Now It's My Turn to Ask: Who Are You to Question My "Patriotism"?
To make matters worse, Sen. Biden claims that higher taxes are not just a patriotic duty, but also his duty as a Catholic to impose:
Fired up in a room full of union members, Joe Biden angrily defended both his ticket’s tax plan and his own claim that tax hikes for the rich are patriotic, while urging fellow Democrats to stand their ground on what he said was a values debate.So, suddenly Sen. Biden has found an issue on which he is willing to "impose his Catholic beliefs" on others: confiscating more of their money. Never mind that Catholic social teaching says nothing about tax policy (as opposed to, say, requiring politicians to work to restrict abortion), and never mind that, if Sen. Biden believes so strongly in taking care of people who need help the most, then his giving ALMOST NOTHING to charity certainly is a strange way of showing it.
Biden, speaking to members of the Laborers International Union of North America, began by saying that there is “no disagreement” between John McCain and Barack Obama on the need for tax cuts. The real issue, he said, is who gets them.
“Catholic social doctrine as I was taught it is, you take care of people who need the help the most,” he said. “Now it’d be different if you could make the case to me that by giving this tax cut to the very wealthy, everybody else was going to be better off. We saw what happened the last eight years when we gave that tax cut.”
Also see my post at Catholics Against Joe Biden (which takes a slightly different tack).