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NAACP would do well to give more consideration to other views

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The NAACP convention’s welcome of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Wednesday wafted between respectful, cordial and hostile.

That’s to be expected, one supposes. The organization and the candidate reside mostly on opposite ends of the ideological divide.

But it’s heartbreaking to see how intolerant and dismissive the organization’s leaders remain toward views and ideas that stray from Democratic orthodoxy.

In truth, that dogmatism doesn’t hurt Mr. Romney so much as it stifles debate in the overall society and denies African-Americans the diversity of thought that could very well help uplift them and others. And it’s fair to ponder whether such Democratic orthodoxy is in large part responsible for deteriorating conditions in many American cities today.

As Justice Clarence Thomas noted in Augusta just over a year ago, “Though the libraries and schools are no longer off-limits based on race, certain ideas available there are off-limits for those reasons.”

It’s time that ideas were no longer declared off-limits because of race.

And it’s time we realized that ideas aren’t white or black or anything in-between.

One great example: Between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it’s Mr. Obama that has opposed and tried to kill a voucher program that helps disadvantaged students in Washington, D.C., attend private schools. And the program survived only because of support among Republicans in the U.S. House.

Moreover, it must be asked: After nearly four years under Mr. Obama’s leadership – the first two of which his party had commanding majorities in both houses of Congress – how have African-Americans fared? Unemployment is high for the country as a whole, but over 14 percent among African-Americans.

It doesn’t come down to skin color. It comes down to ideas, which are color-blind.

Lower taxes help the private economy create jobs; Mr. Obama wants to raise taxes on those earning $250,000 – and the new health law will be a new tax on anyone who doesn’t buy health insurance.

Abundant, affordable energy helps everyone; Mr. Obama’s policies have discouraged oil exploration and coal, and he killed the Keystone pipeline project.

Federal spending threatens everyone, particularly future generations, with crushing debt and high taxes; Mr. Obama has spent more than any president in history.

On these and other issues, a case can be made that Mr. Romney’s plans would do far more for African-Americans than Mr. Obama’s policies have.

What a shame if that possibility is simply dismissed out of hand.

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grouse
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grouse 07/16/12 - 01:04 am
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If lower taxes for the
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If lower taxes for the wealthy create jobs, then why is the country not overflowing with jobs from the Bush cuts??

burninater
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burninater 07/16/12 - 01:22 am
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The underemployed and

The underemployed and unemployed in the current economy are fully aware that the old wive's tale that "Lower taxes help the private economy create jobs" is blatantly untrue. Demand creates jobs. Gross income disparities reduce demand to a much smaller pool of consumers. Higher effective tax rates on the top few percentiles of income earners reduce the incentive to create gross disparities in private sector wages, and the pool of consumer demand is increased. It worked for America since WWII, and the tax cuts of the past two decades have only reduced the large demand pool of the middle class.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/12 - 04:02 am
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I know, lets raise taxes on

I know, lets raise taxes on the wealthy so more wealthy will leave America like Denise Rich, like the business partner and co- founder of face book. That really will help The American economy, when the most productive and most creative leave. Denise Rich was even a Democrat and I am sure she wants to pay her fair share BWAHAHAHAHAHA

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 07/16/12 - 04:30 am
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If you theory is true, how

If you theory is true, how come there were rich people in the US when the tax rate for the highest wage earners was at 50+% between the years of 1929 and 1985? You'd think most of those people would have left the US for better fiscal reason. A few people leave and now there is a mass exodus due to taxes, whatever. They left for their own personal ideals....

I do want to give Willard so credit for doing what George W. Bush seemed to find as the hardest thing in the world to do and that was to speak to the NAACP. If Republicans REALLY want to take over, maybe they should get their views across to African Americans more, to show they actually do care, instead acting like they don't matter by way of the snub the Bush gave for them 8 years he was in office........

