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You lie! about “redistribution”

September 19, 2012

New Romney ad (and Priebus tweet) takes an Obama phrase (“…I actually believe in redistribution…”) out of context to dishonestly distort it and claim he is a “socialist.” (shudder)

The original Obama statement (from 1998): “[T]he trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure everybody’s got a shot.”

In the 2008 campaign, Obama told Joe the Plumber the same thing, and Joe took it to mean that Obama was in favor of taking money away from white working people and giving it to black welfare deadbeats. For the Republicans, “redistribution” is a code word for class and race conflict and discrimination.

As I understand Obama, he knows that extreme maldistribution of wealth and power damages the nation, and must be redressed by the American people, using their government as one means of doing so. As he said last night on the Letterman show:

“What I think the majority of people—Democrats and Republicans—believe is that we’ve got some obligations to each other and there’s nothing wrong with giving each other a helping hand so if that single mom’s kid, even after all the work she’s done, still can’t afford to go to college, for us to be able to give them some help on a student loan so they can end up curing the next disease, or starting the next Google, I think that’s a good investment for America. And if you want to be president, and you want to bring people together, I think that’s the attitude you’ve got to have.”

The Xtreme Rich own $21,000,000,000,000 (21T), untaxed, in accounts in e.g. Switzerland, Cayman Islands. Redistribute that!

(Here’s a video spoof of the Romney campaign’s tactic of quoting out of context, in order to lie about their opponent.)

From → 2012 election, lies, taxes

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