Newt’s foodstamps comments

posted at 9:30 am on January 7, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

When you’re running for president – particularly on a limited budget – you need to garner as much media attention as you can manage. And when it comes to attracting the spotlight this year, nobody seems to be better at it than Newt Gingrich. Unfortunately, unlike Hollywood where all press is good press as long as they spell your name right, not all political coverage is good news. Newt seemed to prove that point once again when he let fly some comments on a theme he’s visited before.

Newt Gingrich’s comments about African-Americans and food stamps, made at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire yesterday, have made the expected media rounds — from Slate to The Daily Beast to The Associated Press to MSNBC — but the interpretation has changed somewhat along the way.

A reporter on the trail notes that Gingrich frequently says in his stump speeches that he would urge people to demand paychecks instead of food stamps — a talking point that it is not usually met with great alarm by the media. He also frequently says that he would go to the NAACP convention if it invited him. On Thursday morning, the two points came together when he said he would go to the NAACP convention and explain “why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

This drew the predictable firestorm, and with good reason. Wanting to be the “paycheck president” instead of the “food stamp president” is a laudable goal, and it highlights the lack of jobs and rising poverty rates in the country under current policy. Newt is also correct in noting that some Republicans have, in the past, skipped opportunities to reach out to groups like the NAACP and expand the tent a bit. But combining the two in that fashion is just asking for trouble. The Gingrich campaign made an effort at some damage control a bit later. Newt’s spokesman, R.C. Hammond was allegedly seen kicking a door and yelling at a reporter about it.

“This theme of taking the conservative message to every American – including the N.A.A.C.P. — has been a constant refrain during Newt’s entire career.’’

He said it was not patronizing but an act of outreach to an organization usually ignored by Republicans. In a 2007 book Mr. Gingrich criticized President Bush for failing to address the N.A.A.C.P. It was a sign “to the African American community,” he wrote, “that Republicans did not see them as worthy of engagement in dialogue.’’

For a bit of tongue in cheek analysis, Steven Taylor chides, It’s a mystery why Republicans have trouble attracting black voters.

First, Gingrich isn’t just saying that getting a paycheck is better than getting food stamps. No, he is specifically saying that he needs to go tell black people that fact. The positioning here is clear: that arguably the largest and most well-known organization focusing on issues of significance to African-Americans needs Newt Gingrich to bring the message to tell persons of color that they need to get off food stamps. Because, of course, otherwise, who has the courage to point this out?

Second, this forwards a stereotype of minorities as being nothing but leeches on the system. In other words, Gingrich is not saying, as a generic notion, that citizens of the US should expect policies that produce jobs rather than simply relying on social policies to help them out. No, he wants to evangelize blacks on this subject. Indeed, he says as much when he says “the African American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps”—because, apparently, they, as a community, are currently satisfied with just getting handouts.

As I noted above, this may have just been a case of Gingrich being a bit tired and mixing two standard stump speech points together in an unfortunate fashion. But it’s easy to see how a comment like that opens him up to broadsides from critics. Newt may want to rethink that one before he trots it out again.


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But whoever wrote them, has no idea what they’re talking about.

BKeyser on January 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Its true, prove me wrong.

libfreeordie on January 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

That’s a non-response, are you denying that this would be a “OMG RON IS A NAZI!!!11!” parade in the comments section? But, I’ll indulge your nonsequitur anyways. The Newsletters simply aren’t a disqualifier for me, end of story – chew on it all you want and come to whatever conclusions you must. I think that Obama, Newt, and Romney PRESENTLY favoring the racist war on drugs and racist subprime housing policies is far more concerning to a liberty minded soul like myself.

abobo on January 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Here is the fact: Newt does not have a history of being a racist. RP does. I noticed you did not provide a history of Newt’s racism. Hmmm I wonder why not.

Your posts are pretty lame in general. Try again.

CW on January 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

That’s a non-response, are you denying that this would be a “OMG RON IS A NAZI!!!11!” parade…
abobo on January 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I should have also said that if someone has a history then you should not be surprised that a thread would trend towards posts about his racism just because you simply want to dismiss the newsletters. Nice try though.

Paul won’t be our nominee. Deal with it. You’re as bad as a nista.

CW on January 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

So Newt would deliver the exact same message to the NAACP that he delivers to every other audience he sees.

This drew the predictable firestorm, and with good reason

You’ve never been more wrong Jazz. In fact, changing his message to fit the ethnicity or race of each audience would be racialist if not racist.

