Originally Posted by 6cubed
Aside healthcare, there are insignificant ideological differences between this president and the last. Obama even extended the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. I'm not sure what you mean by European style mixed economy and whether voters choose that when they elected Obama.
But yea, it's political suicide to appear "socialist", even on many social issues. I honestly even sympathize with the Tea Party on financial matters. Aside Ron Paul the other candidates (Bachman, Palin and related.) are buffoons. I'm just very libertarian. Wall Street is really in the pockets of the Democrats and Republicans don't even believe in free market capitalism anymore. Shame...
Obama extended the tax cuts for the rich b/c he lost majority and couldn't get the tax hikes on the top 1-2%. When the negotiations were going on in the last few weeks in reguards to the debt ceiling, Obama was saying any deal had to include tax reform on the rich and in fact from what I read he gave the republicans more then they wanted on everything else but the tax hikes on the richest 1% was the deal breaker, and it was then taken off the table. Looking at the poles, the republicans are getting a greater percentage of the blame for their lack of comprimise. Most americans think the richest americans should be taxed more. At the very least, there needs to be reform on the tax code for the rich which has so many loop holes it's ridiculous.