V.P. Joe Biden: 'There Isn't a Republican Party'
Are we getting to the point where it's completely pointless to listen to Vice President Joe Biden - except for laughs? Perhaps, we've already crossed that bridge, but take a look at his latest remarks about the GOP.
Biden spoke at a Democratic retreat in Maryland on February 14, where he declared:
"There isn't a Republican party. I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican party. I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done."
Uh, what does that mean? Patrick Gleason at Forbes was equally perplexed by this statement, especially when it's not based on reality.
[M]ost Americans live in a state that is completely governed by Republicans. In 2014, Republicans have the governorship and entire control of the state legislature in 24 states, whereas Democrats have total control of only 13 states. Over 157 million Americans, more than half of the U.S. population, live in places where Republicans run all of state government, whereas just under 82 million people live in Democrat-controlled blue states.
Not only are there more states under unified partisan control than at any time in more than a half century, the two parties are taking states in diametrically opposite directions from a policy standpoint, and it's leading to quite the contrast in economic outcomes.
So, how different are Republican and Democratic-run states?
Every year, the non-partisan Tax Foundation puts out the State Business Tax Climate Index, which looks at every state's tax structure and ranks them on their conduciveness to economic growth and job creation. Of the ten states with the best business tax climates in the country, six of them are completely run by Republicans, whereas none of the top ranked states are under unified Democrat control. Meanwhile, six of the ten states with the worst business tax climates in the nation are under total Democrat control.