Redistributing the controversy
POSTED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 5:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:54pm
In the last week, the Presidential race has become a battle of the video tapes.
Mitt Romney’s 47% comments have now been countered by statements made by the President several years ago. It’s an argument as old as the Bible.
In the Book of Acts… “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”
But 2000 years later, the idea of redistributing the wealth of a community has taken on very different meanings.
So when President Obama was participating in a workshop at Loyola University, when he was a state Senator, he said this, "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution…”
The Romney campaign had a counterpart to the Romney tape we have been debating for a week now.
Democrats argue that the rest of the comment puts it in a different context.
"…at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot. How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular communities."
But for some, the tape is a smoking gun.
It remains to be seen how this latest political hot potato plays out, or doesn’t.