We’re living in a very perverted world.

forest on January 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

abobo-funny too. You brought RP in to this. You’re not real smart are ya?

CW on January 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Really. I’m supposed to be outraged by this?

Is anyone who isn’t angling to find fault here “upset” by this?

mockmook on January 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Here is the fact: Newt does not have a history of being a racist. RP does. I noticed you did not provide a history of Newt’s racism. Hmmm I wonder why not.

Your posts are pretty lame in general. Try again.

CW on January 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Silly tool, I was not trying to “prove” that anyone had a history of racism, just pointing out that if RP had said this, the folks would go batsh1t frothing at the mouth – as you’ve just done. Seriously, three posts in reply? A bit much, no?

I should have also said that if someone has a history then you should not be surprised that a thread would trend towards posts about his racism just because you simply want to dismiss the newsletters. Nice try though.

Paul won’t be our nominee. Deal with it. You’re as bad as a nista.

CW on January 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

You, my friend, are the one making this a Ron Paul thread. I just made what I thought was a valid observation and cannot be held accountable for any dog whistles you heard in the process.

You’re not real smart are ya?

CW on January 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Smarter than someone that engages in a one-man debate about a topic not in discussion.

abobo on January 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The uneven prosecution of the drug war automatically contributes to differing outcomes between blacks and whites because black folks tend to live in areas with heightened police survaillance and presence.

libfreeordie on January 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

So putting cops where the crime is is racist?

DFCtomm on January 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You know that blacks consistently are screwed on mortgage rates, promotions, etc.. and no, I’m not talking about apples and oranges. I’m talking about in comparison to whites of the same income level.

inklake on January 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I am curious where you get this fact. The couple of studies I have seen on the topic showed that when you controlled for Credit score, the differences either disappeared or showed that blacks had a slight ADVANTAGE. For example, the 1992 study by the Boston Fed that claimed to so discrimination ignored that fact that the default rates on those loans showed equal default rates between Blacks and Whites. So banks were making correct evaluations of the creditworthiness of the groups.

http://www.nedap.org/pressroom/documents/2009-04-02_BloombergPress.pdf

OBQuiet on January 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Really? you think 400 years of being enslaved disappears in a generation? Detroit’s problems — social, economic and political — are too numerous to list here, but the segregation hangover mixed with economic decline is a potent mixture.

urban elitist on January 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

1. Slavery in the US lasted about 230 years give or take.

2. In 1912 Detroit was nearly 100% white and one of the most prosperous cities in the country. In 2012 Detroit is 90% black and the biggest basket case of a city using any metric you want to choose.

There was no slavery in Detroit. There was no segregation in Detroit.

angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Someone answer this simPle question.

What percentage of the black population is on welfare?
Second what percentage is not on welfare. Then answer of the majority or close to majority is on welfare? Then finally explain why blacks are demonized as welfare leeches as a whole.

I’ll be waiting for an answer

Realclearblue on January 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The uneven prosecution of the drug war automatically contributes to differing outcomes between blacks and whites because black folks tend to live in areas with heightened police survaillance and presence.

libfreeordie on January 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

So putting cops where the crime is is racist?

DFCtomm on January 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If there is a lot of crime in black areas and there are no cops, it’s racist because THE MAN won’t protect blacks from crime.

But if there are a lot of cops in the same area, it’s racist because THE MAN is locking up blacks.

That’s the liberal logic. No matter what you do, it’s racist.

angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Bizarro No. 1 on January 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Libs know exactly what they’re doing. It’s a well honed campaign tactic. Accuse Republicans of racism, and the squishes roll over and give them what they want.

Glad Gingrich is telling it like it is. Hussein is the food stamp president, be proud of it Libs.

This is one of the things I liked about Palin in 2008 also. She didn’t let the race baiters and bullies drag her down and stop her from criticizing the Messiah. McCain, one the other hand, freaked out when when we called Hussein by his middle name…

sauldalinsky on January 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Newt is absolutely right and any TRUE Conservative would agree with his perspective.

Newt is attacking the very entitlement program that Democrats use to buy votes and keep the Democrat base dependent upon them.

The Food Stamp program is Socialism at its finest.

Would you vote against the hand that feeds you?

Furthermore, the result of blacks educated and employed will help alleviate many of the problems in their communities.

Sparky5253 on January 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

1. Slavery in the US lasted about 230 years give or take.

2. In 1912 Detroit was nearly 100% white and one of the most prosperous cities in the country. In 2012 Detroit is 90% black and the biggest basket case of a city using any metric you want to choose.

