White House Spokesman Tries to Explain Away Obama’s “Redistribution of the Wealth” Comments… Fails Miserably (Video)

Jay Carney today refused to refute statements Barack Obama made in a 1998 interview where he promoted redistribution of wealth.

Jay Carney would not distance the administration from Obama’s comments.

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  • FurryGuy

    What is truly dismaying is that there is a large group of Americans who agree with what Barry proposed, many of them will be the beneficiaries of such policies while others just want to destroy the American capitalist system. The end result will truly be the fundamental transformation of the Republic.

  • Me too. I want the billions from the Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Food Stamps, and other social welfare program scammers given back to the taxpayers.

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  • He’s is reading from a prepared statement!!! Odd

  • Bill Mitchell

    Wow, amazing how he refuses to say “no, we do not believe in redistribution of wealth”.

    During the debate, Romney should say, “I yield the remainder of my time to President Obama so that he may explain to the American people why he does NOT believe in wealth redistribution. In addition, I ask him to provide 3 reasons why he believes European style socialism does not work…”

    The Democrats have opened Pandora’s box and given the victory to Romney.

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  • Spider

    Can it be true that 47% of America has bought into this socialism?

    I don’t believe it.

    This is a once in a lifetime election, and Americans realize their culture and future is at stake.

    We will do the right thing.

  • Rachelle

    We have a Commie president. Never been much doubt on that, and it is reaffirmed every day.

  • All I hear is how “people are asleep”, IMO, people are flat out deceived. I’m not on fb, but I logged in as hubby to fix his security settings and OMGOSH the ignorance! Now I don’t know the percentages here, but there are people out there that WANT socialism, they think it is a good thing and they see absolutely nothing wrong with redistribution of wealth.

  • Monkey Wrench

    #5 Bill

    Do you believe that Bill Gates should pay the exact same amount of taxes as you? I don’t mean percentage, I mean dollar amount. If not, why not? Why should Gates pay a million dollars in taxes when you pay far, far, far less? If you don’t pay the same dollar amount, isn’t his wealth being redistributed to you?

    Why should he pay more, just because he makes more? That doesn’t seem fair.

  • why do conservatives like this blog continue to give credence to the lie that the purpose of socialism is to redistribute wealth. people think giving money to the poor or less fortunate is a noble thing. don’t conservatives believe in charity? socialism doesn’t redistribute wealth, it concentrates ALL WEALTH in the hands of the ruling class. obama doesn’t want to redistribute wealth, he uses that as an excuse to confiscate all wealth and concentrate it in the hands of the few(the politicans). once the politicans, who have all the political power, have all the economic power, the worker becomes their slave and they have the power to establish their marxist dictatorship. stop making their arguement for them and tell the truth about the real purpose of their taking your right to the fruits of you labor away. its is to establish a dictatorship not to help the poor.

  • “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

  • Chip Yarnell

    This is Obama’s way of destroying the “American Dream”!
    I’ve said from the beginning Obama and the progressive movement want to destroy America as we know it.

  • Someone is scared…

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  • Joe Blow

    Some of us have known of Barry’s intentions since before 2008. All you had to do is do a little work on his upbringing and things he said as a senator or before from Illinois. Do people really understand the kind of country he wants the United States to become?

  • rabble-rouser

    flat state tax for all not to exceed 10% of income, no exceptions. no more FEDERAL TAX

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    White House Refuses to Refute Barack Obama’s Redistribution of the Wealth Comments

    Of course they can’t refute them, because they conveniently came out clear and unvarnished. There simply is no way to spin or interpret them any other way, and any attempt to do just that would make them look even more stupid than they already are.

    It seems then, that they do realize there’s a point where denial or spin would be not only useless, but would not be looked upon favorably by their ignorant supporters.

  • Patty

    Refute, here is something this nation needs to get its heads wrap around and quick, elections are lurking!!

    The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In
    The next Treasury secretary will confront problems so daunting that even Alexander Hamilton would have trouble preserving the full faith and credit of the United States.

    Did you know that annual spending by the federal government now exceeds the 2007 level by about $1 trillion? With a slow economy, revenues are little changed. The result is an unprecedented string of federal budget deficits, $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010, $1.3 trillion in 2011, and another $1.2 trillion on the way this year. The four-year increase in borrowing amounts to $55,000 per U.S. household.

    The amount of debt is one thing. The burden of interest payments is another. The Treasury now has a preponderance of its debt issued in very short-term durations, to take advantage of low short-term interest rates. It must frequently refinance this debt which, when added to the current deficit, means Treasury must raise $4 trillion this year alone. So the debt burden will explode when interest rates go up.

    The government has to get the money to finance its spending by taxing or borrowing. While it might be tempting to conclude that we can just tax upper-income people, did you know that the U.S. income tax system is already very progressive? The top 1% pay 37% of all income taxes and 50% pay none.

    Did you know that, during the last fiscal year, around three-quarters of the deficit was financed by the Federal Reserve? Foreign governments accounted for most of the rest, as American citizens’ and institutions’ purchases and sales netted to about zero. The Fed now owns one in six dollars of the national debt, the largest percentage of GDP in history, larger than even at the end of World War II.

