• Well, I assumed welfare reform and the crime bill b/c that is what is always brought up by Obama supporters whenever they go on the spiel that Bill Clinton BETRAYED African-Americans etc, etc, etc.

    How could you make college grants and loans permanent? That's all in the budget. When you have a Republican President and a Republican Congress, there are consequences as well there should be. Do we want there not to be economic consequences when Republicans are in control of EVERYTHING? What would be the incentive for people to vote for Democrats if they don't feel a difference b/w Democratic and Republican rule? Remember, the 2000s was the FIRST time that Republicans had control of all branches of government since the 1890s I believe.

    The only way that you could make college grants and loans permanent is if the government created a separate self-funding mechanism like social security. Maybe we could create a college insurance program, but that's not likely. Not all people go to college. There are some jobs that don't require a college education. Would people who don't attend college support a college insurance program?

    No, there should be some consequences when people choose Republicans over Democrats. So, no I STRONGLY disagree with your thesis that we should make all programs permanent regardless of who's in the White House....

  • With his characteristic humor and wit, Rangel takes it all in stride. But his charming smile dissolves into anger and dismay when he talks about the hard, cold realities of the drug war. He rattles off anecdote after anecdote, depressing statistics after statistic. He is outraged because gangs that operate as armed "crack" distributorships were responsible for 387 murders in Los Angeles alone in 1987, even more in 1988.

    He is outraged because already impoverished inner-city neighborhoods are being paralyzed by drug dealers who control the streets and terrorize the residents, who turn children into drug couriers and stifle operation of the few remaining businesses.

    He is further outraged by the fact that cocaine overdose complaints at hospital emergency rooms have soared more than 700 percent since 1983 and that "crack" complaints rose 15-fold between 1984 and 1987.

    He is outraged because a number of heroin addicts who seek help are being "pumped up" with methadone. "It's a crime to give these kids a drug that is more addictive than heroin itself," he says.

    He is outraged because the "politically powerful men of God" won't put drugs on their agenda and because they aren't screaming about the babies being born to teenage-addict parents. "All these people are talking about protecting the world against communism and the Soviets, and they talk about abortion and peace and goodwill and Christ... How dare them let this happen to our children and not scream with indignation!"

    He is outraged that policemen are shooting each other as well as drug dealers as they take orders from rival gangs to eliminate the opposition.

    He is outraged that there has even been debate on the possibility of legalizing drugs which, he says, would be "moral and political suicide."

    "When you see what is happening to American youth," Rangel says with compassion, "when you see what is happening to America, when you see the type of contamination that corrupts our police departments and criminal justice system, one might suspect that this would be enough to alert us that this thing can get worse--and it will get worse before it gets better. Yet, the folly of not doing anything is something I will never, never ever understand.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1 077/is_n5_v44/ai_7405467

  • the empowerment zones that invested tax dollars in poor communities. They have lasted.

    I'm guessing that you're talking about welfare reform and the crime bill when you say that Clinton let the GOP erode everything that we have accomplished for minorities since the 1960s. First, I think that statement is WAY over the top. There are MANY minorities, AA included, who have NEVER been on welfare or been arrested for drugs/other crimes. I am one of them. Memmbers of my family have never experienced those things either. As far as I can remember, the NAACP and other organizations were fairly neutral about welfare reform, b/c more whites were on welfare than AAs. As for the disparity b/w cocaine and crack, wasn't AA legislators like Charlie Rangel who pushed that legislation after the Len Bias incident? Weren't there some AA--particularly middle class AA who got tired of the crack dealers ruining their neighborhoods that wanted to put them away? Or am I recalling the fervor to get criminals off the street incorrectly?

    I think the biggest problem I have with the blogosphere in general is the lack of historical context to people's viewpoints. People have no sense of history--of what politicians back in the day went through, even as late as the 90s.....

  • comment on a post Barack Obama Townhall In Las Vegas over 6 years ago

    It's troubling from your report that Obama supporters booed HRC, but I guess that's primary politics for you. As an AA supporter of HRC, I'm really saddened that these reports that the Clintons are racists now have some resonance within my community. It's sad to see the long-held relationship b/w the Clintons and the AA community destroyed b/c of this campaign. Oh, well, what's done is done....

    Todd, I appreciated your description of the differences in the questions that younger and older people asked. Older people tend to have more at risk than younger people, mortgages, maybe some health problems. They've been around the block. They usually see past the rhetoric and want to focus on substantive things, not an ephemeral feeling about a candidate making them feeling good.

    I would appreciate it if you added Obama's answers to the substantive questions that the older supporters asked, including the Yucca Mountain question. Thanks again for the diary....

  • on a comment on Obama's Dog Whistle Politics over 6 years ago

    what was over the top about my post? He has made comments about her just making tea etc? He's very condescending towards her in his comments, including at last Saturday night's debate.

    So like I said, I don't think that it is over the top to say that his campaign is actively seeking males who like to put down women. Just like some of his supporters on his blog talk about "beating down" Hillary and other forms of aggression/violence. I'm thinking Jaehood and the rest. I'm thinking about that comment by Chris Rock about Hillary at the Apollo Theater. I guess "kudos" should be given to him that he has consolidated these type of supporters for his side....

  • on a comment on Obama's Dog Whistle Politics over 6 years ago

    Yes, all along, Obama has performed significantly well with African American male voters in South Carolina. His support among African American women was divided earlier in the year, but the Oprah events helped him with AA women voters in the past month or so.

  • on a comment on Looks Like Richardson Is Out (?) over 6 years ago

    sorry for the double post....

  • comment on a post Looks Like Richardson Is Out (?) over 6 years ago

    I don't think that he added much to the last debate. That will mean more debate time for Edwards, Clinton and Obama in the upcoming MSNBC and CNN debates which is fine by me.

