Back on September 3rd, Joe Biden was on the campaign trail here in Florida in Sarasota. A voter asked him what she should tell her friends that make over $250,000 a year about having to pay more taxes. Biden told her to tell them, “It is the patriotic thing to do.” The crowd, apparently a bunch of economic illiterates, erupted in applause. This comment never made it into the news cycle, but leave it to good ole Joe to repeat it on the national stage. This morning on ABC, Biden was being interviewed by Kate Snow. She asked him about raising taxes on people who make over $250,000 annually and his response was, “It’s time to be patriotic, Kate. Time to jump in. Time to be part of the deal. Time to help get America out of the rut. And the way to do that is, they’re still going to pay less taxes than they did under Reagan.”
So patriotism isn’t love of country. It’s about paying your taxes, especially if you are rich. I’m sure Barack Obama who is so generous to give 6% to charity and Joe who gave a measly $3,000 to charity last year are going to be first in line to prove their patriotism. They won’t find any loopholes or anything, right? This kind of taxation will hurt small businesses like S Corporations who will have to fire employees to handle the tax burden. People who make loads of money usually are able to find ways to get out of paying their full taxes. One of those ways is claiming ignorance even if you write the tax code like Democrat Charlie Rangel who never paid taxes on rental money he made out of the country. The kind of taxes we have in this country right now are nothing close to “patriotic”. Our Founding Fathers would have fits if they knew the government was running something other than a consumption tax which is the only Constitutional tax.
So good ole Joe, show us your patriotism first!