CURL: No go for Joe in 2016

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Sure, those are pretty funny. But then there are the gaffes that aren’t simply the result of a brain misfire and are truly terrifying. Like: “Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” and, during the last campaign against Republicans, “How they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years?”

This week brings more to pile onto the horror that the working-man’s vice president charges rent to the Secret Service to use a cottage adjacent to his waterfront home in Wilmington, Del. He and his entourage spent $460,000 for a single night in London earlier this year. And they spent another $585,000 for a night at a five-star hotel in Paris. The stays came amid the crisis in Washington over the budget.

What’s more, he flies to Delaware nearly every weekend — first from his taxpayer-funded home in Washington on a chopper to an Air Force base, then on Air Force Two. The weekly jaunts have cost Americans more than $4 million so far (according to an article on the Newsmax website).

No, Joe’s free ride is about to come to an end. And it’s about time.

• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter at @josephcurl.

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