Monday, August 1, 2011

Biden Being Paid To Be Protected...?

Last year, Vice President Joe Biden said that paying higher taxes was the patriotic thing to do. He thought everyone should do more to get more revenue for the government.

Today it was announced that Joe Biden is collecting $2200 a month in rent from the Secret Service. Apparently the detail which protects him, any of whom would take a bullet to keep him safe, is living in a cottage on Biden’s property and the Secret Service is paying rent to Vice President Biden for them to live there.

As you all know by now, I’m a big proponent of capitalism and free enterprise. So I can certainly understand Biden wanting to collect rent for a property he owns. But these people are there to keep him alive. They are bound by duty and oath to step between him and an assassin, to take the bullet and give their lives to keep Joe Biden safe. So he’s collecting a couple grand a month to house these people who would die to save him?

Somehow, in my warped, conservative mind, that doesn’t sound very patriotic to me. So why is there no condemnation from the left about this? Risking your very life to protect a politician is pretty darn patriotic in my book. So why does the government have to put money in Biden’s bank account to keep him safe? I’m thinking that while it may not be illegal, or even technically unethical, it’s at least immoral. To take money from the very people who are there to protect you doesn’t seem very patriotic. It makes me wonder just how sincere Joe Biden really is.

Want people to be more enthusiastic about paying higher taxes, Mr. Vice President? Start by NOT taking rent money from the agency assigned to keep you alive. And what happens if they don’t pay the rent? Will you evict them?

Things that make you go “Hmmmmmm”.

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