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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:11 PM
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What is Obama's position on reparations?
I don't recall anyone ever asking him about that, I would be interested in his answer.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:12 PM
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1. What's your position on it?
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:19 PM
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8. We should tax every person who owned slaves to pay the slaves while they're still alive.
My first European ancestor in the New World came here as a slave in 1650. He was a prisoner of war sold as an "endentured servent" as the English called their Scot slaves.
I'm not convinced anyone owes me any money for that.
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lligrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:13 PM
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2. Why Only Obama? How About Hillary's Or McCain's? nt
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FARAFIELD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:14 PM
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3. this thread will die
Under our new pledge
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:15 PM
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4. It was an issue when Obama ran for Senate.
Back when he was just a nobody from nowhere.
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enid602 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:15 PM
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5. debt
Edited on Sun Mar-23-08 06:16 PM by enid602
The debt we've incurred will already be more of a reparation than we can possibly hope to pay.
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:16 PM
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6. ..
:popcorn:
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leftofcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:16 PM
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7. I had heard back when he was a state senator
that he was against it but you might want to google this and get blog opinions.
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Yael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:22 PM
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9. This was asked during the YouTube debates last August (?)
Edited on Sun Mar-23-08 06:23 PM by Yael
Kucinich was the only one on the dais in favor. Everyone else had some shade of the same response -- invest the money into schools and teachers.

ETA -- you can see this on YouTube. Last I looked for that debate, they had every question sectioned off into its own vid so that you could see all responses.
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GrantDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:23 PM
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10. wow???
:popcorn:
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:23 PM
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11. Halliburton, KBR & R, SAIC, Blackwater, and Bechtel should all be looted of
their war profiteering and be made to pay for the wounds of the innumerable Iraqi and American victims.

But oh Gee Halliburton just took the money and ran off to Dubai.

"So. . .?"

Unbelievable really
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:23 PM
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12. Uh...why is this even an issue?
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:28 PM
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15. It will be this fall, I would guess. I heard one of the radio
Repubs making a big issue about it the other day. So I would imagine the subject will come up.
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:34 PM
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18. obama has already says he's against them. if asked again, i'm sure he'll say the same.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:30 PM
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22. It's an issue because you can bet the Republicans
will bring it up. O'Reilly and his kind will find some radical black "leader" such as Malik Shabazz who will come on their show to demand reparations. Also I think John Conyers has introduced a bill to study reparations (http://www.house.gov/conyers/news_reparations.htm ) I don't know if he's endorsed Obama but it wont take that for the pugs to make this a more divisive issue than it is already.

The Democratic party and Barack Obama need to think how they will handle the issue once the pugs go on the attack.
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:24 PM
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13. Someone asked what my position was
Well I guess you could justify it, then again I as a white guy have been laid off, locked off my job and had three pension plans stolen from by other rich white guys. Another thing where in the hell would we get the money, barrow it from China?
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:24 PM
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14. I believe his position is the same as Clinton and McCain's: against
And thank God too. What a tinderbox that would open up.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:26 PM
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21. One way to ensure a landslide McCain victory should
Obama receive the nomination, is for the Republicans to start the meme that Barack Obama supports taxing working Americans to pay slave reparations. It wont matter whether it's true or false (witness the swiftboaters and still the number of people who call into CSPAN saying Obama is a Muslim..as if that is a disqualifying factor from being president of the US)

Oh and it just might start a race war as well.
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ellacott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:38 PM
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25. Talk of reparations might start a race war?
I think you're hoping that would happen. What's with you?
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:43 PM
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27. No, I am not hoping that would happen, oh trust me
on that one.

I don't think giving reparations would have any reparative effect on already strained racial relations, however.

I don't think one rights to wrongs of history by making those alive in the present pay for them. I think one way to right the wrongs of history for all poor people, black and white would be to ensure a free college or vocational education. Some Ivy League schools are doing this but it's very difficult for lower income students to get into the Ivy League. When we spend so much money on one bomber I know this country can come up with a way to pay for every student's college or vocational education.
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ellacott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:52 PM
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30. I agree that a payment to blacks is not the answer
I also agree that if there were to be any type of reparations it would go towards education. Most people who do support reparations also endorse this idea.

Very few people are advocating for a check to all black people.
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Rageneau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:31 PM
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16. He had better not answer. And if he answers, he'd better lie.
Fortunately for him, I think he already knows those things.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:33 PM
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17. I don't think that squares with his call for an end to victimization and history being...
the end-all excuse for not taking personal responsibility for one's life & future; it's a somewhat Reagan-esque point of view i.e. "Let them vote with their feet.", etc, but whatever the color of it this is The New World Order so vote, vote early, and be happy
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:34 PM
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19. He is against them. Next question?
:eyes:
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cooolandrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 06:35 PM
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20. Ain't going to happen.America is stoney broke and I imagine he wants 2 terms.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:32 PM
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23. He said he was going to buy me some koolaid...
:smoke:
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Johnny__Motown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:34 PM
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24. have you asked Hillary this question? No?? why not? Do you only ask black people that?
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:39 PM
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26. What a wonderfully divisive, race baiting question!
bye!
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monicaaida Donating Member (172 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:43 PM
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28. here
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 10:44 AM
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31. Now thanks, you answered my question without
the moronic name calling usally spewed out by the Obama supporters. I will say again many of the Obama supporters have done their candidate more harm than good by their knee jerk attacks on anyone that even asked a question. The reason I asked the question in the first place I heard one of the right-wingers on the radio trying to stir up his audience on the issue. So now I know it was just more Republican BS like the Muslim stuff. The worry I have is every little thing they bring out pushes a button with a certain percentage of the people, they push enough buttons they may end up winning. I also know if there is way to lose an election the Democrats usually find it.
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blonndee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-23-08 07:44 PM
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29. What is Hillary's position? Since this is clearly NOT a race-baiting question.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 10:52 AM
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32. Race baiter. Just vote for McCain and stop
wasting the time of good democrats. That goes for your 2 recommenders also.
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