I was watching CNN International this evening after work when they introduced a clip that made me think I’d be seeing a big Biden gaffe, but when they actually showed the clip, I pretty much agreed with Biden’s response to what was clearly a ridiculous question. I’ve seen some pretty stupid interviews, but this has got to be up there:
Q: You may recognize this famous quote, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” That’s from Karl Marx. How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?
A: Are you joking? Is this a joke?
A: Is that a real question?
Q: That’s a question.
Here’s the whole thing:
Hertzberg also has a nice little piece on, like, Socialism, in The New Yorker, which talks about McCain’s agreement back in 2000 on paying more taxes if you’re richer, Palin’s collective wealth sharing in Alaska, and the difference between Marxism and McCain’s tax plan, according to the GOP:
The Republican argument of the moment seems to be that the difference between capitalism and socialism corresponds to the difference between a top marginal income-tax rate of 35 per cent and a top marginal income-tax rate of 39.6 per cent. The latter is what it would be under Obama’s proposal, what it was under President Clinton, and, for that matter, what it will be after 2010 if President Bush’s tax cuts expire on schedule. Obama would use some of the added revenue to give a break to pretty much everybody who nets less than a quarter of a million dollars a year. The total tax burden on the private economy would be somewhat lighter than it is now—a bit of elementary Keynesianism that renders doubly untrue the Republican claim that Obama “will raise your taxes.”