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Sen. Jim DeMint: I Can’t Work With The President Because He’s A Socialist

Reported by Ellen - September 15, 2011 -

Greta Van Susteren conducted a softball interview with Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) about President Obama’s jobs bill last night (9/14/11). DeMint didn’t just refuse to support the bill, he made it clear he won’t work with the president or Democrats in any way. Insisting he wished he could compromise, DeMint blamed his intransigence on the fact that Obama is a “venture socialist.” And then DeMint had the gall to repeatedly say he didn’t like to be disrespectful to our president. There was no challenge to any of his outrageous comments from Van Susteren.

According to DeMint, he really, truly wanted to work with the president, saying, “I would love to be able to work with the president on something but he’s practicing what we call venture socialism.”

But he also suggested politics had something to do with it, too, because he said Obama’s bill is not a jobs plan but “a political program to try to defer the blame of our economy onto the Republicans.”

DeMint went on to say:

There are a number of Democrats, Greta, and this is the scariest thing of all, who really believe that government spending is the major part of our economy and that if we cut back on spending, that it’s gonna hurt the economy… There’s just a polar opposite vision of what makes America work and so it’s hard to compromise with someone who wants to go in that direction when you know American exceptionalism is in that (other) direction.

So a U.S. senator had just announced his refusal to work with our president on getting Americans back to work. Van Susteren was nonchalant and unconcerned. She said sympathetically, “If the stimulus bill in February of ‘09 had been a roaring success, I think there’d be probably more support (from Republicans).” She did go on to ask whether Republicans had evaluated whether any of the stimulus package had worked and couldn’t the GOP go along with that part of it. She also wondered if there wasn’t any collaboration between the two parties.

Nope, DeMint refused any of that – and then he blamed the Democrats for his own obstructionism.

Unfortunately, we can’t collaborate with them. It’s not that we’re not willing to work with them and compromise in a lot of ways. But the president is just sold out to big labor, to radical environmentalists and this isn’t a partisan comment. All you have to do is look at every bill he’s tried to pass… He’s literally killing jobs all across the country. I think Americans know that…

Van Susteren didn’t challenge any of those rather shocking statements, either. Instead, she asked, vapidly, “Have you given up on him, personally?”

Lo and behold, that prompted a new attack.

I don’t think the president understands free market economics. I don’t mean to be insulting to the president. But everything he does is central planning, right out of the textbooks of what socialism is. And that’s a hard thing to say about an American president but there is nothing he’s done that actually encourages free enterprise… He is really a venture socialist… Again, I don’t like to be disrespectful to our president but this president is moving America in the wrong direction. He’s made things much, much worse and we need to minimize the damage.

Of course, President Obama is not a socialist. Merriam Webster defines socialism as:

any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

President Obama has never advocated nor stated he believed in such a thing. But Van Susteren let the accusation stand without challenge. Instead, she moved on to ask DeMint about the GOP presidential race.

You can contact DeMint via his webmail here.

You can contact the show at ontherecord@foxnews.com.

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