In a video taped on October 19, 1998, President Obama was speaking at conference at Loyola University and said, "I think the trick is, how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution... uh, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot." Even though it's creating a little firestorm on YouTube, it's fairly clear that he wasn't talking about an across the board, "steal from the rich, give to the poor" type of thing, at least in that case. Then again, it isn't the only time the president has said similar things.
The Drudge Report posted a link to the video Monday, likely in response to the illegally taped video of Mitt Romney that was released by the supposedly unemployed grandson of Jimmy Carter. The video of Obama's speech isn't new; however, it does serve to remind people what the president believes. In his now infamous comment to "Joe the Plumber," Obama said, "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." At the time, people were swept up in the idolization of Obama and chose to overlook the glaring facts, just like they ignored his relationships with Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers.
Comments on the video are adding up quick, thousands of comments in just four hours time, so far the great majority are anti-Obama comments. Many of the pro-Obama posters stayed to counter the conservative comments, but with so many coming in so fast, they ended up arguing with a large group. One of the common topics was about the definition of "redistribution." Some believed that taxes are the same thing as redistribution, others believe it is above and beyond taxes. Regardless of the definition, it definitely brought out some hot tempers!
Will the 14-year-old video have any effect on the election in November? Probably not, but with the new video of Romney out, it might remind people that President Obama and Governor Romney have said things they might later regret... even if they are true!
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012