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And who isn’t a socialist?

Under the rule of self-described conservatives, the government has brought about &ldquo;the largest expansion of the welfare state since Lyndon Johnson&rsquo;s Great Society,&rdquo; said George Will in<em> The Washington Post

George WillThe Washington Post

In the final days of the presidential race, the Republican ticket took to warning us of impending “socialism” under the Democrats, said George Will. If only someone had done so before the Republicans took over in 2000. Under the rule of self-described conservatives, the federal government produced a massive expansion of Medicare through the prescription-drug entitlement, billion-dollar subsidies to farmers and sugar producers, an auto industry “on the dole,” and nationalized banks. Indeed, Republicans have brought about “the largest expansion of the welfare state since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.” This creeping socialism is no temporary aberration: “Spreading the wealth” to whichever industries and interest groups have the most influence has become the entire point of Washington. That’s why the U.S. is the only industrial society never to have had a significant Socialist party: We don’t need one. As Barack Obama expands our nation’s socialist policies, we on the Right should not fool ourselves into thinking our hands are clean. “The rehabilitation of conservatism cannot begin until conservatives are candid about their complicity in what government has become.”

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