Choose the event that has the potential for the most damage:
- An East Coast earthquake;
- Hurricane Irene;
- Joe Biden opening his mouth.
Personally, I’m tempted to pick ‘all of the above,’ but if my back is against the wall I’ll choose number…..3!
That’s because our Vice President and avid Amtrak rider (as I’ve been told by the conductors on the Regional line over, and over, and over again) has the capacity to wreak more havoc in the shortest amount of time than God.
Just look at what he’s done in China, making sympathetic sounds about that country’s murderous one-child policy. Sure, sure, he’s been forced to backtrack and say the politically correct mumbo jumbo written for him by the members of his staff who haven’t yet suffered strokes.
But here’s what he said extemporaneously, before his brain caught up with his mouth:
You share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand--I'm not second-guessing--of one child per family. The result being that you're in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.
Kind of sounds like a member of the Sierra Club, doesn’t it? I mean, having one child conserves resources, and is much more economical than spawning a brood of diapered baby commies, right? And hey, if you have to force a woman to abort that ‘oops’ child, the second in a series, well, our Vice President ‘fully understands.’
How comforting to know, Joe.
As I noted above, he did change his tune after the GOP (and some pro-life Democrats) made noise about his seeming acceptance of what some might call a cost-saving measure and others view as infanticide. Here’s the retake on those comments. You will note that the White House made sure Joe wasn’t talking this time around:
"The vice president believes such practices are repugnant. He also pointed out, in China, that the policy is, as a practical matter, unsustainable. He was arguing against the one child policy to a Chinese audience."
Um, okay. I guess you could read “Your policy has been one which I fully understand” as “arguing against the one child policy to a Chinese audience.”
And there’s still some land in Florida, or Beijing, I’d like to sell you.