One of my favorite Joe Biden quotes says, “Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” It’s also a good video clip, if you’re so inclined toward a blooper reel.
Indeed, as Americans begin to re-engage in the body politic ahead of the 2014 election, they might ask themselves what President Obama and Joe Biden’s Democratic Party values. To answer this question, let us look first at the leader of the Democratic Party.
According to the website The Richest, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the
8th 3rd most heavily indebted member of Congress, on balance. Of their 10 Most Indebted list, 8/10 are Democrats. Not a stellar example of fiscal discipline. Nor leadership by example.
A fair political observer may dismiss claims by this Vice President, who once claimed “President Roosevelt” got “on TV” to reassure people “when the stock market crashed” (that’s a TRIPLE FAIL on office, medium, and timeline if you’re keeping a fact check tally). But as Biden rightly said in the very same synapse misfire, “Part of what a leader does… is demonstrate that he knows what [they’re] talking about.”
So then, one can’t help but wonder what top Democrats are talking about when they make claims about either their own values or GOP alternatives. According to Fact Check, the Democrat Party leader’s own claims “throw truth to the wolves”, “manufacture(s) jobs data” and include the 2011 and 2013 “Lie[s] of the Year” on Medicare and Obamacare realities. Not-exactly-conservative Anderson Cooper said her claims exist only “in an alternate universe.”
But let’s not laser focus on what any politician claims. Let us instead focus on what they do.
While Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s own financial situation involves above-necessary incomes coupled with crushing debt (remind you of the country?), her stewardship of the Democrat National Committee (DNC) has been far more devastating.
Going into 2014, nothing could be more telling than the honest assessment delivered by the President’s own left wing friends at the Washington Post:
The RNC has $9.8 million cash on hand, as compared to the DNC’s $5.7 million. The DNC is also continuing to carry a lot of debt — $15.9 million — leftover from the 2012 election cycle.
The DNC has actually seen its debt increase slightly each of the past three months — a time when it should be paying down debt. At the start of the year, it was $15.6 million in debt. Over the past 12 months, the DNC has paid down less than $5 million of the more than $20 million in debt that it began 2013 with.
The RNC has no debt.
On values, on budgets, on leadership through example — this writer says “Bring it On!” to any side by side comparison between the parties heading into 2014.