Way back during the campaign of 2008, “Joe, the whoever” attempted to corner candidate Obama by accusing Obama of wanting to spread the wealth around by using taxes. The incident led to national recognition for Joe, interviews, and hero status.
Now, in 2011, Daniels is saying the same thing, and his Republican cronies are eating it up. Daniels and Bennett want to “give” up to $4500 per child from taxpayer funds to low to moderate income families so that they can send their children to private schools so that “students who don’t come from wealthy families should have the same opportunity to attend private schools as those who do.”
Pardon me if I am somewhat confused at this point. Why such a sudden charitable attitude by Daniels and the Republicans? If the Democrats had come up with a plan like this, they would have been crucified for wasting taxpayer funds. I guess the fact that it is coming from the public school system’s funds takes them off the proverbial “hook.”
But, regardless of how it is explained by Daniels and his group, this is a “spreading” of the wealth that so many fear-ridden Republicans and right-wingers called “socialism” when the issue was raised against Obama. The Republicans even note that taking these tax dollars will give poorer families the same opportunities for their children as wealthy families enjoy.
But, hey, they aren’t “raising” taxes – yet – they are just robbing from Peter to pay Paul and doing a little “smoke and mirrors” two-step to transfer wealth.