Video: Moran and redistributionism

posted at 7:46 am on November 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s election has given the Left a new license to talk redistributionism. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) indulges in the celebration of government control of capital in this clip explaining how Republicans have this simplistic devotion to the silly concept of private property (via QandO):

We have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards redistributing wealth and they may be able to sustain it for a while but it doesn’t work in the long run.

Moran practically argues against himself in the leadup to this statement. He notes that American industry has become more efficient and more productive than ever, a necessary improvement in order to compete on a global stage.  Moran doesn’t mention that we achieved that while keeping unemployment low.  Why?  Because the wealth that this efficiency created got “distributed” by the people who owned the capital into other enterprises that created jobs and more wealth, and more jobs, and so on.  Otherwise, had people hid the money in savings accounts or mattresses, the higher efficiency would have resulted in higher unemployment, not lower unemployment.

Now Moran and Obama want to have government confiscate capital at higher rates in order to “share the wealth” through government bureaucracies.  That will kill the engine of economic growth and stall the creation of new jobs.  The only growth industry in America will be government bureaucracies and Joe Biden’s WPA II.

Before this general election, talk of redistributionism would have killed political careers.  Can Democrats openly embrace this concept and maintain their offices?  At the moment, yes they can.   When it fails miserably, that may change — but it will be a painful lesson for American voters.

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On the topic of the economy, here is an article about the auto bail out, and, more importantly, how it really comes down to being the fault of unions.

Count to 10 on November 10, 2008 at 11:18 AM

These unAmerican liberal trolls are all beginning to show their true colors in a way they never could before. What a relief for them to not have to wake up lying to your constituents every day.

And that arrogance will eventually be their undoing.

They win one presidential election by a 53% – 46% margin, and they’ll convince themselves that that translates into overwhelming public support for radically redefining American. They’ll find out how wrong they are in about 4 years, when all the working class whites and Reagan Democrats run shrieking from Obama with their checkbooks on fire.

On election night, I watched Obama’s speech…I saw a man scared sh!tless at the realization of the enormity of what had just happened. Barack Obama will be a failure as President and won’t win a second term. Why? Because leaders have to know who they are inside, and Barack Obama doesnt. He’s a lost man…his entire life is a rather sad story of a person desperately trying to figure out exactly who he is.

As someone said, the Presidency is no place for on-the-job training. Obama is about to prove that.

rvastar on November 10, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Moran’s statement is astounding. He should receive a lot of calls, letters and emails about his socialist position and the self-mocking idiocy of his statement.

Maybe we should start redistributing clues, because Moran obviously does not have one…

DrDeano on November 10, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Epic fail, Congressman Douche Bag. What happens when I stop producing? Hmmmm…… Will I get my mortgage paid and gas in my tank?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

When it fails miserably, that may change — but it will be a painful lesson for American voters.

Like I said a couple of days ago….these yoots will soon be saying “My parents get smarter the older I get”.

csdeven on November 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM

All unions must be busted!!

TheMightyQuinn on November 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

ex-Democrat on November 10, 2008 at 10:23 AM

True that.

I know many of you must have been SHOCKED to see VA go blue on 11/4. If you lived here in Arlington, Alexandria, or in Loudoun/Fairfax counties, you would have seen it coming a mile away. Bunch of Northeast transplants, mostly government employees whose numbers swelled during the Bush administration. I’m sure a lot of these Obama voters out here were throwing hissy fits because the bill came due for their big ass McMansions that they couldn’t afford and so although they’re very affluent, they whine and moan about the Bush economy. It’s pathetic.

And for what’s it worth, I am one of the Northeast transplants…

gippergal1984 on November 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Oh, before I forget:

Here’s the form to contact Moran. You have to enter an 8th District zip code and address….you can use 22202.

Or call the jerk at 202-225-4376

gippergal1984 on November 10, 2008 at 1:40 PM


“Simplistic notion”?

You have a little bit of money, right? You probably have some in your wallet right now. If I were to walk up to you and ask you to “redistribute” the money you have in your wallet right now, how would you respond?

As a Member of Congress, you are a heck of a lot richer than I will ever be, and yet you want me to not object as you try to take a lot more money out of my wallet than I could ever dream of taking out of yours.

gridlock2 on November 10, 2008 at 4:45 PM

There has been a concerted effort to achieve “productivity” above all else. This means if you can get legal or illegal immigrants to come in and displace Americans or force American wages down by all means do it. This works but makes Americans so mad they no longer want to take it any more. Most of this “productivity” has gone to higher corporate wages making the CEO’s Presidents etc. overpaid at the expanse of the other 90 – 98% of workers having their wages suppressed.

This really is happening.

But the population doesn’t understand that the Democrats intend to make is worse not better. They simply want to choose different winners. Unions instead of Corporate. Although to do this they will help many Americans making less than a living wage (a wage high enough to pay for medical insurance, transportation to work, housing and food). Right now the minimum wage will not do that making people “earning” it more or less job slaves(dependant on others or the state for medical and sometimes even food).

Steveangell on November 10, 2008 at 5:00 PM

On the topic of the economy, here is an article about the auto bail out, and, more importantly, how it really comes down to being the fault of unions.

Count to 10 on November 10, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Unions, which I personally have little use for, are not a device existing outside of the capitalistic system. They are a part of the capitalistic system.

Point being is that the unions did not destroy the car companies. Incompetent auto industry management incapable of dealing with unions allowed unions to kill our auto industry.

Unions are a management issue and management either deals with it by devaluing the union or they let the union eventually run the company into the ground. Sorry. There is no middle ground here.

One of the [many] ways management can devalue a union is to improve the work environment to the point that the workers find their union dues valueless. If the company management does this while creating exciting new products each year that make the company more interesting for the employee, customers and shareholders the union will die. Scores of American companies have proved this over the past 50 years. Why were US auto executives so unsuccessful in this endeavor?

Screw all these guys (meaning the big 3 auto execs and the unions). Let the Toyota buy the big three for their current market cap value (that’s not much right now), fire the unions, carve whatever meat is left on their bones and then throw the rest in the scrap heap.

watson007 on November 10, 2008 at 6:54 PM