Redistribution flashback: 1996

posted at 9:55 am on October 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama opened a can of worms with Joe the Plumber and his remarks on government “spreading the wealth”.  Over the weekend, an NPR interview from 2001 surfaced in which Obama noted that the failure to achieve redistributive change through the civil-rights movement was “one of [its] tragedies”.  Today, a reader sends me this recap from a spring 1996 meeting of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which has a 34-year-old Obama talking redistribution at the beginning of his political career (emphases mine):

Barack Obama observed that Martin Luther King’s March on Washington in the 1960s wasn’t simply about civil rights but demanded jobs as well. Now the issue is again coming to the front, but he wished the issue was on the Democratic agenda not just on [Pat] Buchanan’s.

One of the themes that has emerged in Barack Obama’s campaign is “what does it take to create productive communities”, not just consumptive communities. It is an issue that joins some of the best instincts of the conservatives with the better instincts of the left. He felt the state government has three constructive roles to play.

The first is “human capital development”. By this he meant public education, welfare reform, and a “workforce preparation strategy”. Public education requires equality in funding. It’s not that money is the only solution to public education’s problems but it’s a start toward a solution. The current proposals for welfare reform are intended to eliminate welfare but it’s also true that the status quo is not tenable. A true welfare system would provide for medical care, child care and job training. While Barack Obama did not use this term, it sounded very much like the “social wage” approach used by many social democratic labor parties. By “workforce preparation strategy”, Barack Obama simply meant a coordinated, purposeful program of job training instead of the ad hoc, fragmented approach used by the State of Illinois today.

The state government can also play a role in redistribution, the allocation of wages and jobs. As Barack Obama noted, when someone gets paid $10 million to eliminate 4,000 jobs, the voters in his district know this is an issue of power not economics. The government can use as tools labor law reform, public works and contracts.

Obama won the endorsement of the CDSA in 1996, and from this report, it’s not difficult to see why.  As I wrote earlier, Obama offered them the flabby European model of Christian-Democrat socialism lite, and they leapt to support it.  The CDSA amusingly notes that Obama ran unopposed in this race because “[h]is opponents have all dropped out or were ruled off the ballot.”  They never mention that Obama’s own campaign forced them off the ballot, an action of which the socialists undoubtedly approved.

Obama, version 1996 and 2001, had no problem talking about government action to effect redistribution of wealth in communities.  He showed a tendency to see economics as a power display rather than as a legitimate maximization of capital and profit.  Look at Obama’s analysis of a cutback; according to Obama, the only reason companies lay people off is to demonstrate power, not to make more efficient use of funds (or to pay ever-more exorbitant tax costs).  That sounds as though it comes from an outlook more couched in Karl Marx rather than Milton Friedman.  And the Socialists in Chicago ate it up.

What else did the CDSA panel that day suggest?  Another speaker, UC professor Julius Wilson, demanded a new WPA program to employ millions, which echoes Joe Biden’s repeated suggestions this election cycle.  Jobs would be available to all Americans, “even Donald Trump, if he chose to do some useful work for a change”.  Wilson never quite gets around to discussing who would pay for a program that employed all Americans, but it’s clear that he’s very, very comfortable with the socialists.

As was Obama.


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i’m so disgusted that this is jut coming out now.

bloghooligan on October 28, 2008 at 9:57 AM

i’m so disgusted that this is jut coming out now.

bloghooligan on October 28, 2008 at 9:57 AM

The guy is from Chicago. Whatever bad news is to come out must be pulled out like teeth.

Vashta.Nerada on October 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Something else that won’t be on the 6:30 news.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM

As I wrote earlier, Obama offered them the flabby European model of Christian-Democrat socialism lite,

Corrected.

jgapinoy on October 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM

This does not work. What Obama misses is we have one of the most progressive tax systems in the world, the rich pay a substantial amount of taxes, the vast bulk. But Obama has to appease his base so it is going to happen. As these taxes go up, revenues will go down. It is easy for the wealthy to protect against tax losses, but that generally means moving money off shore or into investiments where it is not available for capital ventures.

