1998 Obama: “I believe in redistribution…to make sure everybody’s got a shot”

Sounds an awful lot like 2012 Obama to me, saying in 1998:

“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, uh, at least a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”

The above line comes at the end. Listen:

Hmmm, kinda reminds me of this:

Redistribution…spread the wealth around…to make sure everybody’s got a shot. Hmmmm.

Wait….don’t tell me…it can’t be true….is our president a socialist???????????

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  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Saw it. What makes me wonder is how is it this li’l snippet just surfaced now?

    • sDee

      The “technical problem” Obama is talking about is the Constitution.

      He talked about the Constitution standing in the way of redistribution and how he would have to bypass the Supreme Court here:

      This was going around in 2008 – the elephants would not touch it.

      • 12grace

        Interesting how obama wants to distribute our money yet he manages to keep all of HIS wealth.

        • Isn’t that always the case? Look at all the rich people that support him including Hollywood. They think they will be exempt and part of the ruling class. They spout tax hikes while hiding their money. They talk about the little guy while taking subsidies (Bon Jovi and Springsteen lookin’ at you!) They scream socialism and unionism while running off to other states and countries to film.
          they are so damn dumb they have no idea how hypocritical they are.

  • You know what we can redistribute? This video. THAT I don’t mind sharing to all my friends and family! 🙂 Hmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmmmm, don’t you just LOOOOVE that socialist pie!

  • Ryan Mobley

    In the words of the E-Trade baby: “I wanna show you something, it’s my shocked face: HAWHAAA!?!”

  • johnos2112

    I believe in redistribution, that is voluntary. If a company is making money and you earned that money then you should be rewarded. If you earned good grades then you should be able to keep them. What other forced redistribution does this FOOL believe in! Forced redistribution is BS!

  • maynardb50

    The news media will not pick this up anyway. Nor any other items that are negative
    to Obama.

  • I’ll file this under “things that are not shocking.”

  • steprock

    Has been all along. Not news to us here, but hey. Maybe a liberal will wander in, hear him in his own words, and figure out some way to blame Bush.

  • Marxism 101 and to the core! Hey Obama how about sharing those two multi-million dollar trust funds you set up for your daughters??? I think YOU SHOULD SHARE and your two lovely daughters should go to Community College so other African American Girls will have some of that money and HAVE A SHOT!! Lead by Example Jerk!!

  • marketcomp

    Ok Mr. Wizard of smarts. When citizens pay taxes, it not that redistribution? But, in his illogical reasoning and infinite wisdom, as his dad outlined, the Government should tax 100% of the citizens income and then and only then will wealth be rightfully redistributed as Dinesh outlined in the movie 2016. This is so insane! I think that a medically crazy person is President right now.

  • Joe

    Wait! – What ?

    I never knew this before

    Could it be true?


    Where is my foil hat ? dadgumb it!

    • You can borrow mine……as long as you pay the “aluminum” fee that will go towards our starving children who doesn’t have the money or the means to make their own tin-foil hats. isn’t that so sad? :'(

      Will that be cash or credit?

      • Joe

        I thought you could NEVER touch a Texans HAT!

        • Dude. That’s only for the people who don’t show any respect for their fellow neighbors in Texas. Hence, the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas” But you sir, I have high respects for you. All YA’LL people are like family to me here at the RightScoop. I salute you as an HONORARY TEXAN.

          Now, will you take the hat? 😉

    • You mean… Mitt “I’m Progressive” Romney? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2XkKK1mio4

  • Wait a second, there is only so much pie to go around and we little guys need in to. He cares so much for me that the government is the only one that can make all outcomes equal.

    It is my RIGHT to have a house, two cars, satellite TV, four flat screen HD televisions, family plan iphones, and healthcare. How in the world can this happen if those nasty rich Republicans keep it all to themselves? How selfish can they be?

    What? Just because it never has worked anywhere else in the world does not mean it will fail here in the USA. We must try to make it succeed somewhere and why not here!

    Okay, I cannot do it anymore. The illogical reasoning above is even too hard for me to continue to try to type out. Obama is actually talking about pure Marxism that even his friend China proves does not work.

    • steprock

      There are a few “technicalities” to overcome. Like the US Constitution and Capitalism in general. Minor details.

      You know, I am trying sooooo hard to respect the office. I even had a degree of respect for Bill Clinton. Obama makes it difficult.

      • It does not seem that the Constitution is much of a roadblock for “the One” as long as spineless RINO’s are in charge in congress.

  • File this under the “Imam” Obama’s lapdog Press doing a “these are not the droids you’re looking for” tactic to protect their Holier-than-thou god.

  • bonaventure

    He believe in socialist redistribution in 1998
    He believe in socialist redistribution in 2008
    He believes in socialist redistribution NOW
    He will believe in socialist redistribution in 10 years from now.

    Obama is a hardcore anti-American Marxist. One cannot teach an old pig a new trick.

    • Joe is that you?

      • Joe


        There is a COPYCAT in our midst!

        Truth be told – I am backing off a bit

        but I am having some withdrawl so I underline

      • bonaventure

        Sorry, I’m not Joe. You must have me confused with someone else.

