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January 27, 2005

Sucks For You, Now About My Offer...

Michael nails this one nicely. Generally, the US government works off a speak no evil policy where, if they're not talking about a problem, it doesn't exist. It's quite convenient, actually, appearing as less an oligarch's callousness than a child's sweet, blissful ignorance. The government couldn't have done anything, they didn't even know!

Which brings us to Bush's grossly self-serving use of African-American life expectancies. Having spent four years doing nothing to make their lot better, he suddenly revealed a full knowledge of black inequality. Which means he has spent four years being aware that African-Americans die before their time and, with the entire power of the American government arrayed before him, consciously chose to do nothing about it. And he has decided, finally, to publicly acknowledge it not in order to rectify the injustice, but to push an unrelated policy that'll help -- guess who? -- rich white folks.

Bush has done a lot of disappointing things. He's done a lot of nasty things. But I don't think anything he's done has been so flippantly cruel, so off-handedly manipulative. He's the one man in this country truly empowered to improve the life expectancy for the African-American community, yet he prefers to dangle their early deaths as an immutable state of affairs in order to achieve a wholly unrelated policy goal. Bush is truly the sort of guy who'd walk up, armed, to an in-progress mugging and try to sell the victim better running shoes cause, you know, these things happen. Compassionate conservative indeed.

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We've been having this discussion over at your old digs, Ezra, and as troll prophylactic, you might want to head off this argument:

"The problem with blacks is that they don't make good cultural choices that would help them live longer. They need to change their behavior."

We know that that's terrible reasoning, but, given that it's the standard conservative approach to this problem, we need to head it off.

Posted by: Karl the Idiot | Jan 27, 2005 12:09:21 PM

you guys see the video on the daily show were Bush tells the black member of the panel that he needs to support Bush's plan because he's going to die sooner? Brilliant.

And I love how Bush rushes to address this problem without even doing basic research. Blacks at 65 can expect about the same lifespan as white. The problem is the precentage of black people who die at an earlier age. I look forward to O'reilly and Hannity spearheading this cause

Posted by: slapshot57 | Jan 27, 2005 12:25:43 PM

Of course wealth is highly correlated to lifespan. But there is nothing we can do about wealth distribution, that is innate, whereas race ...

Posted by: peBird | Jan 27, 2005 1:56:59 PM

Rather than judging Bush's comment as inherently stupid, I think he is attempting to build a foundation for the 'right to life' argument, which, ironically, many black pundits would support in theory... who knows, maybe we'll even get a constitutional law one day

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