The Unpardonable Political Sin
Campaign rhetoric is a lot like a resumé. The purpose of a resumé is to get an interview. The purpose of an interview is to get the job.
Everyone exaggerates their resumé. It’s expected. Only a fool undervalues themselves. It is the responsibility of the hiring employer to separate fact from fiction through an interview.
You’d be naive to believe what politicians tell you in any election year, especially this one. The bitter feud between parties is nasty.
The unpardonable political sin is for a politician to cross the line and fabricate made-up stories passed off as factual truth.
It is despicable when that politician is the Vice President of the United States of America.
Joe Biden at the NAACP Convention
Last week the Vice President made a “fiery” speech at the NAACP. It was widely reported in the national press that Biden, like Mitt Romney the day before, got booed. Biden, though, was booed for ending his inspired speech to soon! Romney, the cad, was booed for saying he’d repeal Obamacare.
The media has lost its objectivity. Without it, a well-informed electorate becomes impossible.
For example, Biden made these remarkable comments at the start of his speech:
When the economy was about to go over the cliff, I watched him make some of the toughest decisions any President has had to make since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He saved the nation’s financial system and in doing so he prevented a world wide depression. It wasn’t a popular decision, but it was an essential decision… and he was right… allowing international financial systems to function and credit to flow again.
– Vice President Joe Biden, Biden NAACP Speech, 7/12/2012
Astounding! Biden made up one of the most outrageous political yarns this writer has heard in years.
Who Prevented a World Wide Depression?
According to Joe Biden, Barack Obama prevented a world wide depression.
Oh yeah, Mr. Vice President? Just how did Senator Barack Obama do that? He wasn’t even President when depression was averted.
What, pray tell, were the alleged “toughest decisions” that prevented financial Armageddon that you personally witnessed Barack Obama make? Inquiring minds want to know. Voters want to know.
TARP saved the financial system and prevented a world wide depression.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner describes TARP’s roll this way:
TARP is now regarded by many experts as one of the most effective emergency programs in financial history
– “TARP: 2-year Retrospective“, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, 9/30/2010
TARP was created by the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act“. It was passed by the U.S. Congress on October 1st, 2008. Obama became President three and a half months later.
If signing TARP defines who saved us from world wide depression then only one man gets the credit: President George W. Bush.
President Bush signing TARP into law on October 3rd, 2008. It’s that unpopular decision Vice President Biden told the NAACP “wasn’t a popular decision, but it was an essential decision”. Senator Obama did not make it.
Literally every major decision “allowing international financial systems to function and credit to flow again” were made before Senator Obama became President.
To his credit, Senator Barack Obama voted for passage. So did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senators John McCain, Joe Biden and Edward Kennedy. Also voting for it were Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Representatives John Boehner and Paul Ryan. It had true bipartisan support.
President Obama bailed out GM and Chrysler with TARP. Both went bankrupt anyway and still owe taxpayers nearly $44 billion. Chrysler, a union owned company, sold out to Fiat and isn’t even an American company anymore. That certainly didn’t save the world and return jobs to America.
Political speeches are a candidate’s resumé. Voters are the employer. A free press conducts the interview. Its the voter’s responsibility to judge candidates on their record and on their integrity.
The most deplorable part of Biden’s NAACP fabrication was saying:
When the economy was about to go over the cliff, I watched him make some of the toughest decisions any President has had to make since Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Joe Biden
The Vice President of the United States of America made that up. It has no factual basis. None! Zero! Zip! Nada! Kein! Nyet!
President George W. Bush is the man at the helm who sweated out Lehman Brothers, the stock market crash, Country Wide, Fannie and Freddie, Bank of America, Citigroup, Bear Stears, JPMorgan and Chase.
Congress, the Bush Administration and The Fed took the steps that saved us from worldwide depression and allowed global financial markets to function again. Barack Obama didn’t.
The Fed’s leadership in those darkest days is what stopped global financial meltdown and turned things around just in time for Barack Obama to walk into the Oval Office. It did the heavy lifting. It is the nation’s savior.
If the national media had integrity it would call Vice President Joe Biden to task for politically motivated factual inaccuracy and set the record strait. It won’t.
The free press has donned rose colored glasses. Made-up stories by the Vice President get shrugged off while other politicians get shish kabobed over innuendo. They get accused, tried and convicted on the evening news.
As long as voters tolerate biased political reporting then the New York Times, CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS and all the rest will determine the next President of the United States… not a well-informed electorate.