So taxes will continue to rise as the definition of “rich” is lowered. The Obama Mob will not care because they only want the goodies government will give them.

Mr. Joe on October 28, 2008 at 10:02 AM

I am going to invest in pitch fork manufacturing! ;>)

grapeknutz on October 28, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Obama won the endorsement of the CDSA in 1996

It’s completely irresponsible that the media has not reported stuff like this.

CP on October 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM

But to call Dear Leader Obamassiah a socialist is racist! We are not allowed to question The One.

rbj on October 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM

During his NAACP speech earlier this month, Sen. Obama repeated the term at least four times. “I’ve been working my entire adult life to help build an America where economic justice is being served,” he said at the group’s 99th annual convention in Cincinnati.

And as president, “we’ll ensure that economic justice is served,” he asserted. “That’s what this election is about.” Obama never spelled out the meaning of the term, but he didn’t have to. His audience knew what he meant, judging from its thumping approval.

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=302137342405551

“Economic justice”

“Spread the wealth”

Recurrent themes. Recurrent Marxism.

drjohn on October 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Also see this from Power Line. Hey, maybe Cass Sunstein could be a Supreme Court Justice or something!

BTW, Sunstein is married to…Samantha Power.

Buy Danish on October 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM

WAKE UP, AMERICA!

Shy Guy on October 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Thank God it’s coming at least now. It’s up to us to push this everywhere and bring it to the attention of Talk radio and Fox News and other local/national media. I am emailing some news outlets. Please email as many as you can.

I have noticed this is what leftist blogs do. Every time they dig up something they make sure they email to as many people as possible, both private citizens and media.

promachus on October 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

McCain’s campaign has totally screwed the pooch… while McCain’s been holding the head.

They should have had ALL this stuff out and on the table for ALL the world to see months ago. They should have made mincemeat out of Barack Hussein Obama-Marx months ago.

McCain’s whole campaign is about as effective and useful as his right arm.

FlatFoot on October 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Drives me nuts. This guy was never vetted properly. McCain’s camp could have eviscerated him just using a few quotes in his own autobiographies. What has me really confused is how the Clintonistas missed all of this?

sheesh on October 28, 2008 at 10:15 AM

The words ‘socialism’ and/or ‘socialist’ should be in every McCain ad from now til election day.

EnglishMike on October 28, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Hey this stuff sounds pretty cool… I’ll never have to work or try hard at anything ever again!

Riposte on October 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Gack! What a surprise. Obama in another story from the past fully supporting welfare & redistribution.
I really hope the precious undecided voters pull their heads out of their a$$e$ & actually take a side for once.
Right or wrong: where do you stand?

Badger40 on October 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Honestly, this stuff would not bother me at all if Barack Obama had actually done anything in his public life to achieve the ends he spoke so eloquently about. Then we would actually have a track record to look at and decide if that is what we want for our nation.

But this guy isn’t even a decent socialist. Eight years in the Illinois Senate, and he never passed any legislation to achieve what he talked about in this meeting. Three years in the U.S. Senate, and he hasn’t proposed any major legislation to equalize education funding, increase funding or efficiency in job training programs, or even increase the minimum wage.

I think Obama may very well be an academic socialist, but when the rubber hit the road, he was either too scared, too incompetent, or too much hit by reality to actually put his beliefs into practice.

rockmom on October 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

The CDSA amusingly notes that Obama ran opposed in this race because “[h]is opponents have all dropped out or were ruled off the ballot.”

Did you mean ‘unopposed’?

Mr Michael on October 28, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Anyone notice that Obama believes that 9/11 was “a tragedy” (and not a deliberate, coordinated assault on America), while he also holds that the “…Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society” to be a “tragedy” as well.

So, let me get this straight. 9/11 was a tragedy. The failure of the courts to redistribute money from whites to blacks in a direct manner was also a tragedy. This leaves us with three possibilities:

1. In Obama’s mind, there is no fundamental difference between an act of war, and the need for top-down social justice and re-structuring, or…

2. 9/11 was not an act of war at all, but rather a justifiable attack on the same oppressive American hegemony that produced the Jim Crow laws, or…

3. Both are occurrences that sadden him – however, while he has actively beaten the drum of peace (while voting “Present” like a coward), and would see our troops come home covered in shame, rather than glory, he has consistently put himself forward to lead on matters of social justice. Therefore, socialist wealth transfers to “pay for the sins of previous generations” takes precedence over defending our lives and our country.

