Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, and as is the norm with Democrats, his speech was mostly devoid of facts and truth. Here are the five biggest lies Biden told in his fact-challenged speech.
1. His “middle class Joe” nickname is meant to be derogatory.
“I know I’m called middle class Joe and in Washington, that’s not meant as a compliment,” Biden said. “It means you’re not sophisticated.”
According to who, exactly? As The Weekly Standard pointed out in 2012, it’s not known how exactly Biden received that moniker. However, Biden’s Delaware home at the time was estimated to be worth over $2.8 million and Biden and his wife once reported assets ranging from $239,000 to $866,000. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t like the nickname – Biden isn’t exactly the model for the middle-class lifestyle.
2. Biden made a statement about the economy that was simply not accurate. At all.
“Not only, not only do we have the largest economy in the world, we have the strongest economy in the world. We have the most productive workers in the world,” said Biden.
This statement was completely eviscerated by leftist fact-checkers. According to The Washington Post:
The United States ranks third in worker productivity, out of the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD countries are the largest economies in the world. The OECD measure of productivity is GDP per hour worked, or “how efficiently labor input is combined with other factors of production and used in the production process.” Luxembourg and Norway ranked higher than the United States in 2014, the last full year of data, and have done so for many years.
CNN’s fact-checking team also pointed out that productivity growth has been on the decline. They found that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after “averaging 1.9% growth from 2004 to 2009, [productivity growth] slowed to 0.6% per year on average from 2010 to 2015.”
3. Biden repeated the oft-cited myth that before Obamacare, there were vast swaths of people without health insurance.
In an attempt to puff up Clinton as “middle class” Hillary, Biden blustered: “Hillary understood that for years, millions of people went to bed staring at the ceiling, thinking oh my God what if I get breast cancer, or he has a heart attack. I will lose everything, what will we do then?”
As Biden would say, his statement is “a bunch of malarkey.” According to a 2009 USA Today/Gallup poll, 85 percent of Americans in 2009 had health insurance and were content with it, and half of the 15 percent who were uninsured were happy with their current medical care. In fact, a 2008 Centers for Disease Control survey found that two percent of uninsured Americans were uninsured because they chose to be.
That’s not to say there weren’t people out there having the concerns that Biden outlined, but there were already programs like Medicaid available to help those truly in need. Obamacare was a solution to a vastly overstated problem that has resulted in the undermining of the American healthcare system.
Also, Clinton could care less about about the plight of the common man.
4. Biden said that Trump is the least qualified candidate to ever handle foreign policy.
“No major party, no major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less has been less prepared to deal with our national security,” Biden said.
There’s no question that Trump is a foreign policy illiterate and an isolationist in the Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul mold, but was Barack Obama any better equipped to handle foreign policy? A big crux of his foreign policy is shaped through Obama’s inexperience, and the results have been disastrous worldwide. At least Trump is willing to use the term “radical Islam.”
5. Biden always means what he says.
“Folks, whatever doubts, I mean what I say. But sometimes I say all that I mean,” Biden said.
Not only is it incoherent, it’s false given Biden’s penchant for lying, as Mediaite’s Alex Griswold chronicles here. Biden has even repeatedly lied that the truck driver who killed his wife and daughter in a car accident was drinking prior to the incident.
Biden is, of course, also incredibly gaffe-prone:
And yet he means what he says, supposedly.