Unintended consequences?

I really do understand the temptation for McCain to name his rival the “Redistributor” in his stump speeches between now and the election.  Citing recent Obama conversations with plumbers named Joe and an excerpted NPR interview from 2001 to bolster the label, the McCain camp is hoping they’ve been handed enough of a “pinko” association with the right traction pull out of the ditch.

But here’s some words of caution to the McCain camp: This is not 1950… know your audience.

With economic times being what they are, I’d imagine there’s a slew of voters out there thinking that a little redistribution of wealth coming their way might not be such a bad thing right about now.

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  1. Posted October 28, 2008 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    And you like McCain why?

  2. mick
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    My “wealth” (looslely termed these days) is amply redistributed at this point in time.

  3. Gene Hoggard
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    David-Thanks to your President, our wealth, present and future, has been pretty well redistributed to China et al, to pay for an unnecessary never ending war, that was brought on by lies and misinformation. Don’t misunderstand me. Being a veteran myself, I have all the compassion for our troops in Iraq, and back them 100%, but our indebtedness to the lenders will take generations to pay back, if then.

    I keep hearing from the Repubs that Obama’s “redistribution of wealth” is nothing more than socialism, but the $700B dollars used for the “rescue” of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, et al is just a loan or a government buy-out. If this “rescue” isn’t socialism——-.

    Sorry son, I can’t go with you on this one, but I still love you anyway.


  4. Molly
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I think the key point you mention is that voters want a “little redistribution of wealth COMING their way might not be such a bad thing right now.” I wonder if they would feel the same if they had the wealth going in the opposite direction, taken away from them and given to the government for them to do with what they want. I for one am tired of seeing my hard earned dollars going to our government while others pay no income taxes (approximately 40% of our population). Let’s get rid of the entire income tax and go with the fair tax.

  5. Posted November 1, 2008 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m with you on the “fair tax”, Molly.

    Everyone should pay their share… even if it is only a bit. The way we have it set up right now causes, as you mention, much of our population to have no monetary investment in government.

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