When President Obama ran for office in 2008 he mentioned that he intended to make income redistribution a major focus of his presidency.
Democrats claim that only their candidates are qualified to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor. They characterize their adversaries, the Republican Party, as the party of the selfishly wealthy. Republican policies, Democrats say, are designed to seize wealth from the working class and poor and funnel it to the richest so the wealthiest few can hoard it. Consequently, they predict that under Republicans the working class and poor become worse off. In other words, Republican policies have the affect of allowing the rich to get richer while the poor get poorer.