Obama in 1998: "I actually believe in Redistribution"
"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.”
Obama is basically talking about the need to make government more efficient and more effective in giving the hand-out and the hand-up. I have to agree witht he part about "technical issues that have to be dealt with as opposed to just political issues."
That's a major reason why I support Romney for president. Mitt Romney has a talent at getting right down to the technical issues, while still preserving social safety nets.
By the way, the GOP is not campaigning to eliminate social safety nets, but is in fact campaigning against further redistribution. There comes a point at which taxes inhibit economic growth, there comes a point at which bad policy chokes economic growth, adds burdens onto the middle class, while also shrinking the opportunity and that fairness that Obama spoke about.
There comes a point when bad fiscal policy is no longer sustainable, and we are rapidly approaching that point. President Obama, however, is continuing to put social safety nets in jeopardy by allowing our national debt to multiply. By doing so, virtually every government-funded program will become unfundable within our lifetimes.
This is why people who truly rely on social safety nets have a vested interest in fiscal responsibility of our national government, and therefore in choosing a path other than the one on which Obama is leading. This is why a vote for increased redistribution and increased government aid will only reap short-term success, if any, but long-term failure.
The most pressing social issue today is the economy