they should embrace government spending on projects that employ those people, so they get a far better return on their money.  They should seek to create a full-country job clearinghouse to match the unemployed to private and public sector jobs.  Find private sector work for the unemployed if you can, but if you can't, find out what sort of work the person can do, and have the government start paying them to do it, rather than paying out unemployment for endless months.

    •  I could do that. (nmi) (0+ / 0-)

      "The problem with the Left isn’t that it’s too austere and serious; it’s that it doesn’t take itself seriously enough to make the changes necessary for political practice." -Bhaskar Sunkara

      by Cassiodorus on Tue May 28, 2013 at 06:59:38 AM PDT

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