Dem Congressman: 'Simplistic Notion that People Who Have Wealth are Entitled to Keep It'

     It’s this type of political rhetoric that brings out the “Joe the Plumber” in all of us.

     Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., thinks it’s a “simplistic notion” for people who are successful in their bid to become wealthy to hold on to that wealth and not have it “redistributed” by the government.

     “Now in the last seven years we have had the highest corporate profit ever in American history,” Moran said in a video posted to YouTube on Oct. 31. “Highest corporate profit – we’ve had the highest productivity. The American worker has produced more per person than at any time, but it hasn’t been shared, and that’s the problem because we have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in this simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards the means of redistributing wealth.”

     Moran represents the 8th congressional district of Virginia that makes up the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is serving his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representative. According to the American Conservative Union, Moran has a “zero” 2007 conservative rating and a 14.57 lifetime rating. Phone calls to Moran's spokesman Austin Durrer were not immediately returned.

     Mark Ellmore, a mortgage executive, is Moran’s Republican challenger and recently blamed him for the economic downturn.

     “I just want the people who have given Congress this 9 percent approval rating to get the change they want,” Ellmore said to The Washington Post on Oct. 30. “Whether it’s Jim or anyone else, they just don't want to accept responsibility for a lack of involvement and oversight when the whole potential for economic meltdown came about. You are what your record is. You are what the results are.”