Vice President Joe Biden used a speech at George Washington University to blame Republicans for the country’s income inequality and argue that the House Republican budget would only exacerbate the disparity.

In blunt terms, Biden told students that the Republican Party has shifted over the years and its current policies set forth in the budget created by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., make it tougher, not easier, for middle-class workers and families.

“Show me your budget, I will tell you what you value, my dad would say. What they clearly value, this new Republican Party, is more tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class,” Biden said.

The Ryan budget calls for cutting key domestic programs by about 15 percent and an additional $5.7 trillion in tax cuts — the vast majority of which Biden said “goes into the bank accounts of the very wealthy.”

Before Biden’s remarks were over, Republicans were already pushing back. Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, accused the vice president of “lashing out” to distract from stubbornly high unemployment rates.

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