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Republicans Are Only Opposed to Redistribution that Goes Downward


Republicans Are Only Opposed to Redistribution that Goes Downward

Dean Baker

Matt O'Brien's Wonkblog piece might have misled readers on Republicans views on the role of government. O'Brien argued that the reason that the Republicans have such a hard time designing a workable health care plan is:

"Republicans are philosophically opposed to redistribution, but health care is all about redistribution."


The Republican "ethic" is one of economic Calvinism in which the cho$en deserve it all.


Equality for all 'must' be the mantra of any future political party endeavoring to represent the masses.

Anything less must be refused admission to the show.


Seems to me that if one thing defines the duopoly, it's the shared belief in the infallibility of the free market and the notion of meritocracy. In fact, in his 2012 victory speech, Barack Obama proclaimed: “If you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or who you love...you can make it here in America.”

Sounds nice, except people can longer help noticing the trend in income inequality, which kept right getting worse under Obama--so actual belief in the American dream is at an all-time low.

Oh, and the flipside of the meritocracy argument: if you're on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, it's your fault.


Great, concise expose of a Classic, Insidious Taiking Point.

See Dr. Richard Wolff, at his eponymous website, for a very lucid explanation of where all the gains, especially due to increased production, have gone for the last thirty, or so, years.


Thank you, Dean Baker, for again pointing out what Republicans' philosophy really is!

Forget what they say. Focus on what they do.


Right on and thanks for the book.

And many Dems are for upward redistribution, too.