Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The historical illiteracy of Joe Biden

Joe Biden's historical myopia is astounding. My husband is speechless at this latest Bidenism:
“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” he said.
He just wants to ignore every great idea that any private entrepreneur or inventor had and developed without government assistance. Cars, airplanes, sewing machines, textile factories, etc. The list goes on and on. Yes, the government had a role in major infrastructure construction, but that wasn't always true. Railroads in Great Britain were funded through private investment. As were the great transatlantic steamship lines. I have to go to work soon or I'd be piling up more counterexamples, but why bother? No one expects great historical analysis from Joe Biden.

Of course, we can all ignore his predictions that the Democrats will keep both the House and the Senate. The Senate maybe, but the House? Come on!

Then there was this Biden insight.
“This is a real important election,” he said. “It’s more important than the one that got Barack and me elected, it literally is. Because there at least we would have continued to drift another four years, which would be bad. Now at least we’ve stopped the drift and are starting to head in the right direction. If we lose in the House or the Senate, we’re now in a position where we are in a stalemate and this thing is just going to go in reverse and our most powerful weapon will be a veto pen, and that’s bad.”
Try to get your head around that bit of logic. In his view, he and his friend Barack have done such great things to turn around the country (let's just ignore the unemployment and economic growth numbers). That's all wonderful, but it's not as wonderful as continuing in that direction. Why would that be? In the Obama and Biden view, wasn't all that Bush stood for sending us into disaster? And they stopped all that. So wasn't that more important than stopping stalemate?

I can't even follow the logic. But why bother? It's just Biden's usual blather.