The word "socialism" gets misused a lot. Here's
a clear case: using taxpayer funds to... produce propaganda... that supports partisan groups who prop up... the government... which decides where to spend taxpayer funds.
The Buffalo News has revealed that a former spokesman for President Bush has been encouraging U.S. newspapers to run news stories from Iraq written by two combat veterans who are now embedded reporters in Iraq. The official -- Taylor Gross -- has pitched the stories as "balanced and credible viewpoints gained directly from those closest to and most affected by the Iraq War." But it turns out the veterans are from a pro-war group called Vets for Freedom that has ties to the Republican Party.
Veterans for Freedom:
* "is represented by a very sophisticated Republican public relations firm that Taylor Gross founded, called the Herald Group"
Gross was until recently a Bush spokesman. Before then he was one of the Florida 2000 rioters.
* has a website maintained by the "Donatelli Group, the same organization that provided similar services to the infamous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
* has large, shadowy sources of funding, probably Republicans
* may be "part of the bigger propaganda campaign that has received hundreds of millions of dollars of public money over the last few years"
, such as the Lincoln Group.
At least most socialist governments spend money on railroads or utilities or something you can use. Bushco spends it on lying.