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RUSH: Vice President Bite Me said, “The middle class has been buried the last four years,” at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. This happened yesterday. In fact, we have a couple sound bites here. Let’s see… I want to start with the Democrat convention. I’m gonna go back to September 6th in Charlotte, actually. This is President Obama during his acceptance speech…

OBAMA: And, Joe Biden, thank you for being the very best vice president I could have ever hoped for, and being a strong and loyal friend.

RUSH: Yeah, right on! This is what he gets for it…

BIDEN: This is deadly earnest, man. This is deadly earnest! How they can justify — how they can justify — raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years! How, in Lord’s name?

RUSH: So he just indicts his own administration. He indicts Obama. He indicts the last four years of the regime as having “buried the middle class,” and then compounds it with a lie that Romney’s gonna raise taxes on the middle class. Romney is not gonna raise taxes! This is a huge lie, by the way, that Obama’s getting away with. If anybody’s gonna raise taxes on anybody, it’s Obama, and he’s telling everybody he’s going to do it!

He’s already done it with the mandate for health care. You’re either gonna pay a fine or you’re gonna buy insurance. It doesn’t matter what your income level. You don’t get an exemption from that. There are 1,600 new IRS agents to make sure that you either have health insurance or you pay the fine on your tax return. It’s a tax said the Supreme Court. The administration tried to say it wasn’t a tax, that it was a penalty, a fee. What an unadulterated mess. It’s Obama raising taxes. It isn’t Romney.

Here’s Bite Me out there: “This is deadly earnest, man. … [T]he middle class … has been buried the last four years!” That ought to sink ’em. And here is Paul Ryan yesterday in Burlington, Iowa. He had a reaction to it.

RYAN: Vice President Biden today said that the middle class over the past four years has been quote, “buried.” We agree! That means we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States.

AUDIENCE: (applause)

RYAN: Of course the middle class has been buried! They’re being buried by regulations, they’re being buried by taxes, they’re being buried by borrowing. They’re being buried by the Obama administration’s economic failures.

RUSH: They’re being buried by rising gasoline prices that somehow they don’t associate with Obama. Well, the answer to that is simple. Folks, I hate point it out ’cause I’m not whining, but when gas prices were going up with Bush, that’s all anybody saw. And when troops were being killed in Iraq, that’s all anybody saw. In fact, the media was trying to tell the people of this country that we were in a recession in 2007 when the unemployment rate was 5%! They pounded it day after day after day. But the gas price going up now? The media doesn’t talk about it. In fact, what are stories we get about the gas prices?

“You know, it’s the new normal. This what we need to get used to!”

They don’t think it’s gonna hurt Obama if they don’t report it a certain way.

Jay Leno last night wanted to get in on this Biden business.

LENO: I love this. In a campaign rally in Charlotte, Vice President Joe Biden said, “The middle class … has been buried the past four years.” They’re buried. I’m sorry; which candidate is he campaigning for? I’m confused.

AUDIENCE: (laughter and applause)

RUSH: They’re being buried by Barry. The middle class is buried by Barry. Here’s Stephanie Cutter this morning on the Today show. She’s the big campaign operative for Obama. Savannah Guthrie said, “I want to ask you about Vice President [Bite Me]’s remarks yesterday. Conservatives have seized on them. He said that the middle class ‘has been buried for the last four years.’ Your campaign has pointed out he meant because of Republican policies. That said, do you wish the vice president had chosen different words?”

CUTTER: No, absolutely not! And, in fact, we’ll probably debate this tonight, that the middle class has been pressed over the past four years because of the very same policies that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are promising to go back to. Let’s talk about that tax cut that Mitt Romney won’t tell us how he’s gonna pay for it. That’s a tax cut geared towards the wealthy. He wants to give a $250,000 tax cut to millionaires. But in order to pay for that, even Mitt Romney’s own economists say we’re gonna have to raise taxes on middle class. That’s exactly what crashed the economy and punished the middle class in the first place.

RUSH: This woman couldn’t tell the truth, folks, if her life it depended on it — and I’m not using a cliche there. She literally is incapable of telling the truth. Well, of course it didn’t make sense. It’s mind-boggling. Here we’ve had Obama with his stimulus package and his jobs councils and his job seminars and all this work on jobs and so forth, and somehow the economics of the last he 3-1/2 years are Bush’s fault?

It seems like Obama’s disqualifying himself. If the mess really were created by Bush, hasn’t Obama demonstrated he doesn’t have the ability to fix it? I don’t care how you slice this, Biden has just ended up disqualifying himself and Obama! Either they are responsible for this mess (which they are) or Bush is, in which case they have proven they don’t know how to fix it. Either way, they gotta go.

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