Well, it finally happened. A prominent politician, Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) has called Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama ‘a socialist.’ Of course this is something many in the new media, including myself, have been pointing out for some time now. Read a biography on Senator Voinovich, see photos, and a video below.

A few days ago, an everyday American – a plumber named Joe – dared to ask The One about how his Tax Plan would hurt help his small business grow. It was the question heard around the world. That man, after listening to The One’s answer knew that redistribution of wealth was socialism. He said it. On tape. And now, The One’s minions want to destroy this everyday American.

Yesterday, Senator George Voinovich (R) from Ohio, when asked in an interview what he thought about Barack Obama for President, said this:

“He is left of Teddy Kennedy. With all due respect, the man is a socialist.”

And today, after 24 hrs to sleep on it, Voinovich did not back away from the “socialist” quote.

His spokesman, Chris Paulitz, said it was based on Voinovich’s strong belief in a limited role for the federal government. Paulitz cited the 10th Amendment, which says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

“Sen. Voinovich has been a mayor and a governor, and believes the 10th Amendment is sacred. And he does not believe that Sen. Obama has an understanding or respect of the 10th Amendment.”

Well good. A politician who isn’t afraid to stand up to classical liberalism and socialistic ideology! And now, because of a plumber named Joe, Obama’s plan to redistribute your wealth and take power away from state and local governments and the people, is finally out in the open.

Let’s hope it’s not too late.

UPDATE 10/18/08: John McCain is now using the word ‘SOCIALIST’ to describe Senator Obama’s policies. No duh.

Senator George Voinovich Biography

George Victor Voinovich was born on July 15, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio so his age is 72. His dad was a Serb from Croatia, and his mother was Slovenian.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in government from Ohio University in 1958 and a law degree from The Ohio State University in 1961.

Voinovich began his political career in 1963 as an assistant attorney general of Ohio. He then served as a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971. He held various political positions including county auditor, county commissioner, and lieutinent governor.

In 1979, he unseated incumbent mayor of Cleveland Dennis Kucinich and held that office from 1980-1989 in which he is widely credited for the revitalization of Cleveland.

Voinovich ran for governor in 1990 and successfully held that position until term limits forced him out in 1998. He then chose to run for the Senate and has held the position since 1999.

He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he noteably disagreed with John Bolton’s nomination for UN Ambassador.

The National Journal has called Senator Voinovich “one of five local and state officials who make a difference in Washington.�?

Senator Voinovich calls Janet, his wife of 45 years, God’s greatest blessing on him. They have four children, George, Betsy, Peter and Molly, who was killed in a car accident when she was 9 years old. They have seven grandchildren.

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