Biden: Guys, I assure you I, too, am super-poor

posted at 10:01 pm on June 23, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Noah mentioned this in his piece about the ridiculous Democratic race to the bottom income bracket, but it deserves its own space. This kind of mess will continue to happen until reporters stop asking the question because there’s really no good answer. “Income inequality” is an evil of American society, according to the Democratic Party. In running against Republicans, especially Mitt Romney, every high-profile Democrat has made it his business to equate rich with evil. And, not just evil, but congenitally unable to understand or adjust policy to reflect the problems of real people. If that’s true for Romney, it’s surely worth a question for Hillary. And, Hillary’s bumbling answers—thrice over, now!—have made it a question reporters looking to raise their profiles would be wise to ask because it clearly precipitates gaffes.

Here’s Vice President Joe Biden assuring the American people he doesn’t even have a savings account. Which, pardon me, am I supposed to be comforted by the idea of a man one heartbeat from the presidency who runs over to the corner check-cashing place with his Ray-Bans on every Friday with his big Veep check?

To be sure, Biden is among the poorer of the political class’s revolving door, cronied up denizens. By which I still mean, wealthy:

When he joined the Obama ticket in 2008, Biden was the poorest senator (though, as Politifact reported at the time, poorest senator is still far wealthier than the average American.) In this year’s White House financial disclosure, Biden listed assets “valued at $276,000 to $940,000, including a rental property owned jointly with his wife, Jill,” according to USA Today. President Obama’s assets were “valued at about $2 million to $7 million.”

Also, he has a savings account.

People, please stop trying to normalize it.

Stop the presses, Joan Walsh and I mostly agree. Though she posits that these arguments would be stronger if Democrats pivoted from their wealth to hawking a progressive tax policy. Which, isn’t that already the strategy? Perhaps it’d work better if they walked the walk.


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Koch Brothers: “We are the poorest of all”

faraway on June 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

In other words, Joe is an even bigger idiot than we imagined.

formwiz on June 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Well he is certainly morally and mentally bankrupt.

ghostwalker1 on June 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Biden listed assets “valued at $276,000 to $940,000, including a rental property owned jointly with his wife, Jill,

That’s a rather enormous range. I can’t tell you exactly my net worth off the top of my head, but I can get a heck of a lot closer than a range of almost $700,000. He’s full of it.

Doc Holliday on June 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

She’s poor!

I’m poor!!

Hell, we’re ALL poor!!!
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RedPepper on June 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

In other words, Joe is an even bigger idiot than we imagined.

formwiz on June 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

And yet, he’d still be a better president than 0bama.

Rebar on June 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

the ridiculous Democratic race to the bottom income bracket, but it deserves its own space. This kind of mess will continue to happen until reporters stop asking the question because there’s really no good answer.

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The only people more detached from reality than the Obama’s are the Clintons.

Of course maybe Shrillary is right – $ 100+ million net worth isn’t what it used to be. Did she mention she saw Mark Zuckerberg panhandling the other day?

PolAgnostic on June 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Personal Finances
Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del) (Vice President of the United States)

Personal finance profiles of recent years and images of all reports are available here.
Profiles
=========

Net Worth: From $-875,972 to $326,997
Rank: 12th in
Executive Branch Members
Assets: 26 totaling $239,028 to $867,000
Liabilities: 7 totaling $755,006 to $1,665,000
Transactions: 0

http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001669&year=2012

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Dem leaders continue to demonstrate, multiple times daily, that the gap in Intellect Inequality continues to grow and has never been wider among Americans …

ShainS on June 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Good deal. Poor due to trickle down progressivism.

Bmore on June 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Biden listed assets “valued at $276,000 to $940,000, including a rental property owned jointly with his wife, Jill,

So Biden, after serving for a eternity in the senate, and when it is all over eight years as VP, he will only be worth just shy of a million? Give me a break! He spent all of that money? On what?!

If that is the case, he has to be the dumbest guy in politics. I’m not buying it.

Patriot Vet on June 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

The Senator from MBNA is a freakin moron…….that’s what he is…….he’s an idiot.

FlaMurph on June 23, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Biden listed assets “valued at $276,000 to $940,000, including a rental property owned jointly with his wife, Jill,

Wonder if the rental property is the same one the clown rents to the secret service to protect his sorry butt.

lymond on June 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

If that is the case, he has to be the dumbest guy in politics. I’m not buying it.

Patriot Vet on June 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

It’s possible that he keeps depositing his checks into the wrong accounts and never noticed. Or he got confused and thought the politician was the one that paid the bribe, instead of taking them.

Flange on June 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

But what are Dr. Jill’s assets worth.

RickB on June 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

This would be amusing if it were not for the fact that these people are in charge. Then it becomes downright scary.

warmairfan on June 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

If that is the case, he has to be the dumbest guy in politics. I’m not buying it.

Patriot Vet on June 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Well in his defense, he may not be the dumbest, but he’s certainly in the running.

sharrukin on June 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I can’t believe anything almost any Washington politician says these days. They all lie. It does not matter what party to whom they belong.

SC.Charlie on June 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Just quit it, seriously, stop it. It’s such a sad testament to how far this nation has regressed that even today I find myself agape at the retards and buffoons who have slithered into office.

It wasn’t meant to be like this, the Founders didn’t WANT it to be like this, yet it is. We’ve been enslaved by the dumbest people in our society and half the nation is actively making it happen.

Bishop on June 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Well in his defense, he may not be the dumbest, but he’s certainly in the running. – sharrukin on June 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

You have to be kidding.

SC.Charlie on June 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

For democrats…
Poor=worthwhile, moral,and noble.

Therefore can we all agree that democrats want as many people as possible to be poor?

