Barack Obama on Redistribution - Loyola Univ Oct 1998

Here's a 1998 clip of Barack Obama saying he believes in wealth "redistribution,"

In the video clip, Mr. Obama, ostensibly speaking to Loyola University in October, 1998, when he was a Illinois state senator, Mr. Obama endorses "redistribution" as a way to help the working poor.

"I think the trick is figuring out how to 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 that everybody's got a shot," he said in a YouTube video posted on the Drudge Report.

The clip provides some context, including comments from Mr. Obama arguing for more policy research to help the working poor and expressing a desire to "resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all."

"There has been a systematic, I don't think it's too strong to call it a propaganda campaign, against the possibility of government action and its efficacy," he said. "And I think some of it has been deserved — the Chicago Housing Authority has not been a good model of good policy making and neither necessarily have been the Chicago public schools — what that means then as we try to resuscitate this notion that we're all in this together — leave nobody behind — we do have to be thinking what are the delivery systems that are effective in meeting people where they live."

" ... I think the trick is figuring out how to 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 that everybody's got a shot," he continued.

Comment by Bruce Hopkins on December 3, 2012 at 2:05pm

Way to preach it, Barry!  A  good ol' dose of communism--at the right level--is all we need to make the world right and eliminate poverty!  Never mind that Jesus said, "the poor you have always with you."  What does He know, and who listens to Him, anyway??

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