Long before slipping up on the 2008 campaign trail and professing his love for socialism to Joe the Plumber, Illinois State Senator Barack Obama unabashedly proclaimed his admiration for wealth redistribution back on October 19, 1998 while speaking at Loyola University:
“…Let me just close by saying, as we think about the policy research surrounding the issues that I just named..policy research for the working poor, broadly defined, I think that what we’re going to have to do is somehow resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all. There has been a systematic…I don’t think it’s too strong to call it a propaganda campaign against the possibility of government action and its efficacy. And I think some of it has been deserved. Chicago Housing Authority has not been a model of good policy making and neither, necessarily, have been the Chicago public schools. What that means, then, is that as we try to resuscitate this notion that we’re all in this thing together..Leave nobody behind..We do have to be innovative in thinking..how..what are the delivery systems that are actually effective and meet people where they live. And my suggestion, I guess would be…that..the trick..And this is one of the few areas where I think there are technical issues that have to be dealt with as opposed to just political issues. I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence, facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution; at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.