Biden Aggressively Defends Upper Class Tax Raise

| Fri Sep. 19, 2008 12:56 PM EDT

From the department of you-don't-see-that-everyday, here's a politician running for national office willing to stick to his guns on a tax raise:

Katie Couric: Your vice presidential rival, Governor Palin, said "To the rest of America, that's not patriotism. Raising taxes is about killing jobs and hurting small businesses and making things worse."
Joe Biden: How many small businessmen are making one million, four hundred thousand—average in the top 1 percent. Give me a break. I remind my friend, John McCain, what he said—when Bush called for war and tax cuts—he said, it was immoral, immoral, to take a nation to war and not have anybody pay for it. I am so sick and tired of this phoniness. The truth of the matter is that we are in trouble. And the people who do not need a new tax cut should be willing, as patriotic Americans, to understand the way to get this economy back up on their feet is to give middle class taxpayers a break. We take the tax cut they're getting and we give it to the middle class.

Points for courage, certainly. More on the taxes-as-patriotism line from Jonathan Cohn.