A deliberate comment on the Rand philosophy, or just a coincidence?
“The point is, though, that — and it’s not just charity, it’s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class — it’s that when we actually make sure that everybody’s got a shot – when young people can all go to college, when everybody’s got decent health care, when everybody’s got a little more money at the end of the month – then guess what? Everybody starts spending that money, they decide maybe I can afford a new car, maybe I can afford a computer for my child. They can buy the products and services that businesses are selling and everybody is better off. All boats rise. That’s what happened in the 1990s, that’s what we need to restore. And that’s what I’m gonna do as president of the United States of America.
“John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”
In the same speech, Obama goes on to suggest that he’ll be criticised as communistic for sharing his toys as a child, or for splitting his “peanut butter and jelly” sandwiches at school. Of course, this is nonsense. It would have been a different case, however, had he taken lunches from other students to spread the food around.