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1/2/2013

Vice President Hypocrite

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 2:26 pm

From the Vice Presidential debate:

MS. RADDATZ: OK, on to taxes. If your ticket is elected, who will pay more in taxes? Who will pay less? And we’re starting with Vice President Biden for two minutes.

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: The middle class will pay less, and people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more. Let me give you one concrete example: the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. We’re arguing that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire. Of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, 800 million — billion dollars of that goes to people making a minimum of a million dollars.

Isn’t he the guy who negotiated this fiscal cliff deal with Mitch McConnell? Why, yes, he is. And was he pushing raising taxes only on people making a million dollars a year? Why, no, he wasn’t.

But of course, asking these people to stick with their promises is asking too much, isn’t it?

31 Comments

  1. Intended to complement J.D.’s “President Hypocrite” post.

    Comment by Patterico (038ee9) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:27 pm

  2. when you have a whole entire contingent of propaganda sluts like soledad and the politico monkeys and the piers morgan at your beck and call

    it changes you

    Comment by happyfeet (2cf801) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:32 pm

  3. In response to this, and the POTUS Hypocrite post, I’m pulling a Sammy:

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


    And that’s the facts, Jack!

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:33 pm

  4. As if Biden could dictate the outcome of the negotiations…

    Comment by Tillman (51d7aa) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:40 pm

  5. Wait, Bush tax cuts are ending on people making more than $400,000 not $1,000,000 but revenues are only projected to increase by $600 billion instead of the $800 billion Biden used during the campaign?

    What’s up with that? Were the Democrats lying about numbers again?

    Also, taxes are going up on the middle class in spite of Vice President Empty Chair’s protestations to the contrary due to President Stop Gap Measure’s fondness for temporary solutions to economic problems.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:42 pm

  6. 1. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    2. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    3. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    4. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    5. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    6. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    7. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    8. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

    9. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    10. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    11. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    12. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    13. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    14. For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    15. For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    16. For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    17. For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    18. For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

    19. For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

    20. For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

    21. For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    22. For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    23. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    24. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    25. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    26. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    27. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    Comment by Leviticus (17b7a5) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:56 pm

  7. Now, were you arguing that some of those actually applied to Obama, or just being dramatic?

    Comment by Leviticus (17b7a5) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:57 pm

  8. Tillman – his starting point was 250,000. Assuming he meant what he said, his starting point should have been 1,000,000.

    Comment by JD (78d90b) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:58 pm

  9. Leviticus, so Obama is not guilty of clause 27 … big deal.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:00 pm

  10. I’m sure that Mr. Jefferson, if he were still active, would do a specific re-write for the occasion.
    So, you could say it was for dramatic effect;
    but it makes a point that needs to be made!

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:01 pm

  11. JD, is a starting point in a negotiation what you’re really after? Not if you’re a smart negotiator! :)

    Comment by Tillman (51d7aa) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:01 pm

  12. Solyndra, A123, Fast & Furious, Keystone XL, EPA, Benghazi, etc.
    There’s a High Crime or Misdemeanor hidden in there somewhere.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:03 pm

  13. Actually, looking over that list, I can see arguments for a lot of those accusations. My, but the government has gotten large.

    Comment by Leviticus (17b7a5) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:05 pm

  14. We’re not talking about “smart negotiators”, we’re talking about Republicans.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:08 pm

  15. I can see the headlines now:

    “President Obama plunders seas, ravages Coasts, burns towns, destroys lives of People, vacations in Hawaii”

    Comment by Leviticus (17b7a5) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:10 pm

  16. Tillman – you are not being honest. If Biden was being truthful, and you and I both know he was not, he would not have made the claim about those making $1,000,000 when their position has always been 250,000. They fought going up to 450,000. And you know that.

    Comment by JD (78d90b) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:13 pm

  17. Gird your loins.

    Comment by SarahW (b0e533) — 1/2/2013 @ 4:10 pm

  18. From the Vice Presidential debate:

    MS. RADDATZ: OK, on to taxes. If your ticket is elected, who will pay more in taxes? Who will pay less? And we’re starting with Vice President Biden for two minutes.

    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: The middle class will pay less, and people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more.

