The 99% Halloween: Redistributing candy to make an anti-tax argument [VIDEO]

David Martosko Executive Editor
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Out of the mouths of babes, apparently, comes a hatred of redistributing wealth. Especially when that wealth is made of chocolatey goodness.

Just in time for Halloween, political commentator Steven Crowder took the tax policies of Democratic politicians to a “trunk or treat” church event, asking children with the most candy to pay “their fair share” to kids with less.

The results, captured on a hidden camera, were predictable.

“That’s my candy. I worked hard for it,” complained one girl after some of her loot was dropped into another kid’s goodie bag.

“Hey, dude — that’s not cool,” said a young boy. “It’s not fun to take people’s candy.”

“Man, seriously, I’m out of my mind — because you just stole my candy,” yelled a teenager.

“I didn’t steal it,” Crowder retorts in the video. “I’m redistributing it so it’s fair.”


Crowder began his three-minute video with footage of President Barack Obama, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton uttering variations on the theme of the “wealthiest Americans” needing to “pay their fair share in taxes.”

In audio of a 1998 Obama speech that surfaced in September, Obama can be heard saying that “the trick” of running a progressive government “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 to make sure everybody has got a shot.” (RELATED: 1998 audiotape surfaces: Obama urged ‘trick’ to aid wealth redistribution)

After incurring the wrath of trick-or-treaters, however, Crowder — dressed in a monkey costume — said children think it’s “most fair … to be able to keep what they’ve actually earned.”

He said in an email that the Fox News Channel would be featuring the video on television in time for Halloween night.

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