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So, can someone tell me again, why we shouldn’t tax the rich, and instead, balance the budget on the backs of everyone else?…….

I seem to be missing that little detail where that all makes sense……

Call it temporary insanity but let’s pretend, let’s just say, …that at one moment in time, if I chose to donate my youth out for my country, to be compensated back in the form of low pay; to completely and unjudgingly offer my fate up to the will of bureaucrats, all for the loss of my own self esteem, all for unending stretches of boredom, sparsed with interludes of a few intense seconds, that fortunately thorough my reactions and training, enabled me to continue living as I do today………….

I could reasonably be expected to be honored for that service to my nation, right?

In a perfect world, that is….

One would think, that in a perfect world, as needs were being debated across the universe of public funding, that a hierarchy resembling this, would sort of be the guideline, if not the rule?

National Heroes…..

over

We, The People…..

over

LLC corporations….

After all, if it weren’t for us, there’s a good chance those LLC. corporations wouldn’t be able to do business in a free and prosperous society, you would think?….

One would think, that if one of these heroes needed medical care, with the tremendous amounts of money being thrown away by our government daily, in the forms of corporate tax breaks enabling corporations to make “record breaking profits”…. that they would be put at the top of the list.. don’t you think?

Sorry, CEO… your operation will have to wait… We have a veteran who is in dire need ahead of you….

In a perfect world….

One would think, that a voucher system would be in place, or a blank check, where any veteran could walk into any hospital, and get immediate, necessary medical attention, have his prescriptions filled as a privilege for his service, and that the bill would be willing be paid by those with monetary resources more than adequate for their own needs?

One would think, (right?)… that it would be CEO’s, those who give pink slips so they can break profit records, those who cut benefits so they can break profit records, those who don’t invest in America so they can break record profits, ….who should be the ones finding themselves regulated to CEO hospitals, where they would then have to settle in on a waiting list for the next opening to occur, where they had to endure budget cutbacks and go without life-saving medicine because there was no money left in the CEO fund, perhaps because it had all gone to Veterans to pay THEIR expenses?

In a perfect world…..

In a perfect world, veterans would need no freebies…. They would not need welfare, or a pension, or a humble stipend to eke an existence… They would be working, contributing to society, in any way they could… If they had no legs, they would be outfitted at corporate’s expense, so that would not be an issue… If they had no arms, they could be outfitted at corporate’s expense so that was not an issue. If they had psychological damage, (and who wouldn’t?) they could be treated at corporate’s expense… so that was not an issue.

If they were so badly damaged that they create an efficiency drain on society, they could be honored for their sacrifice, and a useful voluntary capacity could be created to honor that commitment once made so long ago… Perhaps speaking about serving one’s country in every class, in every school, in every county? Can you think of any better civic’s lesson?

There’s a lot that can be done…

The problem is that veterans are deemed as just another expense…. Because to corporate America, that is just what they are… An expense, an obligation to be met that gets in the way of their making more money…

Unfortunately, our Congress is owned by Corporate America….

What should and does need to happen, is this relationship needs to be exposed. We need to call them out on it…

Republicans and Democrats are both complicit in allowing corporate raiders this unprecedented power. But Republicans are the symbol of Corporate America. Republicans are the ones who championed the Corporate Takeover. Republicans are the ones who dismanteled the safeguards that had been put in place to prevent that takeover from happening. That is why they need to go. Disappear… Whoever is left, the remainder, most likely after seeing the elimination of a large majority of their peers, will think twice before following their Dark Lord, now a soul less wanderer eking existence.. ……

In a perfect world…

Unfortunately, today we need to contend with obscene amounts of money saying Corporate is Good; Government Fairness is Bad….

But we have our lives telling us the opposite… It will take courage and strong will, to override all the overload of sensory data being pipelined into our soul, but we still have hearts, and those hearts are attuned to what makes America special. great, and the best place to live on this earth….

WE can still dream….