Of the three options, I lean towards #3. I believe he has a conscience, and in his own way grieves for those who perished in the attacks of 9/11. However, the values that inform his morality and conduct preclude everything else from taking precedence over big government solutions to racial grievances and “fairness.” He is a spineless coward standing on the shoulders of failed, broken doctrines and mantras.

I don’t fear an economic depression under a President Obama. I fear for my life, and the lives of American put in harm’s way by his cowardly embrace of “Peace in our time.”

Flyover Country on October 28, 2008 at 10:28 AM

sheesh on October 28, 2008 at 10:15 AM

how the Clintonistas missed all of this?

Hillary’s platform in the primaries was essentially the same as Barack’s so there was not much point.

gh on October 28, 2008 at 10:32 AM

What has me really confused is how the Clintonistas missed all of this?

sheesh on October 28, 2008 at 10:15 AM

They didn’t, even they called him “unelectable.”

One problem Hillary has is that she’s an Alinsky-ite herself…hard to bash the socialist Obama when she’s one herself.

They expected the media to take him down—but wham—even they didn’t expect the bias.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 28, 2008 at 10:33 AM

I am going to invest in pitch fork manufacturing! ;>)

grapeknutz

I will partner with you if we can add hammers and sickles to our product line.

WashJeff on October 28, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Ed, I just listened to Obama live on TV. Free college tuition for everyone who participates in a “service” program. Is that 2 years? My gosh. Huge government program, huge transfer of wealth. Free childhood early development. A massive expansion of free public education at each end. He’s going to “make jobs”, 2 million new jobs, making solar panels, and wind turbines, and working with car companies to make more fuel-efficient cars. If implemented, all will be a miserable failure, trust me. What govt make work program has ever done well? Except building roads and walls? And he will cut govt. Mostly the military, I’m sure. If you are poor with kids, he’s going to throw money at you. Great. We’ll get more poor people and more kids.

Paul-Cincy on October 28, 2008 at 10:39 AM

I posted this exact article yesterday on LGF—a poster named ‘JacksonTN’ somehow linked to an old google archive from 2001. There is a treasure trove of old articles about this guy, but this one, from the DSA no less, was the most interesting…

I found numerous references to ‘events’ that Sen.Obama attended, but alot of the more intriguing links had been either pulled or out of date. Someone with a better google mojo than I might be able to find more of this stuff…

dish on October 28, 2008 at 10:43 AM

How can somebody like Warren Buffet actually support this disaster of a candidate?

AZ_Mike on October 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM

You have to understand that McCain wants to lose with dignity.

guitarguy on October 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM

All this talk of redistribution of wealth makes me wonder does Oprah really agree to this? She’s worth over $1 billion. I just can’t imagine Barry taking from her, and her liking it.

moonsbreath on October 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM

moonsbreath on October 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM
All this talk of redistribution of wealth makes me wonder does Oprah really agree to this? She’s worth over $1 billion. I just can’t imagine Barry taking from her, and her liking it.

Obama wants your income. Even HE can’t touch your wealth. In other words, he wants you to work more for him. He’s going to tax work and productivity. Anything you tax, you’ll get less of it. He’ll keep the death tax though. No doubt. Might even increase it. Can you imagine.

Paul-Cincy on October 28, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Obama doesn’t just want to punish the successful. He wants to reward the lazy.

