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Middle Class Joe is Raking it In

Looks like Joe Biden cares deeply about the middle class, and also cares deeply about getting as far out of it as he can.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Life outside of the White House has been good for Joe Biden, who has earned millions of dollars through speaking fees and book sales since his eight years as vice president ended in early January 2017.

On Tuesday afternoon, the former vice president’s campaign released a summary of Biden and his wife’s joint tax returns, which shows he made $11,031,309 in 2017 and $4,580,437 in 2018. Those numbers are quite the improvement from his income of $394,456 in 2016, during his final year in the Obama administration. And throughout Biden’s 36-year Senate career he routinely ranked as one of the poorest senators in a chamber populated by millionaires.

The records show his latest book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, proved among his most lucrative ventures. On a tour promoting that book in 2018, Biden charged upwards of $230,000 for a “VIP Experience.”

Sprinkled throughout his book promotion events, were a number of speaking engagements that regularly paid Biden in the six-figures. One lecture at Drew University in March 2018 earned him $190,000. Another at the Economic Club of Southwest Michigan resulted in a payment of $182,679.

In total, Biden earned $4.29 million in speaking fees from 47 different events over the two years.

Joe Biden is a Serial Fabulist

Democrats cannot possibly attack President Trump for lying and nominate Joe Biden.

Biden’s problem with racial issues is not just that he has consorted with segregationists and opposed busing, as Kamala Harris enjoyed noting in the Democratic debate.

It’s worse. He made up a whole career in the civil rights movement. He lied about it for years.

According to the Washington Examiner:

In the acclaimed 1992 book What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer, an account of the 1988 presidential campaign, Biden is quoted as saying: “Folks, when I started in public life, in the civil rights movement, we marched to change attitudes … I remember what galvanized me … Bull Connor and his dogs … I’m serious. In Selma.” 

But Biden never traveled to Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, or any other Southern state, in that era.

Biden repeatedly claimed that he organized a boycott of a segregated restaurant and participated in sit-ins along U.S. Route 40 in 1961, a series of protests at segregated restaurants along the major highway in Delaware and Maryland. He also claimed he marched in civil rights protests, occupied a segregated movie theater, and led a high school boycott of a whites-only grill in Wilmington, Del. 

He told the California Democratic Convention in February 1987: “When I was 17 years old, I participated in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants and movie houses of Wilmington, Del.”

“We changed attitudes on race in this country,” he said in May 1987. “We marched. We didn’t march for a 14-point program to end segregation. We marched to change attitudes.” 

In April 1987, Biden said: “I came out of the civil rights movement. I was one of those guys that sat in and marched and all that stuff.” In August 1987, the Chicago Tribune wrote that Biden had been a “civil rights activist who joined sit-ins in his youth at the segregated Towne Theater in Wilmington”

Multiple Biden newspaper profiles and interviews include similar claims. A 1975 Washington Post profile reported that Biden had “accumulated some very credible civil rights credentials since adolescence” by “participat[ing] in a high school restaurant boycott and in sit-ins along U.S. 40.” The Baltimore Sun interviewed Biden in 1986 and reported, “As a young man, he took part in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants along U.S. 40 in Delaware.” 

Morning News article in September 1975 said that Biden “joined in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants along U.S. 40 before he joined the Senate.”

The planned sit-ins were known as the “Route 40 Project” and were organized by the Congress of Racial Equality activist group. They took place in the summer, fall, and winter of 1961 when Biden was an 18-year-old college freshman at the University of Delaware. 

Civil rights activists in Wilmington and the University of Delaware while Biden was a student said they don’t recall him participating in any demonstrations. A historian who wrote a book about the Route 40 Project and the Freedom Riders movement said he was unaware of Biden’s involvement. 

“I’ve never heard that,” said Raymond Arsenault, a southern history professor at the University of South Florida and author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. Arsenault said Biden’s participation would have been notable at the time because as a teenager he would have been younger than most of the other activists involved. “Very few of the Route 40 people were that young.”

