Senator Joe Biden has rallied the cry to Americans and triggered gasps by many. It is your patriotic duty to pay more taxes!
“We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people,” Biden said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”
“He’p me! He’p me! I just can’t keep my mouth shut!!”
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The Boston Tea Party be damned. This week, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden unleashed the most absurd remark of his illustrious career, claiming that taxes are “patriotic.”
Have you ever wondered when exactly taxation became a tool for mass redistribution of wealth?
The wealthy, last I heard, do not “take” or steal from the defenseless middle class; they, most often, earn their money. There is nothing to give back.
Moreover, the very premise of Biden’s argument is a rickety mess.
The rich already shell out their share. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the top 10 percent of households pay roughly 70 percent of all federal income taxes. The top 5 percent pay more than 60 percent of all taxes. The top 1 percent? They pay nearly 40 percent of all income taxes. Sounds like an unfair share to me.
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Biden’s response at a campaign rally to a labor group in Canton, Ohio.
“Catholic social doctrine as I was taught it is, you take care of people who need the help the most,” Biden said in Akron. “Now it’d be different if you could make the case to me that by giving this tax cut to the very wealthy, everybody else was going to be better off. We saw what happened the last eight years when we gave that tax cut. Tell me how everybody is better off. And the point I want to make to you is, and I mean this sincerely – wealthy people are just as patriotic, patriotic as poor people. We just have not asked anything of them.”
And the good Senator John McCain’s response per Fox,
“Raising taxes in a tough economy isn’t patriotic. It’s not a badge of honor. It’s just plain dumb,” McCain said. “The billions in tax increases that Sen. Obama is proposing would kill even more jobs during tough economic times. I’m not going to let that happen.”
How odd that Biden proclaimed the need to help out the poor, when as The Political Junkie demonstrates,
Time to be patriot!? And this is from the man whose own charitable giving for the last 10 years has been approximately one eighth of one percent.
“I’m from the government. I’m here to help you.”
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