Romney/Ryan are closer to Stalin than ObamaSubmitted by Ian56 on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 09:59
This is a comparison with Stalin's actions not his supposed ideology.
Actions speak louder than words.
1) Rich elites
Stalin supported a small number of rich elites. In Russia these were the Politburo members and senior Communist Party officials.
Romney/Ryan support themselves, their donors, corrupt members of Congress and senior Republican officials/members.
2) The poor
Stalin kept the poor disenfranchised and poor.
Any wealth was transferred into Communist Party coffers.
Romney/Ryan want to raise taxes on the poor and cut taxes for the rich.
3) Empire building
Stalin wanted to build a great empire and spread communism throughout the world.
Stalin set about regime change in various countries by inserting communist agents to stir dissent.
Romney/Ryan want to build an empire of their own. The US already has 1100 bases in 130 countries.
Romney/Ryan want to increase military resources still further.
4) Military spending
Stalin spent far too much as a proportion of the economy on the military.
The rest of the economy suffered as a result.
The USSR eventually went bankrupt from a poor economic model that favored special interests, far too high military spending and strategic overstretch.
Romney/Ryan plan to spend FAR MORE than Stalin on the military as a proportion of the economy.
The Ryan plan proposes spending 100% of GDP on the military.
The Romney plan proposes to spend 110% plus of GDP on the military.
Romney/Ryan favor a flawed economic model, the favor of special interests above those of the ordinary consumer and taxpayer.
The proposed levels of US military spending are over DOUBLE that at the height of the cold war.
Who was the largest strategic threat, the USSR or Iran?
5) Subsidizing their own
Stalin kept Communist Party officials on board by offering various subsidies and special treatment.
The opposite if anyone upset him (he usually had them killed).
He was the same as a medieval King with his nobles. Medieval kings distributed favors, monopolies, land etc. and took them away if a noble upset them (sometimes he killed them).
Romney/Ryan will subsidize their own. (Themselves, large donors and senior Republicans.)
By non prosecution of large banks for fraud.
By offering $45bn of subsidies to large oil companies. (This is probably why the Koch brothers are supporting Romney/Ryan. Ryan also has interests in oil.)
By continuing national Healthcare mandates.
Mike Leavitt, Romney's head of transition makes money from healthcare exchanges which make money from healthcare mandates. The Ryan family make money from healthcare insurance.
By having astronomical levels of military spending to spend taxpayer money on weapons and contractors, like drones, cruise missiles, bunker busters, blackwater "contractors" (blackwater have changed their name but they are the same company).
6) Civil rights
There were no civil rights is Stalin's Russia.
Stalin operated indefinite detention without access to lawyers.
Russian troops could freely operate on city streets to quell any dissent.
Communist Party officials were above the law.
Romney/Ryan advocate indefinite detention without access to lawyers. Romney said he would have signed NDAA as written.
Large corporations who donate and large donors are above the law.
E.G. Romney/Ryan have made no outcry about Holder's lack of prosecution, this week, of Goldman Sachs for blatant lying to Congress about fraud.
They have made no outcry over the lack of prosecution of Joe Corzine over the transfer of $1.5 trillion of client segregated funds to JP Morgan. Joe Corzine was a major bundler for Obama.
NDAA repealed Posse Comitatus, allowing US troops to operate freely on the streets of American cities.
7) Free Press
Stalin kept a tight control of the media and press. There was no free press.
Romney/Ryan seek to ensure there is no debate in Tampa.
They try and ensure there is no real debate on Fox News.
Karl Rove tried to get Fox to ban a certain individual from appearing (he did not succeed in this case).
Fox website articles very rarely have comments. They do NOT want any public opinion, they want to dictate public opinion (unlike say Huffington Post or websites for major papers that do have comments beneath articles).
All comments made by Romney/Ryan (and Obama) have to be pre-authorised before appearing in the press. (Otherwise the journalist risks losing their credentials to follow the Romney/Ryan campaign.)
The American mainstream media is not free.
It is controlled and force fed by both political parties and six large corporate interests.
Romney/Ryan are far closer to Stalin than they are to Reagan.
Romney/Ryan are closer than OBAMA to Stalin.