Finn dAbuzz wrote:
When did Obama say that he wouldn't have liked the courts to venture into the area of redistribution?
When did he say they should have? He, as a constitutional scholar in this interview, clearly said that it would have been going against what the framers intended. Not exactly an endorsement.
His argument was not from the conservative point of view that the courts should not legislate, it was that redistribution could have been persued in the legislature, but was not because the civil rights movement was too focused on the courts, and the courts never took up the issue.
Those two things are not mutually exclusive. If you look at the text in the video it does not accurately reflect what he says, which must seem obvious, because why do you need to add text at all if what he says is so obviously advocating redistribution above and beyond what is already in place via our tax code?
And that brings me to the bogusness of this whole thing. I hear the fear mongering, but Obama's tax plan has been out for months. Why all of a sudden is this tax plan of his marxist? And you'll also notice that people forwarding this theme do not actually point to his plan at all. They make up scenarios of mine vs. yours to make it sound like money is being taken from hard working middle class folks and given to lazy homeless people. In fact, his tax plan has a cut for the middle class. If you are in the 5% of people who will have your taxes increased, your extra taxes will probably go to paying for our immense debt and two wars, not to homeless people. And to that I say that you, Finn, should pay extra taxes just for advocating that cluster **** in Iraq in the first place. Bush also was a redistributor, just in the opposite direction. What about the EIC? That's redistribution, no? From the richest to the poorest, though the recipients of that tax credit are, inconveniently for conservatives, not lazy and unemployed.
It sounds to me like folks, desperate in the last week of the campaign, are taking a progressive tax system, which is more or less accepted by everyone, and trying to paint it into communism. It might work on people who were already going to vote for McCain, but I doubt it's going to turn back the tide.