- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid, Vice President Joseph R. Biden visited Iowa on Wednesday and struck a passionate, populist note, blasting U.S. corporations and the wealthy who he argues are able to dodge taxes and reap greater profits at the expense of the middle class.

Mr. Biden’s trip to Iowa, home of the first caucus in the presidential primary cycle and a frequent stop for anyone with presidential ambitions, comes less than a week after former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also visited the state. Recent polling of Iowa Democrats has put Mr. Biden a distant second behind Mrs. Clinton, and both have offered strong indications they’ll pursue the Oval Office.

In recent months, each has rolled out a message centered on the struggles of the 99 percent, seeking to tap into frustration toward the wealthy and privileged that now permeates the base of the Democratic party.

“We’re asking all the wrong questions. It’s time to stand up and ask the right questions,” Mr. Biden said during a campaign-style rally in front of Iowa capitol building in Des Moines. The event was organized by Nuns on the Bus, a Catholic group that has pushed for health-care reform, immigration reform and social and economic justice.

“We should be asking the question why CEOs make 333 times more than their average employee,” the vice president continued. “Look folks, there’s nothing inherently bad about corporations or wealthy people. They’re just as patriotic as other folks. But something happened. Things are out of whack. It comes down to a simple question of fairness. Americans have always done best when we act as one America. Because when we do, everyone succeeds.”

The problems Mr. Biden spoke of have grown worse during the Obama administration. Wealth has continued to flow toward the richest Americans while middle-class wages have remained nearly flat.

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