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Yesterday, it was reported that Obama claimed his programs were not socialist.  Furthermore he said, “Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market.” 

Since the Clinton years, I have had to read such pronouncements through the lens of a lawyer.  In particular I noticed that he did not say that he supports the free market.  Rather he said that he believes in the free market.  Well, I believe in Cuba and North Korea, but that doesn’t mean that I support either regieme.

I find his word choice very deliberate.  Do you?

Paul Cwik

Paul Cwik is a professor of economics at Mount Olive College. He earned a B.A from Hillsdale College, Michigan, an M.A. from Tulane University in Louisiana, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University in Alabama.