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Nicole Gelinas
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Bad-mouthing Democrats is gaining what, exactly? Romney hasn't been in a private sector job in 20 years.

Biden went at Ryan for proposing a Federal Budget where the Romney "20% tax cut across the board" starts things off $1.1-trillion in the revenue hole. Plus continuing the two Bush tax cuts. Plus the trillions more to military contracting while we're already spending more than the next 26 countries combined.

Biden could have gone in wearing an orangutan costume and brandishing Harpo Marx's rubber horn. He'd still have had a more defensible position than Ryan. At least Obama has cut the deficit back and set up for more with the end of the Bush tax cuts.
I think part of the problem along with what you said, Mike M, is career politicians. When you have politicians like Obama and Biden with zero minutes of business experience between them, your going to have problems. They then get radical (and wrong)ideas about how economics work because they are likely getting most of their advice from academics who also have zero minutes of business experience. In fact Obama was once one of those academics.

Many of these academics make $100,000-$300,000 a year for their "services" (ironic isn't it?). That's a very comfortable income if you are able to spend it on your own personal needs alone. So these people think its no problem to be taxed more (the Volvo will last another year), and they scratch their heads when they hear business owners with incomes in the same range complain about the tax rates. They don't seem to be willing to understand that income is hardly only personal income but both business and personal income (since most small business file that way). You may have a small business owner with a very impressive looking income living on a very little amount of money (they may be paying more taxes then they are on their own needs let alone wants). A very frustrating situation, you feel you are on a unstoppable treadmill going nowhere, your own government your worst enemy.

In many ways its amazing people even want to start businesses anymore. The deck is so stacked against the creation of new small firms today. However the economy needs these new businesses more then ever to grow at any decent rate. We should be encouraging people to start new ventures, because that is one less person who then needs a job from somewhere else.

So your Biden who had been a Senator for over thirty years, and Obama who jumped up the political ladder very quickly. Neither had stops at a real business, because they are very happy with "public service". The only business people they come across are those large businesses in Washington rent seeking. So that's how cronyism is born. You really think Biden is smarter then those rent seekers?

The only way to prevent these people from remaining in government "work" for a lifetime is term limits. It has worked great for the presidency (imagine Bill Clinton still wanting to be prez, yikes) and in the states with limited time you can be in office. Its time for both houses of Congress and most political appointed jobs. We need more people from the business world in government. Government has plenty of bad habits that only the free market will break. And no we really haven't tried the real free market system. It would solve many long time "unsolvable" problems in short order, people would be amazed. It would be far more humane then the current cronyism, over regulation, government takeovers and shady back room deals.

Holding office should be something you do for a very small part of ones personal career. A decade of "service" in Washington over a lifetime should be the limit.

Either that or limiting lawyers and academics from holding public office.
Supply side, free market economics most definitely did NOT get us into the "corrupt mess." What got us into this mess is the perfect storm of liberal policies and corruption, namely (1) the economic burden of liberal welfare/entitlement programs, (2) the cronyism between liberal politicians and the big banks and unions, and (3) the left's politically correct agenda that demand special treatment based on inclusion in one of their special interest groups.

The author doesn't seem to understand the difference between 'free' markets and 'rigged' markets. The Gop 'trickle down' 'free market' economics got us into this deregulated corrupt mess and Romney/Ryan will take us back for more.

Futhermore Biden made clear the Romney/Ryan objective is to impose fundamentalist Pro-Life patriarchy......i.,e., tear down Church/State Separation which is a foundation of American policy.
I cannot understand how the Clown's supporters accept his foolishness and simultaneously see Ryan as sinister. Perhaps the former births the latter. May (your version of) God help us all!
It is frustrating when candidates fail to take advantage of these obvious opportunities. On Dodd-Frank (and the CPFB), Scott Brown (for example) seems hesitant to take on Elizabeth Warren directly.
The Obama administration should learn from the experiences of their predecessors - it is precisely when the taxes on the richest Americans are lowest that the economy does the best and people are most prosperous. If you want innovation and economic growth, don't tax!

(lol just kidding, the periods of fastest growth in America coincide with periods of high taxes on capital)
Sorry, the first submission was missing some punctuation that distinguished my views from the VICE presidents remarks.

