He’s Not a Marxist/Socialist – He just wants to create the biggest welfare state the US has ever seen, that’s all, silly.
The Obama Regime has pushed hard to expand the welfare state, even going so far as to recruit foreigners with Spanish-language food stamp ads and to jettison the work requirement that made welfare reform so successful. As Gerri Willis points out, this is just the tip of the iceberg — and the iceberg is already titanic:
The federal government actually runs 126 separate anti-poverty programs. They’re managed by 13 different agencies. … The federal government runs 33 different housing programs: 21 programs to provide food, eight healthcare programs, 27 cash or general assistance programs. It’s hard to find a government department that doesn’t run an anti-poverty program. All this adds up — and this is just the federal government.
If you also include state and local spending, the government will spend nearly a trillion dollars this year fighting [i.e., subsidizing] poverty. That’s almost the size of the national deficit this year.