I think Repubublicans are barking up the wrong tree when they get so upset about the word “redistribute”. The fact is that they are almost as much in favor of redistribution as Democrats are. They only difference of opinion between the two parties is how much to redistribute and from whom to whom.
Obviously the graduated income tax redistributes. But so does a flat tax. Because even under a flat percentage tax very rich people would usually pay in much more money than they get back in goverment services.
There are people who think the best system would entail absolutely no redistribution. But those people don’t include your typical Republican.