U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday at critics who complain that their attempts to redistribute wealth and challenged Republican opponents to deal with the growing income inequality.
In an interview with CBS, Obama said opponents who accuse him of promoting socialist-stylepolicies and promote class warfare.
"The problem is, is that our politicians have reached the point where we can have an honest conversation about the greatest income inequality since the 1920s," said Obama.
"And we can not have an honest conversation about the irresponsibility that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, without anyone saying that somehow we are beingdivisive. No, we're being honest about what happened and we must be honest on how to move forward, "he said.
Obama said he has tried to work with Republicans on tax and deficit levels, but the opposition party does not loose its position of rejecting a tax increase.
"And what I said was that a balanced approach means exactly that. It means it's balanced,"Obama said. "What we have not seen is a serious movement on the other side."
The president acknowledged that Americans should not be satisfied with the current state of theeconomy.
"We've been through incredibly difficult times in this country. And I would be surprised if theAmerican people feel happy right now," he said.
"They should not feel satisfied. We have a lot of work to do to get the country and the economyforward in a way that benefits everyone, not just a few," said Obama.