And those dreams should include a perfect world… one we CAN make happen, at least for those without whom we would not have the freedom, the resources, the nation, we have today….

Here’s to a perfect world?

I’m printing this article in full: tell me, where in America can you find journalism this “fair and balanced”?

Another crisis in the horizon?

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Winarno Zain, Jakarta | Tue, 07/19/2011 7:00 AM A | A | A |

It seems the world economy has faced endless threats preventing it from sailing smoothly into a strong recovery this year.

First there was the Greek debt crisis that jolted several major banks, and then a political uprising in the Middle East that pushed up oil prices, and then a tsunami in Japan that disrupted manufacturing activities in many countries.

The world economy has not fully dusted off the adverse impacts of these three events. Yet another headwind is looming large on the horizon. This time it is the possible default of the US government of its debt on Aug. 2, if the US Congress fails to approve an increase to its debt ceiling as requested by President Barack Obama. By that date, the US government debt would have reached its maximum allocated limit of US$14.3 trillion.

The current negotiation between representatives of Democratic and Republican parties on the US budget deficit has run into a deadlock, and so the possibility is real that there won’t be any substantial agreements reached, since the dateline is nearing. Major rating agencies such as Standard and Poor, and Moody’s have warned they are ready to downgrade the US government debt rating from top grade AAA.

This would be the first time in 90 years that the US government debt has been downgraded.

It is not hard to imagine what will happen if by Aug. 2 the US government has exhausted its credit ceiling and can not get additional debt to pay for its spending needs.

The US government would have to curb its spending, and because some of these relate to payments to government employees, pensioners and other social benefits, this would strike a severe blow to the consumer spending that is so essential to the US economic recovery.

With debt default and credit rating downgrades, it would be difficult for the US government to get loans. Faced with increasing risk, investors would ask for higher returns for US government bonds. This would push interest rate higher, further depressing the economic recovery.

The US dollar would plunge, triggering a surge in commodity prices and another round of inflation around the world. A deadly combination of inflation and economic stagnation could spin the world economy into a tailspin as happened in the early 1970’s.

How would this worst case scenario affect the Indonesian economy? As capital flows out of the US, investors have tended to seek safe havens elsewhere. Commodities, especially gold and oil, would be their first targets. Emerging markets could be the next destination of this capital flight, depending on the assessment of investors on the strength of its economy and their vulnerability and exposure to the US economic fallout.

But financial crises always result in a loss of confidence and produce negative sentiments in the financial markets. They put financial markets into disarray, and as investors panic, capital starts flowing out of emerging economies.

During the global financial crisis in 2008-2009, capital moved out from emerging economies back to the advanced economies. At that time, the US government bonds and commodities like gold were considered safe havens.

If the US government defaults on its debt payment this time, the question is will the situation change? Will the US government bonds still be considered a safe haven for investors? If not, then where else will they put their money? Or maybe they would prefer to keep their money in the same place and not move it anywhere. If so, the Indonesian economy could get some benefit and may not have to face another shock.

In the longer term, however, the situation may change. No country is immune to the negative ripples of a US economic crisis. As US imports plunge from weakening domestic demand, exports from emerging countries will also suffer. The extent to which these negative impacts affect each country will depend on their trading and banking exposure to the US economy.

What is disturbing about this debt talk is the use of this debate as a political game. This is especially apparent in the Republican stance.

Economist, market analyst and CEOs of financial institutions and even the IMF itself have warned that if Congress fails to raise the ceiling of the US government debt, the world economy would slip into deep recession.

The Republicans did not fully accept Obama’s proposal to raise the debt ceiling. They only agree on a smaller number, but even it was given with some conditions. The Republicans asked Obama not to raise taxes, especially for the wealthy, and Obama should cut social spending, a sacred cow for the Democrats.

By using tit for tat tactics in the negotiation and by seemingly ignoring the impending consequences and dangers, the Republicans were trying to push Obama into an intricate political dilemma.

