Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Why can't politicians talk plain English

RUSH: You gotta hear this. Grab sound bite number one. This is JoAnn Watson at a city council meeting last night in Detroit. They had a talk, conversation, or meeting about Detroit's financial crisis. And this is the council member, JoAnn Watson...

WATSON: After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, DC, and he came back home with some bacon.
WOMAN: All right!
COUNCIL: Mmm-hmm!
WATSON: That's what you do. That's what you do! This is a... Our people in an overwhelming way supported the reelection of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that.
RUSH: Yeah. So basically she's saying, "Obama, bail us out. We voted for you, dude. Bail us out. There's gotta be a quid pro quo. The old mayor, Coleman Young, he went to Washington and he came back home with some bacon. Well, we want some bacon. We want some pork." So the city council in Detroit is asking for an Obama bailout, and people get righteously indignant when you say that Obama is Santa Claus. When you say that people voted for Obama because he's Santa Claus.
Here's JoAnn Watson admitting it.
 Rush translates it for us, but really, I wish she'd forget the politician-ese and speak English. What's the quid pro quo she's talking about? "You ought to exercise leadership on that." Who'se she talking to - the mayor of the city.

Let's not forget by the way that she's only voicing what every group of folks that votes for a politician voices. Ted Stephens of Alaska was one of the biggest crooks in office - but he brought home the pork to Alaska and the people loved him.

But what will be funny is...will Obama do anything to help Detroit? The employment of blacks during his first 4 years was not affected by anything he did, not that he seemed to do very much. (However, he did pass the executive order where black kids can't be expelled from school if they misbehave, because they are used to a different kind of discipline then white kids.) We'll see if that makes a difference in their graduate rates in the next four years.

July 30: The Daily Caller

Obama Backs Race-Based School Discipline Policies 

President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.

His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”
“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.”
“What this means is that whites and Asians will get suspended for things that blacks don’t get suspended for,” because school officials will try to level punishments despite groups’ different infraction rates, predicted Hans Bader, a counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Bader is a former official in the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, and has sued and represented school districts and colleges in civil-rights cases.
“It is too bad that the president has chosen to set up a new bureaucracy with a focus on one particular racial group, to the exclusion of all others,” said Roger Clegg, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity.
“A disproportionate share of crimes are committed by African Americans, and they are disproportionately likely to misbehave in school… [because] more than 7 out of 10 African Americans (72.5 percent) are born out of wedlock… versus fewer than 3 out of 10 whites,” he said in a statement to The Daily Caller. Although “you won’t see it mentioned in the Executive Order… there is an obvious connection between these [marriage] numbers and how each group is doing educationally, economically, criminally,” he said.
The order created a “President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.” {snip}
The progressive’s campaign for race-based discipline policies also won a victory in Maryland July 24.
The state’s board of education established a policy demanding that each racial or ethnic group receive roughly proportional level of school penalties, regardless of the behavior by members of each group.
The board’s decision requires that “the state’s 24 school systems track data to ensure that minority and special education students are not unduly affected by suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary measures,” said a July 25 Washington Post report.
“Disparities would have to be reduced within a year and eliminated within three years,” according to the Post.

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