While much attention has been paid, deservedly, to Joe Biden’s “put y’all back in chains” riff, his remarks (the same day) about Social Security received little notice. But they too show the Vice President of the United States to be a demagogue and a fool.
According to the White House pool report, during a visit to a restaurant in southern Virginia, Clueless Joe told diners:
Hey, by the way, let’s talk about Social Security. Number one, I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security. I flat guarantee you.
“Flat” apparently has replaced “literally” in Biden’s vocabulary. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
But unfortunately, as the Washington Post’s editors point out, social security is going broke. The trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund, which includes members of the Obama cabinet, delivered a report to Biden (in his capacity as president of the Senate) that says as much. According to that report, the disability portion of the Trust Fund “becomes exhausted in 2016, so legislative action is needed as soon as possible.” The trustees warned that the overall fund is heading for exhaustion too.
Accordingly, for Biden to “flat guarantee” no changes to social security is flat ridiculous. Either Biden has no grasp of reality or he is a dishonest demagogue. Or both.
Even President Obama hasn’t gone as far as Biden with this disgusting pandering. Obama, the Post reminds us, at least has called generally for “a bipartisan solution to strengthening Social Security.” And during negotiations with Speaker Boehner, Obama put some minor changes of the table.
Joe Biden, then, is not even a worthy running mate for Barack Obama. It more than follows that he is not a worthy Vice President of the United States of America.