If the US economy slip into another crisis, economic contraction would be inevitable. Corporate bankruptcies would spread, and jobless rate would surge.

A presidential election is still slightly more than one year away, and Obama’s reelection prospects are solid. But his popularity rating is highly dependent on the unemployment rate. That is why the Republicans think the only way for them to erode Obama’s popularity now is by pushing the US economy into crisis.

As the stakes are high, the two political parties should temporarily set aside their ideologies and adopt a pragmatic stance for the interests of saving the world economy from another catastrophe.

President Obama demonstrated his willingness to compromise his political ideology during the global financial crisis of 2008-2009. Being a Democrat, Obama’s political inclination is generally anti-big business.

Obama realized that it was reckless lending by some big banks on Wall Street that triggered the financial crisis. But he also realized that saving these banks from bankruptcy was key to saving the world economy from further disaster.

His decision to pour $800 billion of taxpayer’s money to bail out these banks was hard to swallow by his fellow party members, but it worked. Now it is expected that the Republicans will be willing to do likewise.

The writer is an economist.

The global markets lost 1% today… Actually that is pretty good. The losses stemmed over the fact that Republicans won’t allow new revenue to enhance our failing budget…….

Like George Washington, they want to apply more leeches (tax cuts) which eventually will bleed the father of our country dry, and kill him dead.

There are great ideas to get around the impasse……

One was so close last week in which Obama and Boehner had come almost to a 4$ Trillion Deal… It was so, so close. Boehner was about to become the Alexander Hamilton of the 21st Century: Historians would forever know him as the man who brought America back from economic ruin…….

But Boehner’s owner, jerked hard on his leash… cracking Boehner’s trachea. He then spun Boehner to the ground, and applied zip strips to his wrists and ankles. He then tazed Boehner repeatedly. For the first time in his life, Boehner did not cry. He was then strapped to a board, tilted backwards into a tank of water, and held for 45 seconds, over 111 times. He was then blindfolded and pummelled with cans of Pepsi, embedded in old cotton socks, leaving no evidence. He then poked with a tube, in his (you know where) and the other end was attached to a fire hydrant.

The next morning, Boehner said the deal was off; he refused to return Obama’s calls.

Leaks from those working for his owners, tell us the taxes on the wealthy 1% were the sole reason Boehner was given “the treatment”… It’s a damn shame; for a package of $3 trillion in cuts, (yes, includes modifications to SS and Medicare) and a Trillion in tax increases on the top 1%… would shake the dynamics of our economy.

It would spur investment here in America.
It would therefore create jobs.
It would stop the uncertainty where America was financially headed.
It would prevent the immediate loss to our economy of $4 billion a day.
It would reduce the deficit over time, and save money spent paying interest, which could then be used for services.
It would be the proper step at this time in the direction we need to go.

But, if the US defaults on its debt, nothing in the financial markets is sacred, and when nothing is sacred, that… causes panics…

And a panic in 1929… caused the Great Depression. A panic in 2008, caused the mess we’re in right now.

The world’s managed wealth is $122 trillion… A one percent drop.. is $1.2 trillion. That is the amount, that one half, of one third our government,… cost the world today.

They are kids, playing with a live junction box… Sticking a screwdriver in the wrong hole, burns down the entire house……

(At $50,000 a job, today’s loss is the financial equivalent of putting 24 million human beings out of work)

111th United States Congress

House Republican leaders yesterday unveiled major changes to House procedural rules that are clearly designed to pave the way for more deficit-increasing tax cuts in the next two years.

The new rules announced December 22 would replace pay-as-you-go with a much weaker, one-sided “cut-as-you-go” rule, under which increases in mandatory spending would still have to be paid for but tax cuts would not.

This increases the deficit.

In addition, increases in mandatory spending could be offset only by reductions in other mandatory spending, not by any measure to raise revenues such as by closing unproductive special-interest tax loopholes.

This increases the deficit.

