In Virginia today, Joe Biden was characteristically outspoken about Romney-Ryan plans for the House Republican budget and Wall Street regulation:
“They've said it. Every Republican's voted for it. Look at what they value, and look at their budget [the Ryan Plan]. And look at what they're proposing.
He [Romney] said in the first hundred days, he's going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains.”
UPDATE: Republicans were having a pure hissy fit over Vice President Biden’s use of the word “chains”[known in grade school as “they can dish it out, but they can’t take it”], so he tried to clarify the “chains” remark by putting it in further context. ABC News, emphasis mine:
In a speech in Wyethville, Va., on Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden attempted to clarify comments he made at a stop in Danville that morning in which he said Mitt Romney will try to “put y’all back in chains” by deregulating Wall Street, a remark the Republican nominee called “outrageous.” The vice president said he misspoke and intended to use the word “unshackle,” which has been used by the GOP in the past.
“We don’t have to imagine anymore. The details are there. Here’s what Congressman Ryan said. He said, ‘We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy.’ The Speaker of the House said, used the word ‘unshackled’ as well, referring to their proposals. The last time these guys unshackled the economy, to use their term, they put the middle class in shackles. That’s how we got where we are,” Biden said in Wyethville.
“I’m told that when I made that comment earlier today in Danville, Virginia, the Romney campaign put out a tweet. You know, tweets these days? Put out a tweet, went on the airwaves saying, ‘Biden, he’s outrageous in saying that,’ I think I said instead of ‘unshackled,’ ‘unchained.’ ‘Outrageous to say that.’ That’s what we had. I’m using their own words. I got a message for them. If you want to know what’s outrageous, it’s their policies and the effects of their policies on middle class America. That’s what’s outrageous,” Biden added.
The reaction from Imani Gandy aka Angry Black Lady, was righteously and scathingly dismissive of Mitt Romney’s reaction to Joe Biden’s use of a slavery metaphor:
“Oh my gawl, you guys, did you hear? Uncle Joe used slavery as a metaphor for what Mitt Romney and Wall Street have planned for us hapless
99 percenters Negroes Latinos immigrants women seniors POCs LGBTersAmericans and the Romney campaign is outraged by the slander! Outraged, I say! This is a new low in politics!”
All fakey Romney hissy fits aside, Joe Biden is right. If Republicans regain power they have very clearly indicated that the middle class will continue to be decimated— both through their stated plans to further deregulate the financial industry (because you, know, it worked so well prior to the financial crisis of 2008), and through the Romney-Ryan budget and tax plan.