By Henry Decker

Biden: ‘On Every Major Issue, The American People Agree With The Democratic Party’ [Video]

February 14, 2014 11:57 am Category: Memo Pad, Politics 32 Comments A+ / A-
Biden: ‘On Every Major Issue, The American People Agree With The Democratic Party’ [Video]

Vice President Joe Biden slammed the GOP during his Friday morning speech to the House Democrats’ annual conference in Cambridge, Maryland, insisting that voters side with their party on every key issue.

“This is the first time in my career…where on every major issue, the American people agree with the Democratic Party,” Biden said.

“I really mean it,” he continued. “I know that sounds like hyperbole, but think about it.” The vice president then went on to cite poll numbers finding that Democrats have an advantage on the debt ceiling, raising the minimum wage, strengthening gun sale background checks, improving infrastructure, marriage equality, and pay equity. He also noted that even “with all the difficulties you’re facing now with the ACA, 55 percent of the people don’t want to see it repealed.”

Biden added that he no longer even views the GOP as a viable political movement.

“There isn’t a Republican Party. I wish there was a Republican Party,” Biden said. “I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done.”

Video of the vice president’s speech is below, via The Washington Post:

Photo: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT

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  • daniel bostdorf

    In this case, Biden has not put his foot in his mouth. He is dead on with this:
    “There isn’t a Republican Party. I wish there was a Republican Party,” Biden said. “I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done.””

    Any rational thinking American, both common sense Republican and Demiocrats, who believes in the UNITED States….must vote to restore our Democracy and get rid of the extreme right wing politicians that want a divided states of America.

    • Mark Forsyth

      Divide and Conquer is there favorite motto.Won’t do them any good.

      • Mark Forsyth

        “their”

  • DAK27

    Biden is right about the fact there isn’t a Republican party… You cannot make a deal with a crazy person (and the ENTIRE GOP has lost its collective mind!) because their word means NOTHING. Their honor means NOTHING. The people they represent means NOTHING. ONLY $$ matters and since the asshole Koch Brothers have all the $$… guess who gets represented?

  • Ford Truck

    I once had a discussion about politics with my father-in-law, a Republican. After talking with him a while I found he agreed with nearly everything the Democrats were proposing, and few things the Republicans were pushing. I asked, “You agree with the Democrats, and not the Republicans, but you still vote for the Republicans – WHY” He thought for a moment, then said “I’ve been voting Republican all my life, its too late to change.”

    • RobertCHastings

      My former father-in-law was a lifelong Republican who, about five years before he passed away, changed his party affiliation because, as the Congressman from Vermont (Jeffords) said, “I have not abandoned the Republican party, the Republican party has abandoned me.” Another family member has said the same thing. The Tea Party and the right wing of the Republican Party do NOT represent mainstream conservative thought.

  • RobertCHastings

    Sounds like his first campaign speech for 2016. And he is right on target. Poll after poll supports the truth of what he says on every issue he mentions, and yet the Republicans refuse to listen to the people who voted them into office.

    • Mark Forsyth

      No surprises there,Congressional repubs serve their corporate masters who pay them nicely and satisfy the party money addiction.

      • RobertCHastings

        It has become the practice in Congress over the past three decades for those who can raise the most money for their party to be given choice jobs on important committees, rather than pursuing the ends for which their constituents elected them.

        • Mark Forsyth

          Absolutely,and the Supreme Court has turned its back on its responsibility to protect and preserve the principals of a Democratic Republic.Without complete,comprehensive campaign finance reform,we can kiss any semblance of democracy goodbye.

          • RobertCHastings

            I would like to believe that a super-majority victory in both houses of Congress this fall would see a sea change in just this one issue. Unfortunately, we both know both sides of the aisle are complicit in the money game which ALL in DC play.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Call me a dreamer but I believe we must keep our eyes on the prize.The obstacle that you accurately describe does indeed seem to be insurmountable but I think to focus on that rather than the desire,will,and ability of the people whether they have money or not,would be a mistake.Already there are growing bi-partisan movements to both repeal and amend Citizens United.Additionally is another growing movement to change our elections to a one person one vote system.
            The days of unrestrained and unregulated capitalism must and will come to an end.