    That was a half truth. Obama’s proposal always had been to start the tax increase at $250,000. (actually a little bit more)

    Also – I’m not sure that a 10% or more increase

    Let me give you one concrete example: the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. We’re arguing that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire. Of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, 800 million — billion dollars of that goes to people making a minimum of a million dollars.
    Isn’t he the guy who negotiated this fiscal cliff deal with Mitch McConnell? Why, yes, he is. And was he pushing raising taxes only on people making a million dollars a year? Why, no, he wasn’t.

    But of course, asking these people to stick with their promises is asking too much, isn’t it?

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 1/2/2013 @ 4:15 pm

  19. Oh, oh, Sarah’s talking dirty again.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 1/2/2013 @ 4:15 pm

  20. aljeezera just bought current t.v.
    gore to stay on as advisor.
    v.p. f up.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 1/2/2013 @ 4:36 pm

  21. JD, is a starting point in a negotiation what you’re really after? Not if you’re a smart negotiator!

    Comment by Tillman (51d7aa) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:01 pm

    This politician ran for office promising something to the American people. He did not follow his promise, and the press is not exposing his lying.

    Call it smart if you like. There is something clever about this kind of dishonesty. Long term, Biden’s behavior will turn out to be enormously stupid.

    Comment by Dustin (73fead) — 1/2/2013 @ 4:42 pm

  22. One of the more interesting aspects of the cliff negotiations and deal is the evolution of the Democrats’ position on the Bush tax cuts for “the middle class.” They essentially spent an entire decade insisting to us that all of the Bush tax cuts had been reckless and had blown a hole in the budget, and that the economy would be perfectly fine if we returned to the Clinton era tax rates. For the past couple of years, however, they seem to be giving in to the GOP on two major arguments: (1) that the Bush tax cuts for the middle class ought to be protected, and (2) that tax increases have negative economic consequences (though Dems only think this is true for middle-class tax increases, and only for personal income taxes for the middle class).

    If outlets like CNN or the New York Times weren’t so busy being partisan hacks for the administration, they might spend some time questioning if Dems are just pandering to middle-income voters or if this does indeed represent a change in their thinking about tax policy.

    Comment by JVW (4826a9) — 1/2/2013 @ 5:35 pm

  23. He doesn’t say that the lower cutoff is limited to a million bucks. In fact during Obama consistently set the cutoff at 250K.

    “As if Biden could dictate the outcome of the negotiations…”

    If he pulled off this deal that went through then it seems his critics have been underestimating him quite a bit.

    Comment by NelsonK (06e6ef) — 1/2/2013 @ 6:10 pm

  24. Nonsense, NelsonK, in the context of the question, he’s implying that the higher tax rates would apply to the 1 million income level. That Biden couldn’t get the campaign sound bite correct is not a surprise, he’s a moron.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 1/2/2013 @ 6:15 pm

  25. 4.As if Biden could dictate the outcome of the negotiations…
    Comment by Tillman (51d7aa) — 1/2/2013 @ 2:40 pm

    – So, you’re saying that Biden has no ability and no power.

    11.JD, is a starting point in a negotiation what you’re really after? Not if you’re a smart negotiator!
    Comment by Tillman (51d7aa) — 1/2/2013 @ 3:01 pm

    – So, NOW you’re saying that the man with no ability and no power is a crafty negotiator.

    Even John Kerry knows better than to flip-flop within the same thread!

    Comment by Icy (e99d49) — 1/2/2013 @ 6:39 pm

  26. Biden didn’t not “get the campaign sound bite correct,” SPQR; he LIED spared us all the truth until after the election.

    Comment by Icy (e99d49) — 1/2/2013 @ 6:42 pm

  27. Comment by JVW (4826a9) — 1/2/2013 @ 5:35 pm

    When it comes to Democrats, never bet against pandering.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 1/2/2013 @ 6:43 pm

  28. i could not be more tired of whiny jersey trash

    boo hoo you had bad weather

    my advice would be to get drunk and sleep with an inlaw you haven’t done yet and lay off the carbs while you wait for your sweet porky welfare

    in other words just keep livin the dream

    Comment by happyfeet (4347c8) — 1/2/2013 @ 7:07 pm

  29. Interesting that Biden uses the long outdated ‘million-billion’ term instead of the more up to date ‘bazillions’.

    Comment by East Bay Jay (a5dac7) — 1/2/2013 @ 7:44 pm

  30. 3. Maybe boldface is not such a good idea for quotes.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (60fff5) — 1/3/2013 @ 11:07 am

  31. Number 18 got sent accidentally too soon.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (60fff5) — 1/3/2013 @ 11:12 am

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