Use of such an offset would violate the new House rules because the provision expanding the Child Tax Credit for working-poor families counts as spending and hence could not be paid for by closing a tax loophole. Yet the same new rules would enable the House to expand tax loopholes for multinational corporations and wealthy investors without paying for those tax breaks at all, because any tax cut, no matter how costly or ill-advised, could now be deficit financed.

This increases the deficit.

The new rules would stand the reconciliation process on its head , by allowing the House to use reconciliation to push through bills that greatly increase deficits as long as the deficit increases result from tax cuts, while barring the use of reconciliation in the House for legislation that reduces the deficit if that legislation contains a net increase in spending (no matter how small) that is more than offset by revenue-raising provisions.

This increases the deficit.

In the 1990s, when pay-as-you-go rules applied to both spending increases and tax cuts and Congress used reconciliation solely to enact deficit-reduction packages, the country went from large deficits to a balanced budget.

This creates a surplus.

But in the early 2000s, with Republicans controlling Congress and President Bush in the White House, Congress set aside pay-as-you-go and turned reconciliation on its head, using it not to reduce deficits but instead to push through costly, unpaid-for tax cuts in both 2001 and 2003. Previously, reconciliation had only been used for deficit reduction.

This increases the deficit.

The Bush-era tax cuts were a significant factor in the return to large deficits after 2001, contributing $2.6 trillion (including added interest costs on the national debt) to the budgetary deterioration between 2001 and 2010. House Republicans now plan to restore the very type of permissive budget rules that contributed markedly to that fiscal deterioration.

This increases the deficit.

So just in case you didn’t follow the above argument, the new house rules allow for tax cuts, without corresponding cuts in programs. If they spend the same, without receiving income, they have to borrow the money.

This, against all their campaign rhetoric, increases the deficit.
It’s time for a Tea Party revolt… against Republicans!

Because that……. is what we do.

I was dissappointed in one of your articles‘ attempts to link Obama with Muslim theology.

It was a stretch too far. Too far in fact that it has made this reader question the integrity of the editorial board of the Washington Post itself, again.

Those of us remembering the Nixon years probably have more loyalty to your paper than should be due. However it is apparent to this astute reader that you have chosen to stop reporting on domestic politics and have begun to propagandize instead…..

This is America where you certainly have the right to publish whatever you will. Likewise as with any Lyndon La Rouche pamphlet, I as a reader have a choice not to read it.

This will be my last chance to inform you that you have lost one more reader and to serve notice that you have progressed down a path, one which you can still change…..As for me, I will continue to most certainly read some of those fine articles you continue to publish, but they will first have have to be screened by a system of bloggers and other filters within the media….

Although this is only my feeling, your clout has been reduce to nothing more than one of the many eyewitnesses at a car bombing…..instead of the puzzle solver, you are only one piece of the puzzle itself.

Although this letter is being addressed to you, it is also meant to inform your advertisers so that they too can make a more precise and correct assessment, the next time they choose to invest their hard-won money into one of your ads………..

Poking around some links incoming from my last post below, I fell across this list of comments posted below the Washington Post article that spiked my ire.

I saw something I wanted to share. At the time of reading there were 25 comments: 3 pulverizing Joe, and 22 backing Mr. Biden.

I usually do not have time to follow up on the comments posted at the bottom of news articles…….Blah, Blah, Blah…….Life’s too short….but this one comment broke though my defenses, and surprisingly I kept going through them all, and, that my friends, is how I became intrigued with this slant on the story.

The comment (10/25@01:18) that started it all.

What’s written above sounds vaguely Soviet, as if Biden were someone who’d momentarily strayed from Soviet ideology and who just needed to be corrected (rather than sent to Siberia).”

I think that comment adequately sums up the vague, phase-less, general feeling I feel towards the MSM, and apparently, so do many others in the recent past. It is a phenomena that pervades both sides of political doctrine, for I have heard both sides blame the media for being biased towards the other side. Those of us on both sides who still presume to think independently, watch with chagrin as former heroes, apparently having come up against the “Body Snatchers“, proceed as shells of their former selves. Around them one must stay quiet for they’ll turn on you in an instant should you slip and acknowledge you aren’t one of them…………………..

