This is a tactic that Romney can use against Obama. There is a clip of Obama that was recorded in 1998 at Loyola University, according to Romney's campaign and fellow Republicans who are trying to promote it. It features the president discussing what he calls a "propaganda campaign" against government funded entities, and suggesting better ways to make government more effective. Obama says: "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution – because I actually believe in some redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot." The words; "I actually believe in some redistribution" – that Republicans are using against Obama, characterizing them as an endorsement of redistributing wealth, rather than making sure government agencies were well supported. Many conservatives argue redistributing wealth is the same as socialism.
My opinion on this is that while Obama does believe in everyone having the same opportunities, the conservatives are blowing this way out of proportion. I think while socialism kind of resembles Obamas image, overall his dream is a democracy.- Troy, Katie
#12 Redistribution: Republicans are bringing up the issue of how Obama wants redistribution, which is spreading the wealth between Americans. People, especially Republicans believe this is an important issue because they believe that basically Obama is making the working middle class and the wealthy pay higher taxes and the people who don't have jobs, on welfare, or those they consider less fortunate. They believe that what you make should be your money and that others should have to work for their money. Basically it's an issue dealing with raising taxes on the wealthy and some middle class.
I believe that this is an issue because I don't think we should be raising taxes. It's not fair to make people who work for a living pay extremely high taxes for those who don't have a job and already have something like welfare. We already pay taxes and that already goes to welfare and helping people without jobs we don't need to take any more of our money.
- James, Erin