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Redistribution of Wealth - What does it actually mean?

OK, everybody throws the term around, it is the newest political football. But what does it mean when Obama says "redistribute the wealth" and what does it mean when McCain says "redistribute the wealth". My bet it they are not the same concept.

SO, WITH THAT IN MIND...Two questions.

First, what does the concept of "Redistribute the Wealth" mean to you, what is YOUR understanding of the concept?

Second, what do you believe the concept of "Redistribute the Wealth" means to "that one"...the one on the other side of the aisle?

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An entity collects revenue then selects a range of priorities, projects and budgets which then in turn use those collected revenues. Every modern government redistributes wealth and always will.
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All I want is a federal government that doesn't spend my tax dollars on that which I disapprove of. Simple.

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All I want is a federal government that doesn't spend my tax dollars on that which I disapprove of. Simple.
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All I want is a federal government that doesn't spend my tax dollars on that which I disapprove of. Simple.


Simple, move over the border and not be a resident anymore, visit the States less than 31 days a year and Bob's your uncle............
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To ME, it means (in principle) making sure the few wealthiest Americans do not become so swollen with cash and assets as to eliminate anything that resembles the middle class; in essence, to prevent there being nothing left but the super wealthy, and the impoverished. Nice trick, because that is undoubtedly the logical end of the game "Capitalism". Works that way in Monopoly, or else nobody would ever play it.

Not sure who's on the other side of the aisle from me anymore, but my fear is that OTHERS FEAR "spread the wealth around" means bums get a free ride.

I don't think we have enough national pride for socialism to work here, but I don't know if that would stop people from trying.


I did find this to be interesting the other day.

Top US Marginal Income Tax Rates, 1913--2003 (TruthAndPolitics.org)


As recently as 1986, the wealthiest Americans were paying 50% in taxes on income over $175,000 per year. Lots of them did not flee the country.


(I'll wait for someone else to post graphs indicating what happens when tax rates are cut)
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Like you said, the true definition no doubt differs between the Democrats and the Republicans. It seems like Mr. Obama would increase the tax burden on the wealthy and create more socio-economic programs for the less fortunate. Mr. McCain probably believes in the old Republican "trickle down economics" theory.

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To ME, it means (in principle) making sure the few wealthiest Americans do not become so swollen with cash and assets as to eliminate anything that resembles the middle class; in essence, to prevent there being nothing left but the super wealthy, and the impoverished. Nice trick, because that is undoubtedly the logical end of the game "Capitalism". Works that way in Monopoly, or else nobody would ever play it.

Not sure who's on the other side of the aisle from me anymore, but my fear is that OTHERS FEAR "spread the wealth around" means bums get a free ride.
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^ Okay, even with the Engrish accent reading it aloud, I can't make sense of what you just said.
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^ Okay, even with the Engrish accent reading it aloud, I can't make sense of what you just said.

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