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ICYMI: Chairman Priebus: “It’s Redistribution or the American Dream”

- September 20, 2012

Excerpts from POLITICO


By: Chairman Reince Priebus

September 20, 2012

"A newly uncovered recording of President Barack Obama may well distill his philosophy. 'I actually believe in redistribution,' Obama said at a conference.

"So it makes sense that his presidency has been defined by high unemployment and the worst economy since the Great Depression. His agenda is one of dependency--not opportunity and job creation.

"His words at this 1998 conference make plain the consequential choice we face in this election. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney believes in the American free enterprise system. But Obama believes in a government-centered society.

"Despite the struggling economy, Obama has yet to offer a plan for job creation. His only plans for a second term are more taxing and more spending...

"In contrast, Romney and his vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have a comprehensive plan to create jobs and increase take-home pay. The Romney-Ryan Plan for a Stronger Middle Class has five steps...

"This plan is expected to create 12 million new jobs over the next four years, putting Americans back to work and strengthening our country. In addition, Romney will cut taxes for middle class families. Don't expect to get the same from Obama. Lower taxes and limited spending means less to redistribute.

"When Obama champions redistribution, he abandons the promise of the American Dream. That dream--of self-reliance derived from hard work, of homeownership earned from sacrifice and saving--may not always come easily. But it is a dream that has survived for generations and been realized by millions. The answer to our economic ills is not to let the dream die. The answer is to revive it and make it more accessible.

"This tape recording has made clear what Obama wants. But it doesn't take a recording to know what the American people believe in. This is still the land of the American Dream. And that dream isn't something distributed by the federal government. Romney knows this, and he will work from Day One to revive that dream for all Americans."

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