Our man Joe “Lunchbox” Biden was in Jefferson City, Missouri giving a speech to the local union at the ABB Transformer Factory on April 16th about the “New Economy” that he and Obama are building. The following are a direct quotes from his speech and my rebuttals and/or snarks. It’s Joe, so you know there is much much more gas-baggery than what follows, but these are the sections that somewhat made sense.
Folks, before I begin my formal remarks, since I have that bad reputation of telling it straight, I want to tell you something. I always feel good when I got the UAW behind me, in front of me, to my right and to my left. I wouldn’t be in office without you all. (Applause.)
What you mean to say, Joe — may I call you Joe? Is that you have a reputation for flights of fancy befitting a senile old man and the imagination of an eight year old with ADD. I am certain that you do feel right at home with your union pals, who, as you truthfully said, put you in office. What does that tell us, Joe? The negotiations with GM, the bailouts and the Congressional probes all have one thing in common, and one primary beneficiary. Political reparations? Say it ain’t so, Joe. Say it ain’t so!
We started in what they call the Executive Office Building, making an announcement for what will amount to more than a $15 billion investment in — what, $13 billion investment in high-speed rail — good jobs, an economic future that understands our energy needs and how to save it and how to connect this country in a way.
First, everyone calls it the Executive Office Building. That’s its name, Joe. No need to pomp yourself up by announcing to your union friends that you were actually IN the Executive Office Building, as if it is impressive. It’s kind of like a middle aged man trying to pick up women at a bar by skillfully employing the “I’m important, and know important people” tact with lines like: “So there I was, in the White House…” Or do you just like the way the words roll off of your tongue?
As for the $13 billion dollar high-speed union pay off, er… um high-speed rail system. This wouldn’t happen to be anything like the high-speed train that connects Las Vegas and Disneyland would it? Secondly, railway transportation hasn’t been economically viable for the majority of people and companies for a long time in this country. We have cars. They’re cheap, efficient and on demand. Why would we trouble ourselves by using your high-speed rail system? Are you honestly expecting us to pick up the tab for a railway system that we will inevitably subsidize when it fails to turn a profit, like say, Amtrak? You know about Amtrak, don’t ya, Joe?
You guys are just right here at the beginning, you’re in the ground floor — the ground floor of what could be the economic engine that not only gets us out of this doldrum we’re in, but literally, literally propels this nation to be able to lead the world in the 21st century the same way we did in the 20th century.
For starters, I wasn’t aware that we had stopped leading the world. I also wasn’t aware that you and your buddy, Barack, wanted to see the U.S. continue to lead… Of course, I’m just basing that on the economic, social and foreign policies that you two have put forth.
Joe, I know how much you love the unions, but do you honestly want our economic engine ran by the same people that are at the very least half responsble for the failure of GM and Chrysler? I know that unions put you in office, but don’t you think that at some point political pay backs and senility stop being excusable excuses?
As you heard, because of the investments from the Recovery Act — and you all, we use these terms like the Recovery Act. That’s where Barack Obama went to the Congress and did something no one has ever done before. He said, I need another $787 billion now — now — to go out now and invest in this economy, save jobs, to create jobs. We’re not going to wait. We’re not going to wait. Too many of your brothers and sisters are really in hard times.
Yes, Joe. Everyone around you is too stupid to know what the Recovery Act was. What I find laughable, Joe, is that you continue to call it a Recovery Act. Even with all of the evidence put forth that suggests… scratch that.. flat out states that the Recovery Act is a complete sham that does nothing but waste tax payer money. Generation Theft Act is far more fitting. Don’t get me wrong here, Joe, I know that your union friends are in dire straits right now. The billions upon billions already spent to prop them up are falling short. Fear not, union brethren, the American Tax Payer will save you!
And so we did something amidst — in the midst of an economic downturn that had never been done before. And then he made a big mistake. He said, Biden, you’re in charge. (Laughter.) And I’m proud to be in charge of how this money is going to be spent, and whether or not we spend it in an unusual way — completely transparent for all the world to see; completely accountable so we answer for what we’ve done, and efficiently.
Other than the sheer volume of money spent, Joe, there is nothing new about deficit spending during a recession. I know, I know, you invented the idea first, Joe. Just like Al Gore invented the internet. Of course, the common sense adage “you can’t spend your way out of debt” isn’t new either.
