Get ready to spend like a madman, folks.
Obama Notes “Tragic” U.S. Past.
Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.
“There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ’08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.
All right, so we insulted Native Americans by driving them out of their lands well over a century ago. Check.
“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”
Ohhhh, so with a faltering economy, we’re going to start spending like a madman to hand over money to Native Americans and most others who are considered “ethnic?”
If I’m not mistaken, haven’t Native Americans been living their lives tax-free, getting free rides through college, and generally been living it up for a very long time now?
And haven’t government mandates such as affirmative action done little more than incite newer, fresher racism into the mix?
I feel like Obama isn’t just promising the moon to everyone and everything that moves, but he also has the potential to erase decades worth of work towards better race relations. Expansive reparations are NOT going to help anyone in the long run. They will only highlight the fact that there is a notable differences between races, driving a wedge deep between us.
I know my generation, the one preceding it, as well as the one following. Race relations have never been better in this country. Sure, there’s a bit more work to do, but Senator Obama’s plan is definitely not the course of action that is going to solve any of these problems. He will simply intensify them.
And where is the money for these reparations going to come from? Well, they’ll come from higher taxes, of course. And who will be taxed heaviest? The middle-and-upper classes will bear the brunt of the load. Sure, that will unite America like never before.
If this is “Change we can believe in,” then I am a willful unbeliever.
(see what I did there? Christian joke)