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MSNBC panel baffled: What’s wrong with redistribution?

by: Noah Rothman
Friday, September 21, 2012
MSNBC panel baffled: What's wrong with redistribution?

“The fact is that this concept is baked into American  government,” New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said about  redistribution. Photo Credit:New  York Times

On Thursday’s panel discussion on MSNBC’s  NOW, reporters and columnists from esteemed publications like the Chicago  Sun-Times and the New York Times tackled a recently released video of President  Barack Obama in 1998 advocating for programs that would augment the government’s  redistributive powers.
The panel noted that Mitt Romney’s presidential  campaign has pounced on the video, but they were nearly universally perplexed as  to why anyone would view Obama’s comments about redistribution in a negative  light. After all, they said, government’s most successful programs redistribute  wealth in some degree. Some panel guests concluded by urging the president and  his supporters to engage in a debate over the beneficence of an activist  government. Conservatives who know that the debate over the proper role of  government is one they most often win would likely agree. …
Perhaps the  panelists should spend less time in the echo chamber and more time digesting  polls. The most recent Gallup survey which showed that a majority of respondents – 54 percent, in fact – said that government is trying to do too much. Just 39  percent said that government should do more to solve the nation’s problems.  Another clear majority, 51 percent, said that government has too much power. 8  percent said that they did not have enough power.
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