We all know that Vice President Joe Biden makes verbal gaffes from time to time, but where do you draw the line between mundane word vomit and blatantly asinine statements?
During his ongoing visit in China, the vice president had this to say (in prepared remarks) regarding China's controversial "one-child" policy:
“But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable. So hopefully we can act in a way on a problem that’s much less severe than yours, and maybe we can learn together from how we can do that."
Now let's examine why this "gaffe" is much more serious than asking a paraplegic to stand for a round of applause. Life News explains:
The one-child policy, instituted by the Communist government in the late 1970s to stem rising population, compels couples in urban areas to have just one child and limits couples in rural areas to two children if the first child is a girl, as girls are seen as having lesser value than boys in some parts of the Asian nation.
The policy has stirred global controversy since it was implemented, as it has resulted in massive campaigns of forced abortions and sterilizations, fines for families violating the rule, sentences to prison and forced labor camps for violators and their families who shelter them from government officials, home detention, loss of jobs or government benefits, beatings and other human rights abuses.
Surely the vice president is aware of this controversy...? If so, how can he "fully understand" it? And in not "second-guessing" it, is he not condoning it?
This episode only further demonstrates the need to get our spending under control. We should not allow our addiction to spending excuse such a garish policy and we cannot let our financial recklessness force us to look the other way when it comes to moral issues.