Larry Elder

The failure to privatize Social Security holds blacks back. The Cato Institute writes: "A study by the nonpartisan RAND Corporation found that the rate-of-return for African-Americans was approximately one percent lower than that for whites. The result was a net lifetime transfer of wealth from blacks to whites averaging nearly $10,000 per person."

California Rep. Maxine Waters called the black unemployment rate, then at 15.9 percent, "unconscionable." What do liberals propose to do about it? Spend more of taxpayers' money on -- fill in the blank -- health care, education, job training, preschool. Raise the minimum wage. Increase taxes on "the rich" -- precisely the approach that is giving us the worst economic recovery in 80 years.

Social issues are important, but should be fought out at the state and local level. Even on many non-economic issues, the Democratic Party is out of step and out of touch with the feelings of non-elites. Attorney General Eric Holder, for example, remains on the warpath about voter I.D. laws, calling them racist. But polls show blacks nearly as likely as whites to support voter I.D.

On immigration, Coretta Scott King once wrote to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in support of strong laws to punish those who hire illegal aliens. She said that employment of illegal aliens is unfair to America's "un- and semi-skilled workers," a disproportionately large number of whom are black.

On the issue of gay marriage and abortion, non-elite blacks part from the "leadership." Though the Democratic Party passionately supports Roe v. Wade, many polls find blacks more "pro-life" than whites. While the Democrat leadership demands "marriage equality," a 2011 poll found that 58 percent of blacks oppose gay marriage, a higher rate than the rest of the country.

"Dems good, Republicans bad." "Dems care about you, Republicans care about money." Heard it all -- and it's bull.

Can you answer this question correctly? As between liberals and conservatives, who donates more to charity? The answer is it isn't even close. According to the book "Who Really Cares" by Arthur Brooks, conservative-headed households are more generous with their money by some 30 percent and also give far more of their time.

We talked about vouchers. Obama opposes them, thus blocking many black and brown families from the same opportunities his mother afforded him --Punahou prep school in Hawaii -- and that the Obamas afford their own children, who've never attended public school. Isn't education the key to success? Or, as you "progressives" put it, education is "the civil rights issue of the 21st century."

Didn't mean to overwhelm you. I expect this to give you an industrial-sized case of "cognitive dissonance." I tried. Alan would have.

-- Larry


Larry Elder

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