Hoyer: ‘I Don't Know That Any Democrat Believes Redistribution of Wealth is the End of Gov't'

By Matt Cover | September 19, 2012 | 1:18 PM EDT

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he does not “know that any” Democrats believe that the redistribution of wealth is the purpose of government.

At a Capitol Hill press briefing on Wednesday, a reporter asked Hoyer, "Do you personally believe that the goal of the federal government is to redistribute wealth, [that] that's an end of the federal government?"

Hoyer said, “I don’t know that any Democrat believes redistribution of wealth is the end of government--it is not."

He then said the purpose of government was to “ask” people to “help” do things like grow the economy, educate people, and secure the country.

“It is, however, to ask all of us--some of us have more than others--to help grow the economy, make the country stronger, participate in supporting the national security of our country, participate in investing in the health and education of our people, participate in making sure the infrastructure of our country is sufficient to the competition we face around the world,” he said.

Hoyer claimed that this collective approach was what produced the economic prosperity of the 1990’s, claiming that it was “the best economy in my lifetime, and your lifetime.”

“Again, I point to the Clinton years where the Clinton economic policy was adopted in 1993,” he said. “Total opposition from the other party, same claims they made then, best economy in my lifetime, and your lifetime, and the lifetime of anybody in this room.”

Yesterday, an audio recording of then-Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama (D) speaking in favor of "redistribution" was posted on YouTube and on The Drudge Report. In the speech, at Loyola University in 1998, Obama said, "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.

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