Patterico's Pontifications

2/13/2010

Rambling with Joe Biden

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 10:30 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

In the same Larry King Live interview where he counted Iraq as “one of the great achievements of this administration,” Vice President Joe Biden also celebrated that there’s been no wasted funds in the Stimulus program:

KING: You know, it’s the one-year anniversary of the Recovery Act next year. Did it go fast?

BIDEN: Well, it did go fast, but I’ll tell you what, I’ve spent most of my time making sure that there are no big boondoggles. If you notice, for all the criticism of the Recovery Act, no one has come up and said they wasted $50 million here, $100 million there, $90 million here. That dog never bit and so I’m very proud of the way we’ve done it … “

I guess this is true if you don’t count the chief watchdog for the Stimulus program in remarks last March:

“The chief watchdog for spending from the $787 billion stimulus package says it’s guaranteed there will be waste and fraud.

Earl Devaney, tapped by President Obama to track the giant spending plan, also said it will be at least a year before the government gets recovery.gov, the Web site the administration has touted as a key part of its transparency, up and running properly.”

Biden also talked about the “Two State Solution” in Washington, D.C. — I don’t know what he was talking about, but I think it involved construing Scott Brown’s election as proof Americans want the Obama Administration to have more power. Biden also said health care reform must do “three things” … and then he listed four things.

In other words, this interview was par for the Biden course.

— DRJ

11 Responses to “Rambling with Joe Biden”

  1. you may have your cake, and eat it too, but only if it meets government standards for healthy cake and you meet the eligibility requirements.

    we are in the very best of hands…..

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. It also helps that the vast majority of the project related spending has not gone out the done. Shovel ready my big fat butt!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  3. so its gone out the “not done”?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  4. If I were one of the 2 million workers that supposedly had his job saved by the stimulus, I would have much rather have had the cash. Even if you grant Obama’s 2 million saved claim, that breaks down to $393,500.00 per job that averages at best an income of $50,000.00 per annum. Give me the cash instead.

    peedoffamerican (c15fe4)

  5. The stimulus accomplished one thing; it put off for one year the reckoning that is coming to the profligate states, like California and New York, as most of the money spent so far went to them. They have done nothing to cut spending and rein in the unions. It did put off until after the election the bankruptcy of several.

    None of it did any good for the private economy, which is where the jobs are.

    Mike K (2cf494)

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  7. The only thing “shovel-ready” is Slow Joe Biden.

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  8. Did biden have his tongue in his cheek when he said this? Or, was he laughing uncontrollably? I don’t watch larry king so I wouldn’t know myself.

    Anyone who can claim obama is responsible for success in Iraq can claim anything and perhaps even believe it himself. I just hope obama puts his mind to a cure for cancer.

    Jim (582155)

  9. The stimulus money went to public employee unions and to save public payroll jobs. Who is kidding who?

    GeneralMalaise (4d34a1)

  10. I did see one democratic strategist claim that without the porkulus bill (my term, not his) unemployment would be 25%, not 10% as it is. I mean if you are going to lie, at least pick something reasonable, like 12 or 13%–not some ridiculous number like 25%!

    Jim (582155)

  11. bidens gaffes are only amusing because he holds high office and would be politely ignored from a car wash attendent.

    clyde (b9834b)


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