Joe Biden

Joe Biden Entering Campaign Mode, Slams Economy

Even President Obama's number two is finding it comfortable running in part against the president's record, although he won't say as much.

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Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a Labor Day march organized by the AFL-CIO in Pittsburgh Monday, sounding more like a putative Democratic candidate than he has at any point since the 2016 election cycle came into full swing earlier this year.

Biden hit a lot of the same notes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-described democratic socialist seeking the Democratic nomination for president, has hit along his way to frontrunner status, at least in New Hampshire. Sanders still polls more than 20 points behind Hillary Clinton in national polling, but that's a lot closer than he was at the beginning of the summer. Hillary Clinton began triangulating her own policies in his direction before the full Sanders surge was in effect.

Here's Biden in Pittsburgh, via CNN:

Vice President Joe Biden warned on Monday that "something is wrong" with the American economy as he launched a Labor Day march here with speculation swirling that he may run for President.

In a highly populist speech that could foreshadow the themes he would highlight on the campaign trail, Biden said workers have been "clobbered" in the modern economy.

"It used to be when productivity went up in America, everybody got to share. The people who caused the productivity increase, they got to share. They got a piece of the action," Biden said before leading a march of an expected 60,000 workers through downtown Pittsburgh. "Something is wrong, folks."

Something is wrong. Were Joe Biden closer to the center of American power than the vice presidency, which is "one heart beat away," perhaps he could identify the problem more specifically.

Republicans, naturally, will try to run against the bad economy, blaming it on President Obama and his eight years of interventionist policies. Perhaps some of those candidates will even rope George W. Bush and his 2008 bank bailouts into that failure.

But for Democrats to try to run against a bad economy is a higher school of art. So far they appear to be doing it without explicitly running against any of President Obama's policies or policy failures, preferring to attack the "billionaire class" (Bernie Sanders, who has been doing it since the Rockefellers were the billionaire scapegoats of the moment, in the 1970s) or Republicans (as Hillary Clinton has done), who have not controlled the White House for eight years, and during the majority of the Obama administration have been in control of one half of one third of the government.

Democratic voters, who must on some level agree with the prognosis for the economy, have been awarding Democratic candidates for these arguments so far, even though they rely on scapegoating and not identifying policy failures and policy reforms that could improve the economy. Whatever's wrong with the economy didn't happen overnight. Joe Biden has been Vice President for eight years, and a senator for 36 years before that. It's difficult to imagine any problem, with the economy or any other part of America in which the U.S. government intervenes, where Biden didn't have some role.

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  1. “So let’s throw the bums out of the White House and take America back!”

    1. He’s just angling for the vice-presidency in the Trump administration.

      Beats working.

    2. Joe Biden, is a fucking asshole. He does not know his head from his ass.

  2. I’m told Biden has great appeal to the common man, which is a shamefully insulting thing to say about the common man.

    1. Landslide support from creepy uncles across the nation?

    2. Biden, would be as incompetent and foolish as that idiot, Obama.

  3. “But for Democrats to try to run against a bad economy is a higher school of art”

    I don’t know.

    I think i am just glad that the chances of MSM admitting that the economy is horrible might rise above zero now that a dem is saying it

    1. That won’t work. They’ll only say that if and when a Republican is president again. And then there will even be real scandals again!

  4. Oh well golly gee, Joe, let’s see, who’s been running this country for the last 7 years? Would that be you and your jug eared boss?

    1. Like Truman 60 years before, Obama successfully ran against the status quo in his reelection campaign.

      Never bet against the stupidity of the American voter.

  5. Putting Democrats in charge should straighten this out! Perhaps the Fed can lower interest rates to get things going again!

      1. DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM

      2. NY fed chief dithers on Sept hike.

  6. Contrary to Mr. Krayewski’s asseveration, Joe Biden has not been the Vice President for eight years.

    1. All reason writers think it is Sept 2016….2 months from the presidential election.

  7. Thank God. Much like every Tim Burton movie, the idea of Trump is amusing, but the execution is plodding, and it’s getting worse with each passing day.

    Now we have a legitimately hapless old white guy who offers unapologetic racist commentary with regularity, is as well known for his serial plagiarism as the public groping of colleagues’ wives, and who advocates firing shotguns in the air and through doors to drive off putative intruders (or, presumably, frightened young women stranded due to car trouble).

    And the best part is that he’s far and away the most electable notable candidate the Democrats have to offer, as he’s situated between a charmless sociopath beloved by no one at all and a pants-on-his-head socialist who has apparently been in a coma for the last 40 years of world events.

    1. Spot on.

      Except Batman Returns was the tits.

    2. What’s Beetlejuice? Chopped liver?

      1. It is amusing . . . as a concept.

    3. And the best part is that he’s far and away the most electable notable candidate the Democrats have to offer, as he’s situated between a charmless sociopath beloved by no one at all and a pants-on-his-head socialist who has apparently been in a coma for the last 40 years of world events.

      This is greeting car-worthy shit.

      *standing ovation*

  8. Team Blue is getting ready to go full T-Top.

    Nobody goes full T-Top.

  9. “It used to be when productivity went up in America, everybody got to share. The people who caused the productivity increase, they got to share. They got a piece of the action,”

    Who says that they aren’t?

