July 19, 2010

Racism on Display at the NAACP (Update: Shirley Sherrod Resigns, Then Gets an Apology From Those Who Fired Her)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:45 pm

Andrew Breitbart’s smoking gun (direct YouTube):


Narrative: On July 25, 2009, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Shirley Sherrod as Georgia Director of Rural Development. USDA Rural Development spends over $1.2 billion in the State of Georgia each year.

On March 27, 2010, while speaking at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, Ms. Sherrod admits that in her federally appointed position, overseeing over a billion dollars, she discriminates against people due to their race.

Sherod: The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm, he took a long time talking, but he was trying to show me he was superior to me. I know what he was doing.

Audience member: That’s right.

Sherrod: But he had come to me for help. What he didn’t know was he was taking all that time to show me he was superior to me, was I was trying to decide how much help I was going to give him.

(Audience laughs)

Sherrod: I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farm land. And here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So … I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do.

I did enough so that he — I assume the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me — either that, or the Georgia Department of Agriculture — and, uh, he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him.

So I took him to a white lawyer that had attended some of the training we had provided, because Chapter 12 bankruptcy had just been enacted for the family farm.

So I figured that if I take him to one of them that his own kind will take of him. That’s when it was revealed to me that it’s about poor, versus those who have, not so much about white — it IS about white and black, but it’s not, you know, it opened my eyes. Because I took him to one of his own. …

The rest of the vid has an NAACP denial of racison to Geraldo Rivera at Fox, and a replay of the bolded paragraph above.

No elaboration is necessary. Sherrod indicts herself. She deserves to be out of a job.

It is the once proud NAACP, not the Tea Party movement, that officially sanctions and condones racism in its ranks.


UPDATE: Sherrod has resigned (HT Hot Air) —

The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned.

“There is zero tolerance for discrimination at USDA, and I strongly condemn any act of discrimination against any person,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. “We have been working hard through the past 18 months to reverse the checkered civil rights history at the department and take the issue of fairness and equality very seriously.

My guess is that Sherrod is going to try to audition for a pity party speaking tour in leftist venues. It will be interesting to see if that’s what she does, and what kind of reception she receives.


UPDATE, July 21, 11:30 p.m.: Spot-on take at BigGov

The problem for both the NAACP and the White House was that they took it out of context on their own and reacted as any victim of an Alinsky-style tactic might—by overreacting. However, in so doing, they also threw Shirley Sherrod under their bus. In other words, they got beaten at their own game, with their own bat, and they chose the politically expedient way out of it.
That was their fault, not Breitbart’s.

… The NAACP’s after-the-fact back pedaling can’t hide the fact that they knew there was a contextual problem and they still condemned her (and the audience) anyway, making her the roadkill on their path to demonize average Americans.


Lucid Links (071910, Noontime)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 12:56 pm

Yeah, this is “typical,” as Instapundit notes, but it’s especially odious in the circumstances:

In special deal, charity gives rationing advocate Berwick health coverage for life

Donald Berwick, recess-appointed by President Obama to head Medicare and Medicaid, is a well-known advocate of health care rationing and admirer of Britain’s National Health Service. Rising health costs and limited resources “require decisions about who will have access to care and the extent of their coverage,” Berwick wrote in 1999. Last year, he said, “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” Of the NHS, Berwick says simply, “I love it,” adding that it is “one of the great human health care endeavors on earth.”

As it turns out, Berwick himself does not have to deal with the anxieties created by limited access to care and the extent of coverage. In a special benefit conferred on him by the board of directors of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a nonprofit health care charitable organization he created and which he served as chief executive officer, Berwick and his wife will have health coverage “from retirement until death.”

PJM’s David Catron:

In other words, Dr. Berwick has made sure that he and his wife will never be subjected to the tender mercies of Medicare, the health care program for seniors over which he now has control. Thus, even after he has implemented rationing programs modeled after those of NICE, he won’t have to worry about his wife suffering for lack of drugs deemed too pricey by some obscure comparative effectiveness calculation. You and I, on the other hand, won’t be so lucky once we’re on Medicare. If we contract deadly diseases requiring treatment that costs more than our lives are “worth,” we’re toast.

No wonder Obama recess-appointed Berwick. I’d love to know (we probably never will) whether the administration was blind-sided by Byron York’s finding at the Washington Examiner.

With stories such as these, it takes all the forbearance I have to stick to this site’s no-profanity rule. I suspect readers face a similar challenge.


