Video: RNC jumps on Obama’s redistribution quote

posted at 11:21 am on September 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It doesn’t take long these days for quotable quotes to end up as campaign ads, at least on the Internet.  The RNC put together this web ad overnight that exploits the discovery of Barack Obama’s 1998 embrace of redistributionism, effectively pairing it with a December 2011 60 Minutes interview where Obama denied that his policies had anything to do with redistribution at all.  It finishes with Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican national convention, asking why anyone is surprised at the lousy Obama recovery while Obama attacks success:

Steve Kroft asked Obama about the redistribution charge (and the accusation that Obama is a socialist) in the CBS interview, and Obama provided this response:

Kroft asked Obama about his mention of “income inequality” in a speech last week, asking if this doesn’t suggest redistribution of wealth, which is (obviously) code for socialism. “People will say this is socialist Obama,” Kroft challenged. “And he’s come out of the closet.” Obama responded that this is nonsense, that income inequality has nothing to do with socialism.  “Everybody’s concerned about inequality,” Obama said. “What’s happened to the bargain? What’s happened to the American deal that says, you know, we are focused on building a strong middle class?”

Just a reminder of the status of the middle class in the Obama recovery:

Household income is down sharply since the recession ended three years ago, according to a report released Thursday, providing another sign of the stubborn weakness of the economic recovery.

From June 2009 to June 2012, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 4.8 percent, to $50,964, according to a report by Sentier Research, a firm headed by two former Census Bureau officials.

Incomes have dropped more since the beginning of the recovery than they did during the recession itself, when they declined 2.6 percent, according to the report, which analyzed data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. The recession, the most severe since the Great Depression, lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.

Overall, median income is 7.2 percent below its December 2007 level and 8.1 percent below where it stood in January 2000, when it was $55,470, according to the report.

This is what happens when we focus on fairness instead of growth.


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I got your “redistribution” right here champ!

“I Got 15 Kids & 3 Babydaddys-SOMEONE’S GOTTA PAY FOR ME & MY KIDS!!!”

Flora Duh on September 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Wow, watching that isn’t good for your blood pressure.

Marcus on September 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I am going to relish saying “I told you so” on election night.

gumbyandpokey on September 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Yeah, just like you did the night Scott Walker lost the recall election.

Oh, wait!

Flora Duh on September 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Once again, my Pole Lecture from last Friday, followed by some additional comments on poleing.

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“But, But, Rasmussen is the ONLY “poll” showing Romney with a lead! Why is that?”

Simple.

It is because Rasmussen is the ONLY public opinion surveyor that is not an O’bamna Campaign Donor.

Let’s look at the others.

ABC/WaPo: ABC has been fluffing for O’bamna since 2007, and the WaPo officially endorsed him for pResident in 2008.

C-BS/New York Times: C-BS was busted in 2004 for trying to swing the Presidential Election to the Democrats by using forged documents. Meanwhile, the NY Times had no problems publishing national security secrets to try and bring Bush down. They of course also endorsed O’bamna for president in 2008.

Reuters/Ipsos: Reuters is famous for having been busted for journalstic fraud several years ago, and their tracking “poll” is an online one, so it’s worthless to begin with. Ipsos is French.

NBC/WSJ: NBS’s pro-O’bamna Bias is well-documented.

Gallup: Once the Gold Standard of Public Opinion Polling. However, they started their decline in 1988 when founder George Gallup sold the company; today there are no Gallups even involved with this “poll”. In addition, the New Gallup has been forever tainted by its partnership with CNN, who threw Gallup under the bus in 2007 so they could bring a pro-Hillary “pollster” (ORC) in as their “pollster”.

CNN/ORC: See above. ORC was in fact founded by the world’s biggest Bill and Hillary Clinton Fluffer, a dude named Vinod Gupta. Do a Google photo search on him and you will see plenty of pictures of Viney smiling with a Clinton on each side of his silly grin.

But of course, Rasmussen is the only Biased Poll.

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks that Bill Clinton left to his successor, “poles” asked who was most to blame for those attacks.

When a couple of those “poles” showed more people blamed Clinton for 9/11 than Bush, that particular question was never again asked by the “polesters”.

And in January of 2001, just before he left the White House and left Bush those same 9/11 attacks, the same “polesters” asked America what Bill Clinton’s pResidency would most be remembered for.

PEW had the following result:

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Jan. 3-7, 2001. N=1,258 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“In the long run, do you think Bill Clinton will mostly be remembered for his accomplishments as president or for the impeachment and other scandals involving his Administration?”

For Accomplishments: 28%

For Scandal: 67%

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 5-7, 2001. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“In your view, will Clinton mostly be remembered as president for [rotate] his accomplishments, OR, his involvement in personal scandal?”

Accomplishments: 28%

Scandal: 68%

Del Dolemonte on September 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

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Del Dolemonte on September 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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Hey just wondering – do you also go out to your nearest interstate and desperately shriek all this sputtering desperate shrilliness to passing cars?

Do you also shriek that Romney is doing really,really, really great?

Dave Rywall on September 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Talk like Obama Day: http://twitpic.com/awgf7h

The Zoo Keeper on September 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Del.
That poll is D+10. 869/(D’s + R’s) = 55%. Still ridiculous skewed.

teacherman on September 20, 2012 at 7:43 AM

RidiculousLY

teacherman on September 20, 2012 at 7:44 AM

What disturbs me about this clip is the language is similar to what he says today. He leaves out the “I believe in redistribution” part but a lot of what he says is the same, “making sure everyone gets a fair shake.”, which he has never been forced to define.

What if this was out there, in 2008, and he had to explain it to voters. As I’ve said, he probably would have been elected anyway, but the voters would have known what they were getting and would have been able to judge him and his policies accordingly.

bflat879 on September 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Hey Del!

Told ya in a earlier post that I would expect even Rasmussen to be showing Obama pulling away soon. Well, well well…

Today, Obama up 47-45 in Rasmussen. Up 50-47 with leaners. Up 47-46 in swing states, 49-47 with leaners. GAME OVER.

I can’t wait for people to whine about Rasmussen now, lol!!

Looks like the 47% comment is what did him in.

gumbyandpokey on September 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

gumbyandpokey on September 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Do you think that people here actually pay attention to what you post?

kingsjester on September 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Hey Gumby, what we gonna do when the Fed Ponzi Scheme, buying T-Bills with money printed by the US Treasury, collapses.

Whatcho gonna do then, blame Bush?

Your Messiah is destroying the (0nce) greatest nation on the face of the earth.

When the collapse occurs, and it certainly will under Obama II, those 47% are the ones who will suffer. The difference between Romney and Obama is that Romney wants to turn the 47 percenters into self-sufficient producers, not welfare state dependents who can be counted on to vote Democrat.

BigAlSouth on September 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

CNN is absolutely shameless.

Last night with Erin and this morning with Costello they’ve told us that ‘redistribution’ only refers to the income tax!!!!!

Sheesh.

I’ll give another example. The GM bailout. I’m specifically referring to the managed bankruptcy, not to the taxpayer moneys used to prop up the company until they realized it wasn’t going to work.

There was a redistribution from the bondholders to the unions that violated centuries of contract law. That’s our Obama.

Nothing at all to do with the income tax.

MaggiePoo on September 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Hey just wondering – do you also go out to your nearest interstate and desperately shriek all this sputtering desperate shrilliness to passing cars?

Do you also shriek that Romney is doing really,really, really great?

Dave Rywall on September 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

The unfortunate problem with our society is that some people are able to vote without a brane…apparanty Dave is among that group.

logicman_1998 on September 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

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