Nicole - It has long been my contention that Democrats champion welfare programs for the purpose of "buying" votes. Let's look at some of Mr. Biden's rationale from the debate as it pertains to responsibility and incentives. In regards to setting a firm deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Mr. Biden stated:

"It is the responsibility of the Afghans to take care of their own security"

and

"Unless you set a timeline, Baghdad in the case of Iraq and — and Kabul in the case of Afghanistan will not step up. They're happy to let us continue to do the job — international security forces to do the job. The only way they step up is say, fellas, we're leaving; we've trained you; step up. Step up."

Evidently, Mr. Biden understands that people should take responsibility for themselves and that if our government removes the incentive for them to do so, they won't "step up", they'll continue to let others do the work for them.

As he clearly understands the concept of incentives when it comes to encouraging people to step up and care of themselves, how can he not see that these same economic truths apply to the conditions the left tries to solve with its welfare programs? Perhaps he does understand the difference just as he understands that he has nothing to gain in giving handouts to the Afghanis - because they don't vote in our elections - but his handouts in the US may help to keep him in office.

Let's move on to Mr. Biden's stance regarding when a politician should let impose his religious beliefs on others and when he shouldn't. Apparently, when it comes to abortion, Mr. Biden thinks his religious views shouldn't enter the picture.

"With regard to abortion, I accept my church's position on abortion.... but I just refuse to impose that on others."

While I might not agree with him, if he was consistent, I would at least respect his opinion. However, when he juxtaposes his "separation of church and state" position above with statements like,

"My religion defines who I am. And I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And it has particularly informed my social doctrine. Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who — who can't take care of themselves, people who need help."

followed by accusing Mr. Ryan of deviating from Catholic social doctrine because Ryan doesn't apply Biden's interpretation of Catholic social doctrine to his legislative policies. Evidently to Mr. Biden, it's wrong to impose your religious beliefs on others when the topic is abortion, but when the topic is welfare programs, it's OK. But wait, we established earlier that Biden understands the concept of personal responsibility and the need for eliminating the incentives that make it easy for people to not step up. So, is Biden's push for welfare programs really about his pious claim that he feels compelled for religious purposes alone to take care of those who can't (or won't) take care of themselves or is it really his selfish desire to be re-elected?
Nicole - It has long been my contention that Democrats champion welfare programs for the purpose of "buying" votes. Let's look at some of Mr. Biden's rationale from the debate as it pertains to responsibility and incentives. In regards to setting a firm deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Mr. Biden stated:

"It is the responsibility of the Afghans to take care of their own security"

and

"Unless you set a timeline, Baghdad in the case of Iraq and — and Kabul in the case of Afghanistan will not step up. They're happy to let us continue to do the job — international security forces to do the job. The only way they step up is say, fellas, we're leaving; we've trained you; step up. Step up.

Evidently, Mr. Biden understands that people should take responsibility for themselves and that if our government removes the incentive for them to do so, they won't "step up", they'll continue to let others do the work for them.

As he clearly understands the concept of incentives when it comes to encouraging people to step up and care of themselves, how can he not see that these same economic truths apply to the conditions the left tries to solve with its welfare programs? Perhaps he does understand the difference just as he understands that he has nothing to gain in giving handouts to the Afghanis - because they don't vote in our elections - but his handouts in the US may help to keep him in office.

Let's move on to Mr. Biden's stance regarding when a politician should let impose his religious beliefs on others and when he shouldn't. Apparently, when it comes to abortion, Mr. Biden thinks his religious views shouldn't enter the picture.

With regard to abortion, I accept my church's position on abortion.... but I just refuse to impose that on others.

While I might not agree with him, if he was consistent, I would at least respect his opinion. However, when he juxtaposes his "separation of church and state" position above with statements like,

My religion defines who I am. And I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And it has particularly informed my social doctrine. Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who — who can't take care of themselves, people who need help.

followed by accusing Mr. Ryan of deviating from Catholic social doctrine because Ryan doesn't apply Biden's interpretation of Catholic social doctrine to his legislative policies. Evidently to Mr. Biden, it's wrong to impose your religious beliefs on others when the topic is abortion, but when the topic is welfare programs, it's OK. But wait, we established earlier that Biden understands the concept of personal responsibility and the need for eliminating the incentives that make it easy for people to not step up. So, is Biden's push for welfare programs really about his pious claim that he feels compelled for religious purposes alone to take care of those who can't (or won't) take care of themselves or is it really his selfish desire to be re-elected?
Another fine article Nicole.The behavior of Vice President Biden was disgraceful inmature and frankly emotionally disturbed but Biden claimed he was a friend of Bibi of Israel for 39 years,is that true?