-Joe Biden, who made $333,182 last year
I've posted a lot on this topic around the net on various blogs, but never on WATN. What's that topic? The comparison between Joe Biden and Christine O'Donnell. Now vice president, Joe Biden was first elected to the US Senate in 1972 and finally retired to run for president in 2008. Through his career, Biden has become infamous for saying insulting, contradictory, idiotic, and blatantly false things. Here are a few samples:
- "His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And- although, she's- wait- your mom's still- your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul." -on the mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who is very much alive
- "Jill and I had the great honor of standing on that stage, looking across at one of the great justices, Justice Stewart." -mistakenly referring to Justice John Paul Stevens, who swore him in as vice president
- "Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs."
- "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened."
- "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya." –to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who is in a wheelchair
- "A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!" -at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama
- "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
- "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."
- "I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. There's no shame in being tested for AIDS. It's an important thing."
- “My impression is [Obama] thinks that if we leave, somehow the Iraqis are going to have an epiphany of peaceful coexistence among warring sects. I’ve seen zero evidence of that.”
- “The more people learn about them (Obama and Hillary) and how they handle the pressure, the more their support will evaporate.”
- "Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran.” –to staff three weeks after September 11, 2001
- "We're not supporting clean coal… no coal plants here in America"
- “It’s a bad idea and should be shut down and dismantled.” – on the Alaskan pipeline in 1973
- "I have a higher IQ than you"
- "I don’t have an open mind."
And that's just a woeful sampler. His greatest hit lately? This gem about the government:
“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive. In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. … No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years.”Actually the US Government didn't actually pay people for their track, they gave land grants, donating money that the government owned to railroad companies for the track they laid. Lincoln was long dead and the civil war was long over before the transcontinental railroad was started, although it was his dream, and the president didn't control the money of the US government then any more than he does now.
Yet even if President Lincoln did pay to create the transcontinental railroad, that doesn't mean even a minority of the great ideas in the last 3 centuries have "required government vision and incentive." In fact almost none of the great ideas had anything to do with government. The space program is about it, I cannot think of another major great idea in the history of the United States which required government money and vision.
And this is what it comes down to for Delaware voters: you were willing to vote for this bozo for more than forty years in a row, despite his idiotic statements, stupid mistakes, contradictions and insulting utterings. Christine O'Donnell is said to be an idiot, and she says dumb stuff sometimes. She seems a bit unprepared for the job she's about to start - like a young Biden who was the sixth youngest Senator in US history when first elected after almost no political experience.
Seems to me the big difference between these two isn't intelligence, capability, or a flawless past for one and flaws for the other. Its between someone who thinks government is the greatest thing in human history and was responsible for all the great things that have happened in the United States... and someone who is suspicious of government, wants it limited, and wants to stop spending so much of your money.
Which will it be? Because all the rest is simply distraction.