I know it seems like I’m picking on Biden quite a bit lately, but it seems like every time he opens his mouth he does something stupid. (Obama absolutely knew this guy had a history of being a loose cannon and still picked him.)
The Delaware senator and his wife, Jill, showed annual earnings of more
than $200,000 and sometimes $300,000 between 1998 and 2007. And they
gave relatively very little of it away. In 2007, their most generous
year, the Bidens gave $995 to charity. In 1999, their charitable
donations added up to $120.
This explains a bit of his thinking. You see, he doesn’t believe in charitable giving, he thinks the only way charity happens is by force. Since he doesn’t give away his wealth to benefit others, the only way that can occur is by government action.
Raising taxes on himself will only help to get him to the giving levels of most other Americans.
Figures show Biden has a poor showing even compared to the average
American. Independent Sector, a nonpartisan coalition of approximately
600 charities, foundations and corporate philanthropy programs, reports
that 89 percent of American households contribute to charity, with an
average contribution of $1,620, or 3.1 percent of income.
It would never cross Biden’s paternalistic mind that if you let people keep more of their own money, they might actually give it away. And why should it, since he doesn’t do so himself.