(Tom Carper comes to mind.)

Perhaps this has always been so? But today’s technology, and our new ability to “out research” a journalist (as many of have done), has made us more reactive against this effort to “stifle” thought, then when we were in the pre-personal computer era. I don’t know how you feel, but being told what to think,…. …kind of pushes my buttons a little.

HOW DARE YOU TELL ME WHAT TO THINK is my immediate, personal, emotional reaction, call it a “Chertoff”ian gut feeling…….But later…. after the moderating effects of cold reason have somewhat counteracted those initial effects of that momentary flash of adrenalin, I calm down a bit. Perhaps this is why I have more in common with the Founding Fathers than I seem to with today’s mechanizations of media and monetary political parties………At last I am able to understand the difficult emotional choices those few made some 231 years ago, when men like myself decided to move forward with the creation of that great idea: free men can, and should govern themselves.

The above “soviet” comment , takes what I hate most about communism, (see the Manchurian Candidate) and conjoins it with today’s Washington Post. What is funny about this, is that particularly after the Post messed up on that article, such linkage “works”. From the point of an outside observer, the Post indeed seems so bent on pushing for Hillary, that “all the news ….” is presented according to its fit within that slant. “What, Minorities are a problem within the Inner City Schools? Hillary can’t have that!” More than likely, the brush-down of Biden occurred this week because this month’s Iowa push polls started to show that today’s Hillary supporters, if they were to defect……would not go over to Obama, or Edwards (for if so inclined… they would be in those camps already), but would switch to Biden. Upon introspection, that is a believable point. For if Iowans feel somewhat as I do, whenever I wake up and realize I have just been manipulated, and taken in as a “schnook”, there could be some validity behind that argument.

And so it is against this backdrop of being led by the MSM like cattle, first out the gate, then up the ramp, into a truck, driven for miles, down the ramp, into a holding pen, through the maze of a stockades, up a ramp, through a door, into a big room with giant machines that do WHAT?……………..that makes one appreciative of someone else fighting so hard against the natural flow, against tremendous odds, to make oneself heard.

Reading through the entire list of comments makes me again proud of being a Delawarean, again proud of being able to say that “yeah, he is one of ours.” I know his history. But forgiving past discretions, I think, is a human trait that grows stronger over the passage of time. Likewise recognizing the uniqueness of those motivated to do things that hurt themselves so others may gain,….. also grows with time’s passage, particularly as we come to appreciate just how rare and infrequent such individuals are………

And I guess that it is in this arena that Biden stands out. Like an Aragorn one could point out incidents not perfect in his past. But also like an Aragorn, those of us endowed with a Gandalfian perspective, can see that the great tasks ahead, will fall short, if just anyone steps into the shoes of leadership…..It will take someone with unique talents and unnatural courage who”frankly doesn’t give a damn” about his poll numbers, if our country is to move forward after 08. It will take someone profoundly unique to unify the country, and not divide us further; it will take someone uniquely capable of winning the allegiance of the “souls of the dead,” without which, the tide of the battle will never turn.

America is a big country, but at least, there are 25 people who think like I do. And unless they are very, very skilled, these are not trolls who commented. These are people, like me, tired of being told what to think.

These few seem to have grasped onto Biden, they way many of you once believed in Dean, or even Reagan when he first began his candidacy. Their passion, as one reads it, is not for the candidate, but for the country. They see those traits, unique and special about the country, will not survive another eight years of a “Main-Stream(lined) candidate.”… It is their love for Country….. that has led them to this choice.

So the unabashed slanting of this Washington Post article, may have awakened a “sleeping giant” of tired Americans. Numbers are important, yes, but being on the right side is far more so……If one counts among her supporters, the Lords of Mordor, how can such an alliance bestows future good upon this country?

