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Any Wonder Why?

13 Jun

See, this is why Newt will never be president or ever get close to winning the nomination – http://leanforward.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/12/12191331-gingrich-stands-by-controversial-food-stamp-comments?lite.

You say shit like this about Americans – any Americans – and you’re really not gonna get yourself a lot of friends – except those who are financially well-off and don’t have to worry (a) where their next paycheck is coming from and (b) whether they’ll have food to eat; it is so fucking easy to tell people what they need to do when you don’t have to do it yourself, like you got a job and you’re telling people they need to get a job.

And then he was talking to Al Sharpton… of all people to make that comment to.  Was the comment really racial?  Maybe… but that’s not the point, is it?  To me, it’s the fact that he said it, then backpedaled (as politicians are wont to do) by saying, oh, I didn’t mean for it to come out like that but, um, I stand by the spirit of what I said.  Dude, too late – you opened your mouth and that’s what came out!

I wonder what, if anything, Newt might have said when Al laid the 2010 census statistic on him?  If he did have something to say – and because I don’t think the media likes Newt all that much – they probably “neglected” to say what Newt’s response was…

 
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  1. julieisrael

    13 June 2012 at 01:51

    Oh, Newt. What will he say next? Soooo glad he’s not in the race anymore! (We’ve had some very interesting candidates this cycle, haven’t we?)

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    • kdaddy23

      13 June 2012 at 02:00

      Welcome, Julie Israel, and thank you for your comments. Yeah it seems that we get the usual cast of nomination characters on the Republican side and, invariably, one of them will say something totally unnecessary (or get caught having an affair). I’m not a political animal but I understand that politicians will say whatever the can to promote their party’s position regardless of party. In a time when people cannot find work because employers aren’t hiring – and that’s because they’re trying to protect their bottom line – to make such a comment in the face of a shitty economy just isn’t called for.

      See, while maybe the ‘man on the street’ could get away with saying – and cleaning up – such a statement, politicians seem to forget that the public will kick them in the nuts more about stuff they say than the things they do – and Newt put his foot in it big time and even had the audacity to suggest that this is a Republican Party sentiment. So while people bitch and moan about Barak Obama, it makes me wonder if having a potentially racist and elitist sitting in the big chair is a good thing; and I remember Romney’s comment about his not caring about poor people, another dumb thing to say because, duh, a lot of poor people do vote… and maybe he forgot that.

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  2. marriagecoach1

    13 June 2012 at 02:47

    Hey Rob
    You should know me well enough now to know that I am not a racist. I truly believe in the MLK Dream Speech and judge a man by the content of his character and not the content of his skin. To say that black kids in the projects don’t have role models is not exactly racist. Since the advent of Johnson’s Great Society Program the government has been responsible for a lot of misery in the black community. At that time the percentage of two parent homes in the black community was about 92%. Now that the liberal dems and the government wants to be your daddy, the number of two parent homes in the black community is like 28%. The number of black women having illigitmiate kids is staggering. This is responsible for a lot of social ills in our country. You know as a dad that it takes a dad to sit on a teen, especially a boy teen once he gets past 15. If black boys don’t have a dad then they seek out inappropriate role models in the drug dealers and the rappers.

    Now I know that Newt is ham handed and certainly would not be my choice for pres and I am glad that he dropped out of the race but the gist of what he was saying has a lot of ring of truth to it.

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    • kdaddy23

      13 June 2012 at 13:12

      Not as much what you say but how you say it at times that’ll get you in hot water. But here’s the thing that I don’t think politicians – or too many other people understand: Stop looking at color; look at Americans as a whole and stop plunging us deeper into a class society, i.e., the haves versus the have-nots. Black women aren’t the only demographic area having illegitimate children, you know just like Black homes are not the only ones with a single parent and given that there are still more whites on welfare and other forms of public assistance than there are Blacks – and the numbers bear this out, mind you – it is irresponsible of a politician to “target” one group of people and say, in essence, “There’s your problem!”

      That’s how you don’t get nominated to battle for the Big Chair and that’s sure as hell how you don’t get elected president because, hmm, all those Black people getting talked about? THEY VOTE. And in his somewhat illustrious history, this isn’t the first time he’s gotten bitch-slapped for making what appears to be racist comments, is it?

      Social ills. Considering that the federal government has pretty much cut out all spending for the states to enact new social programming, that kinda makes them responsible doesn’t it? Of course, when I was growing up, there were social programs all over the place, giving ALL youth – not just Black – something constructive to do and, by and large, keeping them off the streets and out of trouble. Where are they now? They don’t exist anymore.

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  3. Ariela

    13 June 2012 at 12:48

    I truly would like to know what Newt’s response to Sharpton’s statistic was. At one of my last jobs, the white people I worked with talked about how they had been/were still on food stamps. But the money we were making was no joke. Yet the people that actually need the food stamps can’t get them, and poor people are blamed for draining the system. How gross.

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    • kdaddy23

      13 June 2012 at 13:16

      I had a job making $80,000+ a year. Now I’m disabled and retired, getting Social Security… and I can’t get food stamps. That tell ya anything? I’d really like to know what Newt might have said, too, Ariela, especially when the official census data tells a different story.

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