They’re too busy thinking up ways to spend yours. Joe Biden has proven to be even more of a skinflint than Barack Obama when it comes to charitable giving. TaxProf has the numbers in a handy-dandy table that shows that Joe doesn’t part with his money – at least to charity.
It is jarring that a couple earning over $200,000 per year would give as little as $2 per week to charity. This giving compares very unfavorably to John McCain, whose tax returns show that he gave 27.3% – 28.6% of his income to charity in 2006-2007. During the same period, the Obamas’ tax returns show that they gave 5.8% – 6.1% of their income to charity.
Perhaps the Obama-Biden campaign needs a new slogan: “Change You Can Believe In (As Long As Someone Else Pays For It)”
Meanwhile, the hardhitting Obama campaign lashes out at John McCain, triumphantly screeching that McCain can’t use the internet to send email. Of course, that might have something to do with John McCain’s inability to use a keyboard due to the horrific injuries he received at the hands of North Vietnamese torturers.
Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by “extraordinary.” The reason he doesn’t send email is that he can’t use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):
McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.
In a similar vein I guess it’s an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn’t know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it’s like to navigate New York’s highways.
Next up: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight will shortchange a blind person, just for grins and high-fives at their keyboards.