There was no slavery in Detroit. There was no segregation in Detroit.

angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

‘Nuf said

1nolibgal on January 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Then you must be absolutely appalled by the “kinds of terrorism black folks ha(ve) to endure and survive (living in the inner city).” For decent, law-abiding citizens, those democrat urban plantations make the Jim Crow south look like an amusement park on Sunday afternoon. Where is your outrage?! Why aren’t you DEMANDING that the democrat politicians responsible for that horrendous state of affairs be held accountable? There isn’t a Republican politician within 50 miles of any of America’s most dangerous, most crime- and drug-ridden, most hopeless and despairing cities — it is all democrats, and has been for nearly 5 decades. When will they be held to account for what they have done to those communities? It is the single greatest crisis of the American nation, and the people who caused it by crafting a welfare state that offers minimal sustenance, no way out, and turned the vast majority of them into beggars just sit in their rich neighborhoods far, far away from the people they have destroyed and count their money. It will take a long, long time, but when history finally gets around to telling what the democrats did to blacks in this country, they will be on a par with the most evil political machines in human history.

Rational Thought on January 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

–Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D., Texas), 1957

“I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” Reportedly said by Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One after signing the Civil Rights Act legislation into law

Flora Duh on January 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You know it would seem weird for Newt to go to the NAACP to talk about whites and their usage of food stamps

CW – so you’ve seen Newt talk about this to a bunch of West Virginia or Kentucky white folks, who are all on assistance?

inklake on January 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I doubt if many people would be turned off by Gingrich accepting an invitation to speak to the NAACP. I bet more people were turned off by G W Bush not going to speak to them.

KW64 on January 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

You must not have seen the extreme, hateful TV ad the NAACP ran against Bush in the 2000 election, basically accusing him of personally dragging James Byrd behind that truck because he would not sign a stupid “hate crime” law after Byrd was killed. It was one of the most vile ads ever run in a campaign. Why in the world would Bush have given this hate group the time of day?

There was some serious, horrible race-baiting dome by the Democrats in that election. They have known for many years that they cannot win a national election unless they get a very high black turnout, and they will stop at nothing to get it. George W. Bush got a large percentage of the black vote when he ran twice for Governor of Texas. They pulled out all the stops, including this horrible attack by the NAACP, to convince black voters that Bush was a closet Confederate. And they will do the same thing again and again, without shame.

rockmom on January 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Libs know exactly what they’re doing. It’s a well honed campaign tactic. Accuse Republicans of racism, and the squishes roll over and give them what they want.

Glad Gingrich is telling it like it is. Hussein is the food stamp president, be proud of it Libs.

This is one of the things I liked about Palin in 2008 also. She didn’t let the race baiters and bullies drag her down and stop her from criticizing the Messiah. McCain, one the other hand, freaked out when when we called Hussein by his middle name…

sauldalinsky on January 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

If Palin had run this year, all we would have heard was that Alaska doesn’t have any black people, she has spent her while life with white people exclusively, she has no understanding of the black experience in America, yadda yadda yadda.

rockmom on January 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I am an equal opportunity welfare guy. I want everyone OFF welfare, white, black, brown pink.

angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

If five kids in a suburban neighborhood smoke a joint and five black kids in inner city Detroit smoke a joint it is significantly more likely that those five inner city kids will be caught, arrrested and find themsleves sucked into the criminal justice system. It is much more likely that one of them will get tagged with the label of “felon” before their life even gets started. A label that will make it nearly impossible for them to get a job, or vote. Because of the way our criminal justice system is set up we no longer live under the principle of “do the crime, do the time.” For those convicted of non-violent drug offenses there is a life long marking and life long punishment that follows on every college application, every financial aid application, every job application anything that might be a self-started means of changing your life is barred because of that life long label. No matter how young and dumb you were when you committed the offense. The uneven prosecution of the drug war automatically contributes to differing outcomes between blacks and whites because black folks tend to live in areas with heightened police survaillance and presence.

libfreeordie on January 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Those “five inner city” kids are being arrested by black cops led by a black police chief and prosecuted by a black prosecutor — and ALL of them are democrats. Every. Single. One. If you have a problem with how crime is being handled in the inner city, you have a problem with the DEMOCRAT MACHINE that is running the inner city. Honestly, who in the hell do you think is running those cities? Your comments are just absurd. Whatever problems you have with ANYTHING going on in the inner city MUST be laid at the feet of the DEMOCRAT MACHINES who have run those cities for decades. That you are so blind to that and so willing to give them a pass for their corruption and malfeasance that has CREATED the misery that is the American inner city demonstrates that your “caring” and your “concern” are total poses. You are a democrat, and it doesn’t matter how many black children die or go to prison, you will never hold the people responsible for that accountable because your ideology and party loyalty trumps whatever concern you might manage to feign for those citizens. Their misery is your party’s bread and butter, so you’ve got to keep it going. I don’t know how democrats sleep at night. I really do not. Oh, wait, yes I do! They sleep soundly, far, far away from the urban plantations they have created and maintain, safely in their wealthy neighborhoods, talking with their wealthy friends about how much they “care.” Could someone get another bottle of wine from the cellar? I’m parched.

