Thursday, July 19, 2012

Romney Adviser, John Sununu: Obama's Socialist Policies Are Scaring Rich People Into Moving to...Canada?!

Sean Hannity invited former Governor, and Romney adviser, John Sununu and Fox News contributor, Juan Williams to discuss President Obama's not so helpfully phrased comments on businessmen not building their businesses by themselves. Sununu, if you politicos will recall, was the same douchebag who called Obama a "socialist stoner who needs to learn how to be an American."

While showing slightly more tact during this discussion, Sununu nevertheless continued to slam Obama for doing things like raising taxes, lambasting those that were successful, and just showing absolute contempt for capitalism (and by extension, America) as a whole.

Of course, none of that was particularly newsworthy. But he did say something that I thought was worth mentioning in the following exchange regarding the rich in this country having it really tough cause of that mean ole Obama (Skip to 9:38):

Williams: I see the rich fleeing America! The rich are fleeing by the minute! We've gotta stop it. Oh come on.

Sununu: They are! Canada had more Americans except for one year, more Americans look for permits to move into Canada to do business.

Yes, as we've all been told year after year by right wingers that when you think of countries that love the free market, low taxes and small government, Canada consistently appears at the top of the list.

I'd also like to add that Sununu complained earlier in the program about Obamacare's taxes (almost all of which, I'm pretty sure haven't even been enacted yet) were stifling businesses.

I'd also like to point out that Canada has socialized medicine.

Just throwing that out there.


  1. The red-baiting has been going on for literally four years now. Can everyone just give it a rest for maybe a year or two? Okay thanks

  2. I'm just tickled to death that the son of Palestinian immigrants who was born in Havana is criticizing President Obama for not being "American" enough.


    "On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians awoke to a startling, if pleasant, piece of news: For the first time in recent history, the average Canadian is richer than the average American.
    According to data from Environics Analytics WealthScapes published in the Globe and Mail, the net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, while the average American household’s net worth was $319,970.
    A few days later, Canada and the U.S. both released the latest job figures. Canada’s unemployment rate fell, again, to 7.2 percent, and America’s was a stagnant 8.2 percent. Canada continues to thrive while the U.S. struggles to find its way out of an intractable economic crisis and a political sine curve of hope and despair.
    The difference grows starker by the month: The Canadian system is working; the American system is not. And it’s not just Canadians who are noticing. As Iceland considers switching to a currency other than the krona, its leaders’ primary focus of interest is the loonie -- the Canadian dollar."

  4. Canada has become a lot more conservative in the last ten years than people have realized. Its middle eastern policy is essentially "throw the Palestinians under the bus and give Likud whatever it wants", its officially signed up for whatever awesome foreign adventures the US wants to undertake, and its implementing a lot of the Heritage foundation social experimentation guys like Paul Ryan are all enamored with. Like raising the social security retirement age to 67, slow-rolling medicare privatization, etc.

    So yes, it doesn't surprise me some petulant Rand fanboys want to move to Canada.

    On the other hand, the Harper government cut water-quality monitoring (among other things), so the custodian of the second largest freshwater reserve on the planet now has three junior biologists to monitor water across the entire country.

  5. Canada is US-lite at this point. The fact that it has socialized medicine is a historical fluke. The government is cutting support for education, environmental controls, and healthcare while privatizing what it can, and spending $35 billion on fighter jets. Harper loves secrecy and is a Republican in all but name. I live here.

  6. Canada does not have "socialized medicine," unless you are accepting right-wing definitions of same. They have single-payer, which I suppose might be called "socialized health insurance," but certainly most doctors are not in the direct employ of the governmment.

    1. Since we have to accept the right-wing definition of most things these days, why shouldn't we accept the right-wing definition of "socialized medicine"?

      Heck, they're calling Obamacare "socialized medicine" even though it is the furthest possible thing from that

      We've let the Right set the frame on every single issue for the past 30 years, I don't see why we should suddenly change now.