Joe Biden’s niece has managed to avoid jail time after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in a credit card scam. Caroline Biden, 30, took a plea deal at the Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City and pleaded guilty to stealing $110,810 with a borrowed credit card to go on a shopping spree, the New York Post reported. In exchange for a guilty plea, a judge sentenced Caroline to two years probation under the condition that she stay out of trouble and pay back the money she stole. Her attorneys declined to comment on the plea.
It makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. What are politics and government as we know them? Legalized plunder. Morally speaking, what’s the difference between a career politician like Caroline’s Uncle Joe, who spent five decades using unearned power to shift massive amounts of earned wealth to those who did not earn it, and Caroline Biden, who merely drops the pretense and skips the middleman? And of course the legalized plunderers with clout will take care of their own, even when one of their own goes the more obvious and illicit route.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m as disgusted by this as anyone who’s not a Democrat. But there’s no basis for surprise, shock or outrage. The real outrage happens every day of the week when members of both parties take what’s not theirs and uses it to bribe, blackmail and otherwise cajole others with the looted plunder. These little scandals with these little people, these Caroline Bidens who really don’t have anything else to produce or live for, are part and parcel of a much bigger and more corrupt picture that too many of us have permitted to go on for way too long.
Biden’s niece asked to borrow a credit card from the unnamed victim so she could make a $672 purchase. Instead, Caroline opened an account at Bigelow Pharmacy in New York and spent over $100,000 on store purchases from April 2015 to June 24, 2016. Police arrested Caroline May 5 and charged her with grand and petit larceny. She pleaded guilty to both charges Friday. Caroline, who has a history of abusing drugs and alcohol, also had a run-in with the law in 2013 when got into a fight with a roommate over rent and hit a police officer. She was arrested on charges of harassment, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice. She also managed to avoid jail in that case when the court ordered that her charges be dropped after six months so long as she stayed out of trouble and remained in the Delray Beach, Florida rehab facility where she was staying for three additional months.
When you subsidize something, you will get more of it. When you shield people from any and all consequences of their behavior, you make them comfortable with repeating that behavior. And of course the Biden family is like this. They do internally what we already know they do externally, with the world. They reward people for their negligence and malfeasance in exchange for power, fame and wealth gained through connection and pull.
Ben Franklin and America’s other founders gave us “a republic, if you can keep it.” Sadly, we’ve lost it to the likes of people like the smiling and fraudulent Bidens. We lost it because we decided, along the way, to tolerate the rule of corrupt people in exchange for the false, addiction-like concept of the something-for-nothing mentality embodied by the socialistic welfare-entitlement state. That’s on us — not the Bidens.
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