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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:19 AM
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Bill Bennett to African Americans: "You're dragging us down"
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 06:39 AM by Cocoa
He's telling blacks, you should be grateful to white people like me that oppose abortion.

If we anti-choice white people were acting only in our self-interest, we wouldn't even allow you to exist.

Imagine how good we could have it without you dragging us down, think of the crime rate, think of the test scores!

But, we are so full of virtue that put our ideals over the security of our property, and we share space on earth with you (please stay out of my nice suburb, however).


edit: these are not Bennett's words, they're my interpretation of his attitude.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:24 AM
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1. Does anyone have the crime statistics
for 2002, 2003 or 2004 (by race/ethnicity)? I'd also like to see white collar crime stats.
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:25 AM
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2. I'm glad Pelosi and Reid
jumped on this immediately.

Notice that those fuckers at the GOP still haven't said a thing about this?

Any minority that votes republican is a fuckin idiot. I say this as a minority...
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:32 AM
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3. Bennett was just wondering about Bush's response
asked, will Bush distance himself from me?
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DIKB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:53 AM
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12. I'm a minority
and I say it too, and add on to it. Minorities, homosexuals, women, poor people, true christians, and non-christians who vote for rethugs are fucking idiots.
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sabbat hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:33 AM
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4. link
link to story please.

thanks
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:35 AM
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5. This from the former head of the Dept. of Education?
Someone needs to put him out of his misery.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:37 AM
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6. Don't think he said these words - just that they are implied
in his earlier statement. Though with BillieBoyBennett it is hard to tell.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:44 AM
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9. Here are the pathetic words Bennett said:
Former Republican Education Secretary, Bill Bennett stated on his radio program yesterday that,

"if you wanted to reduce crime, you could - if that were your sole purpose - abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:57 AM
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13. he prefaced those comments with the phrase "I know this to be true"
expressing his belief in the certainty of the statement he was about to make. Disgusting bigot.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:45 AM
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10. Dupe-oops!
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 06:46 AM by babylonsister
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:03 AM
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14. He also used to be Drug Czar.
Another position in which he could disproportionately attack African-Americans.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:22 AM
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16. do you remember the timing of his "drug czar" position
wonder if it coincides with the whole story (broke in the SJ Merc News, later forced to be backed away from, and recently the author of the series committed suicide) - per intentional importation of cocaine converted to crack (to make it affordable - and spread it across inner cities) - in order to earn more $$ to funnel back to the Contras in Nicaragua?
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:28 AM
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18. Actually, I never connected those dots until you mentioned it.
Interesting point, salin.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:32 AM
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19. it never before occured to me
til you reminded me of his stint.

I think the timing of the allegations were around 1986 (not the timing of the story breaking that was in the 1990s, but the timing of the efforts to spread crack into urban centers).

That is around the time Bennet did his ed sec stint. I just don't recall how quick the turnaround was for him from one position to the other - or if it was under bushsr that he did Drug Czar.
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bos1 Donating Member (997 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:37 AM
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7. Fire Bennett, activist resources, www.firebennett.cjb.net ... nt
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:43 AM
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8. Oliphant is giving him hell
on Imus.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:51 AM
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11. his comments are here (posted earlier on DU)


Thu Sep-29-05 12:28 AM
Original message
Moral Outrage Czar Bennet: Aborting Black Babies Would Lower Crime Rate

Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 12:29 AM by BurtWorm

According to Media Matters:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200509280006

From the September 28 broadcast of Salem Radio Network's Bill Bennett's Morning in America:

CALLER: I noticed the national media, you know, they talk a lot about the loss of revenue, or the inability of the government to fund Social Security, and I was curious, and I've read articles in recent months here, that the abortions that have happened since Roe v. Wade, the lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30-something years, could fund Social Security as we know it today. And the media just doesn't -- never touches this at all.

BENNETT: Assuming they're all productive citizens?

CALLER: Assuming that they are. Even if only a portion of them were, it would be an enormous amount of revenue.

BENNETT: Maybe, maybe, but we don't know what the costs would be, too. I think as -- abortion disproportionately occur among single women? No.

CALLER: I don't know the exact statistics, but quite a bit are, yeah.

BENNETT: All right, well, I mean, I just don't know. I would not argue for the pro-life position based on this, because you don't know. I mean, it cuts both -- you know, one of the arguments in this book Freakonomics that they make is that the declining crime rate, you know, they deal with this hypothesis, that one of the reasons crime is down is that abortion is up. Well --

CALLER: Well, I don't think that statistic is accurate.

BENNETT: Well, I don't think it is either, I don't think it is either, because first of all, there is just too much that you don't know. But I do know that it's true 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, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.

Audio clip:

http://mediamatters.org/static/audio/bennett-2005092800 ...
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:24 AM
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17. CB says Bennett isn't a "productive citizen" and he should STFU. eom
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:20 AM
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15. He is a deeply disturbed, delusional man ...
I don't need statistics to tell me that.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:38 AM
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20. "Take back your black babies, your poor, your agnostics & liberals. . "
This is god's country. White, right, rightist and evangelical. Oh, but we get to keep the casinos.
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