          • RobertCHastings

            I have just begun reading “Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA” by Goldin, Smith and Smith., an absolutely reasonable indictment of “unrestrained and unregulated capitalism”. I wish the authors all the good will and millions in sales and at least a Pulitzer.

          • Mark Forsyth

            I wouldn’t mind reading that book but I doubt that I would get to it before summertime.I’d be interested to know what the authors foresee.If we take a look at post WWII Europe it is easier to see where some folks may have felt that communism was a reasonable alternative after suffering under fascism.
            Being that democracy is somewhat socialistic in nature,I’d be curious to know if the authors see a social democracy developing.

          • RobertCHastings

            It is a compilation of essays/speeches on Democratic socialism, something Obama’s opponents would definitely not like, since most of them have very little understanding of socialism. They do manage to immediately indict unrestrained capitalism, identifying it as, simply, a political system for the aggrandizement of capital, hence the huge wealth and power disparity in this country. They identify capitalism, also, as a continuous progression of production and consumerism which leads, ultimately and irrevocably, to the degradation of the environment, for obvious reasons. If production and consumerism continue for their own sakes, they must of necessity continue until all resources are used up and the environment so befouled as to be uninhabitable. Looks like we are well on the way to a capitalist utopia.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Well it certainly appears that things are currently in the capitalists favor,I don’t think their “Utopia” is a forgone conclusion.I fully expect further hardship on the masses and the environment to not bode well for those who foster such things.Don’t forget friend,negative thinking begets negative results.It’s not a good thing to indulge in.

          • plc97477

            Unfortunately they all have to to keep the playing field even.

          • RobertCHastings

            That is the problem, though, isn’t it? Our political system is NOT set up to keep the playing field even. One man/one vote is (and was) a pipe dream. Those who have the power are those who have the money, until balance is reintroduced to the system. Entirely too little credit is given the individual worker and the value his work adds to a product, and entirely too MUCH credit is given to capital. As the Union movement clearly demonstrated (much to the chagrin of capital) workers CAN control the system, and do it much better. If workers forego their right to organize (or have that right taken from them) the system favors capitalism, whose ONLY goal is the enhancement of wealth for those at the top, and all the other ills that accompany unrestrained capitalism. For a period of at least three decades after WWII, workers determined their own fate and, paradoxically (at least from the viewpoint of capital) everyone made money. As the Unions have been degraded by local and state governments, wages for workers have stagnated. Purchasing power has NOT improved since the 1980s for the large majority of workers, while the accrual of wealth has exploded for the wealthy, along with their control of our political and financial institutions.

  • itsfun

    Has he seen any of the polls on obamacare, illegals, the IRS scandal, etc.

    • ThomasBonsell

      He cited polls on Obamacare, saying 55 percent of Americans don’t want it repealed.

      Have you seen any polls on Obamacare broken down to its important components? In poll after poll it has been shown that of those who oppose Obamacare, about a third of them do so because it isn’t liberal enough or doesn’t include a single-payer option.

      When all told, with those who want Obamacare more inclusive added to those who like Obamacare as is, polls repeatedly show that healthcare reform is clealy the desire of the majority.

      • itsfun

        I have always said health care for everyone is a good thing. My problem with the obamacare tax is, it is hurting more people than it is helping. I have seen reports that say 89% of people signed up for the new tax had insurance and are being forced to buy the new insurance at a higher cost, higher deductibles and co pays. Only 11% of those signed up, didn’t have insurance before the new tax. A plan needed to be made that helped the people without insurance, not hurt the people that already had insurance. This is not happening. I have seen polls that state over 60% of the people want the obamacare tax repealed. No one even knows how many people signed up have actually made any payments on their new plans. The administration continues to hide the numbers. How many of these people are Medicaid people? The plan says you can stay on mom and dads plan until age 26. The plan depends on people between 18 and 34 to fund it. Would you get off your parents plan to be able to pay for one? The plan actually depends on people between 27 and 34 to fund it. Not going to happen.

        • RobertCHastings

          And what are your sources? Apparently, while Thomas is referring to the article and comments by the VP, your source is something else entirely. The plan relies on the demographic you mention, especially among those who no longer live with their parents. Not all in that age group live with their parents. As a side note, the 2 million “jobs lost” by Obamacare have NOT been lost but represents the number of people who NO LONGER must work full time to AFFORD healthcare.

