‘I know there are some who believe that, if you simply take from some and give to others, then we’ll all be better off. It’s known as redistribution. It’s never been a characteristic of America,’ [Mitt] Romney said. The campaign apparently thinks that voters will find 'redistribution’ a scary word. But does Mr. Romney really disagree with the belief that part of government’s role is, in Mr. Obama’s words, to help 'make sure that everybody’s got a shot’? To tax is to redistribute. To govern is to redistribute. Benefits from government spending flow in different amounts to different individuals and different states. Unless Mr. Romney envisions government stripped down to the role of providing for the national defense and building a road or two, and it is clear that he doesn’t, it is hard to imagine a world in which government does not play some redistributionist role.
— The Washington Post in an editorial: Mr. Romney has his own ‘redistribution’ plans - The Washington Post