posted on Dec, 3 2005 @ 04:26 PM
Be you referring to Canadian politics or in general the answer is the same.
Your question is loaded.
'Redistribution' is a code word for those that want to see the elderly go without medicine and the poor starve.
To the extent that modest assistance programs still remain in America (for example), they don't exist to "keep the poor poor" (more lovely inverted
and loaded logic).
They exist (by popular demand I might add) to keep the poor alive and give them opportunities they'd otherwise never have, and not without
much self interest in mind for the businesses that require government assisted, well fed, healthy people to exploit, like Wal-Mart.
So yes, it helps everyone. Just like all "redistribution" efforts like public schools, public roads, health departments, police and fire
departments, a defense department, national parks.... all the things that make a civilized society.
The alternative? How about plagues? Rampant ignorance leading to fundamentalism leading to insurgencies. People too stupid to even work, much less
raise children. Crime. In short, sheer, utter chaos. Like if the Libertarians ever ran things.
[edit on 3-12-2005 by RANT]