Connie on October 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM

huh.

http://reds.linefeed.org/groups.html

Democratic Socialists of America: Confederation of socialists formed in 1983 when a splinter group of the Socialist Party (Michael Harrington’s Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, DSOC) merged with the SDS splinter New American Movement (NAM). DSA has many celebrity members, including feminist Gloria Steinem, actor Ed Asner, black activist Cornel West, and libertarian socialist Noam Chomsky. It is also the chief American member group of the Socialist International, which includes the British Labour Party and the French Parti Socialiste. Until just recently, the main aim of DSA was to convert the Democratic Party into a social democratic organization. However, since the Democratic Party has been taken over by centrists such as Bill Clinton and Al Gore, many DSA members are finding it harder and harder to support this political party. Three DSA members are currently in the United States Congress: Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Danny Davis (D-IL), and Major Owens (D-NY). At one point, DSA had a fourth Congressman, Ron Dellums (D-CA) prior to his retirement in 1997. Also, the current president of the labor federation AFL-CIO, John Sweeney, is also a DSA member. DSA publishes a journal, Democratic Left, and has numerous commissions on specific issues, as well as a youth wing (YDS). Though it is still the largest socialist organization in the US, DSA has been diminishing in size recently. Following the November 2001 DSA National Convention, many members hope to find a new direction and regain membership.

i arrived at that particular site because i googled “democratic socialists of america” with “revolutionary communist party” (of bob avakian, clark kissenger, the world can’t wait fame). i had kinda assumed that the former was a front for the latter because the perssonel sponsoring “the young democratic socialists” events on UofC campus were mostly revcoms and rcyb people when i attended lectures there. looks like that was more a case of either slightly different nomenclature or local coalitional consolidation.

eh on October 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Here’s the link to the google cache

dish on October 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Obama doesn’t just want to punish the successful. He wants to reward the lazy.

Connie on October 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM

listen and laugh. or cry.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96175819

eh on October 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM

“You will never get real freedom and recognition between black and white people in this country without destroying the country, without destroying the present political system, without destroying the present economic system, without rewriting the entire constitution. It will be a complete destruction of everything that America supposedly stands for.”

– El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz born Malcolm Little, most commonly known as Malcolm X

“Only Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me. The blunt poetry of his words. His unadorned insistence on respect. He promised a new and uncompromising order, marshal in its discipline.”

–Barack Hussein Obama

“But my journey is part of a larger journey – one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.”

–Barack Hussein Obama

Kevin in Washington State on October 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Obama wants your income.

Paul-Cincy

Actually, according to the Big O, I’m supposed to get money.

However, Oprah is supposed to make over $300 million a year. Obama should be taking 60% or more of her wealth. Same thing with Hollywood. People making over $20 million a film, and they feel comfortable with him taking their money.

This is what doesn’t make any sense and no-one has asked.

moonsbreath on October 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

FlatFoot on October 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Someone should do a comparison between Bernie Sanders and Obama.

Connie on October 28, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Obama is unintentionally going to start a war in this country … and maybe this country will emerge stronger for it because the left will not win it.

Josiah on October 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM

This is one person’s notes of a meeting? Is there some audio or video to support the notes or are we just going to take up any blogger’s words without any proof?

sanjeevn on October 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM

People making over $20 million a film, and they feel comfortable with him taking their money.

This is what doesn’t make any sense and no-one has asked.

moonsbreath on October 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Entertainer Mo’Nique was on Craig Ferguson’s show the other night. She turned her appearance into an Obama commercial, which clearly made Craig uncomfortable. But anyway, she said she’s in the $250K+ category and that she’s happy – nay, thrilled – to pay more in taxes because she believes so strongly in Obama’s message of hope and thinks he’ll help so many people with the money (as if Obama were personally taking her heartfelt donation from her hand and doling it out to crying, starving, naked children). She talked about how people in the African American community are so enraptured by Obama, his candidacy, and the prospect of him being president that they are regularly moved to tears over the awesomeness of it all. She gave the impression that other Hollywooders, both black and white, are similarly eager to fork over more dough for the Obama’s New America.

So, the short answer is apparently this: They’ve drunk the kool-aid.

aero on October 28, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Anybody that uses the terms “economic justice”, “political justice”, “social justice” is a socialist …. period.

Harpoon on October 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

hey kev, …

“I’ been very partial to Malcolm X, particularly his self-help teachings. I have virtuallv all of the recorded speeches of Malcolm X. There is a lot of good in what he says…”

-Clarence Thomas

get over it.

eh on October 28, 2008 at 11:09 AM

If everyone works for the government, then where does the revenue come that the government needs from private corporation taxes?

