"We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said. Of those who would pay more, he said: "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."
The first thing to note is how he says he wants to "take" money. I believe him when he selects that particular terminology. It's a very fitting choice, when considering the very nature of government.
Secondly, I will take every check the government gives me, because I know I have paid them far more than they will ever rebate to me. But, I don't think it's particularly fair to snatch it out of the man's hands who can create jobs with that money, or will cut a job because the government took just enough to cause a layoff or two at that man's company.
Lastly, have we returned to the strategy of FDR, who painted those that opposed his unreal tax rates as "unpatriotic"? It would appear that we are. Remember, the Mellon tax trial?