    The Fed has effectively replaced the entire interbank money market and large segments of other markets with itself. It determines the interest rate by declaring what it will pay on reserve balances at the Fed without regard for the supply and demand of money. By replacing large decentralized markets with centralized control by a few government officials, the Fed is distorting incentives and interfering with price discovery with unintended economic consequences. […………………]



  • Monkey Wrench

    #16 r-r

    How is a flat tax fair? Why should people who make more money pay more taxes? Everyone should write a check for the same amount.

  • Patty

    Corruption, spending, bankruptcies, and wait Bank of America has been hacked.

    Bank of America Website Hacked, Islamic Cyber Terrorists Takes Credit


    Refute? wait for the tremendous repercussions of this.

  • Joe Blow #15 … yep, however those people who choose not to “do a little work” are not informed (educated), do not think for themselves (critical thinking), enjoy the collective (herding), want their ears to be tickled (hollywood star syndrome) and THEY VOTE. *shiver*

  • EBL

    Mitt has a chance to distinguish himself. Especially with the Obama redistribution tape as a contrast.

    This tape is going to turn out to be a blessing for Romney. Luntz was CBS noting that while there is danger of Romney not “caring” about the 47% (especially with the spin the left is putting on that), if Romney fights back and explains what he really meant it will be a positive for Romney. And Rush is encouraging Romney to start swinging. So is Instapundit (punch back twice as hard). And especially given Barack Obama’s own redistribution arguments and this crazy tweet by one of his supporters:

    Matt Yglesias does reveal where the left is coming from. I sent little Matt Yglesias a clip of Milton Friedman dismantling the distribution of wealth canard. No response from Matt. I think his wee head exploded.

    And that is not even dealing with the hypocrisy of the edits.

    I wish Andrew Breitbart were here to see all of this. He would have said, “I told you so!”

  • Patty


  • kato

    Why should they refute it? It has been evident in every policy of his administration.

    I wish Romney was more forthright about his views. He’s been mealymouthed ever since the convention ended. Not being a true conservative, his tendency is to tack towards the RINOs, believing, wrongly, that the tea party is too dangerous to embrace or even acknowledge.

  • Objective Analysis

    What in the world did Carney state? 14 years ago, Obama stated he believed in the redistribution of wealth. In 2008, Obama stated that he wanted to spread the wealth around when off teleprompter.

    In 2012, does he want to redistribute the wealth?

    The answer is yes. Obama believes he is the robin hood of America.

  • Patty

    Do you agree with Romney’s Statements?

    Sentiments in Romney Tape Widely Agreed With on CNBC Poll


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  • Patty

    Andrea Mitchell: NBC Hasn’t “Authenticated” Obama Redistribution Clip, Won’t Air


  • Patty


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    Former White House intern, now 39, ‘will detail encounters in new book’
    She ‘will describe how he went on about his desire for threesomes’
    Clinton ‘said he thought Hillary was also looking for love outside marriage’
    Lewinsky will also detail pain of ending pregnancy during scandal
    She is ‘writing book out of revenge as she has struggled with relationships and jobs after the scandal while Clinton escaped unscathed’


  • Patty

    Redistribution lies at heart of Obama second term


    “[M]y first take is that Obama is almost certainly referring here to the “regional-equity movement” he supported throughout his time in Chicago and continues to support from the White House today. I lay it all out in ‘Spreading the Wealth.’

    “The whole idea of the regional-equity movement is to restructure government systems so as to pool resources, in the service of redistribution. What Obama is describing here certainly sounds like exactly what the regionalist community organizers he was funding and working with were trying to accomplish. There are different regionalist strategies for restructuring government systems so as to pool resources and redistribute. This is the sort of “technical” issue regionalists like to argue about.

    “So while it’s interesting and important to hear Obama explicitly endorsing redistribution, it is equally interesting to see him apparently pointing toward regionalist strategies for doing so. I argue in ‘Spreading the Wealth’ that regionalism has been the sleeper story of Obama’s first term, and will move to the forefront if he gets a second term. At least on first hearing, this audio clip from the past has everything to do with Obama’s present and future.”

    In 1998, Mr. Obama was still looking for the “trick” to achieve his redistributionist plan. It appears the president has found it with the three-part plan Mr. Kurtz identified. Whether he gets a chance to implement it depends on whether he wins a second term.

    Read more: http://times247.com/articles/34redistribution-lies-at-heart-of-obama-second-term5#ixzz26wTmHPg3

  • Redwine

    #12 September 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    TeachX3 commented:

    “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

    This proves the stupidity and paucity of logic of socialism (Fabian socialism, in Shaw’s case). The historic proof is that when Peter eventually winds up in the gulag when he runs out of money or concludes that working for the greater glory of the government is futile, the government can offer only meager crumbs to Paul. This is when the the oppressive, totalitarian socialist government resorts to violence to put down uprisings by the Pauls who want their “fair share”. It never ends well. And Leftists never learn. Hence, liberalism is a mental disease.