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/16/12 - 05:16 am
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Greece is fried

If there were a way to tax to create government jobs to improve the economy without private enterprise we would have found the money tree and everyone would be on easy street. Greece is fried.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/12 - 09:18 am
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onlysaneoneleft because

onlysaneoneleft because nobody actually paid the rate..Martini lunches tax write off, credit card interest, tax write off, etc etc and a lot of book cooking. We used to be able to get drug companies to sponsor educational events for an anesthesia group I was with. They could write the cost off as promotion. We would always have a short speal about how good the drug was that the sponsor was pushing at the time during the presentations. We got Charlie Walker to speak once, all kinds of folks. Not any more.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/16/12 - 07:00 am
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AA's are brainwashed
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African-Americans blindly step to the beat of ANY Democratic candidate. They never consider that the people who voted in Jim Crow Laws, fought against integration and the Civil Rights Act, and denied them basic human rights for decades were all DEMOCRATS! Before you say this is all in the past, liberals are always the ones screaming how important it is to remember the past. Remember how they tried to use "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." argument when Bush ran against Gore in 2000? BTW, Al Gore's old dad, Al Gore SR. (D-Tennessee) was a staunch opponent of the Civil Rights Act. Can you imagine Obama speaking to the NRA and getting booed like Romney received from the NAACP? The press would have crucified the group! Typical liberal hypocrites!

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 07/16/12 - 07:33 am
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Diversity is great, but we'd

Diversity is great, but we'd like to think efforts to appeal to more voters would involve the GOP party giving some thought to the priorities and values of people who identify as other than the GOP a " bunch of old white guys," instead of just planning for a face - lift.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 07:34 am
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grouse.....unemployment was
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grouse.....unemployment was low when Clinton cut taxes and when Bush cut taxes. It didn't start to go down until Democrats took control of both houses of Congress. Concidence? The liberals seem to not want to mention that little pesky fact.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 07:36 am
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Economists AND the President
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Economists AND the President have said that raising taxes on the wealthy will not help the economy......so what is the motivation to do it?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/16/12 - 08:34 am
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KISS OF DEATH
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"...GOP giving some thought to the priorities and values of people who identify as other than the GOP..."? Do these priorities and values include month after month of high unemployment, more people signing up for food stamps, and continued lowering of consumer confidence in the economy? If so, congratulations, your president and the rest of the Dems have accomplished all of these!

Techfan
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Techfan 07/16/12 - 08:42 am
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Great videos to run on right

Great videos to run on right wing sites to work up the base. That's the only reason Willard was there. He even brought his own African American cheering section (insert applause here). end-of-quote.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/16/12 - 08:44 am
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I looked at the Opinion

I looked at the Opinion headlines and thought, "Wow, the AC doesn't have an anti-Obama editorial, LTE, or guest column." Of course I was wrong.. I should have known better.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 09:15 am
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I thought unfounded
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I thought unfounded statements were against the rules here. The 8:42 comment proved me wrong.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/12 - 12:35 pm
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Lets see, Obama has been

Lets see, Obama has been president for three + years, spent $800 billion to reduce unemployment and jump start the economy, Official Balck unempolyment rate 14% yong black male unemployment rate 40%. What does Obama do? Obama tells people who own businesses and work their tails off to make them succeed that they really didn't do it, of course that is why about 1/2 of all new businesses fail, I guess there wasn't enought people willing to help them succeed! BWAHAHAHAHA

TParty
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TParty 07/16/12 - 10:35 am
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Carcraft

Here is Obama's full quote:

"“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” he said. “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

Which is true- everyone knows that. The new Starbucks factory being built- it didn't build the roads to bring in supplies and ship out products that are here in Augusta. We as a community decided our taxes should pay for that.

KSL
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KSL 07/16/12 - 10:41 am
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Yep, and we all know that

Yep, and we all know that Obama didn't get where he is without some serious deep pockets behind him. His transparency has been so enlightening.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/16/12 - 10:42 am
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Converse

What is the point Obama is trying to make? He just as well could have said, “If you were a failure, somebody along the line gave you some help.”