Having recently spent considerable time reviewing the 2000 campaign for a special project, having looked through countless commercials and read press reports ad infinitum, surprisingly I came to the conclusion that George W. Bush was really, from what we knew at the time of the campaign, a really good guy. No one should be ashamed of voting for him in 2000 based on what we all knew at that time…….No one. Today, if he were running, we would classify George W. Bush, “the 2000 candidate”, as mildly progressive. He said many progressive things.

The malaise caused by the problems we experience today, began to occur AFTER HE CAME INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. My belief is that Cheney took over and the country began its death spiral… imperceptibly at first, but once we look back and start tracing our steps backwards from where we are today, we can trace a path back to those initial moments.

That is why I am bothered that those same forces of darkness, have now jumped ship and are embedding themselves within the Hillary campaign……..and just as soon as they show up, we are suddenly told she has 40% approval?……..Forgive me if I am temporarily skeptical and require more proof.

Unlike others, I have always admired Hillary. But I hate evil more. And today, evil, if I were to categorize it, is the act of putting UNLIMITED wealth in the hands of a handful who cannot be trusted, and who have no checks or balances to counteract their petty whims and aberrations.

The only counterbalance to such evil, is someone who, for whatever reason, is unaffected by the kryptonotic pull of unlimited green cash. And the only person I can see who today will be so unaffected, is the type of person with traits like Aragorn who knows the pull such evil wields, and savvy enough to plan ahead for how it can one day be tricked into our ultimate benefit……And the only candidate, able to do such in today’s real world of politics, is one who is NOT a current front runner, and therefore not already tied down with promises secretly submitted for tons of green cash…..And the only person among that tier (below 5%) who, in today’s world ruled by a television screen, portrays likability, poise, determination, passion, and confidence whenever his image appears, is Joe Biden.

Whoa……..This is something I will have to spend more time and think about. For me, it is still too fresh, too new, and too much of a jump from a bunch of comments I originally wasn’t going to read hidden away at the bottom of this Washington Post article…………………….

It has potential… even if only for the platitude that the “enemy of my enemy” (the MSM), is my friend.

The Washington Post stumbled several days ago. In their hands, they had the perfect opportunity to seriously explore the reasons for substandard education in America’s inner cities, a condition ubiquitous throughout every urban area across this country, and they dropped the ball. …. Big time.

I first heard this discussed on DEL several days ago. I couldn’t wait to plug in and read the source, and now having done so, I am disappointed that the article failed to support the headline. As most of you now know, the headline hollers “Biden stumbles”……. but a reading of the article actually shows Biden carried himself quite well. So I’m confused.

As one reads the article, it becomes rather apparent that Biden didn’t stumble. Within the article itself we find that it was only the Washington Post editorial board who “thought” Biden “stumbled” during his answer to them on education. They “thought” …..he did so…..They “thought”?

Reread the lines again…..”Biden also stumbled through a discourse on race and education, leaving the impression that he believes one reason that so many District of Columbia schools fail is the city’s high minority population. His campaign quickly issued a statement saying he meant to indicate that the disadvantages were based on economic status, not race.

So where do they conclude he stumbled ? From what little direct evidence this article gives, it was when they asked him why inner city schools have such a high failure rate….. “after a lengthy critique of Bush administration education policies, Biden attempted to explain why some schools perform better than others — in Iowa, for instance, compared with the District. “There’s less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you’re dealing with,” Biden said. He went on to discuss the importance of parental involvement in reading to children and how “half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom.

Duh…..Has anyone walked the halls of an inner city student body lately? In Philadelphia? William Penn? Christiana? Pencader? Glasgow? Brandywine? Newark? AI Dupont? Mt. Pleasant? Has anyone sat through a whole day of classes to really see what goes on in our schools?

