There was one question asked of Joe Biden in Thursday night's Democratic Presidential debate that will be one of the most memorable.
“Mr. Vice president, I want to come to you and talk to you about inequality in schools and race. In a conversation about how to deal with segregation in schools back in 1975, you told a reporter, ‘I don't feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation and I'll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago,’ “ the moderator, Linsey Davis, began.
“You said that some 40 years ago. But as you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?" Davis asked.
During his answer Biden became clearly flustered.
“Well, they have to deal with the -- look, there's institutional segregation in this country. From the time I got involved, I started dealing with that. Red lining, banks, making sure we are in a position where -- look, you talk about education. I propose is we take is those very poor schools, the title one schools, triple the amount of money we spend from $15 to $45 billion a year. Give every single teacher a raise to equal out the $60,000 level. Number two, make sure that we bring in to help the teachers deal with the problems that come from home.
“The problems that come from home, we have one school psychologist for every 1,500 kids in America today. It's crazy. The teachers are -- I'm married to a teacher, my deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them," Biden continued.
“We have, make sure that every single child does, in fact, have 3, 4 and 5-year-olds go to school. School. Not day care, school. We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It's not want they don't want to help, they don't know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television -- excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the phone -- make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school -- a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time they get there," Biden said.
Biden was then mercifully interrupted, “Thank you, Mr. Vice president.”
“No, I'm going to go like the rest of them do, twice over, Ok?” Biden retorted. “Because here's the deal. The deal is that we've got this a little backwards. By the way, in Venezuela, we should be allowing people to come here from Venezuela. “
“I know Maduro. I've confronted Maduro. You talk about the need to do something in Latin America. I'm the guy that came up with $740 million, to see to it those three countries, in fact, changed their system so people don't have to chance to leave. You're acting like we just discovered this yesterday.”
Sheesh. Ok Joe.
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