KSL
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KSL 07/16/12 - 10:50 am
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And apparently are still

And apparently are still doing it.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 07/16/12 - 11:58 am
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Fact is, the middle class as a whole is threatened

by a Romney administration. Sure, give him credit for telling the NAACP gathering in so many words that he would give short shrift to working families in favor of his own bracket, but don't let race distract you, and don't let the likes of Fox News and the ACES talk you into voting against your own best interests.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 12:19 pm
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Jon Lester...Please explain
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Jon Lester...Please explain how the middle class is threatened by Romney......especially how they could be threatened any more than they are by Obama.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/12 - 12:45 pm
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Little Lamb, and if you are a

Little Lamb, and if you are a gangbanger in Chicago you have some one to thank for that correct? Of course we all stand on the shoulders of giants. However to think that taxing innovation ( as in Obama care and medical implants ) you produce more innovation is just stupid. I suppose the folks at Solyndra can now say about thier failure " Thank you President Obama for the $500 million but we owe our failure to you" LOL .,yes I see how this can work, Obama's failures are all Bush's because Obama had only a shrub to stand on and not a towering oak! BWAHAHAHAHA I know Obama throwing billions of tax payers money at jump stating green energy worked so well! We can excuse Obama because he is only a community organizer so Obama's record on investment stinks, but he has the rest of this so well worked out right?

TParty
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TParty 07/16/12 - 01:03 pm
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"and if you are a gangbanger

"and if you are a gangbanger in Chicago you have some one to thank for that correct?"

Sure, why not? You can thank the government for the war on drugs bringing you business. You can thank the community for building sidewalks for people to stand on, roads to drive on to bring product. They can also be upset by the government- they can complain that too much money goes to the police and DA, who go after gang bangers. Too much money goes towards cameras and other things. I'm sure the head honchos hate the IRS even more- since they bring down gangsters who fail to declare their income correctly.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 01:10 pm
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hmmmm.....a thumbs down for
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hmmmm.....a thumbs down for asking a simple question. Not an answer, but a thumbs down of dissaproval.....interesting.

Addition: And a thumbs down for even mentioning it. Lots of trolls out today I suppose.

TParty
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TParty 07/16/12 - 01:16 pm
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I gave you the thumbs down

I gave you the thumbs down SL- because you are the only one who complains about the thumbs- as if they mean anything. They are worthless. And while you complain about the worth less thumbs up or thumbs down- you're attempting to side track the discussion, and side tracks deserve a thumb down, and so does complaining about worthless thumb numbers.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 01:20 pm
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The question wasn't worthless
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The question wasn't worthless though. And you are wrong.....many others have asked about the worthless thumbs. And you are wrong again....I am NOT adttempting to side track ANYTHING. Just because you say so does not make it so.

Funny you say they are worthless....yet you participate.

TParty
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TParty 07/16/12 - 01:24 pm
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What simple question are you

What simple question are you talking about? And why bother bringing up the thumb thing? And I gave you the thumbs down out of spite- clearly it bothers you. Although I do not read every single comment posted on here- you are clearly the leader in the complaining about thumbs down. And then- you call people trolls. So, maybe another thumbs down is necessary for insults.

EDIT: And look- discussion side tracked. I feel for it- and I'm sorry everyone for falling for the distraction.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 01:23 pm
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"David Parker 06/19/12 -
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"David Parker 06/19/12 - 11:09 am Vote up!
thumbs down for my comment. new

7 thumbs down for my comment. Love every cotton-pickin one of you. Never change HAH!"

Yep....I'm the only one. Love they hyperbole.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 01:24 pm
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Question at 12:19 PM....
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Question at 12:19 PM....

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/16/12 - 01:26 pm
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OH....and Wrong again. The
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OH....and Wrong again. The thumbs don't bother me at all....I just find it interesting, thus the use of the word "interesting."

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