David Frum

09.19.12

Stunning News! Democratic President Obama Believes in Redistribution

The Romney campaign draws attention to its own secret oppo-research audiotape.

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Recorded at Chicago's Loyola University in 1998, the tape reveals future President Obama saying:

What that means then is that as we try to resuscitate this notion that we’re all in this thing together, leave nobody behind, we do have to be innovative and thinking what are the delivery systems that are actually effective and meet people where they live. And my suggestion, I guess would be that the trick, and this is one of the few areas where I think there are technical issues that have to be dealt with as opposed to just political issues. 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 redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure everybody’s got a shot.

(Bolded material is quoted in the Romney release.)

To which one can only reply: That's it? That's what you've got?

That quote may expose Obama as long-winded, but we knew that. But what exactly is he saying here that would be disagreed with by, say, the founders of the land-grant colleges or the authors of Social Security?