January 07, 2007

Locksley We Roll Along

I just happened upon an issue of the Congressional Quarterly Weekly (a non sequitur publication on the order of the monthly Australian Women's Weekly) from last October. In it there is an article regarding John Edwards' efforts in the name of the poor which suggests that Democrats are wary of being labeled as "big government Robin Hoods". This label perpetuates a popular misconception of what Robin and his band of merry men were all about. It happens to be true that in the economy of his time, taking from the tax collector and giving to the productive was synonymous with taking from the rich and giving to the poor, but in no way does taxing the productive to subsidize poverty equate with their actions.

Posted by triticale at January 7, 2007 02:44 PM | TrackBack
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