If you would listen to what Rev Wright said in all his sermons, it’s socialist redistribution. He wants to take all the white peoples’ money and give it all to the blacks. . . they call it ‘justice’. I call it stealing.

Socialist government is a parasite on growth. I thought that’s what we learned with the fall of the USSR. Maybe instead of US of KKK-A, the good REV should have referred to his Utopian vision as the ‘USSA’.

ThackerAgency on October 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Redistribution is the final act in the so-called Civil Rights movement. Equal access and equal treatment under the law were battles that were won decades ago…The Obamas, Sharptons and Jacksons of this country now want a share of wealth that they have not earned. No matter, earned or not, redistribution is merely another name for slavery reparations.

Nozzle on October 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

One week before the election, and Obama is being “vetted” on this one issue. 1996…2001…2008, consistent in his desire to move wealth around.
As one of the LAT reporters stated, 18 hours a day for months and none of the reporters know anything about Obama.
How about getting off the plane and doing some research…

right2bright on October 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

All this does not even count the wealth that the One wants to give to the rest of the world….a trillion dollars and counting.

jukin on October 28, 2008 at 11:44 AM

FlatFoot on October 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

*sniffs* smells like astroturf

ManlyRash on October 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

McCain’s whole campaign is about as effective and useful as his right arm.

FlatFoot on October 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Look who is starting to come out, the little foolish trolls…or moby’s.
Cute reference about his disability…you disgusting little rat.

right2bright on October 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Here is a mid-day palate-cleanser that I am posting to all of today’s threads. It’s very inspirational and I promise it will be worth 2 minutes of your life. Birth of the U.S.

ManlyRash on October 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM

The media have are active participants in this race and have sought to destroy Obama’s opposition as well as suppress stories and evidence which might be damaging to his career.

The left and media have gone to great lengths to polarize the nation so even if McCain were to win, the insurgency would begin immediately.

moxie_neanderthal on October 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Craig should have asked her, if she is so eager to give money to help the poor, why does she need to wait for the govt to take it first. There are thousands of charities out there, all in need of money.

MarkTheGreat on October 28, 2008 at 12:27 PM

McCain’s whole campaign is about as effective and useful as his right arm.

FlatFoot on October 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Look who is starting to come out, the little foolish trolls…or moby’s.
Cute reference about his disability…you disgusting little rat.

right2bright on October 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I checked his/her old posts… doesn’t seem to be an astroturfer or troll… just someone with a poor sense of humor, I think.

Anyway, we can all debate about how McCain ran his campaign, but at the end of the day you can’t do the control experiment, so it’s all academic. What we do know is that he did not resort to thuggery or lying or cheating. That matters.

This is a close race, but maybe not really that close with all of those undecideds, PUMAs, and quiet conservatives out there. Don’t trust the polls!

Y-not on October 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM

I think Obama may very well be an academic socialist, but when the rubber hit the road, he was either too scared, too incompetent, or too much hit by reality to actually put his beliefs into practice.

rockmom

I think you’re way, way off here, rockmom. I think that Barack Obama – and those who have helped him rise to prominence – knew EXACTLY what they were doing.

Basically, in American politics, candidates for national offices are judged on two things: primarily, their records in office…secondarily, their personal lives. With that in mind, Obama has shown himself to be perhaps the most brilliant PURE politician in American history, because he fully understands the American propensity to not judge a man on their associations, but on their actions.

As Dick Morris has stated before, the reason Obama has done nothing in elected office is so that his political opponents have nothing to use against him. That really only leaves his personal life open for attack. Happily married? Check. Socially-engaged wife? Check. Beautiful children? Check. That leaves one weakness to exploit: his associations; however, The main problem with pinning any negative effect from these associations on Obama is that the average American voter is WOEFULLY UNINFORMED about leftist politics. Why? Because Leftists have controlled all the information streams in this country for 40+ years now, and they have spent that 40+ years feeding the American public a steady diet of propaganda that paints all right-wing political thought as dangerous and suspect and all left-wing political thought as benign and good-hearted, if sometimes a little goofy and over-the-top.

