In a week when President George W. Bush's tax cut plan suffered major setbacks in the Senate, 49 leading African-American businessmen and businesswomen, including Bob Johnson of BET, Earl Graves of Black Enterprise magazine and Alice Houston of Automotive Carrier Services, took out an ad in newspapers across America to urge Congress to repeal the "death tax." Ironically, this ad makes the case better than the president's own party has made it.
The report cards keep getting worse. On Friday (April 6), the U.S. Department of Education released the latest test results on how well (or, to be more accurate, how poorly) students in government-run schools read. The results indicate that less than a third of our fourth graders are proficient in reading and the gap between the best and worst readers is widening.
This is the pre-Easter week in which normally Christophobic national news magazines make their annual bow to the improbable event believed in by many of their readers.