Joe Biden must be hanging out with Barney Frank, because he sure is acting like a stingy gay Jew! Apparently in 2009, the life-long public servant preferred spending money on taking care of his dying mother than donating it to charity! For some reason this counts as breaking news from renowned online-only newspaper The Washington Times:
President Obama earned big money last year and gave more than most to charity, but his second in command was a bit tight-fisted when it came to digging in his own pocket for donations.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, earned $333,000 in 2009, and gave $4,820 — 1.44 percent — of that to charity in cash or in-kind donations, according to their newly released tax forms.
Estimates by charitable organizations show that most givers donate between 3 and 5 percent of their income.
Well, hey, good for most givers! But what does that statistic even mean? Turns out if you dig a little deeper, the only place that “5 percent” number — the one the Times uses as a high-end average — exists is in Utah, the highest-giving state. The national average is actually 2.3 percent of adjusted gross income.
So yes, Joe Biden and his greedy community-college-teacher wife are a bit off the average. True, Dick Cheney used to give millions to charities, but one of his favorite charities was the George Washington University’s Cardiothoracic Institute, which famously kept Cheney alive through his 1 million heart attacks. Plus, if we’re comparing Joe Biden to vice presidents-past, the current veep still hasn’t shot anyone in the face. So there’s that.