    A significant chunk of productivity increases are due to automation. And the reward for that goes to the people who design, operate, maintain and finance the purchase (capital investment) the machinery.

    There’s no reason the guy who is sweeping the auto factory floor should get a cut of the reward of productivity increases that came from installing robots in the paint and welding shops.

    1. Why don’t the office drones who take the cover pages off the TPS reports get to share in the productivity gains?

    2. Are you suggesting that there’s no reason to import a few million more factory floor sweepers. We have enough already and more will be unemployable?

  10. But Joe Biden says: Marijuana is a gateway drug; legalization is a mistake

    Leave it to the White House to take a position to the right of Pat Robertson, who questioned the nation’s pot laws.

    VP Joe Biden tells ABC, “There’s a difference between sending (someone) to jail for a few ounces and legalizing it. The punishment should fit the crime. But I think legalization is a mistake. I still believe it’s a gateway drug. I’ve spent a lot of my life as chairman of the Judiciary Committee dealing with this. I think it would be a mistake to legalize.”

    This comment comes on the heels of Robertson’s statement: “I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kinda thing (is) costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons – they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That’s not a good thing.”

    http://www.ontheissues.org/201….._Drugs.htm

    1. Well, he works closely with President Choom Gang, so it makes sense.

  11. The youngest ones already have learned conversational Spanish with a local accent. They have also made some friends in school.

    When a CNN team arrives, a girl called Khitam grabs the microphone from the reporter and pretends to do an interview in Spanish with one of the boys.

    “How are you doing in school?” Khitam asks. “Good” is the answer. They also seem to be adjusting well to the local culture. One of the teenage girls says she no longer wears the head covering know as hijab and is dating a local boy.

    But the parents of these Syrian children are not happy. Last year five Syrian families, 42 people in total, were welcomed in Uruguay as refugees. They were fleeing from war and violence in their native country. Two births in the past 12 months have increased their number to 44.

    The government of the small South American nation provided for their needs and helped with resettlement. But now most of the adults complain that Uruguay is very expensive. They also say they’re afraid they won’t be able to make ends meet once the government aid runs out in a year. … “They’re giving us housing assistance for two years, but I’m afraid we’re going to be homeless at the end of this period,” Al Dees said, with the help of an interpreter. “They had promised they would help us indefinitely,”

    Fuck you. Seriously, fuck you.

    1. Actually, Uruguay is kind of expensive. Especially compared to Argentina across the river.

      1. /narrows gaze.

        AND. Not the point. But I think you know that.

        They’ll go to Argentina and act stupid there too.

        1. Maybe they’d have better luck in Venezuela… oh, wait…

    2. My father in law never tired of telling the story of when Lebanon and Jordan took in Palestinians and they thanked them by acting like assholes.

      Not only that, in this story, there’s a very real problem that many of them are just shamelessly using our ‘naive good intentions’ to come here when they’re not refugees at all. Canada is losing its mind trying to bring them over and soccer teams in Europe are pledging to help them too.

      “They’re giving us housing assistance for two years, but I’m afraid we’re going to be homeless at the end of this period,” Al Dees said, with the help of an interpreter. “They had promised they would help us indefinitely,”

      Fuck you. Seriously, fuck you.

      Get off your fucken ass you lazy fuck.

      1. Two years is more than enough time to get yourself going is my point.

      2. Knock knock.

        Who’s There?

        Al Dees

        Al Dees, who?

        AL DEES NUTZ, BITCHES, NOW PAY MY RENT!

        all week, veal, waitress, etc

      3. Moar Free Shit….I’m guessing he registered as a D.

    3. I read that one too. Uruguay is curiously white for a South American country. Mostly (86%) of Spanish and Italian descent. Shame on them for not being such ethnomasochists. They’re also Roman Catholics. Maybe the Pope will tune them up.

      1. I have a friend from Colombia who could easily pass for a European. According to him, the Spanish-speaking part of South America is much whiter compared to Central America and Mexico, mainly due to the Spanish rulers in South America killing a much bigger percentage of the natives.

        1. Ha, I thought your moniker clever not realizing you actually WERE TUUUUULLLLLLPPPPPPPAAAAA.

          Hangs head in shame…..

      2. That’s because they basically killed all the natives rather than enslaving them like in most Latin American countries

  12. “Something is wrong. Were Joe Biden closer to the center of American power than the vice presidency, which is “one heart beat away,” perhaps he could identify the problem more specifically.”

    George is starting to get upset!

    Don’t touch Jimmy!

  13. “Vice President Joe Biden warned on Monday that “something is wrong” with the American economy”

    Joe, with this comment, you’re nothing but a dirty Ho, with those 46 years you did a great job to help the economy slow.

  14. Even President Obama’s number two…

    Ed, you will not be President Biden’s Press Secretary.

  15. Hey, Obo’s only had 6-some years! You expect miracles?

  16. obama looks better without a shirt on. do you really want some pasty, flabby middle aged guy representing america? i mean i know thats what we are, but we should put on a better face

  17. I’m trying hard NOT to imagine a Trump vs. Biden general election.

  18. Joe Biden should go home and never let his name enter the field of any race known to humanity ever. Is this too much to ask? He is a simple throne shitter that is nominally dumb and I understand that unions love nominally dumb because every leader of every union writes like a 12 year old but someone stop this dumb fuck from running my country. Please.

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