Where you will get no arguments from me is “And then he made a big mistake. He said, Biden, you’re in charge.” How does that saying go? Ninety percent truth is said in jest. While I am certain that you ARE proud of being in charge of that money… I find it frightening. I know that you’ll spend it in undoubtedly creative and unusual ways. The transparency… not so much. You know, kind of like the last rounds of bailouts. Tell me, Joe do you guys have a clue where that money went yet? The only thing transparent here is your false humility. Oh, one pointer, if I may. Never use the term “efficiently” in the same breath as government. The thought is too laughable to be taken seriously…. You know about being laughable, don’t ya, Joe?
Ladies and gentlemen, we put in a tax system of financial incentive. It’s called a production tax credit.
Ladies and gentlemen, President George W. Bush put in a tax system of financial incentive. It’s called a production tax credit. Sorry Joe, W. signed this into law, which was due to expire on Dec 31, 2008. However, he signed an extension that extends these credits until the end of 2009.
So now with those efforts we’ve spurred the state’s largest wind energy development, generating roughly — electricity just in this one project. This is just one example around the nation to generate enough electricity to power at least 50,000 homes. Clean energy, clean energy. Renewable energy — not needed to be imported. No one has to do anything except the wind blow.
WOW! A whole 50,000 homes? Tell me, Joe, how much is this project costing? How much would it have cost to build a Nuclear plant in its stead — which would power far more than 50,000 homes? Of course, wind is renewable… when the wind blows. Isn’t that the problem with these monstrously large wind farms? The fact that they only work when there is enough wind. Otherwise they simply occupy HUGE swaths of space that could otherwise be used to develop industry that will actually help the economy. Or you could leave the land natural so that the “precious” animals of this planet have a place to live… Isn’t that part of the whole Green Movement? Seems counter-intuitive to use up five times the land mass for less than a portion of the energy that would produced by a single nuclear plant. Of course, that is only IF the wind blows constantly, which it doesn’t. Unless we can count on you, Joe, to hold speeches near wind farms round the clock… Heck, that may actually power a city.
How many think we’d have so many troops stationed in that area of the world if we didn’t need the oil? You know, if you add the actual price of oil, it’s probably $10 more a barrel just by the military we have to provide to be able to ensure those oil lanes stay open among other things.
Ahhhh, there it is. The obligatory anti-military and anti-Iraq War invective. Good Ol’ Joe, you just couldn’t resist an opportunity to take a stab at Bush and the Iraq War at the same time. It was simply too easy, right? You know, Joe, if we rid that area of tyrannical regimes and terrorist groups that would hold the entirety of the West hostage through energy we wouldn’t NEED to provide military security FOR those shipping lanes. Not to point out the hypocrisy here, but this coming from the same guy who repeatedly called oil and energy a matter of national security during the campaign. The last time I checked, Joe, national security in foreign countries is handled by the military. Not to mention the fact that several of those countries have ASKED for help in securing their shipping lanes. So until we are free from foreign oil… we HAVE to secure it. We aren’t going to get there by setting up windmills. We’ll get there much quicker and more efficiently through nuclear energy and domestic drilling. Of course, we can’t do that, can we, Joe? It makes far too much sense.
Hard workers like you are the core — the core — literally the core of that glorious heritage. And together we’re going to once again lead the world in peace and prosperity. And it starts by building a foundation, a foundation for a new economy. And it’s going to be built on your shoulders, on your ingenuity, and your hard work. I promise you that. I promise you that.
There is no doubt that the American worker is the core of our glorious heritage. Unions? Not so much. Where I draw blanks here is “…a foundation for a new economy.” Who says that we need or want a “new” economy? I think that history shows quite sufficiently that Capitalism is the best economic system. The U.S. didn’t grow to be the world’s strongest and wealthiest nation through facism, Joe. We got here through Capitalism. We don’t need a new system, nor do we want one. The one we have now has worked just fine, and will work just fine if you and your ilk would simply leave it alone!
There is no doubt that your vision of a “new economy” would be built on the backs of hard workers and American ingenuity. With proper regulation, beauracracy and “fairness”, of course.
In effect, what Joe is saying is that he and Barack want to spend another $37 billion on political payments and hot air. Don’t you worry, America, we’ll be footing the bill… AGAIN.
Joe, I know that all of this may have come off as harsh, condescending and sarcastic; not too unlike yourself. But we can still be friends, right? I mean, can I still call you Joe, Joe?
For a full transcript of the speech click here — courtesy of Fox News.