You go, Joe! From the Huffington Post (sorry):
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden went on a Costco shopping spree Thursday and called for Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts as part of a deal to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”
Biden, who flashed a store membership card as he entered the city’s first Costco on its opening day, said consumer confidence is growing – as demonstrated by the huge crowd at the gleaming new store in Northeast Washington….
“We have a lot we have to settle, but there’s one thing we should all agree on and that’s the middle-class tax cut should be made permanent. I think it’s important Congress acts now, I mean right now,” Biden said at an impromptu news conference at the store, where he was surrounded by shoppers and employees eager to shake hands, take photos and even hug the vice president.
“I’m looking for pies,” Biden announced as he began shopping, helped by Costco employee Ivey Stewart, who was steering his shopping cart around the store.
Biden bought an apple pie, along with a stack of children’s books, a 32-inch Panasonic TV, fire logs and other items. He said the books were intended for a Delaware charity supported by his wife, Jill.
Biden said he was optimistic about reaching a deal to avoid the fiscal crisis and said, “all these folks in this store, man, it’s going to make a difference. Take $2,200 out of their pockets next year, you have a big problem.”
Biden was joined at the store by Costco CEO Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal, who were at the grand opening ceremony earlier in the day…
At the end of his 45-minute visit, Biden thanked reporters for shopping with him. Then, looking down at his overstuffed cart, he joked, “now you know why my wife doesn’t let me shop alone.”
As Kay pointed out this morning, Costco very deliberately treats its staff as a key component in its success. And good for Joe Biden calling the Costco workers ‘middle class’ — leftists and straightedge econs will bristle, but “working class” has been irreparably tainted by decades of GOP propaganda, while “working poor” is considered an oxymoron. In modern America, tragically, “poor” is not considered a financial status, it’s a mindset, and a deplorable one. “Poor” is shiftless ghetto trailer-park trash, content to live in filth and ignorance while demanding a steady stream of oversized HFC snacks and free cell phones. “Middle class” may live next door to those people, but we still have our self-respect / know the meaning of a dollar / have big dreams, for our kids if not ourselves. Nobody wants to be The Poor, and trying to protect decent wages and ‘entitlements’ as a necessary gift from ‘real Americans’ to The Poor is very bad marketing.