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Putin warns US to eschew socialism
The American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2009 | Clarice Feldman

Posted on 02/18/2009 12:09:57 PM PST by Scanian

What is the world coming to? Pat Dollard reports the Russian leader warned the US against adopting socialism because it doesn't work: Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence”.

“In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute,” Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”[Snip.]

Sounding more like Barry Goldwater than the former head of the KGB, Putin said, “Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors, and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.”

Putin also echoed the words of conservative maverick Ron Paul when he said, “we must assess the real situation and write off all hopeless debts and ‘bad’ assets. True, this will be an extremely painful and unpleasant process. Far from everyone can accept such measures, fearing for their capitalization, bonuses, or reputation. However, we would ‘conserve’ and prolong the crisis, unless we clean up our balance sheets.”

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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KEYWORDS: debthyperinflation; democrats; evilempire; globalization; liberalagenda; neomarxism; obama; putin; socialism; tm
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You can't make this stuff up!
1 posted on 02/18/2009 12:09:58 PM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The world is backwards.


2 posted on 02/18/2009 12:10:40 PM PST by swaimh ("... shall not be infringed." The most important four words of the Second Amendment)
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To: Scanian

Obama could care less.


3 posted on 02/18/2009 12:10:46 PM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Scanian

The world has turned upside down.


4 posted on 02/18/2009 12:10:56 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Scanian

Putin has never been a Communist. Yes, he admired the Soviet Union’s military might, but like anyone with a brain, he could see the economic basket case centralized planned economies left the old Soviet Union.


5 posted on 02/18/2009 12:11:54 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Red Steel

amazing. I didn’t know Putin was a capitalist


6 posted on 02/18/2009 12:12:01 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Scanian

It’s a terrible shame when Russia’s President is smarter than our own.


7 posted on 02/18/2009 12:12:12 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Nihil utile nisi quod honestum - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: Scanian

Even Putin can see it. The U.S. is morphing into the U.S.S.A.


8 posted on 02/18/2009 12:12:25 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: Scanian

Surreal.


9 posted on 02/18/2009 12:12:39 PM PST by Pox
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To: b4its2late

“Obama could care less.”

True. Remember the old standard...it’s not that socialism doesn’t work, it’s just that it hasn’t been tried by the right people.


10 posted on 02/18/2009 12:13:03 PM PST by NeoConfederate
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To: Scanian

[You can’t make this stuff up!]

Too funny! That is exactly what I was going to post.


11 posted on 02/18/2009 12:13:26 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Scanian
Marx said the road to Socialism is through Democracy.
The road to Communism is through Socialism.

But heck, even Shumpeter reluctantly admitted the same.
The sheep have finally led us all to slaughter.


12 posted on 02/18/2009 12:13:37 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: swaimh

I’ve been saying to a long time that the USA is becoming more like the USSR and Russia is becoming more like the USA.


13 posted on 02/18/2009 12:13:42 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: Scanian

Oh, the delicious sarcasm! Armageddon is turning out to be funnier than I expected.


14 posted on 02/18/2009 12:13:47 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Scanian

Shumpeter = Schumpeter


15 posted on 02/18/2009 12:13:56 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: John Semmens

Pootie beat you to it! LOL!


16 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:15 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: swaimh

Can we trade Obama for Putin?

LOL.


17 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:26 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Scanian

This isn’t satire??? Holy carp.


18 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:30 PM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: swaimh

It’s felt like I’ve been on an extended acid trip since last November 4, but this...this is just wild, man.


19 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:33 PM PST by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: Scanian

Putin is just tweaking Obama. Of course if the US economy stays tanked, so does the world economy and oil prices stay where they are.


20 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:34 PM PST by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: Scanian

Racist!


21 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:43 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Scanian

My God, up just became down.

When we have to be lectured by PUTIN saying to us Americans, ‘don’t try socialism, it doesn’t work, we’re the PROOF’, we need to get all our socialist leaders out of office and make sure they can never ever hold a single public position of power again. And I mean not even on their little school board or july 4th parade committee.


22 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:43 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Scanian

Is this an Onion story? Am I in 2009??? Weird stuff.


23 posted on 02/18/2009 12:14:51 PM PST by Cathy
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To: Scanian
Wow! Isn't that a complete turn around!!! The Ruskies warning the USA not to embrace socialist/Commie idiology!

I guess they are no longer funding those commie traitors (John Kerry's winter soldiers) like they did in the 60's and 70's.

It's also a subliminal statement that even Putin knows what Obama is. Too bad our traitorous media keeps trying to cover up what the rest of the world knows

24 posted on 02/18/2009 12:15:09 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: B-Chan
Armageddon is turning out to be funnier than I expected.

Well, it has that going for it.

25 posted on 02/18/2009 12:15:13 PM PST by NeoCaveman (hey who ordered the trillion dollar crap sandwich?)
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To: Scanian

Want to think of something really really ironic? Imagine Russia supplying logistical support to a pro-freedom group in the USA at some point in the future.


26 posted on 02/18/2009 12:15:53 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: NeoConfederate

Yes, you are correct.


27 posted on 02/18/2009 12:15:55 PM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: DoughtyOne

“Even Putin can see it. The U.S. is morphing into the U.S.S.A.”

