The Reagan years, in fact, saw the phrase used repeatedly, with many on the left claiming Reagan’s 1981 tax reform was reverse Robin Hood-ism.
Reverend Jesse Jackson made the phrase a key part of his run for president in 1984, saying that Reagan’s economic policies were “Robin Hood in reverse.” Jackson usually added that the true measure of national character is “how we treat the least among us.''
In the early 1990s, when Democrats were raging against inequality, Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.) said, “In the 1980s, we had a Robin-Hood in reverse tax policy of taking money from working families and giving it to the richest Americans.”
The phrase also has also popped up among the country-club set. In 1985, a controversy over the location for the Bing Crosby Clambake, a pro-am golf tournament, caused Bing’s widow to complain that, since the charity tournament had been taken over by highly-paid pros, less of the proceeds were going to charity.
“It’s like Robin Hood in reverse,” she told reporters.
When the St. Petersberg Yacht Club in Florida wanted to expand to include more public waterfront, residents cried “Robin Hood in reverse” in the local papers.Page 2 of 4 | Prev Page | Next Page