From the mouths of drooling babes comes wisdom? The words of Joe Biden:
“This is deadly earnest,” Biden said. “How they can justify — how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried the last four years.”
“Whoever the hell has been president and vice president ought o be fired. Hell, they ought to be criminally prosecuted and then executed. What’s that? Ooops. That’s me and Obama, isn’t it? Well, never mind, then!”
Here’s the story:
Biden says middle class ‘buried’ the last 4 years, Republicans pounce
Published October 02, 2012
Vice President Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been “buried the last four years” — a practically gift-wrapped gaffe that Republicans immediately grabbed to hammer President Obama on the eve of the first presidential debate.
Biden made the remark at a campaign stop in Charlotte, N.C., in the course of slamming Republican tax policies which Democrats claim would cut taxes for the rich and hike them for the middle class.
“This is deadly earnest,” Biden said. “How they can justify — how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried the last four years. How in the lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?”
Mitt Romney, it turns out, couldn’t agree more with the first part.
He tweeted: “Agree with @JoeBiden, the middle class has been buried the last 4 years, which is why we need a change in November #CantAfford4More.”
Running mate Paul Ryan echoed, saying at a rally in Iowa that “we need to stop digging” and elect Romney.
Both the Romney campaign and The Republican National Committee got to work blasting out a clip of the comment Tuesday afternoon, in what the Obama campaign decried as a “desperate and out-of-context attack.”
But Republicans used the remark to hammer home claims that Obama’s economic policies have hurt the middle class, in advance of a debate where the economy is sure to feature prominently.
An RNC official told FoxNews.com: “Joe Biden said what so many Americans are feeling every day. For four years, the middle class has been buried by Obama’s failed policies from higher taxes to more debt which is why he has a difficult time explaining why he deserves another term in the White House.”
A Romney campaign email also included numerous examples of the middle class being “buried” during Obama’s term — by debt, by high unemployment and by falling incomes.
An Obama campaign official countered, blaming Republican policies for crushing the middle class — well before Obama took office.
“As the Vice President has been saying all year and again in his remarks today, the middle class was punished by the failed Bush policies that crashed our economy — and a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is a return to those failed policies. With more than five million private-sector jobs created since 2010, the Vice President and President Obama will continue to help the middle class recover and move the nation forward,” the official said.
The first presidential debate will be held Wednesday in Denver and will focus on domestic policy.
Fox News’ Nick Kalman contributed to this report.
For the record, ObamaCare is not only a tax hike on the middle class, but in fact the LARGEST tax hike on the middle class in the history of the republic, with 21 new taxes that will disproportionately fall on middle class families. So, yeah, it’s a valid question. Given that Obama has “buried the middle class during his four-year regime,” how the hell can he justify imposing all these taxes when he looked the American people in the eye and repeatedly told them he wouldn’t increase their taxes so much as one dime???
But Obama has done far more damage to the middle class than that:
Obama’s War on the Middle Class: Gas Prices Double – Incomes Drop – Jobs Killed
Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, October 1, 2012, 12:38 PM
Barack Obama hates the poor and middle class. (RSG)
Thanks to Barack Obama gas prices doubled, incomes dropped, unemployment soared and the deficit nearly tripled in less than four years. The poor and middle class suffered the most.
The Republican Study Group released this information.
A few points about the chart above, which visualizes these trends all too well. ** According to analysts at Sentier Research, median household income has dropped $4,520, or about one month’s average wages, since President Obama took office. ** The average price for a gallon of gas has more than doubled since January 2009, from under $2 to now almost $4.
If that damn chart above were a hail Mary football play, the two wide receivers would have run smack into each other and knock each other silly. Which is pretty much a metaphor for the entire Obama presidency.
Oh, yeah, by the way, food prices have skyrocketed since Biden’s boss took over (see more here). Sooo, I guess that kind of sucks for the middle class, too.
And the median household income has plunged by 8.2 percent since Barack Obama and Joe Biden took office. That can’t be good for the middle class.
And the labor force participation rate has gone down more dramatically under Obama’s failed presidency than any president’s in the history of the republic, and it is now at the lowest level in well over thirty years. How’s that working for the middle class? How’s it working for the middle class that if we calcuated the unemployment rate by the same labor participation rate that Bush handed to Obama, unemployment would be measured at 11.6 percent now???
For every job Obama “adds,” there are FOUR workers who drop out of the workforce. How’s that working for the middle class? How is it working for the middle class that there are four million fewer jobs today than there were when Obama took office?
Last year new start-up businesses were at the lowest level EVER measured in the 25-year history of recording that statistic; this year new start-up businesses plunged by another 24%. I’m sure the middle class isn’t too happy about that, given that those jobs Obama has destroyed by demonizing the people who create those jobs are the very jobs that the middle class most depends on.
If you’re a middle class retired person, it’s even suckier for you in this “No, no, no, NOT God bless America! God DAMN America” administration: when Bush left office, a person could put their retirement nest egg of $300,000 into a secure bond and live off of the $1,500 a month interest. And if things went well, why, you’d leave your children and grandchildren a nice sum to remember you by in fulfillment of the American Dream to give your children better off than you were. Now, thanks to Obama’s QE1, QE2, Operation Twist and then let’s do QE3, that same nest egg gives you $200 a month and you’re pretty well screwed, aren’t you?
Finally, Biden screwed up so badly trying to demonize Romney for increasing taxes on the middle class, which is an outright lie. Name the Republican who has offered a plan to increase taxes on the middle class. Versus Obama-Biden, who in fact have passed the largest tax increase on the middle class in the history of the republic. Obama and Biden have both slandered Republican policies by asserting that tax cuts result in low revenues and therefore according to some liberal think tank that used radically leftist presuppositions, if the rich didn’t get their taxes hiked the middle class wold therefore have to somehow pay more taxes. That is a lie. That is a provable lie. If you go back to the Bush tax cuts, you will find that tax revenues increased massively. Even the New York Times was forced to acknowledge that tax revenues increased just as Republicans said they would. If you go back to the Reagan tax cuts, you will see that tax revenues increased massively. If you go back to John F. Kennedy’s tax cuts, you will see that tax revenues increased massively; and if you go all the way back to Calvin Coolidge’s tax cuts, you will see that tax revenues increased massively. Liberals deny reality. They cannot even begin to comprehend the real world.
It’s stuff like this that makes the REAL middle class want Obama and Biden to get the hell out of Washington. Middle class voters favor Romney by 14 points (55 to 41 percent). And Democrats trying to say that middle class voters favor Obama would be like Republicans saying that female grad students who demand that government pay for all their birth control favor Romney.