Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Social Security Reform and African-Americans

Turns out, the President IS right about Social Security and how the current system short-changes Blacks. [I say blacks, and because not everyone with dark skin comes from Africa. Should all those with blonde-hair be called "swedes"?]

Heritage Foundation:
We were interested to see last week that a Minneapolis newspaper had taken the odd editorial position that several of our colleagues here are liars. Though the slur was no worse than what we read on some weblogs (to whom we're most often "neoCons," more oddly), at least we would have the opportunity to set the record straight. Things have turned out even better than that, though.

The Star Tribune argued last week that "Of all the lies...that the Bush administration is spreading about Social Security, none is as vile as the canard Bush repeated last Tuesday, when he said, "African-American males die sooner than other males do, which means the [Social Security] system is inherently unfair to a certain group of people."

The Tribune continued: "Bush didn't make up this phony line on his own; it comes from the Heritage Foundation."

So far as we can tell, the Tribune had seized on an out-of-date and well refuted hit piece from six years ago. How well refuted? It took us all of 4 second using Google to find this.

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