Biden Goes Into Damage Control After Debate Fiasco

A desperate Joe Biden is already contradicting himself as he tries to put the pieces back together after getting taking apart by Kamala Harris.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Joe Biden sought to reverse damage inflicted at the Democratic debate by California Sen. Kamala Harris over his decades-old anti-busing efforts. 

Harris on Thursday night had singed the former vice president over his busing record and recent boasting of working productively with segregationist-era senators. 

“Thirty seconds to 60 seconds on the campaign debate exchange can’t do justice to a lifetime committed to civil rights,” Biden said Friday at a labor event hosted by Jesse Jackson. “I want to be absolutely clear about my record and position on racial justice including busing. I never, never, ever opposed voluntary busing … I’ve always been in favor of using federal authority to overcome state initiated segregation.” 

His comments to the Chicago audience contrast the explanation he gave during the Democratic primary debate Thursday night, where he defended his decision to opposing busing efforts because they would be “ordered by the Department of Education.”

Biden said in 2006 that He Does “Not View Abortion as a Choice and a Right”

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s views on abortion are catching up with him.

First, he was first to flip on the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion. The casualness with which he did this is hurting him about as much as if he never changed his viewpoint.

Now, CNN has found video of Biden from 2006, as he prepared to run for president, saying abortion was neither a choice or a right.

“I do not view abortion as a choice and a right,” Biden said. “I think it’s always a tragedy, and I think that it should be rare and safe, and I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions. There ought to be able to have a common ground and consensus as to do that.”

But who knows, maybe he was just misspeaking. It’s Biden. He also said he backed Roe v. Wade, which he has not always supported.

“I’m a little bit of an odd man out in my party,” Biden said. “I do not vote for funding for abortion. I voted against partial birth abortion — to limit it — and I vote for no restrictions on a woman’s right to be able to have an abortion under Roe v. Wade. And, so I am — I made everybody angry. I made the right-to-life people angry because I won’t support a constitutional amendment or limitations on a woman’s right to exercise her constitutional right as defined by Roe v. Wade. And I’ve made the groups — the women’s groups and others — very angry because I won’t support public funding and I won’t support partial birth abortion.”

Axelrod: Biden’s Shameless Flip Flop Raises Questions About Whether He Can Win

It was one of the most rank, absurd, and disingenuous political moves I’ve ever seen.

Joe Biden for years has supported the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for most abortions. The current Democratic base, of course, would never abide such a thing, and basically all the other candidates oppose it. Biden got some grief for it. Then he got a lot of grief. So, he just changed his position.

This suggests to political operatives that the Biden candidacy is a poorly -oiled machine that has not thought things through. Such as former Barack Obama strategis David Axelrod.

“I think that this was a parable about Biden that goes to questions about his candidacy,” Axelrod said. “This underscores questions people have had about whether he can go the distance.”

Video || Joe Biden’s Marble-mouthed Campaign Performance

Joe Biden has two problems with respect to his quest for the presidency. One, he’s an old man. Two, he looks and sounds like and old man.

Compared to Bernie Sanders, who looks as screwball as he always has but seems robust, Biden is frail and mangles his words, even more than he used to. It’s not a good look. And I don’t know how he’s going to get through a grueling presidential campaign.

Trump’s New Nickname for Biden: SleepyCreepy Joe

Not sure this is the most effective epithet.

I mean, probably I shouldn’t be arguing with President Trump about branding. But I don’t care. I once got in an argument with Colin Powell about military policy. But that’s another story.

Seems to me what’s been so effective about Trump’s nicknames is that they highlight a single attribute, and then he’s relentless about it. Just “Creepy Joe” would be better, focusing everyone on the big issue with Biden.

Video || Biden Opens Campaign with Attack on Trump Charlottesville Statements

So, the same guy who said during the 2012 campaign that Mitt Romney would put black people back in chains has decided on a race-baiting campaign to get himself elected. Biden said in a video released Thursday morning that President Trump had assigned moral equivalence to the white supremacists at Charlottesville in 2017 and the… Continue Reading