Doc Holliday on June 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Stop…… Just…… Just, please, stop. You guys are p*ssing me off, seriously.

ThePrez on June 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Somebody remind Slow Joe of that “money and fools are soon parted” thingy….

viking01 on June 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

So, um, I guess this is oneupmanship against Hillary!!

canopfor on June 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Bishop on June 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

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You must really hate the idea of Transgender Identity Politics then.
.
You’re not evolving very well.

FlaMurph on June 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I think at this point these people know the party is
going to end…so they’re simply behaving in Public,
like they do in private-like Jackazzes.

ToddPA on June 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Well in his defense, he may not be the dumbest, but he’s certainly in the running. – sharrukin on June 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

You have to be kidding.

SC.Charlie on June 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I am not…

“I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you.” –Joe Biden

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.” –Joe Biden

Stand up, Chuck, let ‘em see ya.” –-Joe Biden, to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who is in a wheelchair, Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 12, 2008

No Ordinary American Cares About Their Constitutional Rights –Joe Biden

sharrukin on June 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Hey Joe, what happened man? Did someone put
y’all back in chains??

ToddPA on June 23, 2014 at 10:29 PM

If brains had a direct monetary value, yes, joe biden is dirt poor.

Well, him and every other liberal progressive scumbag in the country.

Diluculo on June 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

It looks like the Dunkin’ Donuts dude gets the last laugh at you after all, Joe.

viking01 on June 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Which, pardon me, am I supposed to be comforted by the idea of a man one heartbeat from the presidency who runs over to the corner check-cashing place with his Ray-Bans on every Friday with his big Veep check?

hahahaha Mary Katharine. Is. Awesome.

Zoe on June 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

No need to worry about poor Joe Biden.

He has a secondary income… VP Biden charges the Secret Service $2,200 per month (paid for by American tax payers) to rent a small building on Biden’s Delaware property while the Secret Service is protecting Biden’s family.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/4/despite-sequester-rent-checks-still-flowing-to-bid/

You can’t make this stuff up!

wren on June 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM

What is with these democrats? This is so pathetic.

gophergirl on June 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM

You can’t make this stuff up!

wren on June 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Sure you can, reference “George Orwell”.

Bishop on June 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Democrats don’t pay taxes. Just ask the Kennedys, the Kerrys and Charlie Rangel.

GarandFan on June 23, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Well, if they all think they’re poor (and compared to their Hollywood friends, and Soros, by comparison they might qualify), this would tend to explain why all their plans revolve around seizing everybody else’s property and “redistributing” it, to themselves and their cronies.

Oops. That’s the definition of a kleptocracy;

klep·toc·ra·cy

noun \klep-ˈtä-krə-sē\

plural klep·toc·ra·cies

Definition of KLEPTOCRACY:

government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed; also : a particular government of this kind

— klep·to·crat noun
— klep·to·crat·ic adjective

-Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

The next stop, logically, would be a full democidal government. That’s one that takes its citizens’ property, etc., after first killing them.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Slow Joe just tried to hock Air Force Two at that scummy title loans place…

viking01 on June 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Biden listed assets “valued at $276,000 to $940,000, including a rental property owned jointly with his wife, Jill,

…everything else is in other family member’s names!
…nice ‘range’ though!
3 or 4 hundred % rate of error!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I took that as more of a shot at Patches Clinton. He at least pointed out that even though he isn’t the richest person in government he is faring far better than real people.

Southernblogger on June 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I want Slow Joe on food stamps. Then I’ll believe him.

LASue on June 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Joe lives in what is called Chateau Country. DuPont money surrounds him.
He ain’t no po boy.

either orr on June 23, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Breaking: Joe has made ‘Hard Choices’, too.

socalcon on June 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Seriously. Eff these people.

nico on June 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

This f*ck rents his guest house to the Secret Service.

nico on June 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

This f*ck rents his guest house to the Secret Service.

nico on June 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Let’s hope they trash it like they do hotel rooms in Colombia, El Salvador, Panama, Romania and China.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2014 at 12:46 AM

How can Biden possibly be poor, especially after 5 recovery summers in the books and a new one starting now?

MrKleenexMuscles on June 24, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Poor in the mental spectrum.

Sherman1864 on June 24, 2014 at 2:52 AM

“Well we had it rough!”

apostic on June 24, 2014 at 6:21 AM

No wonder democrats are so anxious to impose Income Equality.

lel2007 on June 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Notwithstanding his extreme poverty, Biden still managed to donate a rather impressive 1.87% of his $385,072 AGI in 2012.

I’m worried that he might be next in line to me at the soup kitchen someday.

blammm on June 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

This stratgery of playing poor is almost good enough to be a new game show. “How Poor Am I”, starring (pick a dem). Instead of a race to the top of the bracket, it’s a race to the bottom. He’s got to have money socked away somewhere the irs doesn’t know about.

Kissmygrits on June 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

They day he leaves office this dope will be making 100k per hour on the speaking circuit. Poor Joe

CBWV99 on June 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Well, in his defense, those AMTRAK tickets are pretty pricey. Also, since he doesn’t have an Indian accent, he’s constantly being ripped-off by every Dunkin’ Donut Shop and 7-11 in Delaware.

ZeusGoose on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Wasn’t he supposed to be the coal miner’s son from Scranton, PA? If he wants to be poor, let him do the country a favor and dig for coal in Carbondale, where he’ll do less damage.

Steve Z on June 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Note that the democrat meme is about *income* equality – obviously they can amass property, stocks, bonds, paid living and travel expenses – they worked so hard for that.

Targeting income is the continuing socialist war on the middle-class because, generally, income is their main source of wealth and is the largest opportunity for their rapacious state.

virgo on June 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM