Joe Biden is a very special vice president. He paid his dues in the Senate and was handsomely rewarded for his party loyalty by being invited onto the ticket to balance-out the stink of rookie that came with Barack Obama.
Since then, he’s been able to just sit back and pop-up once in a while to say something mind-numbingly crazy. When he’s not talking about “man-rape” or cuddling with biker chicks, Biden can be found in the shadows, waiting for his next opportunity to do or say something bizarre.
On Monday, Biden got his chance.
Speaking with CNBC’s John Harwood, Biden entertained the softball questions lobbed at him but still managed to find a way to come off as ridiculous.
Harwood noted that Wall Street investors have been critical of the Obama Administration’s “punish the rich!” mentality. Harwood noted that one Wall Street investor claimed that Obama’s vendetta against Wall Street investments was like Hitler invading Poland.
Refusing to allow the analogy sit, Biden cranked-up the crazy several notches and revealed that the administration’s vendetta against Wall Street is more “like liberating death camps.”
HARWOOD: You guys have tried consistently through the administration to tax what they call carried interest as ordinary income. When you started doing that, a big Wall Street guy, Steve Schwarzman, said the Obama administration’s like Hitler invading Poland. How do you react to criticism like that? And I would note: You guys haven’t been able to get it done.
BIDEN: I’d say it’s like us liberating death camps. The truth of the matter is, there’s no justification for a hedge fund paying at 15-17 percent. There’s just no justification.
Sure, sure… because investors supposedly paying less than “their fair share” in taxes is directly analogous to the systemic slaughter of millions of innocent people. It’s so clear! Why didn’t we see this moral equivalency earlier!
Many operate under a belief that to compare anyone or anything to the Holocaust or the perpetrators of it is off-limits. I disagree. If the shoes fits, it’s perfectly acceptable to make a comparison to the Nazi regime, Hitler or the Holocaust… if it fits…
Punishing the producers of society for daring to take risks and invest during choppy economic times is not on par with liberating malnourished and mistreated human beings from the grips of unspeakable cruelty… Not even close.