    It's really funny. I didn't know much about Richardson but I was considering voting for him earlier this year due to his executive experience as Governor. Throughout the year, his debate and forum performances along with his side deal for Obama has totally soured his candidacy to me. If he wants to remain Governor, fine. If he wants to replace Domenici in the Senate, also fine. I'm just glad that he's finally out of the race and will no longer take up valuable time during the debates....

  • comment on a post Looks Like Richardson Is Out (?) over 6 years ago

    I don't think that he added much to the last debate. That will mean more debate time for Edwards, Clinton and Obama in the upcoming MSNBC and CNN debates which is fine by me.

    It's really funny. I didn't know much about Richardson but I was considering voting for him earlier this year due to his executive experience as Governor. Throughout the year, his debate and forum performances along with his side deal for Obama has totally soured his candidacy to me. If he wants to remain Governor, fine. If he wants to replace Domenici in the Senate, also fine. I'm just glad that he's finally out of the race and will no longer take up valuable time during the debates....

  • comment on a post Obama's Dog Whistle Politics over 6 years ago

    aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to help survivors? His campaign obviously wants to set up a comparison b/w HRC and himself. So what specific actions in the SENATE did he perform to help the survivors?

    I'm not surprised that the Obama campaign wants to go down this road. He appeals to the misogny of African-American males--his base. I wouldn't be surprised if his little supporters down in South Carolina started wearing shirts "bros before hos" to REALLY get the point across. He might have Oprah do another swing in South Carolina, saying that Obama is THE ONE and then accuse AA Clinton supporters of being sell-outs if the polls get too close. That's the game plan and they're going to be sticking to it. I hope the media really covers the South Carolina antics of the Obama campaign objectively, instead of giving him the pass that they always give him (particularly MSNBC).

    I hope that there's a nice backlash against him if they show what type of person he really is. Let's see the unfiltered Obama campaign in South Carolina. His schtick might work in South Carolina and other places in the South, but I hope it backfires him in the northeast and the west coast....

  • comment on a post 100 Club Dinner: The Presidentials Speak over 6 years ago

    She sounds really confident and it appears that she has shook off last night's results. It's a new day and a new beginning.

    The speech was very appropriate for a Democratic gathering, which is what this dinner is. She was speaking to her audience. I don't understand why people would complain that she was speaking to the traditional base at a Democratic dinner. Aren't the people there Democrats? It's respectful to the group of Democrats to talk to the base. Oh, well, at mydd, Hillary can do no right and certain other candidates can do no wrong....

    c'est la vie....

  • comment on a post MSNBC Calls Iowa for Obama over 6 years ago

    Your guy won. I'm really surprised. I guess the second choice really hurt HRC.

  • comment on a post MSNBC Needs Email, Matthews Needs Smackdown over 6 years ago

    I use to tivo and watch both Hardball and the weekend Chris Matthews show religiously--that is until his attacks against HRC became so extreme that it destroyed any enjoyment from the shows.

    Success is the best revenge so I'll wait until she wins before I write the nasty e-mail. I want to compile his greatest hits and write a lengthy e-mail not only to his show but MSNBC/General Electric execs along with his advertisers, explaining why a long-time/loyal viewer has decided to switch to CNN.

    After watching CNN instead of MSNBC, I think that it is way more informative than MSNBC. Heck, even Fox News which I watch occassionally is more informative to me than MSNBC. They are the absolute worst in their coverage of HRC. Fox News treats HRC a bit better than MSNBC. CNN is a little bit better than Fox News--that's not saying much but it's something.....    

  • comment on a post MSNBC Needs Email, Matthews Needs Smackdown over 6 years ago

    and then decided to stop and watch something else on tivo. If he's having this meltdown, does he know something that we in the audience don't know? If he was so confident that his favored one you know THE ONE was going to win, wouldn't he be talking him up? I don't get it. We're all supposed to believe that Obama is up by 7 percentage points according to the gold standard poll correct? Then why is Chris sweating the small stuff? I just don't get it. He should be on cloud nine right about now....

  • As a HRC supporter, I'm feeling really good tonight, especially with these latest lowering of expectations comments by the Clinton camp.

    I remember election night 2004 when Pres. Bush and his camp lowered expectations and Howard Fineman and all of the rest of the MSNBC pundits declared that Kerry was the winner. Remember that? All the exit polls were saying that it was a close race but Kerry would win in the end. I'm sensing some deva ju here.

    It's all about microtargeting, people!! Check out what Vilsack said to the Politico recently:

    Former governor spills HRC's secret

    Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who is backing Hillary Clinton, just told me Clinton's secret weapon in Iowa: the Asian and Pacific Islander community here.

    --

    Many of them are boat people," Vilsack said, referring to Vietnamese refugees who came to this country in the years after the fall of Saigon in 1975. "We, in Iowa, opened up our hearts and homes to them."

    In those days, immigration wasn't quite as controversial as it is now.

    Vilsack noted that the community used to vote Republican but that, starting in 1988, the Democrats "made a real effort to reach out to them."

    --

    Though the Asian and Pacific Islander community in Iowa probably numbers no more than 4,000 people, that easily could be the margin of victory here.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/010 8/7693.html

    This all sounds so familiar. Remember when the Bush team won b/c of pockets of evangelicals spread out throughout certain states like Ohio supported them? If you recall, the polls didn't pick up on small subgroups of Amish etc. I think what Vilsack is talking about here is that the Clinton campaign specifically targeted this group of people. I'm going to guess that they are spread out in certain areas of Iowa that will help Clinton win the state.

    Microtargeting, ain't it grand?

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