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Who Vetted This Guy?

Joe Biden released ten years of tax returns. (In the open-book department the Obama camp is delinquent so I’m not sure what the point of this is.) But Scranton, we have a problem. From TaxProf Blog:

Joe Biden today released ten years of his personal income tax returns, drawing further attention to the tax issues raised by Sarah Palin’s tax problems associated with her per diem reimbursements while governor of Alaska. I wonder, though, if the move might backfire because the returns show that the Bidens have been amazingly tight-fisted when it comes to their charitable giving. Despite income ranging from $210,432 – $321,379 over the ten-year period, the Bidens have given only $120 – $995 per year to charity, which amounts to 0.06% – 0.31% of their income.

A handy chart follows. I’m sure this isn’t what the Obama camp had in mind when they refashioned the man who spent three decades in Washington riding to and from home on taxpayer subsidized Amtrak into A Man of The People. Perhaps he could have learned something from all his running mate’s high-minded talk last night at the National Service Forum about helping his fellow man.