          • itsfun

            My sources were 2 reports on different news channels. If people couldn’t afford health care working full time, how do you expect them to afford it working part time? Try watching any news channel and you will see that the cost of health care is higher than it was and is going to be higher. The VP said citizens are completely in line with the Democratic polices. My intial comment was to ask him to look at some polls. Today over 60% of people want the obamacare tax repealed.

          • RobertCHastings

            The simple fact that they DON’T have to work full time in order to afford healthcare is evidence enough that the ACA is working and is doing exactly what it was designed to do – provide affordable healthcare. The Obamacare “tax” and the ACA are two entirely different animals. Sure,people don’t want to be told they MUST pay for healthcare, and I don’t like having to pay extra so those who can’t or won’t purchase their own insurance avail themselves of any available emergency room – that is a tax all the rest of us must pay, thanks to Ronald Reagan.

          • itsfun

            The ACA and obamacare are one and the same. It is a tax because the Supreme Court says it is. That is the only way it deemed constitutional. Many victims of the Obamacare tax will tell you it is not affordable. It is not doing what it was promised to do. People can’t keep their doctors or plans. This was a out and out lie by Obama. The administration continues to hide how many people have actually made even one premium payment on those signed up. You are paying for this, through higher taxes on medical devices, procedures, etc. Those taxes are just passed onto the consumer by the companies. Who do you think is paying for the money being given to people that can’t afford the insurance plans by the government?

          • RobertCHastings

            The ACA set certain standards health insurance policies. The large majority of policies that people are NOT being allowed to keep do not meet basic standards, including policies that did not provide basic coverage in areas generally used by consumers. Our system of private insurers has not been changed by the ACA, or the private insurers would really be screaming. Bush’s giveaway for Medicare Part D coverage was exactly that, a giveaway to Pharma and the insurance industry. The ACA does NOT significantly change the way in which insurers do business, which is the main reason prices are going up. Our European and Asian allies provide better coverage than our system does with only 1/2 to 2/3 the expenditure of our system. France, Japan, Britain, Canada, Germany all negotiate costs, much as Medicare does. Unfortunately, conservatives in this country do not understand that removing the ability of Medicare to negotiate prices is going to result in higher costs Most posters on this forum remember a time, before medical care became for-profit, when it wasn’t necessary to carry health insurance, because costs were so low. Once the profit motive (capitalism) came to predominate, medical costs began rising, at well-beyond the rate of inflation.

          • Allan Richardson

            In fact, it represents, in a sense, jobs GAINED, that is, openings that could, and ultimately will, be filled by qualified people who have had the bad luck to be unemployed too long to be considered employable under current conditions. But when people quit the jobs they do not really need, those jobs will open up and at least to a modest extent to start, wages and working conditions will improve. This will start a virtuous feedback loop of increasing demand, then increasing jobs, then increasing profit, then increasing investment, jobs, demand, etc. And unless we get a Congress determined to cut taxes even more, the increased GDP will generate the taxes to pay off some of the debt.

        • plc97477

          You’ve been watching faux news again haven’t you.

          • itsfun

            I watch CNN, CBS, and FOX daily. Apparently you are watching FOX to be able to say what is on it.

          • RobertCHastings

            Who was it that said, “Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer.”?

    • RobertCHastings

      I guess the real question should be, have you? Issa’s committee found no wrongdoing or complicity by the White House on either the IRS or Benghazi “scandals. And what are the recent numbers on Obamacare? If the ACA is such a disaster, why are the Koch brothers and Rove spending so much money on advertising to convince people it is a failure. If it is as bad as they claim, people should be able to figure that out on their own. Well, considering your stance, I guess that might be a stretch. If the ACA is so bad, why did the Heritage Foundation come up with the idea, and why did Romney put it into practice in Massachusetts?

  • leadvillexp

    There is a Republican Party and I think they will show up for this election. I am a Republican and while I agree there are too many far right I still think you will see a big Republican win this election. The extreme right and left have gone too far. We as Republicans need to rid ourselves of the Tea Party. The Republicans may have further to go but the Democrats also have a far left. We need to work together for a better country and stop working for the Parties. As it is now it is deadlock. There is no debate, just my way or the highway.

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