        • steprock

          Scoop is just ragging on you for bolding your comments. Joe does it all the time.

        • Joe

          SCOOP is RARELY confused!

          He is always on Me for bolding and STUFF!


          (Actually I meant to say where everybody knows your name!)

  • Arrrggghhh

    A squirrel can figure it out, but libs can’t?

  • Mao thought is was good to spread the wealth around. How did China do? 50 Million dead
    Lenin thought it was good to spread the wealth around. How did Russia do? 70 Million dead.
    Pol Pot thought it was good to spread the wealth around. How did Cambodia do? 1/3 of the country dead. The killing fields sounds so pleasant.
    How is the Kim family doing in North Korea? Who knows how many dead.

    Hey Barack, the smartest person evah, the Berlin Wall was to keep the East Germans from leaving. Barack you are so smart that other people have tried your brillant ideas and crazy as it sounds they didn’t turn out too well.

  • America has had two extended periods of economic hardship and coincidently two periods of massive government intervention. Coincidence? I think not.

    America is not immune to the laws of economics. Invoke Marxist policies, get Marxist results. Wake up America, Obama is a Marxist and we will suffer the same fate as others who have tried Marxism.


    …if Mao Obama is re elected as your President you will all be committing as Mark Levin said, ” National Suicide .”

  • jhcapron

    This guy is a follower of Karl Marx, this is no longer disputable…

  • 12grace

    Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth
    Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty
    And Communism is Socialism with a gun to your back.

    -Winston Churchill

    Find out why Socialism is anti-G-d of the bible.


    Host: Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy, Jerry Newcombe
    Speakers: Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Richard Land, Steve Forbes, Wendy Wright, Jay Richards, Chuck Colson, David Horowitz, Marvin Olasky, Al Mohler, Kay Arthur, Del Tackett

    As the United States has recently moved toward more European models in health care, government control of banking and industry, and ever- increasing regulation of the marketplace, there is concern that socialism—and the philosophy behind it—is extending its tentacles into American life. Often, this socialism is even advocated by professing Christians, who claim that it more closely accords with the teaching of Jesus Christ than does free enterprise, which is sometimes called capitalism. Socialism essentially is the redistribution of wealth. Is this what the Bible teaches? To understand, we must first define socialism and see why some view it as a serious threat.

  • odin147

    Problem with the one’s thinking is that he is doing his thinking in this country. He believes that free markets are inherently unfair and leaves people behind, which is not true in this country because most people here are left behind because of the choices they themselves make.

  • Yeah he is a real Robin Hood robbin’ da hood.

  • mike morrison

    How can anyone deny he’s a socialist??? But they will…as they pull the lever in Nov.

  • I’ve noticed something VERY disturbing about this video. No, it ‘s not the content – it’s that when I viewed it when Drudge first posted it, it had 313 views on YouTube, and just as of this moment at 9:00pm CST (HOURS later) it STILL has only 313 views!!!! However, it has almost 2,300 thumbs up and almost 1,060 thumbs down. HOW IN THE HECK CAN THIS BE????

    I mean, I know Google/YouTube are in O’s pocket, but why is nobody calling them on this? This is OBSCENE!

  • Howzah123

    “trick to pool resources”

    Sounds like the mafia. Don’t worry guys, he will be altruistic and careful with your money when once he “pools it all together”. – *cough Solyndra*

    “Democracy extends the sphere of Individual Freedom, Socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and Socialism have nothing in common but one word: Equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in Liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

    – Alexis de Tocqueville 1848

  • Kordane

    It’s worth pointing out that his views on wealth redistribution are utterly incompatible with unalienable individual rights. You just can’t have wealth redistribution if man has a right to pursue happiness. The pursuit of happiness cannot ever be achieved if the government just takes whatever it wants from you whilst you’re pursuing it. Even to do it a little bit is hindering/preventing your pursuit of happiness.

    Either you do have a right to pursue happiness, or you don’t. There is no middle ground in that, contrary to what compromise propaganda might have you believe.

  • Yazz55

    Wealth redistribution is only designed to keep the recipients just above starvation level and addicted to coming back to their masters for their daily needs. It is by design programmed to destroy and eliminate the middle class. It programs the recipients to perpetual failure and dependency. It prevents any chance of success.

    It tells you who owns who. Sometimes, its part of the divide and conquer strategy and approach to political elections.

    It has nothing whatsoever in common with charity, as the lamestream liberal lapdogs like to frequently claim. It is only misinformation and outright lies spun out of context.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman


  • aposematic

    Ultimate nonsense…redistribution guarantees no one gets a shot: As soon as someone starts to earn more than another, those earnings get redistributed…everyone’s shot gone as everyone if forced to be as poor as the poorest, excepting the masters (elites) of course. Nothing in that cup but Kool-Aid…take a gulp!

  • Ri Mo

    Mr. Romney said in an interview on Fox News. “I think a society based on a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that’s the wrong course for America.”

  • bobemakk

    No redistribution on my dime, NO WAY! I have seen these videos but felt it was necessary to repeat myself.