Alternatives to Capitalism: Call me a socialist
In search of a new model
Capitalism was ok to me to this point, but I could feel it waning. I want a stronger public and private partnership in contrast with the free-wheeling and corrupt capitalism that we are experiencing now. Perfect capitalism would have no government. Perfect socialism would have a society run by professional bureaucrats.
What I want is a government that recognizes the prime responsibility to optimize return on national resources while employing the private sector as the enabler. Government is run by the people and the private sector serves We the People as customers.
“Romney changes tune on 'socialism'
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 9/16/11 6:24 AM EDT
Mitt Romney told CNN yesterday that unlike Rick Perry, he doesn't think it's wise to decribe Barack Obama as a socialist.
"Well, you know, words have a lot of unintended meanings, and calling people socialists probably goes on the fact that it is true that President Obama's team and the president himself seem to believe that government has a better approach to our economy than does the private sector, and I disagree with that approach," Romney said.
Said Romney: "I don't use the word socialist or I haven't so far, but I do agree that the president's approach is government heavy, government intensive, and it's not working."
That answer is consistent with Romney's general approach to speaking about the president, describing Obama as a good and well intentioned person who's not up to the job of turning the country around.
But the Democratic research and tracking group American Bridge points out that Romney's comments are not entirely consistent with his past descriptions of President Obama: In his 2010 book, "No Apology," Romney warned that Obama was moving America in the direction of European-style socialism.
"It is an often-remarked-upon irony that at a time when Europe is moving away from socialism and its many failures, President Obama is moving us toward that direction," Romney wrote.
Saying that Obama is a "socialist" is not exactly the same thing as saying the president is "moving us toward" socialism. But there's not a huge meaningful distinction.