Speaking of reasons to consider getting rid of the no-profanity rule, here’s Trent Lott, as quoted in the Washington Post:

“We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner has it partially right: “Lott confirms he’s a paid tool of the Washington Establishment.”

Two further points about Lott are important to know and recall:

  • He has, as seen above, been all too often possessed of unfathomable stupidity — Even if you believed as he does, why would you ever say such a thing to a reporter, unless you’re so dense that you really don’t comprehend how poorly it would be received?
  • From all appearances, he is utterly without guiding principles. This is a man who unforgivably betrayed his country, the Constitution he swore to uphold, and the rule of law in 1998 and 1999 in his mishandling of the House’s impeachment of Bill Clinton by not insisting on a legitimate trial. What about “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments” didn’t he understand?

The damage done as a result of Lott’s “leadership” when he was Senate Majority Leader is incalculable.

Lott illustrates exactly why the electorate needs to support sensible conservatives like Jim DeMint whenever possible this fall. By this time, it should be perfectly obvious that this isn’t the same thing as electing Republicans.


President Obama, as well as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, used to be pretend to be big fans of “PayGo.” The truth is that PayGo has always been a ruse designed to create an impression of fiscal responsibility where none actually exists.

The true attitude of the three is “Paygo, Schmaygo.”


Totally predictable (HT Hot Air):

The relentlessly rising cost of health insurance is prompting some small Massachusetts companies to drop coverage for their workers and encourage them to sign up for state-subsidized care instead, a trend that, some analysts say, could eventually weigh heavily on the state’s already-stressed budget.

The truth is that statists in Massachusetts and in Washington consider this a feature, not a bug.

Never, ever forget that Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney enabled all of this, and that yours truly (not that it required any great gift of insight) predicted RomneyCare’s implosion in October 2007 (fourth item at link).

Die Another Day…

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 9:03 am

When a lefty like Mitch Albom gets the insanity that is the Estate Tax, I’m looking up.

From Sunday’s Freep.com:

The clock is ticking: Die now or pay later

… The clock is ticking on free death in America. Last week we saw an amazing example of a good news/sad news scenario.

George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, died of a heart attack at age 80. But by dying in 2010, his family avoided $500 million in estate taxes that it would have paid if he’d hung on another year.

Why? Because the inheritance tax is in exile this year. The rate is zero. Next year it jumps to 55%. That’s right. From zero to 55 at a stroke of midnight. A Maserati doesn’t go that fast.

… Of course, we should never be in this ridiculous scenario. Under President George W. Bush, a law was passed gradually shrinking the estate tax year after year until it reached nothing, a move hailed by everyone except tax-lovers and certain charities.

But in classic government form, the only way the law got through was if it had an expiration date. And guess when? 2010. Die now, or the family gets less.

… All this is bad enough. But with 2010 halfway gone, we’ve created an unimaginable dilemma. Wealthy people are better off dying this December than next January. And their heirs are WAY better off.

Were this a “Saturday Night Live” skit, you’d have Grandma upstairs, crying for her pills, and the kids on a couch watching TV and yelling “Yeah, in a minute!”

Read his whole, reasoned position here. Of course being a sports guy, he has seen the not-so-happy endings caused by the Estate Tax.

Positivity: Police Officer Honored for Saving Citizen’s Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:53 am

From Hoboken, New Jersey:

July 15, 2010

Police officer Bret Globke received an achievement award.

It was March 2, and 69-year-old Hobokenite Mo DeGennaro was sitting at home with his wife Janet. Janet briefly left the room, but when she returned she found her husband of 38 years in bad shape.

“I had double pneumonia,” said DeGennaro Wednesday night. “I had no idea I was sick.”

And if it weren’t for Hoboken patrolman Bret Globke, who responded to the call and realized that DeGennaro was in acute need of help, this story would not have had a happy ending.

DeGennaro is a loyal frequenter of city council meetings, and has been for the past decades. He is known to yell at Council members when he doesn’t agree, but gives credit where credit is due. And although he said he’ll keep criticizing the city as well as the police department, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate what the officers do on a daily basis.

Union City ambulance volunteers also responded to the call, but Globke, 32, took charge. DeGennaro said that Globke has said “give this guy oxygen,” to prevent DeGenarro from falling into a coma.

“If this guy didn’t come in and take charge…” DeGennaro said, not finishing the sentence. When asked if Globke saved his life, DeGenarro answered: “absolutely.”

During Wednesday night’s city council meeting, Globke was given an achievement award by DeGennaro. “He had to be singled out,” DeGennaro said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.