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Biden: We’re Promoting The Private Sector

From a cheering New York Times:

On the Stump in Toledo, Biden Attacks G.O.P. Rivals

By MARK LEIBOVICH
Published: March 15, 2012

TOLEDO, Ohio — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the White House’s preferred emissary to the Rust Belt, swept into his political sweet zone on Thursday, touting the administration’s economic record to a spirited gathering at the United Auto Workers Local 12 hall.

As usual, the Obama administration only dares to appear before heavily indoctrinated children college kids and union thugs members. Meanwhile, we are told Obama is so wildly popular.

He talked up the American auto industry, praised President Obama’s convictions and criticized the Republican presidential candidates by name — repeatedly — accusing them of being “about protecting the privileged sector.”

Is there anyone in America who is more "privileged" than members of the United Auto Workers? The President of the United States bailed out their pension plan, and gave them the very auto companies they had helped to destroy.

Meanwhile, the investors in these companies, as well as the non-union workers (such as the engineers) gotten shafted at every turn.

While the re-election effort started months ago — with both Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden appearing at multiple fund-raisers and campaign-like events — the vice president’s visit here was the first stump stop that the White House called an official campaign event

This is a scandal in itself. Because it means that all of the campaigning Joe ‘Bite Me’ has done up until now has been on the taxpayers’ dime.

The vice president’s rally here had all the trappings of the stump settings where the extroverted deputy is unquestionably at home — 2012 signs (with the zero forming the Obama “O”), campaign buttons and a lectern decked out in a big flag and an “economy built to last” placard. Before his speech, some scattered cries of the 2008’s rallying mantra — “fired up, ready to go” — emanated from pockets of the T-shirted crowd.

Well, if you can’t fire up a crowd that you have bought and paid for with billions of taxpayer dollars, who can you fire up?

Mr. Biden’s language was also more nakedly political than his typical vice-presidential speeches. It included explicit denunciations of the remaining Republican candidates — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and particularly Mitt Romney, who the White House still views as its more likely and formidable challenger in the fall.

“Stated simply, we’re about promoting the private sector; they’re about protecting the privileged sector,” Mr. Biden said. “We’re a fair shot, and a fair shake. They’re about no rules, no risk and no accountability.”

Because the Obama administration has been all about helping the private sector.

For months, Republicans have portrayed the administration as big daddies of bailouts, handouts and entitlements. Speaking in Toledo, home of a Jeep plant and sixty miles from Detroit, Mr. Biden said the administration’s decision to support the embattled auto industry in 2009 was correct, despite opposition from many Republicans — namely Mr. Romney, who suggested that Detroit might have been better off had automakers been left to navigate their way through bankruptcy without any government help.

And never mind that the auto bailout, for better or worse, actually was undertaken by President Bush. Mr. Obama, once President, just sweetened the pot for his friends at the UAW.

“The verdict is in,” Mr. Biden said. “President Obama was right, and they were dead wrong.”

This from a man who has been ‘dead wrong’ on every major political issue throughout his long and preposterous career.

The vice president pounded away, chiding Republicans for their assertions that the private sector could have provided the auto industry with the money it needed to get back to stability. “In 2009, nobody was lining up to lend money to General Motors, or lend money to anyone,” Mr. Biden said. “That includes Bain Capital,” he added, a crack at the private equity firm where Mr. Romney spent his formative professional years.

It was those red-meat lines, singling out the opposition, that most delighted the crowd. When Mr. Biden said Mr. Santorum had dismissed the administration’s support of the auto industry as “a payoff to special interests,” one man in the back shouted out with a sarcastic refrain, “Special interests, working people.”

When Mr. Biden contended that “Gingrich, Romney and Santorum, they don’t let the facts get in the way,” he was buoyed by a chorus of boos. “Ready to rumble,” called out a man in a U.A.W. shirt. “You tell ’em.”

Again, Mr. Biden would never get away with these claims in front of an educated audience.

Mr. Biden is clearly at home in the classic retail political settings of blue-collar America. Unlike his boss — and, for that matter, Mr. Romney — no one accuses Mr. Biden of being distant, professorial or someone who struggles to “connect."

No, Mr. Biden merely struggles to sound rational.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 16th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Biden: We’re Promoting The Private Sector”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Well at least they got one thing right — “2012 signs (with the zero forming the Obama “O”)”

    I’ve said since this braying jackass appeared on the scene 8 years ago that he is a big zero.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Biden sounds rational when he plagiarizes others.


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