What exactly is socialism?
If you ask Republicans, they use far out examples like Venezuela and Cuba. Fox News recently featured an Asian woman saying that her village had no hot water or washers or driers and socialism for her was that everyone suffered equally. You have to hand it to Republicans — when they demonize a term, their supporters agree without question.
Democrats define socialism as government involvement in helping people in ways that private enterprise cannot or will not do. Understandably, companies don’t get involved in businesses with no profit. That is reasonable. If private enterprise could do everything there would be little need for taxes. Therefore, taxes themselves are part of socialism in that they pay for armed forces, police, roads and bridges, and everything government provides can be labeled socialistic. Taxes used to benefit people is the Democratic definition of socialism.
Bernie Sanders is called a socialist because he favors programs like affordable health care and free college education, areas in which private industry is lacking. The self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortex favors a 70 percent tax increase on those making more than 10 million dollars a year. You may think their ideas are good or bad, or too wide in scope, but government helping people through progressive taxes is a form of socialism that is common sense.
No Democratic candidate wants to get rid of capitalism. No reasonable person wants unlimited socialism or capitalism without some rules and regulations. How much or how little of each should be the center of the debate. No matter what the outcome, people can never completely be on their own, which means we will continue to live with some degree of socialism within our capitalistic system. In the final analysis, we all love a little socialism.