For an example, let’s take a look at who are almost always the bad guys in American television and movies.

If there’s any sort of a political theme present, 90% of the time the bad guys are Nazis, neo-Nazis, conservative politicians or businessmen, fundamentalist Christians, or some sort of crazy person who believes that the weak exist to be preyed upon by the strong (a common portrayal of right-wing thought). The good guys are always reluctant warriors, sensitive and inclusive, who adhere in varying degrees to Leftist tenets of multiculturalism, moral relativity, and subjective truth. But since not EVERY bad guy in the real world is a white Christian racist, Hollywood has to sometimes portray members of a “protected” group (i.e. blacks, Hispanics, Arabs, etc.) as the bad guys. But in those instances, there are always two phenomena present to help offset any negative potrayal of that protected group: 1) one of the primary good guys is ALWAYS a member of the protected group and 2) somewhere, lurking in the wings, there is ALWAYS a right-wing foil of the type I listed earlier who is trying to sabotage the efforts of the good guys and who is portrayed as being just as morallay reprehensible as the bad guys.

But where are the movies about evil Leftists? Where are the movies about Lenin? Stalin? Mao? And the millions upons millions upon millions who were murdered by these Leftists brutes? Well, those movies don’t exist. I wonder why.

So in that light, is it really any wonder why the American public is unconcerned with Obama’s associations with detestable Leftists like Ayers and Wright? The simple, sad fact is that the vast majority of the American public HAS NO IDEA what “Leftist” means in the first place.

Jeremiah Wright? Just a crazy preacher. Bill Ayers? Just some nutty old commie from the 60s.

As the bard wrote:

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

But anyway, she said she’s in the $250K+ category and that she’s happy – nay, thrilled – to pay more in taxes because she believes so strongly in Obama’s message of hope and thinks he’ll help so many people with the money

aero

If I were Ferguson, I would have asked her the following question:

“Since you’re so concerned with “helping” everybody, I’m sure that you’ve already been donating 40% of your earnings to the less-fortunate, right? No? Well, why not? Nothing’s been stopping you from doing so?”

The look of abject confusion and stupidity that would have registered on her face would have been priceless.

rvastar on October 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM

We can see where else he gets his Marxist roots: here.

crushliberalism on October 28, 2008 at 12:59 PM

There is very little to laugh about 1 week before election but this sure put a smile on my face and wanted to pass it on.

Don’t know if you saw this from “Roger in Mass”. It’s brilliant: I love this short story;Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read “Vote Obama, I need the money.” I laughed. Once in the restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08″ tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference–just imagine the coincidence. When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight. I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient needed money more. I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

Gulf Coast on October 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Bend over and grab yer ankles. We are truly done. RIP America.

Anyone hear Pelosi’s new 401K program to “spread the wealth”?

Good evening comrades…..

JP1986UM on October 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Good evening comrades…..

JP1986UM on October 28, 2008

Only if we choose to be. We can choose to be sheep or we can choose to be Americans. It’s easy to be a sheep; just go along with what your “betters” tell you. Being an American takes courage and resolve. It can ultimately cost you your life, but other than God and family it’s the only thing that merits that sacrifice.
I will not submit!

SKYFOX on October 28, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I am going to invest in pitch fork manufacturing! ;>)
What about torches??

gary on October 28, 2008 at 4:23 PM

“even Donald Trump, if he chose to do some useful work for a change”

Because we all know that sociology professors at Ivy League schools do so much more useful work and create so much more wealth than do real estate developers.

I’m willing to bet that Prof. Wilson hasn’t put in a 40 hour week since he became of professor. I’m sure he’d count all the time he puts in researching and writing his books, but if that’s part of his “work” how come he’s not sharing book royalties with his employer like engineering professors do with patents?

rokemronnie on October 28, 2008 at 4:35 PM

I haven’t had time to read all of this article yet, but WND seems to allege that Barry was a member of a socialist party:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/?pageId=78945

RightWinged on October 28, 2008 at 10:12 PM