Joe. Just Answer the Question!

The Bullshitter Party has this new theory that if Democrats say words, they express a statement of belief. Sort of like Barack Obama is a wizard and words he says are incantations capable of changing the course of history. I have been a little puzzled over this flap about “redistribution of wealth” because I have never heard Barack actually say it. Now comes the facts.

The Bullshitters have uncovered video of a law school panel discussion during which Obama and others discussed the Supreme Court’s approach to issues regarding wealth distribution. Here is what The Washington Post’s Fact Checkers found Obama said:

“Maybe I am showing my bias here as a legislator as well as a law professor, but you know I am not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. You know the institution just isn’t structured that way…. Any of the three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts. I think that, as a practical matter, that our institutions are just poorly equipped to do it.”

Fact Checker observes that “In other words, Obama says pretty much the opposite of what the McCain camp says he said. Contrary to the spin put on his remarks by McCain economics adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, he does not express “regret” that the Supreme Court has not been more “radical.” Nor does he describe the Court’s refusal to take up economic redistribution questions as a “tragedy.” He uses the word “tragedy” to refer not to the Supreme Court, but to the civil rights movement:

“One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was that the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think, there was a tendency to lose track of the political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to bring about the coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change.”

Holtz-Eakin “read a different interview to the one I heard,” said Dennis Hutchinson, a University of Chicago law professor who joined Obama in the panel discussion. “Obama said that redistribution of wealth issues need to be decided by legislatures, not by the courts. That is what a progressive income tax is all about.”

If it were not for bullshit, the Bullshitter party would have nothing to talk about. Now comes the sad part. This is the BS that Joe Biden was confronted with in an interview by an alleged “reporter”:for an Orlando TV station. (The reporter’s normal beat is health. She apparently got this assignment because her questions were crafted by her husband, a political advisor to McCaine/Barbie.) The question was: “Is Obama a socialist because he said the words “income redistribution?” Biden got pissed off (because he rightly thought the question was idiotic) and refused to deal with it, and then the campaign made some minor smoke by refusing to have anything to do with the Orlando TV station. Now the damn thing is all over the right wing radio and I am hearing it while knocking doors in Pennsylvania….. where it is blown way out of proportion. “They are refusing to talk to the press… what are they trying to cover up?”

It is an idiotic question, but it has a real answer. Obama is not a socialist. All tax policy involves income redistribution. For the last eight years we have been redistributing income upwards… to people who make the big bucks. Obama wants to turn the clock back to the tax platform that fueled the Clinton economy, and give the tax breaks back to the rest of us. . Simple answer. No big deal. Next question?

One thought on “Joe. Just Answer the Question!”

  1. It is a shame because Obama did actually use the phrase “spread the wealth around” when he was talking to “Joe the Republigoat Plant,” but the phrase did not well represent what Obama was actually saying: That his tax plan would have been better eight years ago for Joe so he would have arrived at his economic and business goals (you know, the ones that Joe lied about) sooner. It was a brilliant explanation (even if it was clear that “Joe” was not remotely interested in listening as he was in injecting talking points) but this particular phrase did not serve him well and gave the McWeirdsmile campaign a new catchphrase to leap on. Obama is a great orator, but he also has a strange gift for stumbling upon awkward phraseology that gets him into trouble. I suppose it can’t be helped when there are vultures standing on top of your head.

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