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The Uncharitable Joe Biden: Better at Giving Away Your Money Than His
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Before he became Vice President, Joe Biden was not exactly Santa Claus. So, one thing I think you will not see during the Vice President debates is a discussion on charity—Joe will not want to discuss this at all.
Just when I thought that there was no politician stingier than Barack Obama—who, before he became President, gave as little as .6% of his income to the poor—lo and behold Obama picked as his running mate, a man who gives far less to the poor than he. While Obama’s tax returns prior to his 2008 election reveal a portrait of a man who privately gives very little to the poor—less than any Republican I know—Joe Biden gives even less.
In fact, Biden’s charitable giving is so abysmally poor that he makes even Obama look like Santa Claus. Biden may well have been the stingiest man in the Senate. For two of the most “liberal” senators in Washington, they were embarrassingly conservative when it comes to reaching into their own pockets and helping the poor, whose cause they pretend to champion. If they thought that the public actually knew how little they did privately to help the poor, these two hypocrites would never again spout their populist drivel about Republican “trickle down” economics or criticize the Republicans for not doing enough to help the poor.
A close look at his returns reveals the true depths of their hypocrisy.
From 1998 through his election in 2008, Joe Biden’s income varied between $200,000 and $400,000. Where I come from, that is serious money. Yet, amazingly, his reported annual charitable giving—as shown on his Schedule A—varied between a whopping $120 during the lean years and a little less than $400 when he felt extra charitable. [The rare exception was 2007, when he was running for office and gave a less than generous $995 to the poor.] No, I have not missed a decimal place. He does not give in terms of five figures, nor does he give in terms of four figures. At least before he became Vice President.
No, he gave an astounding three -figure sum that never exceeded $400 in any given year from 1998 through 2006. Put in terms that even the most liberal, uneducated , uninformed, ardent follower of the Scrooge Brothers can understand, Joe Biden—one of the most powerful , “enlightened,” liberal , and wealthiest persons in America (remember, the Democrats think that anyone in his income range is “wealthy”)—gives, on average, one-thousandth of his income to the poor. That is not one dollar in ten or even one dollar in a hundred; no, he gives a paltry one dollar in a thousand to the poor. That is, in other words, about four hundred candy bars a year. And he once said that you should pay more taxes because it is your patriotic duty.
As with Ebenezer Obama, Joe Biden may talk about compassion, talk about helping the poor, and decry trickledown economics, but actions speak louder than words. And private giving—when, as the Bible says, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing—speaks far more loudly than empty speeches about helping your neighbor. When it comes to running mates, Obama has picked his true soulmate. Both are remarkably stingy; neither gives a great deal to the less fortunate, and Biden, like Obama, is much better at giving away your money than his own.
© 2012 William Kevin Stoos