Last October, Barack Obama explained why he did not wear an American flag pin on his lapel:
“The truth is that right after 9-11 I had a pin,” Obama said. “Shortly after 9-11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.
“I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he said in the interview. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”
Today, Joe Biden explained what Barack Obama thinks ‘will make America great’ — higher taxes:
“Anyone making over $250,000…” the host began to question, “Is going to pay more,” Biden interjected. “You got it. It’s time to be patriotic, Kate. It’s time to jump in, it’s time to be part of the deal, it’s time to help get America out of the rut.”
Bided ought to understand both that those earning over $250,000 pay a heavy tax burden, and that just because you earn a quarter of a million dollars annually, you are not automatically wealthy. This is something Joe Biden might understand better if he listened to his own spokesman:
“Like a lot of families that put three kids through college and have an aging parent move in with them, the Bidens aren’t divorced from the realities of everyday life,” Wade says. Still, Wade continues, “finding ways to give back is important to them.”
So which is it: poor Joe Biden, struggling along at $320,000 per year in income, and only able to afford about $370 annually in charitable donations? Or Joe Biden: rich America-hater?