Last week, Barbara West of WFTV, Orlando, Florida angered and embarrassed Joe Biden by breaking out of the standard, humdrum media routine of asking irrelevant questions about Sarah Palin’s shoes or current media polls.
Instead, Ms West decided to ask a few relevant questions about Barack Obama’s economic and tax proposals. As a result of Biden’s embarassment, the Obama Campaign has banned WFTV from any further interviews.
Video of the five minute interview is below.
In a rational world, the media would ban Joe Biden from any more appearances because his answers were either incompetent or just plain lies.
Here are some excerpts
Ms. West asked…
Senator Obama now famously told joe the plumber he wanted to spread his wealth around. A gallup poll showed 84% prefered government focus on improving economic conditions and creating more jobs in the US as opposed to taking steps to distribute wealth. Isn’t sen obama’s comment a potentially crushing political blunder?
Senator Biden answered…
Absolutely not. the only person who spread the wealth around has been george BUSH and John McCain’s tax policy. They have devastated the middle class. We for the first time since the late 1920s one percent of the american people make over 21% of all the income in America.
Biden apparently made up these statistics, because they don’t seem to be available from any government or academic database. The IRS Statistics of Income Division does provide the following figures from 2006 tax returns, the most recent data available:
- Three percent of taxpayers, including more than two million small businesses earned more than $250,000 and will thus be targeted by Obama for tax increases.
- These folks earned 24.9% of all the income and provided 53% of all the income tax revenue collected by the Federal Government.
Ms. West continued…
You may recognize this quote: “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need. That’s from Karl Marx. How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around.
Senator Biden first asked if she was joking, and then finally answered…
He is not spreading the wealth around he’s talking about giving the middle class an the opportunity to get back the tax breaks they used to have.
This assertion is absolutely false. At no time in the past fifty years has the middle class paid less income tax, either as a percentage of their income, or as a percentage of the total, than they are paying today. That is an absolute fact, that anyone can verify by reviewing IRS statistics.
- In 2006, Seventy Eight Percent of taxpayers earned less than $75,000 and, as a group, provided only 17.6% of all the income tax revenue.
- In 1996 – the middle of the Clinton Administration – the same group paid 22% of all income tax revenue collected.
It’s obvious that Joe Biden simply invented his statistics and that his assertions are false. Honest TV networks and stations should report these fabrications, and insist that in future interviews Biden cite only valid statistics and make only verifiable assertions.