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Milford Billboard Calls Obama an 'Entry Drug to Socialism'

Fayez Ghaly, owner of the business next to the billboard, wants it removed. George J. Smith & Son Realtors President DeForest Smith stands by the message.

This article originally appeared on Milford Patch.

A billboard on the corner of High Street and Boston Post Road in Milford reads 'Obama = The Entry Drug to Socialism.'

This sign has created tension between Fayez Ghaly, the owner of USA Fuel, the gas station and market abutting the billboard, and DeForest Smith, the owner of the billboard and President of .

The Business Owner

"I'd like to see the sign down," said Ghaly. "I don't want to get involved with the politics."

Ghaly alleges that a representative from 'Milford Zoning' told him that the billboard was 'in violation.' Ghaly went on to claim that when he told the official he didn't own the billboard, the official left, but promised to return. Ghaly alleges that the official has never returned.

Milford City's Response

There is no evidence that a Milford zoning official ever spoke to Ghaly, though the office did not deny that such a conversation took place.

When asked about the billboard and the alleged conversation with Ghaly, Milford Permitting and Land Use Director Jocelyn Mathiasen sent an email stating: "No one in our office has issued any orders related to the bilboard."

The Billboard Owner

DeForest Smith noted that while the billboard space is usually used for business purposes, his company has put up this 'Obama' sign for their own purposes.

"We put it up," Smith said. "It's our belief." 

Smith addressed the issue of Obama's relationship with Socialism saying, "Take a look at France or Italy, they're all going bankrupt. Debt is out of control."

Smith went on to say that Obama "borrowed 5 or 6 billion dollars."

What do you think of the billboard? Does it interfere with USA Fuel owner Fayez Ghaley's hope of not getting 'involved with the politics'? Or should the sign stay up because DeForest Smith owns the billboard and should be able to put up any sign he wants?

DC September 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
REPLYING TO B. CERANI BELOW: "But Mr. Gahley said he did not want to be political, Well then,he shoudn't have said anything. Mr. Smith has all the right in this country to say what he wants and I commend him for doing so." I was referring to YOUR quote above. I realize he expressed his freedom of of speech. You were the one that said "he shouldn't have said anything" and in the next breath you said, "Mr. Smith has all the right in this country to say what he wants and I commend him for doing so." It's sad that you don't realize this.
Gina Gallo September 09, 2012 at 03:17 PM
so right Chuck, because Milford has such a stellar reputation to preserve with your VIP porno shops all over town? Now that's unfortunate. We live in America and freedom of speech is our right. If I have to see porno billboards and stores in your town, then you should stop belly aching about a billboard that expresses a fellow citizen's views.
God Bless America September 11, 2012 at 03:04 AM
The beliefs of modern socialism were first written about by Karl Marx in his 1848 book, The Communist Manifesto. Marx believed that the current political systems built on state capitalism were unsustainable and would ultimately be destroyed by the working class in a revolution. Capitalism and oppression are inseparable. Marx believed that the working class would ultimately rise up against the ruling class to control the means of production. Read more at Suite101: What is Socialism?: A Brief Overview of the Beliefs of Socialism | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/what-is-socialism Almost every state in existence today has an unequal distribution of wealth that is sustained by dividing the working class using race, sex, or xenophobia. The working class is the majority of any capitalist system while the wealth is concentrated among a relatively small amount of people. Socialism removes the class struggle by providing for everyone regardless of class. Talk about going backwards-this says it all. Also why socialism would not work in the US just a visual- Norway is a little larger than the state of montana & sweden is the same size of California-- get the picture? As they say the "numbers don't work". Kudos to the person who put up this sign- I wish I lived in milford. God Bless America!!!
Helene E. Logan October 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Well said, Mary. So many of these whining Tea-Party/NeoCons complain about 'Socialism' (having no idea what it means), all the while taking advantage of the things you mentioned plus items such as the G.I. Bill, Social Security, Police and Fire protection, etc. I agree with you, he's certainly entitled to his opinion, but I won't consider using his realty services, as he proves with the statement on that billboard that he's obviously an uniformed idiot. I'll take my business to someone who can think critically. And Elizabeth's statement above--LOL, so true! If I put up a sign that says 'Rush Limbaugh is a drug addict and pedophile' boy, would the conservatives have kitten-fits (despite the endless rumors and arrests that back up my statement).
Helene E. Logan October 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Wow, Bob, are you threatening Mary here? I would think not, but it just reads that way. 'Welfare fraud' is a canard. Just one site with plenty of links to info: http://www.junkland.net/2012/01/8-myths-about-welfare-queens-debunked.html

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