The only good thing about this is no one will want to come here as the US will now be as equally crappy as the rest of the world.


28 posted on 02/18/2009 12:16:02 PM PST by NeoConfederate
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To: DoughtyOne

I am hoping Vlad or his pals in the KGB (I forget their new name) can get us his real Kenyan BC. I think the Russians may end up being are allies against O and his Islamist pals.


29 posted on 02/18/2009 12:16:30 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Scanian
So this is what going insane feels like.

I'm just waiting for my neighbor's dog to start giving me orders.

31 posted on 02/18/2009 12:16:54 PM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: Centurion2000

I’d feel a heck of a lot better about the Russkies, if they’d just stop helping the damn Iranians.


32 posted on 02/18/2009 12:16:56 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Scanian

Here is his entire speech at the economic summit.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123317069332125243.html


33 posted on 02/18/2009 12:17:07 PM PST by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: B-Chan
"Oh, the delicious sarcasm! Armageddon is turning out to be funnier than I expected."

More proof that God has a sense of humor. Once in a while he comes up with some real gut busters, like giving Mrs. Carter the two biggest boobs the world had ever seen up to that point.

34 posted on 02/18/2009 12:17:59 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: DoughtyOne

Putin is nationalist first and foremost, even though he still has a strong totalitarian streak in him, he has repudiated socialism. I think this whole scenario is fabulous that Pooty-Poot is telling the US something about socialism. The USSA is a very apt description of what we’re becoming.


35 posted on 02/18/2009 12:18:05 PM PST by brooklyn dave
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To: Scanian

Yup, I always knew that as dumb as communists were, they didn’t hold a candle to the Obamaloon and his Loon-O-Tics!


36 posted on 02/18/2009 12:18:17 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Centurion2000

Crap, Pravda is already allowing tougher criticism of Obama than our own media does.


37 posted on 02/18/2009 12:18:25 PM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The Audacity of Irony...


38 posted on 02/18/2009 12:18:38 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Scanian

At this point, I fear Putin’s place might be more capitalist than ours.


39 posted on 02/18/2009 12:19:33 PM PST by Califreak (1/20/13-Sunrise in America)
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To: Frantzie

Frankly, I think the Russians should be our ally. It’s just crazy to see them support a nation trying to get nuclear arms, when those arms will be supplied to terrorists. It’s crazy for it to want to side with China, when it can see that China wants world domination.

Russia knows we aren’t going to invade.

Russia is our natural ally in the modern world. Unfortunately it’s leaders still have their heads in a 1970s mode, unable to see current world dynamics for what they are.

But then our new leader can’t either.


40 posted on 02/18/2009 12:20:27 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: NeoConfederate

Hey, a little less truth around here... ;-)


41 posted on 02/18/2009 12:21:11 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: Scanian

now let me get all this straight....never mind, i’ll just have another beer...


42 posted on 02/18/2009 12:21:20 PM PST by gunnyg
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To: B-Chan
Armageddon is turning out to be funnier than I expected.

lol. you owe me a new keyboard =)

43 posted on 02/18/2009 12:21:37 PM PST by catbertz
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To: Scanian

I read his speech from Davos...it was stunning to me that I would agree with the former head of the KGB far more than i do our own president...the world is indeed completely backwards.


44 posted on 02/18/2009 12:21:42 PM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: brooklyn dave

I agree with your thoughts and appreciate your agreement with mine.


45 posted on 02/18/2009 12:21:50 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: DoughtyOne
Unfortunately it’s leaders still have their heads in a 1970s mode, unable to see current world dynamics for what they are.

Frankly, so do ours.

Kosovo was the dumbest thing we could have done. We could have brought Russia into the fold, but our stupidity there, gave the hardliners in Russia an excuse to say that the West was not their friend.

46 posted on 02/18/2009 12:22:15 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Scanian

Sigh, it’s hopeless. I can’t discern fact from satire anymore.


47 posted on 02/18/2009 12:23:06 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: swaimh
The world is backwards.

GMTA...I was going to say up side down

48 posted on 02/18/2009 12:23:16 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Obama says we should listen to our enemies, but not to Rush)
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To: Scanian

A small correction: Putin was never the head of the KGB. He rose to the rank of Colonel in the KGB.

Actually, it’s interesting that in the last days of the Soviet Union, within the KGB there was de facto freedom of speech, and a raging debate about whether or not state atheism had been a hideous mistake. Putin, according to a biographer writing in The Atlantic Monthly a few years back, was on the ‘it was a hideous mistake’ side. I wonder whether there was a similar debate about central planning.

Yup, Russia’s got Christian religious education in its government schools, a flat income tax, lower tax rates (both individual and corporate), a media less subservient to the party in power (despite the odd assassination), and no more cronyism betweeen its major corporate shareholders and CEOs and the government than we have.

Whether Obama’s bent on imitating Lenin or Hitler, I just hope Marx was right when he wrote “History repeats itself, the first time is tragedy, the second is farce.” Lots fewer people tend to die in farces than in tragedies.


49 posted on 02/18/2009 12:23:30 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Scanian

It hasn’t worked, it’s never worked, it will never work.

This should’ve been McCain’s and the GOP’s rally cry.


50 posted on 02/18/2009 12:24:32 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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