God and Bi­den

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Joe Bi­den isn’t back­ing down from his star­tling claim last week that rais­ing taxes on the rich is the ‘pa­tri­otic’ thing to do,” the Wall Street Jour­nal said in an ed­i­to­rial on Sept. 22.

“On [Sept. 18] he upped the ante, thun­der­ing that he also has Je­sus in his cor­ner. ‘Catholic so­cial doc­trine as I was taught it is, you take care of peo­ple who need the help the most,’ Mr. Bi­den preached to a group of union sup­port­ers.

“Heav­ens! The po­lit­i­cal left likes to score Repub­li­cans for claim­ing that God is on their side, but here we have Mr. Bi­den claim­ing sup­port from both God and Cae­sar. If Sarah Palin tried this, she’d send the boys at the Daily Kos into car­diac ar­rest. We won’t get into a the­o­log­i­cal de­bate with Mr. Bi­den, ex­cept to say that Bib­li­cal tax rates tended to run around 10 per­cent, not the 39.6 per­cent-plus that Barack Obama’s tax plan calls for,” the news­pa­per said.

“As for pa­tri­o­tism, maybe the young Joe Bi­den missed school the day the Bos­ton Tea Party was be­ing taught. There’s also the point that if you want to fi­nance a war, you need a strong enough econ­omy to throw off the tax rev­enues to pay for it. As we learned in the 1980s un­der Rea­gan, lower taxes that help an econ­omy grow can fi­nance a de­fense buildup that helps win the Cold War. By that stan­dard, cuts in mar­ginal in­come tax rates de­serve to be called pa­tri­otic.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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