US Rep. Steve King says all payments are redistribution of wealth.
US Rep. Steve King says all payments are redistribution of wealth. Why does he say this? First he says he is against governmental redistribution of wealth. When confronted with the fact that he is in favor of some farm subsidies and some foreign aid he argues that if these are examples of redistribution of wealth then everything is redistribution of wealth, implying that there isn't anything wrong with redistribution of wealth. To defend his point that everything is redistribution of wealth he says that, if he gave me a penny that would be redistribution of wealth. In other words, he changes the context and topic from governmental redistribution of wealth to any payment or transfer. His logic is, since there is nothing wrong with me giving you a penny there is nothing wrong with the government forcefully taking money from the taxpayers in order to provide farm subsidies and foreign aid.
Interestingly, this contradicts his original point that there is a fundamental difference between personal charity and governmental charity . He argued correctly that there is nothing wrong with personal charity but that it is entirely wrong for the government to force you to do charity. This distinction between personal charity and governmental charity evaporates in the heat of the argument.