Here's Joe Biden getting grilled about Obama's "spread the wealth" comment. The blond robot behind the anchor's desk is eerily lifelike:
Biden comports himself well. No gaffes. And his sense of indignation is refreshing. Substantively he reminds us that not since the late 1920s has the richest 1% of Americans been so crazy rich.
BUT then at 2:47, he does that frustrating thing that politicians have a habit of doing: not telling the truth.
When Biden says about Obama "He is not spreading the wealth around!" he's telling a manifest untruth.
The correct answer to the bloodless blond's question about "spreading the wealth around":
That's what taxes do, freaky robot lady! This may be too much to get through your titanium skull, but since Americans began paying federal income taxes in 1913, wealth has been "spread around." (In 1913 only the richest 1% paid any income taxes at all. Talk about spreading the wealth!) A billionaire with one kid will always pay a lot more in taxes than a mechanic with one kid. But both kids might be at the same public school and play at the same public park -- i.e., get the same return on tax revenues. If you're suggesting that people only pay in taxes for those government services they receive, well then the mechanic's son will probably not even be able to afford to go to school. And the billionaire's son will be very lonely.
Biden is honest when he says at 1:40 that the Bush and McCain tax policies "spread the wealth around" -- in his opinion, in the wrong direction. Too bad he didn't follow through and torpedo the absurd premise of this ridiculous controversy. It's time to be honest and flush this Joe the Plumber crap down the toilet.
Both tickets' plans "spread the wealth around." If people aren't happy with that, then we should stop paying taxes, and privatize ... everything.
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