Rational Thought on January 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

If five kids in a suburban neighborhood smoke a joint and five black kids in inner city Detroit smoke a joint it is significantly more likely that those five inner city kids will be caught, arrrested and find themsleves sucked into the criminal justice system.

libfreeordie on January 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Those “five inner city” kids are being arrested by black cops led by a black police chief and prosecuted by a black prosecutor — and ALL of them are democrats. Every. Single. One. bottle of wine from the cellar? I’m parched.

Rational Thought on January 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Yeah but those black/Dem cops, black/Dem chief and the black/Dem prosecutor are all Clarence Thomas types who really hate black people.

angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

My how easily people get derailed from the main issue here.

Food stamps=welfare=dependency

This is a form of Socialism and a tenet of the Democratic Party.

This is a very strategic move by Newt and very good for the black community.

And the problem is?

Sparky5253 on January 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

The information available showed 34 percent of recipients were white, while 22 percent were black and 16 percent were Hispanic. The numbers showed 41 percent of recipients lived in a household that reported “earnings” — though not a majority, as Jealous claimed.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/06/gingrich-african-american-community-should-demand-paychecks-not-food-stamps/#ixzz1inKW7UHZ

This is not really a race problem. It is the typical Conservative vrs liberal situation. Any one in my opinion who doesn’t understand why the whole entitlement philosophy is a failure should by now. Keep clinging to this failed system. How is working out for us so far. Newt seemed to be addressing Naacp was he not? Isn’t that a black organization? If memory serves Cain and West have had a tough time with that group. Are they racist’s? No they are Conservatives. Jealous loves the race card as do most libs. No surprise at the fake heightened outrage.

Bmore on January 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Total agreement.

Bmore on January 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It seems that despite the HA and Jazz attempt to slam Gingrich, many HA readers believe Gingrich is doing the right thing and telling it like it is. I count myself in that group. I also believe that Gingrich is the only candidate who could consistently tell it like it is through an election campaign against Obama.
How tough do people think Romney will be when he is called racist for criticizing Obama?

GaltBlvnAtty on January 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Newt is nothing short of a boll weevil.

rubberneck on January 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

rubberneck adding “it’s” intelligence to the thread I see once again….GET a LIFE MORON!!

coach1228 on January 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

AGAIN WORTHY OF RE-POST!!
Thanks for sharing this with us Paul-Cincy

Part of Newt’s reply (from the Politico link):

I know that the left has a passion for defending it’s right to be the only moral arbiter in America. Therefore, just as happened with Moynihan, if you in fact talk openly and honestly about the failure of liberal institutions and the way they hurt the poor, there becomes a sudden frenzy of a herd of people running screaming, ‘racism, racism.’ It is a fact that liberal institutions in inner cities have failed the poor. It’s a fact that bad schools trap poor children. it’s a fact that bad public safety policies lead to the collapse of cities like Detroit. it is a fact that high taxation drives jobs out. It’s a fact that the approach that favors unemployment compensation and foodstamps over work and pay checks has failed. I’m happy to have that debate. I believe all Americans of every ethnic background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness. I’m prepared to discuss that even if it makes liberals uncomfortable.

Agree or Disagree?

coach1228 on January 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Rational Thought on January 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Spot on 100%!!!!

Tim Zank on January 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

KW64 on January 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I must be slow today, because I thought we were in agreement. You can’t write off minority voters for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons is the fact that it’s not just members of a minority group that care about members of that group.

Anyway, Gingrich doing outreach isn’t a bad idea. Saying something dumb like this however was a bad idea. That’s my take on the matter.

McDuck on January 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Rational Thought on January 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Kudos my friend, that’s the best post I’ve seen on Hot Gas in a long, long time. The quality has been so dismal for so long (but esp. lately) I’d all but decided to give up reading them. And then a gem like yours is posted.

edshepp on January 7, 2012 at 1:17 PM

You’re not real smart are ya?

