Equality vs. Redistribution
Matt Yglesias presents this Gallup poll as evidence that Barack Obama is on the right side of the redistributionist issue while John McCain and Joe the Plumber are in the minority:
Says Matt, “What you see here is that traditionally a large majority of Americans have favored spreading the wealth around.”
Well, no. What you see here is that traditionally a large majority of Americans have favored having more money. It’s one thing, though, to lament the unfairness of, say, Paris Hilton having millions while you’ve got only thousands and quite another to advocate the government taking away her money and divvying it up.