Skip to comments.Howard Dean says it is the government's job to redistribute wealth
Posted on 02/08/2011 5:57:28 AM PST by FredJake
Remember way back in 2008 when then-candidate Barack Obama told Joe Wurzelbacher (aka "Joe the Plumber") about his desire to "spread the wealth"?
Its not that I want to punish your success, he told Wurzelbacher. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that theyve got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economys good for folks from the bottom up, its gonna be good for everybody I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody.
Since then, the idea of redistribution of wealth has become a subject of debate in America, with liberals generally supportive of the idea.
While appearing on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and failed Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean explained that one of the reasons government existed was to ensure redistribution of wealth.
"The argument is not whether they should redistribute or not, the question is how much we should redistribute," he told O'Donnell.
According to Dean, government can do nothing unless it redistributes wealth.
But even a cursory read of the Constitution finds no mention of wealth redistribution.
One does find a reference to it in the writings of Karl Marx. In his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Programme, he wrote:
In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly --
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Gov. Dean gets points for honesty. But I won’t take him seriously unless he screams.
Dean should lead the way by sending all his gross assets to the gov’t to see how it works out.
What Howard Dean DOESN’T says it is the government’s job to redistribute wealth of SOME more than others.
Friend of ‘government’ who use their wealth for ‘social justice’ schemes are immune from retribution while those who use their wealth to profit and then create MORE wealth are to have their wealth redistributed in the name of FAIRNESS.
I’m sensing a pattern here... Obama talked about it, now Dean. There are probably countless others. The one I thought of was Hillary tslking about the “common good.” Communism didn’t lose, the Dems just adopted in, yet heaven forbid anyone call them on it.
obozo told O’Reilly on Sunday that he DOESN’T believe in redistributing the wealth. Did O’Reilly remind him of his own statement to Joe the Plumber? Of course not. obozo’s smirky little giggle at the end of any uncomfortable question tells us a lot.
These people are pure evil.
And there are dolts who still want to argue that the democrat party isn’t the rebirth of the National Socialist Party exactly like their fascist forebears in Germany. Without their outright slaves these days, they just stick to eugenics and welfare plantations. The management of those plantations provides a lot of well paid jobs for those admitted to the fascist nobility after careful screening in the “higher education” system.
Not only would the communists be proud, Hitler would be jealous of how well they’ve managed to institute their policies without waking up the “masses”.
Prepping for the 12 campaign. Jeb Bush v Obama. A lose lose for us and a win win for NWO.
Gee Howie, can you escort me to where it outlines such powers in the Constitution?
This is the Country the Left craves, not the Country we Americans have built.
The truth of the Left is revealed - they live, eat, and breathe Socialism.
Could someone in a position of power please call Dean on this statement? I'd like to see him point to the clause in the Constitution where that is stated.
If he wants to re-distribute the wealth, let HOWARD DEAN be the first one to do so with HIS own money!
Howard Dean is about the size of a pot bellied pig.
A $4k tax hike on $38k pensions affecting about half the pensioners in Hawaii.
The time when the government and business run roughshod over us is when they get together to redistribute the wealth. Big examples are GM, Chrysler, Chase, Citibank, Goldman-Sachs, along with alternative energy ethanol, wind and solar. Stop redistributing the income away from the productive and to the failing and self-destructive.
Oops, I meant to post #14 to you to follow on your post.
They’ll use the Commerce Clause to do this.
The word redistribute is a euphemism. Half the wealth that passes through the government's hands is destroyed by feeding it to the government beast. Giving a portion to the poor is just an excuse to make the theft socially acceptable. It's about the cut, not the cover story. Don't let the left control the language by using their hijacked word redistribute. It's really wealth confiscation and destruction.
Perhaps we should push for a law that imposes a 50% federal excise tax on the salaries and retirement benefits of members of Congress to spread their wealth around.
It’s just plain “whagrabble” or whatever it was he shouted.
Besides, wealth is EARNED not distributed; so how could it be RE-distributed?
Thank you for the info.
Agree he’s just another democrat who let the cat out of the bag.He needs more time to master the progressive spin.
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