Ever since Barack Obama won the Democratic presidential nomination back in 2008, there’s been talk of making Hillary Clinton his Vice President. The combination of an African American and a woman on the same ticket would not only confirm that the Democratic Party is the party of progress, it would provide Hillary Clinton a launching pad for the White House in 2016.
Now that Democrats have had the opportunity to live through the gaffe-filled Vice Presidency of Joe Biden, some in the blogosphere are calling on Obama to tap Secretary of State Clinton as his 2012 running mate.
According to Ed Klein, author of the bestselling book “The Amateur,” Clinton was approached by a top Obama aid a couple weeks ago to see if she was interested in the position but that she turned it down after speaking with Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
No one knows if Klein is telling the truth, but it’s not hard to imagine that team Obama would be looking to change things up a bit, considering Mitt Romney’s decision to select Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his VP has given him the lead over President Obama in several important polls.
In light of his popularity, the media has attempted to portray the young Wisconsinite as a sort of un-caring, budget-cutting, fiscal grim reaper.
Joe Biden, in an effort to cast Ryan in an even darker light, told audiences in North Carolina that even though Ryan was a nice guy, his budgets reflect a poor value set. “My [dad] had a lot of wisdom,” Biden said, and every time someone told him what’s important to them, “my dad would go, ‘No, no. Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value.’”
What Vice President Biden forgot to mention is that it’s been over 1,200 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, during which time roughly $5 trillion dollars has been added to the national debt. The president’s promise to “cut the deficit in half” before his first term must have also slipped Biden’s memory. But that’s fine, he’s probably a little tired after spending all that stimulus money during last year’s “recovery summer.”
Strangely enough, some columnists still think that more stimulus and higher tax rates is just what America needs right now, and that Jesus would have wanted it that way.
TIME contributor Erika Christakis recently claimed that “As near as we can tell, Jesus would advocate a tax rate somewhere between 50%…and 100%.” Adding that Sister Simone Campbell, one of the primary coordinators of the George Soros-funded Nuns on the Bus campaign, considers Paul Ryan’s budget proposals “unpatriotic” and “immoral.”
Unpatriotic and immoral? Where have we heard those words before? Oh yeah, from President Obama when he was running for president in 2008 at a campaign event in Fargo, North Dakota. It was there where then-Senator Obama called it “unpatriotic” for President Bush to add $4 trillion dollars to the national debt.
To be fair, there are aspects of the Romney/Ryan plan that haven’t won the approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but there’s much more ignorance of Catholic teaching in President Obama’s policies, and to suggest that Jesus would want a tax rate between 50 and 100 percent is downright blasphemous.
As CV blogger Tom Crowe points out, “there is no ‘give,’ in the sense Christ meant it, in ‘taxation.’ ‘Tax rate’ means the percentage of your earnings that the government demands of you by law and that you must surrender to said government or face punishment. If Christ’s words are to have any significance whatever, ‘give’ must mean a willing and intentional surrender or transfer of ownership.”
Take note, Joe Biden. Take note.