Well, you heard him say it. He wants to spread the wealth around.
Here's the context from the pool report from Fox's (excellent) producer on the ground, Bonney Kapp.
Turns out that the second sound bite -- the spread the wealth around part -- comes later in the conversation, when the plumber said that it seemed like Obama would support a flat tax.
We can wade into Obama's answer in midstream. First he discusses a technical point about the flat tax. Then he says:
"And I do believe for folks like me who have worked hard, but frankly also been lucky, I don''t mind paying just a little bit more than the waitress that I just met over there who''s things are slow and she can barely make the rent. Because my attitude is that if the economy''s good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody."
"If you've got a plumbing business, you're going to be better off it you've got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now I think everybody's so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody. "
He's simply restating support for a regressive progressive income tax, not making a larger statement about the economy.
And that exhange with Charlie Gibson?
Taxation is not a forced redistribution of wealth.
Do they want to spread the wealth around as well?
Do you seriously think there would be any incomes to tax
if there was no taxation?