Barack Obama’s romp to victory in the 2008 presidential election was halted – if only momentarily – when he told a middle-class plumber in Ohio that “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody." The off-handed comment raised suspicions (among a select few, at least) that the candidate of “purple America” might not turn out to be the moderate pragmatist so routinely portrayed in the press.
A year and a half later, it turns out that President Obama has changed his mind about a lot of things – from the newly-perceived need to continue most of the Bush-era anti-terror policies he once maligned, to his increasing receptivity to taxing those making far less than $250,000. But if the health care overhaul proves anything, it’s that the President’s zeal for “spreading the wealth around” continues unabated.
Sure, the President sought to sell the program based on its purported health care merits and deficit-reducing properties (both laughable propositions). But in the days after the legislation was passed by Democrats over the expressed wishes of the American people, several Democrat politicians have indulged in frank admissions of the bill’s real effect: Income redistribution.
According to Democrat senator Max Baucus, speaking on the floor of the US Senate, the health overhaul is “an income shift” and “a leveling” that will “have the effect of addressing [the] maldistribution of wealth in America.” During a television appearance, Howard Dean characterized the legislation as “a form of redistribution.” And Vice President Biden insouciantly announced that “If you call [ObamaCare] a 'redistribution of income' -- well, so be it. I don't call it that. I call it just being fair.”
Ah, yes. You say “tomato,” I say “tomahto.” But the problem for Democrats is that, increasingly, the American people understand that if ObamaCare goes forward, the inevitable end-game will be large tax increases or health care rationing (or both). It is simply impossible to bring millions of formerly uninsured Americans into the existing health care system and lower costs and leave access to medical care unimpeded.