I don’t know any other way to say it… Barack Obama is not your father’s democrat he is a card carrying socialist. I don’t care how much lipstick you put on it… There isn’t a bit of difference between what Barack Obama said to Joe Wurzelbacher or what he says in this 2001 interview with Chicago Public Radio and and the Socialist mantra of Karl Marx… From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
Socialism is socialism plain and simple.
Update: ABC’s Jake Tapper has the Obama campaign’s response:
“In this interview back in 2001, Obama was talking about the civil rights movement – and the kind of work that has to be done on the ground to make sure that everyone can live out the promise of equality,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton says. “Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with Obama’s economic plan or his plan to give the middle class a tax cut. It’s just another distraction from an increasingly desperate McCain campaign.”
Burton continues: “In the interview, Obama went into extensive detail to explain why the courts should not get into that business of ‘redistributing’ wealth. Obama’s point – and what he called a tragedy – was that legal victories in the Civil Rights led too many people to rely on the courts to change society for the better. That view is shared by conservative judges and legal scholars across the country.
“As Obama has said before and written about, he believes that change comes from the bottom up – not from the corridors of Washington,” Burton says. “He worked in struggling communities to improve the economic situation of people on the South Side of Chicago, who lost their jobs when the steel plants closed. And he’s worked as a legislator to provide tax relief and health care to middle-class families. And so Obama’s point was simply that if we want to improve economic conditions for people in this country, we should do so by bringing people together at the community level and getting everyone involved in our democratic process.”
With all due respect to Mr. Burton, listen to the interview yourself… Sen. Obama’s remarks focus exclusively on the need to “redistribute the wealth” not providing opportunities for people to create their own wealth.
Ed Morrissey has additional analysis @ Hot Air.