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Branding Democratic social policies as "Socialism" is a 150-year-old scare tactic

The demonization of social programs has been an absurd scare tactic since the 1870s. It's overused, dishonest, and lazy.

"I am a classic Democrat who prefers competitive Capitalism, which needs to be monitored and regulated to maintain its success." — Dr. Bob Lorinser

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Immediately after the Civil War, the 15th Amendment gave poor Black men the right to vote. They voted for roads, schools, and hospitals paid for by tax levies on property owners. Southern white supremacists called it "Socialism." Affluent Northerners adopted their ideas and language but targeted immigrants and organized workers.

When Woodrow Wilson's Revenue Act of 1913 replaced tariffs with an income tax, opponents cried of this country's "Socialistic downfall." When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pioneered the New Deal, Republicans saw Socialism.

This tactic is overused, dishonest, and lazy.

Sometimes on the campaign trail, people tell me they haven't voted Democratic in the past because they thought it's terrible for the economy. Yet, the economy has performed better under Democrats than Republicans since World War II. From 1945 on, the S&P 500's annual gain was 11% when Democrats were in control, versus 7% under Republicans. The GDP grew by 4% under Democrats and 2.5% under Republicans. Job growth, too, is significantly more under Democrats than Republicans.

I support Capitalism based on fair competition to make sure everyone wins — not just big business, but everyday citizens of our Nation. Capitalism is not flawless, and it takes government oversight to make sure it is wise, kind, and just for all Americans.

I support:

  • Our Constitutional Republic, based on liberty and civic virtue — the dedication of citizens to the common well-being of each other.

  • Accessible and affordable education and universal healthcare.

  • A government that cares for people with physical and intellectual disabilities to protect human dignity for all.

  • Workers' rights, unions, collective bargaining, and reasonable regulation of large corporations and polluters.

  • The prevention of exploitation of all Americans in every sector.

  • Human rights for all Americans, including the historically oppressed - Women, People of Color, Indigenous and our LGBTQ communities.

These ideals make me a proud American. They're American principles.

About Dr. Lorinser

For his entire career, Dr. Bob Lorinser (D-MI1) has dedicated his life to the service of his community and country.

After receiving three advanced degrees (Medical Doctor, Masters of Social Work, and Masters in Public Health), Dr. Lorinser worked as a social worker in a Veterans Affairs Hospital and as a physician with the Indian Health Service, serving the Navajo Nation. In 1989, he found his home in Michigan's First District, where he practiced family medicine for three decades.

Dr. Bob joined the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Services in 2011 to serve as a diplomat and Regional Medical Officer. The Lorinsers served the United States for ten years, with tours in Pakistan, South Korea, Afghanistan, Morocco, and Iraq.

When he returned to the states in 2020, Dr. Bob offered his services as Medical Director of Marquette County Health Department. He and his wife of 40 years, Peggy, live in Gwinn and have three children and four granddaughters.

Dr. Bob Lorinser hopes to serve and represent constituents in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. He is unopposed in the Democrat primary and poised to face Rep. Jack Bergman (R, Acme) in the general mid-term election this November. For more information, visit

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