Creeping Socialism in Ohio
Asked about the connotation of the phrase “income inequality,” LaTourette [Rep. Stephen LaTourette, R-Ohio] said,
“It’s a redistribution of wealth — which is socialist, which is communist and all of that — but I do think that when you pit millionaires and billionaires against everyone else, that’s a nice populist message, and we’ve got to get our hands on it.”
(From: “Income gap slides into GOP talk,” by Marin Cogan and Jake Sherman, Politico, Oct 30, 2011.)
A Republican representative agreeing with socialists and communists in defining income inequality as an imbalance so immense and so unjust that it must result in a redistribution of wealth? Goodness. Things must be changing in Ohio.
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