“The last time we had this level of socialism being proposed and inexperience at the helm was JIMMY CARTER,” said Schock (who was born four months after Democrat Carter left office in 1981).
I later asked Schock what he meant by the “level of socialism” Obama represents.
“Well, he’s promoting what I would term a government takeover of the health system,” Schock said. “He has said he wants to mandate free college tuition for every student in America.
“Unlike TED KENNEDY (he meant JACK KENNEDY, of course) who said, don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country … he (Obama) says, we’re the wealthiest country in the world; you should get this, you should get that. You’re entitled to this, you’re entitled to that. To me, that’s a move toward socialism.”
Schock was not specific, at that point, on Obama’s programs.
“I’m familiar with what his work was here at the state Capitol, and to me, the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior,” Schock said. “And he has supported what I would consider to be socialistic moves on health care as a state senator.”
“I don’t remember the exact bills,” he said.
JUSTIN DeJONG, the new Illinois spokesman for the Obama campaign, called Schock’s statement on health care misleading and said Schock’s description goes farther than what Obama advocates regarding college costs.
An Obama fact-check Web site says that “Obama has consistently said that if we were starting from scratch, he would support a single-payer system, but now we need to build on the system we have.”
On higher education, Obama wants to create a “universal and fully refundable (tax) credit (that) will ensure that the first $4,000 of a college education is completely free for most Americans and will cover two-thirds the cost of tuition at the average public college or university and make community college tuition completely free for most students.”
Does Aaron Schock really want to try and play the inexperience card? Seriously…