Jeb: GOP won’t offer ‘free stuff’ to black voters

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In the wake of Pope Francis’ reminder Thursday to “keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty,” Jeb Bush traveled to South Carolina for a campaign event. At one point, an attendee looked around the room, noted the absence of black faces in a state that is 28 percent black, and asked Bush how he intended to attract the votes of African Americans, few of whom vote for Republican presidential candidates.

“Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” Bush responded, according to The Washington Post. “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”

Three points:

1.) I’m sorry. A message premised on the belief that black Americans vote according to who promises to “take care of you with free stuff” is not “uplifting”, as Bush described it. Nor is it a message of hope and aspiration. It is ugly and deeply, deeply divisive.

2.) No candidate who has internalized and accepted that insulting mythology, and who casually endorses it in public, will win a significant portion of the black vote. Nor should he. Bush’s attempt to explain how he would bring more black faces to an event like that instead serves as a vivid demonstration of why so few if any were there in the first place.

3.) In his remarks, Bush showed a clear disdain for trying to buy votes with “free stuff,” a stance that might be admirable if it were consistent. Instead, that disdain disappears when the intended beneficiary changes.

Take a look at his proposed tax plan. It includes tax cuts for a lot of people, but more than half of its financial benefits accrue to those in the top 1 percent of income. Taxpayers making more than $10 million a year and in the top 0.01 percent — basically, those funding Bush’s campaign and writing seven-figure checks to his $100 million SuperPAC — would enjoy an average annual tax cut of $1.5 million a year thanks to his proposal.

Based on his own tax returns, Bush’s plan would have reduced his 2013 federal tax burden by $800,000, on a reported income of $7.3 million.  And according to an analysis by data crunchers at the New York Times, “taxpayers earning over $10 million would experience a 6.8 percent rise in their after-tax incomes on average under the Bush plan.” (That doesn’t include the impact of significant cuts in corporate taxes, most of which would also accrue to the wealthy.)**

So, an additional $1.5 million in annual after-tax income for the wealthy. An additional $800,000 in his own pocket. But for black people, no “free stuff”. Got it?

Got it.

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** And just as a reminder, Bush’s own campaign acknowledges that his tax proposal would increase the federal deficit by a minimum of $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, and by as much as $3.4 trillion, on top of deficits already projected.

 

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ODDOWL
ODDOWL

Jeb "twig" Bush is employing subterfuge with his free stuff comment towards Black people...  Twig Bush's free stuff comment is based on a racist, stereotypical myth...  The racist myth is Twig Bush's claim that the vast majority of Americans on Federal Government social welfare programs are Black people... That is a racist lie...  According to CBO official figures, nearly 70% of all the people on welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, the WIC program and aid to mothers with dependent children are White people... The other 30% of Americans receiving Governmental aid is divided up between Black people, Latinos and Asians... So the whole premise of Jeb Bush's comment is designed to excite the biases, prejudices and bigotry of some other group of people...  Who are these people  ???  Twig Bush is attempting to steal the supporters and the votes of the bigots who presently support Ben Carson and Donald Trump...  Jeb Bush's free stuff comment was nothing more than a dog whistle signal to the Carson, Trump supporters that he's engorged with the same vile, racist animus as they are...  Jeb "twig" Bush is desperate and he's grasping for straws... Hillary  #  2016...

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

 Baking a cake is part of a religious ritual?

------------Kammy's robotic question. 

No doubt Kammy will repeat this question ad hominem/nauseum because someone told him to. 

No doubt Kammy will fail to see the fallacy until the absolutists come for him.  The beautiful truth of Christianity is that living your life is part of its religion--and much less than what happens inside a church during service is the business of government.   

Mark 12:33-34

Kamchak
Kamchak

Lord of the Flies SHEETZ!

TBS
TBS

The Pastry Preist of heavenly treats here on earth

Bet Wednesday night supper is off the chart

josef
josef

CANNED JESUS


I don't need you to bake me no cake for my religiously sanctioned and officiated wedding.  Unmentionable's Southern Baptist church going Aunt Oneida did that already...using her "Jewish pound cake" recipe.

Gmare
Gmare

I have a Jewish Pound Cake recipe. YUM!!!

josef
josef

@Gmare 

It was decidedly the hit of the reception.  "That Nice Rabbi Lady" couldn't get enough of her.  Aunt Oneida sez, "well, I'll make you one, Suguh>"  LOL 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

 Baking a cake is part of a religious ritual?

Who's to say what is a religious ritual?  Are we limited by THE GOVERNMENT and by the SUPREME COURT now to what they CERTIFY is a religious ritual? 

If you talk to leftists, all else can be coerced by force, the force, threats and destruction that come with absolute government power against freedom of conscience. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Yes_Jesus_Can So you vote for a government official to give you something or protect something because you are against government?   Wow who is forcing you to vote?

