Wow

Every now and then I think maybe people like Monica are just a tad sensitive about racism. C'mon. It's JUST not that bad. And then I read stuff like this and I think maybe it's worse than that.

If you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, you know, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.

--Bill Bennett

Yes, that's the Bill Bennett. The former Secretary of Education. One of the Guys Who Held a Buncha Power in this country... now he says he was trying on a bit of Jonathan Swift. Hmmm. I don't think he got the point of a Modest Proposal.

Update: NO, I don't think he was actually proposing the abortions, silly person. The part that misses the boat, that makes the remarks pure, dag nasty evil is equating black with crime. I haven't seen him deny that one.

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So? Anyone coming up with any answers for Amy? She has ten days. . . .

Comments

  1. When I say dumb shit like that I generaly preface it by announcing that I am talking out of my ass. It's that gambling addiction of his. He's unhinged ... still.

    I have no solution for A. It sounds like a catch-22.

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  2. Black folks couldn't stand Ronald Reagan in general and whites never understood why. We savvy folks like Reagan who can blithely appoint Secretary of Education like Bennett. BushCo is even worse than Reagan was. Lord help us.

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  3. I posted an edea for Amy, I thought--but it's not up there.

    The feds under Clinton have a grant that states can cover children by Medicaid. BushCo is seeking to cut it to give more tax cuts to the extremely wealthy, but for now, and if the good Lord willing, Americans find their brains and get more Dems in congress next election, those evil and ruthless people won't be able to get health benefits for children slashed. Even Kansas has a program, Healthwave.

    The earning allowances are higher than regular Medicaid, although the coverage is the same. Amy can work part time and qualify her child. If she works part time at a hospital or other very large institution, they often provide health benefits to their part-time employees. Smaller institutions will likely not provide health care bennies at all, so she should avoid them.

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  4. It's a sad, sad day when you find yourself longing for the days of Reagan. Bill Bennett's comment is, obviously, heinous, but what's worse is I bet some Americans agree with him. Repulsive people. Repulsive government.

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  5. Holy.
    Fucking.
    SHIT.

    I cannot believe that tripe actually escaped the mouth of a (supposedly) human being. Stunned and sickened. Do people not hear how utterly fuckwitted they sound when this sort of crap escapes their lips?

    Rhetorical question. Obviously not. I have no words for this.

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  6. "Update: NO, I don't think he was actually proposing the abortions, silly person. The part that misses the boat, that makes the remarks pure, dag nasty evil is equating black with crime. I haven't seen him deny that one."

    He hasn't denied it because he doesn't GET that equating black skin with crime is a problem. HE thinks we're upset because WE think he's advocating aborting all black babies.

    It hasn't even occurred to him that stating "BLACK" equals "CRIMINAL" isn't okay.

    This would be the walking, talking definition of a racist.

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  7. Well, naturally, black = crime. Duh! Just like Jewish = money-hungry, Asian = smart, Italian = mobster, white = successful, Hispanic = illegal alien, and British = snob. No one is ever anything other than exactly what they seem. Stereotypes are all true. If they weren't, why are they so pervasive? We all know that stupidity doesn't spread--only correct, reasonable, logical, deeply-considered ideas get passed along to our children.

    And just in case it's not utterly clear (because with type, there's no inflection, and you can't see my face) that would be sarcasm.

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  8. Asshat.....but that's definitely better than Sen. Erwin spouting off on Katrina being God's wrath!

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