Friday, July 21, 2006
Bush: We GOPers really like black folks
I'd have given my eye-teeth to see THIS woman pop up at the despicable Bush appearance at the NAACP annual meeting. Like this pix, Think Progress says it so beautifully, that I cannot add a thing, so here it is in full: "Bush addressed the NAACP today for the 1st time in his presidency. Speaking on behalf of his friend, multi-millionaire conservative BET founder Bob Johnson, Bush used the opportunity to promote the repeal of the estate tax on the ultra-rich: "One of my friends is Bob Johnson, founder of BET. (Nice touch fuckwad: "Look I’m not a racist... I have a black friend.") Bob’s an interesting man. He believes strongly in ownership. He has been a successful owner. He believes strongly, for example, that the death tax will prevent future African-American entrepreneurs from being able to pass their assets from one generation to the next. He and I also understand that the investor class shouldn’t be just confined to the old definition of the investor class." Bush’s “death tax” pitch demonstrates his stunning disconnect from the African-American community. According to an American Progress analysis, just 59 African-Americans will pay the estate tax this year, and that number will drop to 33 in 2009. Meanwhile, as of 2004, 24.7 percent of African-Americans lived under the poverty line (up from 22.7 in 2001) — that’s more than 9 million people. The number of times Bush mentioned “poverty” in his speech: ZERO. I find it interesting that Bush once again dragged Condi to a black- audience appearance. (via Karena): "He also did so in January of 2005 when he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus for the 1st time in 4 yrs. He dragged Condi Rice along w/him to the meeting, his apparent token to how much he loves black people. At the end of the meeting he was asked if he would renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act, portions which would expire in 2007 if not renewed. Bush's stunning response was "I'm unfamiliar with the Voting Rights Act, but if legislation comes before me, I will take a look at it." I wonder how many of those in the NAACP audience were familiar w/that Bush quote as he told his "heartwarming" tale about poor Condi's dad who fought to have the right to vote? Probably not many. If so, they would have held up a sign just like the one that woman is holding up. Actually, I would have thought that black Congressman Al Green would have shoved a sign like that up Bush's socially retarded ass after Bush "playfully" slapped him across the face.