Remarkably here in Delaware we are comparing the lower cost we spend to educate one Appoquinimink student, a high achiever, to the much higher cost a Wilmington suburban student will require to barely pass. The very fact that this Appoquinimink district uses less money per student, yet gets a higher rate of return on state testings, is currently being used by the Republican party in a special election to trumpet Joanne Christian as the perfect State Senate candidate………Hat’s off to her. Compared to all other New Castle school systems, her results are truly amazing…….

So when this topic was debated on WDEL, someone (I did not catch the name) wondered out loud, exactly what was different about that district, that allowed it to do so much better with less?

Check the differences of percentages of minorities between all Delaware school districts…….

I make the assumption that everyone reading this, is far above average intelligence and already knows that race or skin color has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with brain capacity. There is ABSOLUTELY NO racial difference in brain power based on genetics.

But it must be said in all honesty, that there can be huge discrepancies in brain capacity based on environmental influences, such as diet, crack, or exposure to lead. The same can be said with social issues; a child with severe low esteem (parental neglect) will under-perform a child with high esteem. There are even, believe it or not, political issues that affect how a child will perform when they get to school, such as this difference in “make sure you listen to ‘whitey'”, or “whatever you do, don’t listen to whitey”, either of which has a rather profound influence upon the atmosphere of a teacher’s classroom.

I know some of you teach in high schools comprised of high numbers of inner city youth. I welcome your comments; America would appreciate your insight. You should know that it is more stressful to teach in an inner city school, than teach at a school in a rural district such as Appoquinimink. The burn out factor caused by inner city high school aged children creates a strain on teachers that is higher than most of you can imagine. It is a pain in the ass to deal with someone who appears far more interested in making your life miserable, than in allowing his peers to learn. To eject him or her from the classroom, usually takes half of the teaching time for that class and requires so much emotional drama, that effective class instruction is totally shot afterwards………..And that….. is the real problem with inner city education!

Of course the Post misses it, but Biden nails it! Right there, with the editorial board of the Washington Post sitting around him, Biden nails it…… He nails the problem exactly as it is for any teacher forced to stand and try to teach such a class. He nails it for any administrator forced to patrol the halls enforcing severe discipline required by that type of environment. He nails it for any transportation worker who has forebear such shenanigans while transporting inner city children in and out of suburban schools.

And here is where the Washington Post stumbles. At the perfect moment just when they had the chance to capture for America the very reason as to why our inner city schools perform so poorly……they drop the ball. Just when they had the opportunity to plant the seed which would forever focus our attention upon correct core of the problem, as well as all of it’s economic, social, and political ramifications, they drop the seed back into their pocket. Just when they had the perfect opportunity to sail forward with the very solution which could rectify the attrition of our urban minds away from wanting to graduate high school,……they change tack.

Instead……. the Washington Post editorial board headlines a slant which their own article struggles and then fails to even substantiate. They prefer instead, to insinuate something that everyone know is not true.

Biden is no racist. That is obvious to anyone who looks at both him and his record. But the method with which the Washington Post editorial board chose to portray Joe’s answer to this question, bothers me, and perhaps makes one wonder whether the racist connotation, if it should be applied at all, really needs to be laid at the feet of the editorial board of the Washington Post itself.

Let’s develop the argument.

For unless the Post secretly felt that minorities were indeed inferior second class citizens, they would have chosen instead, to pursue the matter exactly as did Martin Luther King. Whenever he spoke his eloquent words, Dr. King illustrated his points with concise facts and true events, which provided a picture so vivid and real to his audience, that eventually those of us who heard him, said “wait a minute, …this man is right on point there…, we are America,… we need to change.”

The Washington Post did not capitalize and follow up Biden’s answer with this question: “What do you mean minorities cause lower graduation rates, and…. as president, what will you propose to change that”!

Instead of covering this new ground, the editorial board chose instead to return to the David Dinkin’s 1970 style of finger pointing and using the antiquated “how dare you say they are inferior” line. Meanwhile as the Post‘s editorial board follow this old tack, every available statistic, whether economic, criminal, or educational, cries out that, at least in these categories, minority statistics are inferior and that something needs to be done to fix it, right now!

