Vice President Joe (BFD) Biden sent out his congratulatory message to the eleven percent of the country that think we’re going in the right direction. Oh how easy it is to ignore the other eighty-nine percent of us. Here it is, with comments.
Yeah, we’re on a first name basis.
I’ve been in Washington for almost 40 years. I’ve seen a lot of Congresses come and go. But I can’t remember a group of lawmakers who accomplished more than the folks who just wrapped up their work.
Replace ‘lawmakers’ with ‘lawbreakers’ or ‘pirates’ and he’d be more correct. They dispensed with the Constitution about two years ago. What Joe really means is, ‘despite the will of the American people, we shoved government-run health care down their collective throat anyway. Aren’t we good?’
With their help, we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and ratified the START arms control treaty. We passed a new law to rein in the abuses on Wall Street and protect consumers. We reformed the health care system and passed the Recovery Act to get our economy growing again.
And that’s all working so well isn’t it? No net increase in full-time jobs, unemployment still over 9.5%, with real unemployment north of 15%. Well, repealing Bill Clinton’s DADT is a plus.
But do you know why all that happened? Because people like you rolled up your sleeves, dug deep, and decided to make a difference. We had a dedicated group of lawmakers — no doubt — but they were supported every step of the way by folks from all across this country who were ready for change. People like you.
I know why. It happened because you decided not to listen to the American people and ram legislation through without reading it. That’s why. And yes, eleven percent of the folks liked the idea of imposing ‘social justice’ throughout the land, like it or not. ‘Social justice’ does sound better than what it really means. Which is redistribution of wealth.
I know how much that means to me. And I can’t even begin tell you how much it means to the President.
Oh come on Joe. Give it a try.
So here’s the deal: President Obama wants to send you a note to express how grateful we are for all you did. Would you like to receive one?
Ahhh, ‘the deal.’ No thanks Joe. I think that eleven percent figure is about right. But give the DNC credit for trying to demonstrate greater support than there really is with this mailing. Joe, don’t be surprised if most of those on your mailing list pass on this one.
Two years ago, we were staring into an abyss. The financial crisis was the worst this country has faced since the Great Depression.
So what’s your point? We still are, and it still is.
But this Congress passed the largest set of tax cuts for the middle class since President Reagan, the largest education reform since President Johnson, the largest infrastructure investment since President Eisenhower, and the largest clean-energy bill ever.
And, you also increased the size of government exponentially. But here again, I’ll give you credit for repealing Clinton a second time by keeping the tax rates where Bush ’43 left them instead of where Bill Clinton left them. But Joe, only in your mind does leaving the tax rates unchanged constitute a cut. Well, you and your boss, and apparently the DNC also pretend to believe it.
The ‘this Congress passed the largest set of tax cuts for the middle class’ part is a lie of whopper proportions. Joe, let me remind you of what your boss said about these Bush tax rates. He said that they were ‘tax cuts for the rich’ and ‘on the backs of the poor’ and were ‘destroying the middle class.’ Joe, the benefits of what actually were the Bush tax cuts have worn off years ago. In the last two or three years, we have lost millions of jobs with no signs of improvement. The FUD factor still reigns supreme. But here’s the good part, now President Obama says that these same tax rates that were destroying the middle class are not only good for the middle class, but will now create millions of jobs. This, after having already lost millions of jobs. Huh?
Everything else Congress did just grew government and increased our national debt. Something only a community organizer would or could be proud of.
Now — even though we still have a ways to go — the economy is growing again.
Not in the private sector Joe. Not in the private sector.
Prior to this Congress, lawmakers had talked about reforming health care for almost a century. But with the President leading the way, these folks went out, and — with you at their side — they did it. Now 32 million more Americans will have access to health coverage.
Just goes to show how when you are persistent enough, that even 60 years of the American people saying NO to government-run health care, and a Congress that won’t take NO for an answer, what one can accomplish. So 300 million Americans can pay more in every way including suborning their own health care responsibilities and decisions to the government so, allegedly, 32 million people can have some kind of health care. Amazing.
When we came into office, just about the entire country had come to realize that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was wrong. More than 14,000 brave men and women had been discharged simply because of who they were. With your help, we struck down that law and made this country a more just place.
Good job. Funny though, that was one of the first things Bill Clinton did. Just don’t call our troops homophobes. And, no grab-ass on the battlefield. Talk about friendly fire.
Every lawmaker who worked to accomplish these things will talk about their votes — and the role they played in this progress — for years.
Legislating against the will of the American people is a big deal. Will probably never be forgotten. At least not by 2012.
The President and I take great pride in those achievements. But each one belongs to you. You believed in them, you fought for them, and we’re darn grateful.
No Joe. You and your Congress deserve all the credit.
So let the President send you a note to show our appreciation.
Sign up here:
Thank you — for everything,
Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee bla bla bla ….. and bla.
And thank you Joe, for the opportunity to help you spread the word.