This is just wrong on so many levels.
As Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden gets Secret Service protection. So do a number of other people.
Joe Biden is actually charging the Secret Service for the privilege of protecting him.
I kid you not.
From The White House Dossier:
Vice President Joe Biden last year earned $20,900 in rental income from the Secret Service, which is paying him to host agents on his property so they can protect him.
Most high-profile people in need of protection pay people to keep them safe. Government officials are allowed to have taxpayers pick up the tab. Biden is unique in that he actually gets paid by his bodyguards for the right to protect him.
Biden’s tax records list rental income of $20,900 from a “cottage” on is property, which is reportedly being leased by the Secret Service and paid for at a rate that could earn him even more money next year.
Biden took deductions for mortgage interest and taxes that allowed him to report only $12,653 of the amount on his federal tax return.
Of course, the Bidens badly need the money. They only had an adjusted gross income of $379,035 last year. This probably also explains why they gave less than 1.5 percent of their income to charity.
Of course, Biden was not the genius that came up with this scheme. Everyone should realize that. Biden is not bright enough.
This scheme was pioneered by none other than Bill and Hillary Clinton. In 2000, when the Clintons left the White House and moved her to New York so she could be a Senator, they wanted to find a way to pay their house note, which ran about $12,000 a month.
As a former President and First Lady, they were entitled to lifetime protection from the Secret Service. So they answer came to them.
The Clintons had a small building on their property; so they charged rent to the Secret Service of, wait you guessed it. $12000 a month.
Of course, Joe Biden is a financial idiot. After all of his years in government service, his net worth is estimated to be somewhere between -$209,000 and $734,000.
This guy has been in government for 40 years drawing a fairly significant salary. He has virtually nothing to show for it. His wife has been a college teacher for thirty years and she has nothing to show for it.
Even Barack Obama figured the game out quickly and with only a few years in government service, he is a multimillionaire.
The fact that Joe Biden has had anything to do with the financial state of this nation is not only terrifying; it explains why we are in such a hole.
And if you ever want proof Barack Obama was worried he might be declared ineligible to be president, look no further than Joe Biden.
It should give every American nightmares to think this clown is only one heartbeat from the Oval Office.
SLO JOE SHOULD PAY AN "HOURLY RATE FOR PROTECTION OF THE SECRET SERVICE". COLLECT RENT FROM THE SECRET SERVICE???? HOW ABOUT THE "GUEST BEDROOM IN THE HOUSE...HOSS...OR PROTECT YOUR DAMN SELF" ???
SHIITE....WHAT A BUNCH OF "BUREAUCRATIC AH'S".
Our dear VP... a devoted catholic??? Yeah right! He is making Dumb and Dumbner Laugh...
Joe must not "devote" allot of money to "The Catholic" cause from whence he cometh !
I bet Jill already knows that she married a "Cheap Skate"....he may charge her rent "Since she is a Civilian".
Biden's financial (and other) ineptitude is NOT a valid reason to refrain from going after Obama for his probable ineligibility! Biden might just be a honest man, which would be a welcome change from the current President....
Prosecute the guilty 1, 2, 3 .
Wake up, Brooks. If he's charging the taxpayers rent on the cottage while the secret service is protecting him and his family, that's hardly being honest in adhering to some expected minimal level of ethics, and it's definitely not decent. You can argue it may be legal, but that's a pathetically low standard for our politicians to be striving to attain.
Thanks for the link to the Thousandaire, Judson!
Makes me happy to know that some such dolts have made even worse decisions along the way than I....
The Clinton's scam of renting an out-house to the Secret Service was certainly inventive! Not surprising that Biden followed their lead in this.
A proper response by the Secret Service would be to set up shop off the property! Surely they could find a more economical location to protect him from. Say, 10 or 50 miles away....
Everyone in the chain of command is guilty, even if only for not reporting the others for their crimes.
Here is the chain of succession:
3. Pelosi (when most of the crimes were committed)
SO DOES THIS MEAN THAT obama and Biden WILL SHARE THEIR WEALTH WITH THOSE THAT ARE 'NOT' WEALTHY?? THE 99 %??? WHERE ARE THE OWS??? SHOULDN'T THEY BE LINING UP NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THEIR PROTESTS AND SIGNS??
CAN I HEAR " LETS SHARE THE WEALTH" FROM Biden and obama!
Good point, Virginia. Conservatives should be answering Joe's comments about stepping up and contributing by demanding that he give at least 15% of his income to charity in order to avoid being called greedy.
Obama took a huge amount of deduction for a home mortgage, and his house in Chicago shows it was foreclosed On. So what is the mortgage interest for?