Ok, that worked, so let me try the serious post again:
I wouldn't suggest a plan of tax the rich and give to the poor under any circumstances....except one, but leave that for now. The issue I would be looking at is that in our particular situation, we have a MASSIVE deficit which concerns me. The solution that the R have come up with is simply belt-tightening. The problem is that the government budget doesn't work like an individuals budget. The amount of income is a percentage of the economy, so if the economy shrinks, so does the income. The expenditures don't shrink when the economy shrinks though. Instead, they may grow or remain the same. So, belt-tightening can have the opposite of the desired effect, because it could cause the deficit to increase if the austerity decreases the economy. If the deficit is the problem we are trying to solve, then that is where taxing at a higher rate would be justified. Furthermore, greater outlays for the poor could also be justified. That does effectively amount to a wealth transfer, but the goal isn't a wealth transfer for the sake of a wealth transfer, the goal is reduction of the deficit using the two pronged approach of increasing revenue on some that can afford it, and increasing spending on those that will do it, together combining to grow the economy, which will increase the revenue and doubly drive down the deficit.
However, that would have to stop once the deficit was driven down to where we want it (no government debt wouldn't be good, but no deficit and a smaller debt would be). Unfortunately, politicians don't take the long view. They don't have the lifespan to take the long view, so anything implemented as a fix to a specific problem will tend to perpetuate even once the problem has been solved (see military expenditures).
The one place I feel that a true wealth transfer is going to be necessary is in health care. I've said it before, and it's totally pessimistic, but I believe that the advance of technology will, on its own, result in a neeed for a single-payer universal health system, or will result in the collapse of our civil society. Since I've ranted about that before, I won't again, I only mention this because it is the exception where I see wealth transfer as being eventually essential.
@SJW: We can never have too many udder jokes, so leave that flying cow alone.