One could propose that racism in this New American Century, should be defined as this: seeing this racial discrepancy and choosing to do nothing about it. That by definition, is applied racism, and has the same effect on minority populations, as the Old South’s Jim Crow laws. For if one sees the status quo, accepts it as such, and then makes the choice to do nothing to help those who need, that person is complicit in extenuating their plight. When one’s brother is in trouble, and one chooses not to help, …one should be condemned.

Each day Biden sees, says, and does things on the Senate floor that directly applies help to minorities. For the Washington Post editorial board to sit on their hands and do nothing except discredit this Senator who actually does something positive for minorities……….reminds me of the Old South’s reaction to anyone who walked into their county forty years ago to challenge the very premise of those Jim Crow laws they then held so dear. That….. is how this Washington Post dusted up Biden.

So for the sake of argument, my question to you is this. In this shadow world, who represents the true racist? The one dedicated to changing minorities’ plight? Or the other one, hurting minorities by putting considerable effort into setting up roadblocks to keep things, “the same as it ever was”?…..

That is why this action by the Post bothers me. For one must wonder whether the Post‘s misconception is accidental or stems from roots of a deeper cause. For if the editorial board were truly pro-minority, they would choose not to shut down this conversation that was truly aimed at helping minorities where and when they need it most, in our inner city schools?

I am also bothered as to why the Washington Post editorial board would stretch the truth so far as to embarrass the one candidate, who is most responsible for putting additional cops into minorities’ neighborhoods, and who is equally responsible removing more guns from those same neighborhoods, unless……. they were possible closet racists themselves?

Ha. Such an idea is laughable. The Washington Post? Who would believe such? So for argument’s sake, let us look at some other possibilities as to why they would want to do what they did………

Do they mean well, and just fail to realize how their political stance would ultimately cause them to be portrayed? Or, as part of the Main Stream Media, are they doing their part to continue the status quo and help “keep minorities in their place”?

Again lets take a look at the article and the point where the Washington Post stumbled……

To paraphrase the hoopla, all Biden said in his answer was for us to look at Iowa and the number of minorities throughout their school system…(It’s very low) and then look at DC and the number of minorities in their school system… (it’s very high). The test scores in Iowa are high, while those in DC are low. These are not his opinions! These are facts! Facts that are rather well substantiated, mind you.

Now we as Americans love to look at evidence, then tackle that problem, and fix it. It is just what…….we live to do. Biden wasn’t dodging the problem; he was addressing it. Contrary to the editorial board of the Washington Post, it is time someone actually did.

Those of you with above average intelligence, must be wondering what exactly…. was the secret motivation driving the editors of the Washington Post? The one that would cause them to headline Biden’s statement of this commonly known fact, as a “stumble”? Is it possible that the insulated editorial board has actually become so ingrown that it has slipped out of the mainstream into the eddies of irrelevance?

For if the Washington Post were truly serious about helping Afro-Americans get through twelve years of public schooling, they would do a serious comparative journalism on their own school system. Spend a week in each inner city school. Just sit in a corner and watch. Then, travel to Iowa and do the same. Perhaps…… they would finally acknowledge what most of us know already: that Biden’s facts were “right on”. Minorities themselves are part of the problem.

Instead of hand wringing, it is time for the MSM to address minority audiences and challenge them to fix those problems existing within their cultures. One has only to step into any inner city mosque or city church vestibule to eloquently hear this same message reiterated from every lectern, over and over and over again.

After a one quick reading it becomes apparent that Biden didn’t “stumble”. The Washington Post editorial board mistakenly “thought” he did, based on 1) antiquated assumptions, and 2) a failure to pursue the question further. In a phrase, what we wound up with was a referee’s bad call. That is all. That “stumbling” headline, tells us more about the Washington Post editorial board then it does about the candidate……..