No crypto-communist

Benjamin Cantor-Stone

To the many commentators in the Daily and elsewhere: The president is not a secret communist, fascist, socialist, Bolshevik, Marxist, Nazi, etc. If President Barack Obama is a commie for proposing to raise the highest-bracket tax rate from 35 percent to 37 percent, what does that make Richard Nixon or Dwight D. Eisenhower, under whose presidencies the equivalent tax rate was more than twice as much? Possessed by LeninâÄôs ghost? LetâÄôs face it: These things are only being said because thereâÄôs a Democrat in the White House. Since this one apparently âÄúknows how to keep his pistol in his pocket,âÄù instead of spending our taxpayer money on investigating peccadilloes, folks are trying to frame a man almost obsessed with bipartisan compromise as the lovechild of Che Guevara and Malcolm X. Because the âÄúliberal mediaâÄù at FOX, CNN and The Wall Street Journal are doing their job of giving any position a platform, no matter how inane, people are falling for it. So stop listening to Glenn Beck and do your homework before trying to paint anyone to the left of Dick Cheney with the âÄúredâÄù brush. Benjamin Cantor-Stone University graduate student