Rewind to October 2008: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” said then Presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Although the context of the above quote was a conversation with an entrepreneurial plumber, Obama’s plan was to tax the rich. He thought it would be wise to invest that money in things like education, research and healthcare. Essentially, it was a way to “spread the wealth around.”
Fast-forward to Tuesday, April 10, 2012: “So these investments — in things like education and research and health care — they haven’t been made as some grand scheme to redistribute wealth from one group to another,” the President said while speaking to Florida Atlantic University (FAU). “This is not some socialist dream.”
Obama, who has been under scrutiny lately for to his seemingly socialist plans for the country, is now attempting to distance himself from any phrasing that would make it appear that he is opposed to the American dream.
In his speech at FAU, Obama made sure the students were aware that he is opposed to “giving those tax breaks to folks like me who don’t need them.”