  • Patty

    WHY ARE MY COMMENTS THE ONLY ONES HERE. I just say that because I don’t like the newer and older comments added. But that is just me, I suppose.

  • Patty

    okay, now I see another poster here. But…………still.

  • Patty

    This is what Obama has done.

    The United States Plummets to 18th in New Economic Freedom of the World Rankings



  • Nobama

    Obama is already finished in this election. The real poll data shows just how far ahead Romney is


    Gambling sites are offering 3/1 on a Romney victory. This is free money, because there is no way Obama can claw back enopugh votes to pull ahead.

  • Patty
  • Jpmn

    “Can it be true that 47% of America has bought into this socialism?”. Go to any large city in the USA, count the yard signs supporting Obama this fall compared to the number of signs supporting any Republican.

    There are areas of this nation in which the Euro Socialist model enjoys an 80-90% majority.

  • Patty

    This difference between Ryan and Biden are many years and world apart.

    Saturday Night Live grafts Biden gaffe onto Romney
    Video: Biden is the one who told a paraplegic man in a wheelchair, State Senator Chuck Graham, to “stand up” during a 2008 rally in Missouri. | Read More »



  • mg4us

    Hey dimwit Jay you ignorant slut, Redistribution is bad as it distorts the market but what is worse is when the president hasn’t a freakin’ clue as to how much debt his redistribution policies have cost us. . .That is welfare mentality

    Letterman throws out $10 Tril. . (which is close to half of what dumb$#it spent). . we crossed $16 trillion a while ago. .soon it will be approaching $17 Tril and by year end $18 Tril. . .

    OBAMA is an affirmative action disgrace. . .
    but what is worse is MSM talking heads lying and distorting the truth to prop this idiot up. .so who then is the bigger fool?

    So Jay go back and wipe Obama’s a$$ before we kick him out the door in November!

  • Redwine #6 … exactly!

    Jpmn #12 … spot on. When I travel into the city (St. Louis) I am flabbergasted by the obama yard signs, bumper stickers, etc… Oh yes, it is very much so alive and well!

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  • Winston Wolfe


    Gee. I don’t know.

    Maybe because you – again – polluted the thread with your incessant off-topic posts?

  • Jaimo

    Could someone give me a good analysis of the percentages of the makeup of the 47% of people who pay no taxes, i.e. SS recipients, college students who don’t make enough as opposed to those just not wanting to work? I’m trying to explain this to a bunch of idiots I work with and want to make sure I get it right.

  • Stella Baskomb

    Well I agree with Carney about one thing – – his rambling attempt to evade the question asked was certainly “a desperate attempt to change the subject”.

  • Bill

    With very few exceptions, all American politicians, including both presidential candidates, are in favor of a progressive income tax system and welfare policies (such as Medicare and Social Security) that “redistribute wealth.” Barack Obama is just more enthusiastic about “spreading the wealth around” than his Republican rival.

  • squeaky

    “…many of them will be the beneficiaries of such policies while others just want to destroy the American..] and a lot of them should be careful for what they wish. the only real beneficiariers will be the architects of destruction. everyone else expendible fodder. maybe even barry.

  • Flynn Rider

    “”In the clip from 1962, Romney’s mother spoke about recently becoming a homeowner, and of her husband.

    “He was a refugee from Mexico,” Romney’s mother said. “He was on relief, welfare relief, for the first years of his life, but this great country gave him opportunities.”.

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/feature/late-night-politics/NATL-Jon-Stewart-Weighs-In-on-Romneys-Inelegant-Fundraiser-Remarks–170307416.html#ixzz26vjrylV2”

  • Rick

    Is it just me, or did he start reading a response about half way through his babbling? Watch it again. First he rambles about Romney having a bad week, then its like a little birdy gets in his ear and steers the answer. Then he starts reading something, what is he reading? Is someone pushing stuff to a screen for him to read?

  • Michael

    Sounds great, we need some “redistributiuon” The wealthy are robbing us blind.

    Lol you losers are pathetic, the best you can do is a 1998 video? Desperation is sinking in for Willard and his deluded supporters.

  • Hy Feiber

    Hmm ol Mike, the wealthy are robbing us blind just how, now? Couldn’t follow the Erudition. Clue me in.

  • GP Fan

    Re: #24 September 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm
    Michael commented:

    “…the best you can do is a 1998 video?”

    Pretty funny considering the lefties jumping all over a stupid grade school prank from the 1960’s, that no one involved could even remember. Sheesh. And, oh noes, who could ever forget Romney’s dog was in a crate….outside… in the wind even! OH MY FRIGGIN GAWD! All those with dogs in the backs of pick up trucks MUST BE EVIL MONSTERS! And don’t even THINK about letting dogs stick their noses out an open window going down the road… ANIMAL ABUSE!! LMAO!!

    And this stealing nonsense, blind no less, go read a book on economics 101. Perhaps even try looking up the definition of “stealing”, LOL. Egads man. Get a clue. (That one would be found under “C” in the dictionary.)