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What We Can Learn from Mauritius

 What We Can 
 Learn from 

What We Can Learn from Mauritius

How a tiny African nation provides education, health care for all

(Newser) - Imagine a nation that provided free health care and a college education for all its citizens while maintaining a nicely balanced budget. Sound impossible? Well, they’ve managed it in Mauritius, a small island nation off the east coast of Africa with no "exploitable" natural resources to speak of....

Palin: America on 'Road to Ruin'
 Palin: America on 'Road to Ruin' 

Palin: America on 'Road to Ruin'

Ex-gov kicks off centennial celebration of Ronald Reagan's birth

(Newser) - Sarah Palin thinks the nation's headed to hell in a handbasket, and the only way to save it is to get back in line with Ronald Reagan's policies, she said in a speech last night kicking off centennial celebrations of the Gipper's Feb. 6 birth. "This is insane,"...

The Most Socialist US State Is...

Hello, West Virginia

(Newser) - The term "socialism" gets thrown around a lot in American politics, but what does it really mean? Greg Bocquet of says you can measure it by how much a state government spends on its social programs as a percentage of GDP. However, "the results may surprise...

Limbaugh: Indians Scammed Us

Curmudgeonly Rush slams 'casino culture'

(Newser) - Don't expect Rush Limbaugh to sit down with any Native Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving. He's miffed they " scammed us" when they sold us Manhattan because they didn't own it to begin with. And to top it off, European settlers were hardly "idiots" saved by "compassionate" Indians, as...

Tim Lahaye: Obama Bringing the Apocalypse

We're 'living in the end times,' apparently

(Newser) - Did you know socialism is a leading cause of biblical annihilation? Neither did we, but then, we’re not Tim LaHaye, the novelist who wrote a whole pile of books about the end times. In this clip from a recent episode of Mike Huckabee's show, spotted by the Huffington Post...

Obama-Hitler Billboard Divides Tea Party

Factions battle for movement's soul

(Newser) - An Iowa billboard comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler is causing a tempest in the Tea Party ranks, reports the Telegraph .The Mason City ad also compares the president to Soviet leader VI Lenin, and declares: "Radical leaders prey on the fearful and naive." The billboard clearly highlights...

Kagan's Thesis Proves She's an 'Avowed Socialist'

Says Erick Erickson; other bloggers yawn

(Newser) - Erick Erickson, the right-winger commenter CNN hired to much derision , has gotten his hands on Elena Kagan's college thesis, and he sums it up with typical understatement: "This proves Elena Kagan is an open and avowed socialist," he writes for Red State . "The woman declares that socialists...

Newt Gingrich: How America became a 'secular-socialist machine'
 Why Obama's Our Most 
 Radical President 
Newt Gingrich

Why Obama's Our Most Radical President

Chief executive runs a 'secular-socialist machine' from White House

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich is defending—and, in fact, repeating—his assertion that President Obama is "the most radical president in American history." Only those in the "cultural elite" could possibly view his administration as moderate, he writes in the Washington Post . It is a "secular-socialist machine,"...

Glenn Beck Delivers Weird Train Rant

See if you can make sense of this

(Newser) - There are mixed metaphors, there are tortured metaphors, and then there's the heaping pile of crazy Glenn Beck unloads in this clip Mediate snagged from last night's show. OK, let's see if we've got this straight. Europe is on a (metaphorical) socialist train track that leads to Nazi-ism and Communism,...

Tea Partiers Decry Socialism But Want Gov't Jobs
 Tea Partiers Decry Socialism 
 But Want Gov't Jobs 

Tea Partiers Decry Socialism But Want Gov't Jobs

Turns out not all 'socialist' programs are bad

(Newser) - Upwards of 90% of tea partiers are convinced that the US is creeping away from capitalism towards socialism, but they aren’t as stridently opposed to that as you might think. Sure, roughly the same number think the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new Bloomberg...

24% of GOPers Believe Obama's the Antichrist

(Newser) - A recent Harris poll reveals some pretty alarming attitudes regarding our 44th president, especially among GOPers. For starters, 67% of Republicans who responded believe that Obama is a socialist, despite his markedly centrist leanings. Second, over half of Republicans polled (57%) believe that the president is a closet Muslim, a...

Al Sharpton Admits Obama Is a Socialist!*
Al Sharpton Admits Obama
Is a Socialist!*

Al Sharpton Admits Obama Is a Socialist!*

*According to right-wing pundits and an out-of-context sound bite

(Newser) - The conservative media is doing backflips over a video they’re touting as the long-sought smoking-gun proof that Barack Obama is a socialist. In an interview with Geraldo Rivera Sunday on Fox News, Al Sharpton uttered—get this!—that “the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they...

Scare Tactics Backfire: Socialists Gain Popularity

(Newser) - Tea Party and Republican strategists who've been quick to label everything from the economic stimulus to health care reform with the dreaded word "socialist" are inadvertently bringing new interest and attention to the cause they claim to fear and oppose. The Democratic Socialists of America partly credits increased attention...

39% of Republicans Want Obama Impeached

And 36% believe he's foreign-born, says Daily Kos poll

(Newser) - Self-identified Republicans are more than unhappy with President Obama—63% think he’s a socialist—and a host of other social ills, says a survey commissioned by liberal blog Daily Kos . Regarding Obama, 39% of the 2,003 Republican respondents say the president should be impeached, 36% believe he was...

Environmentalism Is the New Socialism

 Environmentalism Is 
 the New Socialism 
Charles Krauthammer

Environmentalism Is the New Socialism

The left is using it as a new excuse to grab power

(Newser) - The left failed with socialism, so it's now turned to environmentalism to achieve its ends, writes Charles Krauthammer. Witness the EPA's recent decision on carbon emissions—which will give it control over just about every business in the country—as well as the Copenhagen talks, where developing nations think it's...

Socialism, Not Racism, Fuels Obama Foes

(Newser) - It turns out race isn't what's fueling the conservative opposition to Barack Obama, at least according to focus groups conducted by a Democratic organization. It found that white, self-identified conservatives believe Obama is harboring a "secret agenda" intended to destroy America's founding principles and turn it into a socialist...

Socialists Win Big in Greek Election

Left-wing government set for power as voters turn on conservatives

(Newser) - Socialists won a thumping victory in a snap Greek election yesterday as voters threw out a conservative government after corruption scandals and poor response to a string of devastating wildfires. The socialists won 43% of the vote, 9 points ahead of the ruling party, and will have an absolute majority...

How We Get bin Laden: KFC's New Double Down

It's a bacon and cheese sandwich, except with fried chicken instead of bread!

(Newser) - Fed up with all haute cuisine? Foodie babble? An organic garden at the White House? KFC looks to have just what you need in the Double Down, a bacon and cheese sandwich in which the bread is replaced by fried chicken fillets! “Forget food porn,” Scott Gold writes...

Right Revives Red Scare, Despite Lack of Reds

Fears of secret socialism prove a fertile ground for right-wing outrage

(Newser) - The right has been energized by a good old-fashioned Red hunt—never mind the fact that there are precious few old-style leftists around in America today, Thomas Frank writes in the Wall Street Journal. The centrist Democratic administration has been in power for well under a year, Frank writes, but...

'European Model' Could Die: French PM

'Sluggish growth' may destroy safety net, job security

(Newser) - The prime minister of France, the country perhaps most associated with the cherished "European model" of job security and social safety nets, warned today that it may prove unsustainable because the region's economies are too stagnant. "With this sluggish growth, we cannot preserve the European social model or...

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