December 24, 2008
Vice President-elect Joe Biden has been named by President-elect Obama to oversee a panel charged with strengthening the middle class.
Honestly, are we at the point that no one can do anything for themselves without government? How did people become middle class in the first place? They elevated themselves from poverty. And how did people move out of the middle class to become prosperous? Through a system called capitalism that gave them the opportunity to make better lives for themselves.
Now comes Joe Biden, who has been in Congress for three decades. What does he know about starting or building a business, making payroll and working your way up from the bottom? Very little.
Capitalism has offered Americans an opportunity to be anything their work skills and work ethic allow them to be. We don’t need a panel to tell us that. What we need is government to get out of the way and stop over-taxing and overregulating. That’s the best thing that could happen to the middle class, or any class.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.