This is a repost (1 of 3), but I think it needs reiterating.
Barack Obama participated in a meeting of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America entitled Economic Insecurity: Employment and Survival in Urban America.
The following is an excerpt from-http://www.chicagodsa.org/ngarchive/ng45.html
New Ground 45
March – April, 1996
A Town Meeting on Economic Insecurity: Employment and Survival in Urban America
By Bob Roman
The panelists were Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman of Chicago’s 4th Ward; Barack
Obama, candidate for the 13th Illinois Senate District; Professor William Julius
Wilson, Center for the Study of Urban Inequality at the University of Chicago;
Professor Michael Dawson, University of Chicago; and Professor Joseph Schwartz,
Temple University and a member of DSA’s National Political Committee.
Barack Obama observed that Martin Luther King’s March on Washington in the 1960s wasn’t simply about civil rights but demanded jobs as well. Now the issue is again coming to the front, but he wished the issue was on the Democratic agenda not just on Buchanan’s.
One of the themes that has emerged in Barack Obama’s campaign is “what does it take to create productive communities”, not just consumptive communities. It is an issue that joins some of the best instincts of the conservatives with the better instincts of the left. He felt the state government has three constructive roles to play.
The first is “human capital development”. By this he meant public education, welfare reform, and a “workforce preparation strategy”. Public education requires equality in funding. It’s not that money is the only solution to public education’s problems but it’s a start toward a solution. The current proposals for welfare reform are intended to eliminate welfare but it’s also true that the status quo is not tenable. A true welfare system would provide for medical care, child care and job training. While Barack Obama did not use this term, it sounded very much like the “social wage” approach used by many social democratic labor parties. By “workforce preparation strategy”, Barack Obama simply meant a coordinated, purposeful program of job training instead of the ad hoc, fragmented approach used by the State of Illinois today.
The state government can also play a role in redistribution, the allocation of wages and jobs. As Barack Obama noted, when someone gets paid $10 million to eliminate 4,000 jobs, the voters in his district know this is an issue of power not economics. The government can use as tools labor law reform, public works and contracts.
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- Documents Show Barack Obama was Member of a Socialist Third Party in ’90s (rushlimbaugh.com)
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