Paul42
Paul42

@Yes_Jesus_Can

Reading you talk about religious freedom with that moniker and avatar is like reading a blogger posting as "KKK" with a moniker of a white-hooded figure  lecturing others about civil rights and freedom.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Paul42 @Yes_Jesus_Can

Well, it seems we have come to the heights of your understanding and apparently to the limits of your "broad" knowledge of rhetoric and of history. 

Paul42
Paul42

@josef

Hi josef.  From the outset, I find a lot of what happened centuries ago troubling, regardless of the 'current morals' view.  Thanks much for the link.  I look forward to reading it.

josef
josef

Ouch!  YOU'RE...maybe auto correct, maybe not...but Sic Transit is here, so I don't want to offend him


Kamchak
Kamchak

If a Pastafarian refused to make lasagna for a wedding I could almost go along with it, but The FSM (bless his noodly appendages RAMEN!) has yet to weigh in on gay marriage.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

.... steadfastly supports laws in her country which imprison gays for “voluntary sodomy.” She’s also resisted calls from the West to reform anti-gay laws. But while positions like that would surely earn Sirleaf condemnation were she an American politician, she’s received nothing but praise from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as an invitation to speak at a special session of the Clinton Global Initiative.

---Truth for a Clinton---it depends on who's listening and whether or not the Clinton's stand to gain from being disingenuous from lying.  They have always thought that they would benefit, so they do provide quite the pattern to observe. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Yes_Jesus_Can 

Charity That Carly Fiorina Is Chairman Of Provided $18,000 In Goods To Abortion Group 

Since you are on the subject of liars...

Kamchak
Kamchak

Baking a cake is part of a religious ritual?

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Kamchak 

In owning a business does the First Amendment not guarantee me the right to practice my faith as I see fit? 

Paul42
Paul42

@Kamchak

YJC again reads a line or two, skips all the background  and jumps right in!

TBS
TBS

For those who worship at the feet of Betty Crocker it is one

Some are making their way to heaven while others are baking their way

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Kamchak @Yes_Jesus_Can 

Why do you suppose that it is not? 

Colossians 1:20 

Is it possible for you to understand that a God who is in all things and aware of everything does think we should be free to do what His spirit tells us to do, and free to NOT do what His Spirit tells us not to do? 

Whether it is possible for you to believe this Kammy, your mocking about baking cakes only shows your ignorance, your narrow-mindedness and your disrespect for people of faith.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Kamchak Food is an integral part of many religious rituals in my family.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Still waiting for you to identify which " Gay rights trumps the free exercise of religious rights in this country. "

Seriously Paul??

How 'bout I don't want to bake a cake for what you claim is a wedding? 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Paul42 @Yes_Jesus_Can 

Paul,

A business being forced to do anything its owner and sole proprietor does not want to do is called SLAVERY and could only come about in this case by religious persecution. 

Tell a muslim halal butcher you'd like him to cut up a hog you just shot, YOU COWARD, and you would realize very quickly how much you soon respect your betters who worship God. 

Paul42
Paul42

@Yes_Jesus_Can

td made the statement and can't support it.  Your need for attention is so great you just had to chime in even though you can't support it, either.

Consider your head patted and attention given.

Kamchak
Kamchak

"Bostin" is a state?

Someone is overdue for a remedial U.S. geography lesson.

Just sayin'.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

did that other clown take you up on that course? Man he was jabberin bout swampland & de island, and they're 70 miles apart. Thats way farther than the 30 mi from Berkeley to the marina.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Jay,

I sure miss the days when the ajc had actual stories to read in the Sports section.  Big Falcons win and all that's on ajc.com is a photo montage and one blog entry.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@_GodlessHeathen_ That's where you have to have a subscription to myAJC, just because paying Schultz and Bradley is important too.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@_GodlessHeathen_ 

Well you can go back a day, read about that big Bulldogs win against...South Dakota Institute of Ballet or whoever it is they played.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

I sure miss those days too, way back when in Duluth.....wait, no I don't heheheh

ByteMe
ByteMe

@_GodlessHeathen_ Didn't you answer your own question there? :)

BTW, I'll bet if you get creative, you might be able to figure out a way to use adblock to get around it.  I do that for a couple of pay newspaper sites.

breckenridge
breckenridge

 Q:  Which state, per capita, leads the US in pay-per-view porn consumption?


Well lemme sea here.....aint the south cause souths is all good Christuns.  Gotta be sum lib state that hates God and Ameruka, cause libs got no morels.  Mabee got some portobellos though.


Ok.  Im gonna go with..........Bostin.


Oops. Not Bostin, its Utah. Same thing cause Utah is a suburp of Bostin an its all radacul mooslims and libs eneeway.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@breckenridge I would have gone for Alabama, although that implies they would pay for it there, which may not be true.