CW on January 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Smarter than someone that engages in a one-man debate about a topic not in discussion.

abobo on January 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Pistols at 20 paces gentlemen?

VBMax on January 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

You know I was chiding my candidate a couple of days ago for taking a couple of days off after Iowa before going to NH. I thought that working a campaign hard when the campaign on was more important than recharging one’s batteries.

I now officially reconsider my position…

JohnGalt23 on January 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Sometimes….there are WORTHY RE-POSTS.
2nd one today.
@Rational Thought
Thank you for saying what is to be true and real.

Those “five inner city” kids are being arrested by black cops led by a black police chief and prosecuted by a black prosecutor — and ALL of them are democrats. Every. Single. One. If you have a problem with how crime is being handled in the inner city, you have a problem with the DEMOCRAT MACHINE that is running the inner city. Honestly, who in the hell do you think is running those cities? Your comments are just absurd. Whatever problems you have with ANYTHING going on in the inner city MUST be laid at the feet of the DEMOCRAT MACHINES who have run those cities for decades. That you are so blind to that and so willing to give them a pass for their corruption and malfeasance that has CREATED the misery that is the American inner city demonstrates that your “caring” and your “concern” are total poses. You are a democrat, and it doesn’t matter how many black children die or go to prison, you will never hold the people responsible for that accountable because your ideology and party loyalty trumps whatever concern you might manage to feign for those citizens. Their misery is your party’s bread and butter, so you’ve got to keep it going. I don’t know how democrats sleep at night. I really do not. Oh, wait, yes I do! They sleep soundly, far, far away from the urban plantations they have created and maintain, safely in their wealthy neighborhoods, talking with their wealthy friends about how much they “care.” Could someone get another bottle of wine from the cellar? I’m parched.

Rational Thought on January 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

coach1228 on January 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

coach1228 on January 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Gee, thanks. It’s a hot-button issue for me, the misery the democrat party has wrought on the black community, and the tragedy that that same community keeps on voting for more of it. So sad. So horribly, horribly sad. BUT, I do believe history will tell the truth. I won’t be around to see it, but maybe my grandchildren will, and there WILL be a reckoning.

Rational Thought on January 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Newt’s spokesman, R.C. Hammond was allegedly seen kicking a door and yelling at a reporter about it.

Shouldn’t it have been the other way around?

nukemhill on January 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Perfect moment

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Finally, someone who tells it like it is. Go Newt!

Kaffa on January 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Sucks that we’ve come to a place where nothing is more terrifying to the GOP establishment as someone who speaks the truth.

The current leader of this primary is someone we know will say whatever he needs to get elected, and somehow that’s his biggest asset.

Well, the Dems are “progressive” in one area. They did this four years ago, we’re only catching up now.

29Victor on January 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Indians in America closely resemble this statement, as well.
They are not all like that.
But such a huge proportion of them are it’s worth talking about.
Stereotypes exist for a good reason.
Sensitive types don’t like hearing it put bluntly.
I for one don’t like to pussyfoot around.
It is, what it is.
If you are black & this doesn’t fit you, then you shouldn’t be offended. Bcs Newt didn’t mean it for ALL blacks.
The black community, like the Indian communities, really need to get their houses in order.

Badger40 on January 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

1. Slavery in the US lasted about 230 years give or take.

angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Wrong. Slavery in the US lasted around 78-82 years, i.e. America won the War of Independence in 1783. Then went to war again, with itself, between 1861 and 1865…to end slavery. Basically 1861/65 – 1783.

To hear black Americans tell the story, 99% of all African slaves ended up in the US (actually Colonial America); however, less than 700,000 actually ended up in Colonial America.

Black Americans don’t seem to mind Islam, but the Arab/Islam slave trade dwarfed the Atlantic slave trade…it still exists today.

Karmi on January 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Paychecks require work – food stamps don’t

The liberals are scared to death that their entitlement slaves might leave the gubmint plantation. Once they do that and get real jobs, they might start thinking. And after that, they might start seeing the servitude in which the liberal regimes have held them. And then they might revolt and…God forbid!…vote Republican, as Martin Luther King did.

Whoa! That would be the end of the Daddy Sugar’s Plantation. Quick, do something – “Newt’s a bigot! Newt’s a racist! Newt wants to repeal the XIII Amendment!” and so on and so forth.

