Rule #1 in politics: If you’re going to get up on your high horse about something, you’d better damn well know what you’re talking about. This is a rule that Joe Biden breaks constantly, to the point where you have to wonder if there actually IS any subject where he knows what he’s talking about. We suppose if a debate moderator asks the candidates about the many pleasures of sniffing a woman’s hair, Creepy Joe will prove that he’s an authority, but other than that, his record of addressing the major issues in America is questionable at best.
Such was the case this week when Biden (again) went after Amazon for their failure to pay enough in taxes.
“I don’t think any company, I don’t give a damn how big they are, the Lord almighty, should absolutely be in a position where they pay no tax and make billions and billions and billions of dollars,” Biden told CNBC. “The whole notion of this is: Are you playing the game fairly? What’s the capitalist system all about? The capitalist system is about everyone dealing fairly and dealing straight up with the American people and with their employees.”
Biden then took to Twitter with the same message: “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: No company pulling in billions of dollars in profits should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers. It’s time for Amazon to pay its fair share.”
Well, this was just the kind of clueless statement that leaves a man wide open for a counter-attack, and Amazon didn’t miss with their roundhouse.
“@JoeBiden We pay every cent owed,” the company wrote on their official Twitter account. “You spent 3 decades in the Senate & know that Congress wrote these tax laws to encourage companies to invest in the US economy. We have. 500k jobs w/ a min wage of $15/hr across 40 states. Assume your complaint is w/ the tax code, not Amazon.”
In addition to just being a singularly embarrassing moment for the Democratic candidate, this actually goes to the heart of the real problem with Biden’s entire candidacy. Amazon says it flat-out: The guy has been involved in Washington politics for more than thirty years. The problems he talks about fixing? He was the architect of them! If you couldn’t get the job done as a major senator and you couldn’t get it done as vice president, then why should anyone believe that you’re ready to be promoted to the Big Chair?
Besides that, isn’t everyone just about sick of the whole “the big corporations are evil” charade?