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McCain Digs Up The "Welfare" Language

I don't know why McCain doesn't just use the "n" word and cut through the clutter.

Ronald Reagan did it first

The term "welfare queen" is most often associated with Ronald Reagan who brought the idea to a national audience. During his 1976 presidential campaign, Reagan would tell the story of a woman from Chicago's South Side who was arrested for welfare fraud:

"She has eighty names, thirty addresses, twelve Social Security cards and is collecting veteran's benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. And she is collecting Social Security on her cards. She's got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names."

John McCain does it most recent

Mr. McCain has escalated his attacks in recent days, all but accusing Mr. Obama on Saturday of being a socialist and saying his rival’s tax plan would turn the Internal Revenue Service into “a giant welfare agency.” Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, attached the politically charged word “welfare” to Mr. Obama for the second successive day.

The Republican party hit a high water mark in the modern era for black voters in 2004. But with the nomination of Obama in a post-Katrina post-Iraq atmosphere, that number is going to plunge into the low single digits.

But none of this excuses this racial attack from John McCain. In Oklahoma the KKK is basically working for the McCain-Palin ticket.

Please do your part to bury him, and all these knuckle draggers who are supporting him and making America sick.


>> Casual Expressions of Racism

As a black American, I have cringed at the racism that has permeated this campaign, but way back when I wrote my first endorsement of Sen. Obama I knew that this would be topic #1.

Americans of all colors and backgrounds have invested our hope for a better future in Sen. Obama. But we're kidding ourselves if we pretend as if black America isn't collectively holding its breath more than anyone else - worried about the outcome of the election, the safety of Sen. Obama and his family (I said to a friend that I'm just glad that the Secret Service is really freaking good at what they do), and what it means for our country if racial hatred becomes the defining issue of how we choose our next leader. I'm scared as hell. But I'm pretty hopeful too.