Horace on January 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Who cares if he is a racist Nazi statist egotistic control freaking sexual predator? He will be good in the debates and morons will see he is their deliverer from Obama’s dhimitude or reconquista, or jihad, or Erin go braless or something.

borntoraisehogs on January 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I got in with Hot Air open enrollment

sauldalinsky on January 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Yikes, we really do need to be more careful about these open registrations:)

RINO in Name Only on January 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I see just about everyone is sidestepping the real issue – again.

The situation is just as bad in England – where there was no slavery, and much more in the way of welfare.

It’s the people.

OldEnglish on January 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

1. Slavery in the US lasted about 230 years give or take.
2. In 1912 Detroit was nearly 100% white and one of the most prosperous cities in the country. In 2012 Detroit is 90% black and the biggest basket case of a city using any metric you want to choose.
There was no slavery in Detroit. There was no segregation in Detroit.
angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM
‘Nuf said
1nolibgal on January 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Typical RACIST mindless babble focking inbred hicks.

residentblue on January 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

1. Slavery in the US lasted about 230 years give or take.
2. In 1912 Detroit was nearly 100% white and one of the most prosperous cities in the country. In 2012 Detroit is 90% black and the biggest basket case of a city using any metric you want to choose.
There was no slavery in Detroit. There was no segregation in Detroit.
angryed on January 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM
‘Nuf said
1nolibgal on January 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Typical RACIST mindless babble focking inbred hicks.

residentblue on January 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Yep: angryed and 1nolibgal could use some of your classiness.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Just saw this. Funny, funny, funny! Thanks! I needed a good laugh.

Bmore on January 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

As Marvin Gaye sang: Makes me wanna holler.

Thanks for the eye-opening post, Mr. Shaw
(sigh)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

If things end up as badly as I think they are, these arguments will be a moot point as there simply won’t be any funding for these “programs” and people will be left to their own devices after all (though well-meaning charities will pick up a lot of the “slack”).

If things truly go to hell in a handbasket, the only things that will be funded will be the military, roads, schools, police, fire and a few other societal essentials, not these Great Society/New Deal programs.

Now…if the Socialists take over, then that’s a different matter…we’ll see much, much more than we are now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 7, 2012 at 11:24 PM

The information available showed 34 percent of recipients were white, while 22 percent were black and 16 percent were Hispanic. The numbers showed 41 percent of recipients lived in a household that reported “earnings” — though not a majority, as Jealous claimed.

This is not really a race problem.

Bmore on January 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Guess you understand the population as a whole is far different than those figures. A black baby is far more likely to be born to parents on Food Stamps than a white baby just a fact.

There are many reasons for this but fact is the Democratic programs and speeches have made the problem worse not better. These black leaders that go out and tell every one how bad it is for black people do their own race much harm. They should encourage education, family and American Values. Instead they encourage hate.

Steveangell on January 8, 2012 at 12:53 AM

“They should encourage education, family and American Values. Instead they encourage hate.

Steveangell on January 8, 2012 at 12:53 AM”

How would people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Rev Jeremiah live in Mansions if black people were in any way happy with their life. Newt and Santorum were correct on the issue, too many black people in this country believe the government should do something for them, oh and because Repubicans are RACIST RACIST RACIST. That’s why the majority vote Democrat and they refuse to listen to anything resembling common sense.

I own property in those communities and often ask them if their neighborhoods are getting better or worse! They say getting worse, yet they keep electing criminals and incompetents into office as long as they are Democrats. You sometimes suffer for the choices you make in life.

The message is get whitey, get revenge and make him suffer for the past sins of his fathers. Instead of look forward, educate yourself and improve your life in ways that satisfy you as a person.

Africanus on January 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

The truth usually hurts. Face it people, Newt is spot on on this issue.

F_This on January 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

borntoraisehogs on January 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Even if there was a missing /sarc tag there, that borders on libel. Watch it.

GWB on January 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I see just about everyone is sidestepping the real issue – again.

The situation is just as bad in England – where there was no slavery, and much more in the way of welfare.

It’s the people.

OldEnglish on January 7, 2012

Ahem …
The “noble” Brits dämn sure did have “slavery”.
It was called colonialism, “impressment of seamen”, indentured servants, debtors prison, Feudalism, fiefdoms, etc. ad pukenum.
Their “gem” of slavery was their centuries-old persecution of the Irish.
“A Modest Proposal”
To a people who have had their arses handed to them in every corner of the planet.

These days, Brits are paying for their collective guilt over the loss of global hegemony. The sun set on that “empire” long ago. Now, all are welcome to come and enjoy their “hospitality” and lousy food.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

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