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Dem. Alan Grayson admits ‘stealth socialism’ behind Obama’s policies

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., did something rare for a Democrat.

He told the truth.

alangraysonThe Obama administration’s fiscal policies are taking the United States down the road to socialism, it chose the road deliberately, and it’s going to stay on that road as long as Grayson and his ilk have anything to say about it.

Stealth socialism’s been created,” Grayson told Salon’s David Dayen with evident contentment. “Government simply ends up owning more and more and more.”

And he thinks that’s just great. Even in a print interview, headlined “I scared the crap out of them,”  you can hear the smug satisfaction in his voice – the government owning “more and more and more” has obvious appeal to a Democrat.

The government has taken over the “financing of housing industry as well,” Grayson pointed out, which he claimed is “setting a foundation for recovery for the U.S. economy.”

Note that no one can accuse Grayson of saying the economy actually is recovering, just that a foundation has been set for it eventually – you know, some time in the future, maybe when the “stealth socialism” Grayson’s so fond of finishes taking over, say, the auto industry (done), the health-care system (working on it) and everything else it can get its hands on (elections have consequences).

And it’s still stealthy because it’s concentrating on the bond and financial markets, areas of the economy that get little public notice when they’re working the way they should.

“If government had taken over the steel industry, maybe it would have been more noticeable,” he said. (Note to Rep. Grayson: A government already did take over the steel industry. It’s called China.)

Grayson is a Harvard graduate with degrees in economics and law, so he probably knows that the stealth socialism he applauds so much is just another way of saying “creeping socialism” – a phrase used in a 1944 book warning about the predictable end the kinds of policies Grayson and his fellow travelers in Congress and the White House have been pushing.

The book is called “Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayak, the conservative economist icon of the 20th century, an inspiration for Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

Grayson called it “stealth socialism.” Hayak called it “creeping socialism.”

They both know it leads to the same place – and Hayak called it for what it is.

The road to serfdom is paved with Alan Graysons.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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