« | »

Dean: It Is Gov’t’s Job To Redistribute

From the Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC, via YouTube:

Howard Dean: It Is The Government’s Job To Redistribute

LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: … Let’s go. You mention the O’Reilly interview. Let’s listen to a piece of the O’Reilly interview about income redistribution. [Begin taped interview.]

BILL O’REILLY: Do you deny that you’re a man that wants to redistribute wealth?

MR. OBAMA: Absolutely.

O’REILLY: You deny that?

OBAMA: Absolutely. Bill, I didn’t raise taxes once. I lowered taxes over the last two years. [End tape interview.]

O’DONNELL Governor, this is one of those things. You can see he’s afraid of discussing what an increase in top tax rate actually does. This for me is — I feel is why Democrats so frequently lose the tax debate. You can see that they’re afraid of the tax debate.

HOWARD DEAN: That was an unusual thing. The President doesn’t often get mouse trapped, especially by the likes of Bill O’Reilly. But he did get mouse trapped that time. O’Reilly laid out a proposition, that is, we shouldn’t have redistribution. That’s what governments do is redistribute

The argument is not whether they should redistribute or not, the question is how much we should redistribute. If you had no redistribution, we would have back before the Magna Carta — with a king. So the purpose of government is to make sure that capitalism works for everybody, not just the people that can run rough shod as they often in Washington by and as the Chamber [of Commerce] has by throwing money around. 

So he missed that one because O’Reilly laid out — framed the proposition — as the right-wing so often does. The President didn’t see the frame, and answered the question straight up. No, it is government’s job to redistribute. The question is how much are we going to distribute. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have Social Security, Medicare, and we wouldn’t build roads.

O’DONNELL: Yeah, there would be no poor neighborhood in America that had a paved road. Governor Howard Dean, former head of the DNC. Thank you for joining me tonight.

DEAN: Thanks very much, Lawrence.

Needless to say building roads has nothing to do with redistributing wealth or making "sure that capitalism works for everyone." But we are dealing with two economic ignoramuses here.

Still, say what you will about Mr. Dean. At least he is upfront about what the Democrat party is all about.

If only every Democrat were as honest as he is, none of them would ever get elected.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Dean: It Is Gov’t’s Job To Redistribute”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’d love to introduce Dean to Patrick Henry.

    When the smoke cleared and the dueling pistols retrieved, Dean would be (remainder of commented redacted due to Courageous Government Censors)

  2. proreason says:

    Yes, we need more Howard Dean’s.

    When you think about it, the mission of Obamy’s life is not quite to simply destroy the United States, his mission is to fool the public into thinking everything is ok while he destroys the Unitied States.

    Understand that, and you understand every mystery about the man.

  3. Right of the People says:

    I’m so glad that Howie the moonbat has left our fair state after doing his best to run it into the ground. During his tenure he managed to run out most of the health care insurance companies so we only have four left to chose from. Before the people of Vermont suffered from a brain embolism and elected him there were over 30.

    While he was here he barely spent any money on roads or other infrastructure stating that since business used them more than the average citizen, they are the ones who should pay to maintain them. He was always big into redistribution even back then.

    Most people don’t realize he is not originally from Vermont but New York City. He moved up here to work as a MD which he sucked at so he did the only thing he was qualified to do, become a politician. Thank the heavens he made his aborted run at president and didn’t return. We still have comrades Sanders and Leahy but they’re old and may expire soon. We can only hope.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    ” So the purpose of government is to make sure that capitalism works for everybody.”

    Stealing money from the taxpayer to buffer a utopian fantasy about equal wages has no basis in the Constitution. In fact several founding fathers anticipated that kind of waste and call it out as bad government:

    ““To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

    “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    “With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
    – James Madison in a letter to James Robertson

    “A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      In order for wisdom to gain a foothold, it must first be recognized as such. There are many charlatans in that arena.

      To the average obamanaut these statements were made by “slave-owning white men” and thus are easily dismissed. But to do so is to capitalize on their own ignorance. It’s a shame that our communication in this, the greatest of all nations, has come down to simple schoolyard hyperbole and vitriol.

      Often, the truth is never very far away, even when someone is lying. But lie they do. I have no inner knowledge as to why such activity has become so profitable for the socialists nor do I wish to find out. I simply wish it would stop. There are so many people in this nation, of all walks of life who consider themselves such great bullshitters. I’ll admit in certain “at the bar” environs, it can be a lot of fun but not in our politics or our business lives. Nor, in most cases actually.

      My father despised it, though he loved a good joke. But one of his pet peeves was liars and BS’ers. He would stop in the middle of a conversation with anyone and walk away if he thought they were trying to pull the wool over his eyes. I am the same way. I find no fun in playing a game with the liar and simply find it a waste of time. My ex-wife thought that when I did that I was the one being rude. Perhaps that’s where we are as a nation; A nation where we so desperately want to be liked that we’ll allow ourselves to be completely lied to and even buy into it, knowing it’s a lie, just to be accepted by the “cool kids”.

      I think it’s pathetic and parochial. I won’t do it.

  5. fallingpianos says:

    Paging Joe the Plumber…

« Front Page | To Top
« | »