1. I know I am not alone in getting political solicitations. Somehow all of them are for republicans. How does anyone know? Are the registrations public record? Or maybe since contributions are public, its no secret that in most cases I have contributed to republicans. I did support a conservative democrat for governor of Tennessee and voted for him twice – his republican opponents can charitably called “idiots”. Well I got a solicitation for Mia Love who is running for the congressional seat in the 4th congressional district in Utah. Love is a black woman who is a republican, a mormon and mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. The mailing called her an African-American. But is she? Her parents are Haitian immigrants. Are Haitians African-Americans? Regardless, she may constitute the first real threat to Jim Matheson who is a rare entrenched democrat in Utah. Go to http://www.Love4Utah.com and be impressed.
2. Who is that woman standing next to NASCAR winners? No I don’t watch NASCAR but I do watch Sportscenter and the same woman is always there with the different winners so she can’t be in the pit crew.
3. Don’t you think the Progressive insurance snapshot is a bit spooky? Leave it to a company whose chairman and ex-CEO is second to only George Soros as one of the most prominent leftists (“progressive insurance") to have a device that is in your car monitoring your driving. I am surprised Obama didn’t put it in the health care bill.
4. Obama referred to the Ryan budget as “social Darwinism” and said that since Romney endorsed that budget then by inference, Obama was calling Ryan, the house republicans and Romney racists. Of course, the vast majority of Obama supporters had the reference go over their heads. Obama said that the Ryan budget proposed "more than a trillion dollars in tax giveaways for people making more than $250,000 a year" while cutting aid to millions of college students, the slashing of medical and scientific research grants and over 200,000 children losing early places in school. The department of justice would have less money to combat violent and financial crimes. Two million mothers and young children would be cut from a program that gives them access to healthy food," he said. "We wouldn't have the capacity to enforce the laws that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink or the food that we eat.” Of course, this is BS but it plays to his base. Thus, he is saying that while Darwinism is survival of the fittest, social Darwinism is shifting funds to the wealthy (read white) and let the poor (read black) fend for themselves. This is consistent with Obama's view of capitalism which he envisions as dog eat dog and competition over a fixed pie.
Harold A. Black is professor emeritus in the Department of Finance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville having retired after 24 years of service. He has served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Florida. His government service includes the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a Board Member of the National Credit Union Administration. He also has served on the boards of directors Home Savings of America and its parent company, H. F. Ahmanson & Co., Irwindale, California prior to its merger with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, on the board of New Century Financial Corporation, Irvine, California, then the nation’s largest real estate investment trust and as director and later chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News-Sentinel at http://www.knoxnews.com/staff/dr-harold-black/. His web page is haroldablackphd.com