President Bush told black leaders Tuesday that his plan to add private accounts to Social Security would benefit blacks since they tend to have shorter lives than some other Americans and end up paying in more than they get out.
Um, might I gently suggest that the problem here is not that blacks pay more than they get out, but that they live shorter lives? Ya know, maybe that's the problem to fix, and not the Social Security thing.
What a cynical thing to say. He might as well have said, 'Your minority group is poorer and has shorter longevity than mine, partially or mostly because of my conservative constituency. Since I need those people to vote for my party, I won't offer you any solutions to your basic problem, but I'll give you a few extra bucks.' The article continues:
[Attendees] also said his supporters in the room praised Bush for opening federal dollars to churches and religious organizations and encouraged him to push for a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Bush said this month it will be virtually impossible to overcome Senate resistance to passing an amendment under current legal conditions.
"We felt very strongly that we hope that the president would make this a priority on his agenda," said Robert L. Woodson Sr., founder of the Washington-based National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Woodson said many black pastors encouraged their congregations to vote for Bush on the issue, but Bush didn't respond to the request. "He was noncommittal on it because he has more priorities," Woodson said.
'Oh, and by the way, we're against gay marriage. Vote for me.'