Vice President Biden has heated up the campaign rhetoric this week by stating that Republican’s “Don’t Get Us.” Speaking before a crowd of manufacturing workers, Biden specifically said, “I resent when they talk about families like mine that I grew up in. I resent the fact that they think we’re talking about envy; it’s job envy, it’s wealthy envy, that we don’t dream.” He went on to rant that, “My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States, that I could be, I could be vice president! My mother and father believed that if my brother or sister wanted to be a millionaire, they could be a millionaire! My mother and father dreamed as much as any rich man dreams!
Now lets analyze that little rant folks. Let me begin with a little background of my own. My mother was a homemaker and my father built truck tires for a living at the local Kelly Springfield plant. We were not rich by any stretch. My Dad worked harder than any man I know so I know first hand what a “manufacturing” job is. I worked construction and maintenance jobs while attending college. I know what work is. I learned real early what it was by cutting lawns for a few bucks. My Dad taught me all those things.
My parents taught my brother and I to dream. They encouraged college. The encouraged us to take chances and do great things. We were pushed to do well in sports and in school. Competition was a good thing in our house. My Dad taught me that America was about opportunity and that if we worked hard we could become very successful and yes well off.
Here is where the comparison between Vice President Biden and I stops. The very dream he was ranting on is being destroyed in America now by folks just like him. We have a Vice President and President who tell American’s they need to “pay their fair share.” They tell us that if you work hard and become successful you must pay the highest tax rates in the modern world. They tell us that success is nothing but luck and that the “fortunate” owe everyone else.
Most incredibly they have promoted policies that punish success. They openly promote income re-distribution. The very policies they promote have actually encouraged the “disadvantaged” to remain in that place in their life. That is perhaps the biggest lie of all. Vote democrat if you are a “working man.” Really? I mean honestly?
So Mr. Vice President, do not preach to those of us who work hard and take chances. We believe in America and the American Dream. We know that America guarantees everyone a shot. It does not guarantee everyone the same shot or even success. Knowing the difference is kinda big deal Mr. Vice President.