"Let’s talk about socialism for a moment. It’s greater and greater government micromanaging of our lives. It’s higher taxes to pay for it," Brooks said. "Let’s talk about free enterprise. Free enterprise is belief in the individual, in freedom, in opportunity. It’s what has helped make America one of the greatest nations the world has ever seen."
But Brooks is all for government micromanaging of our lives. He wants to ban abortion, stem-cell research, and gay marriage. He thinks Muslim Americans pose a national security threat. He also thinks it’s important to spend tax money on NASA, which has a huge presence in his district, and takes credit for a $1.8 billion appropriation for the space program in the last budget…which is far greater than the funding that he chose to cut from women’s clinics and public broadcasting last year.
Best of all is his stance on illegal immigrants: “I will do anything short of shooting them.”
Well, at least he’s a big believer in “the individual, in freedom, in opportunity.” Not like those micromanaging reds!
"I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control."
Tea partier? House freshman? Presidential candidate?
"If anything, the knock on [Tim Pawlenty] seems to be that, with a few exceptions, he’s a little too ordinary. One of those exceptions came in 2003, when the newly elected Republican governor selected Cheri Yecke, a little-known Bush administration veteran, to produce new educational standards for what students should—and shouldn’t—learn.
The battle that followed put Pawlenty at the center of a culture war conflagration. Members of Yecke’s handpicked standards committees dismissed sharing and cooperation as “socialist” ideas, suggested replacing “We Shall Overcome” with “Dixie” in a unit on protest songs, and advocated downplaying the impact of slavery on the nation’s antebellum economy—lest it sour students on the virtues of the free market.”