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WEALTH: Redistribution in which direction?

Letter by Vincent S. Hart, University Place on Jan. 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm | No Comments »
January 11, 2013 9:25 am

Re: “With election and cliff behind him, real Obama returns” (Charles Krauthammer column, 1-4).

I think it is time to look at the real Krauthammer rather than the “real Obama.” He regularly criticizes President Obama for “redistributionism” while showing little concern for the form of it he favors: redistribution of wealth upwards into the hands of extremely wealthy people.

He calls Obama’s efforts to reverse that upward trend “class warfare” yet ignores the already devastating impact of another form of “class warfare” which has been going on for decades.

Using their political influence to cut back governmental regulations and to get “corporate welfare” solidly entrenched, the wealthy and powerful (the so-called “1 percent”) have done exceedingly well these past few years. Meanwhile a great many of the “99 percent” have suffered severe consequences. This has been a well-documented and very deliberate “redistribution” of wealth from the many to the few.

Krauthammer seems to be all in favor of that trend. Is the pot calling the kettle black in blithe ignorance of the hard facts of this new and gross income inequality? Or is it a deliberate strategy to mislead the public about what is going on and to undermine confidence in the newly re-elected president’s efforts to build a more just and equitable society?

I wish Krauthammer would admit his own “redistributionism,” explain it, and try to justify it as a truly equitable system which serves “we the people” and the “general welfare” of all. Then we could have a healthy debate about what the president is trying to do.

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