Spreading the wealth is bad, says John McCain. Concentrating the wealth so fewer and fewer have it seems to be OK. The American Dream used to mean everyone had an opportunity to build some wealth. Now the rules of the game (or lack of rules on Wall Street) have stacked the deck to favor the already wealthy.
Obama wants to spread the opportunity by making sure we all have a fair chance at building some wealth. Obama is not taking it away from people like Joe the Plumber. He is actually trying to help Joe the Plumber.
Punish the CEOs by taking some of their wealth away. Take back some of those billions of dollars that the hedge fund managers and others won in betting that the mortgage industry would tank. Take back the bonuses given to the high rollers who made all those bets.