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"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

07/17/2009 (11:34 am)

Barbara Boxer, Racist?

I simply could not believe my eyes when I watched this.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D, CA) has before her Harry Alford, the Chairman and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, apparently testifying concerning the potential economic impact of cap-and-trade on member businesses, based on years of study by that organization. Boxer’s response, incredibly, was to read into the record a superficial resolution from the NAACP favoring legislation to combat climate change. It occurs at 1:23 into the clip, which is just over 6 minutes long. Listen:

Did the woman actually think she could mollify a black man by reading him a resolution by other black men? “Here, good Negro, we really do take your type seriously?” Or is she hoping that the people listening to the hearing will be persuaded to ignore one black man because other black men disagree? Is this her way of rebutting a research-supported opinion by a professional — show that somebody of the same race has a different opinion, using an organization that has nothing to do with neither energy, nor business, nor climate change, but is connected only by the fact that the skin of the individuals have similar amounts of melanin?

Somebody, please, offer me an explanation of this that does not make Barbara Boxer either the typical, white, racist socialite of the 1950s (“You’re a credit to your race”) or the most shamelessly cynical player of racial politics. Either way, I completely concur with Mr. Alford’s objection to her racist condescension.

Barbara Boxer is a disgrace.

In case anybody cares, the correct reply to her utterly flaccid statistic from the Pew study at minute 1, that “green” jobs grew faster than the general economy in California from 1998 to 2007, is “Of course they did; the government pumped billions of dollars worth of subsidies into green trades. How much did it cost the state to create each of those, and how many jobs were lost from conventional fuel-related business?” You can increase the number of jobs that paint the roses red, if you throw enough dollars at painting the roses red; that doesn’t mean it makes any sense to do it, nor does it mean it was good for the economy.

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5 Comments »

July 17, 2009 @ 2:05 pm #

I loved how he called her out on it, too bad that clip won’t make the evening news or the front page. I also like how he called her Ma’am and she didn’t say a thing, bet she got an earful after last weeks tirade against the general.

Here’s an interview with Harry Alford about the confrontation:

http://www.breitbart.tv/it-was-vile-jim-crow-exclusive-interview-with-black-business-leader-insulted-by-sen-boxer/

July 17, 2009 @ 5:24 pm #

Boxer said it herself, the hearing had nothing to do with gathering facts, it was about building support and Harry Alford was not helping. The Democratic Party, being true to its core, once again shows it’s racist strips. What a load of crap.

I wonder if there has ever been an organization that started out rotten and managed to change its self into something good. I can’t think of one.

July 17, 2009 @ 7:01 pm #

I wonder if there has ever been an organization that started out rotten and managed to change its self into something good. I can’t think of one.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Worldwide Church of God come to mind. Both began as cults, and turned into stable, Christian denominations. The SDA Church has developed a specialty in health care and wellness, actually.

July 17, 2009 @ 10:05 pm #

Race issues aside – the Pew study is currently irrelevant. They didn’t use any data from this year. Which is the more important data. It doesn’t represent the chaos these companies are experiencing right now. I talked about it here.

Subsidies have not proven to sustain the sector. Once the private funding died up – things are looking very bad indeed.

These companies are scrambling for money. Their stock values are being decimated. They are laying off people. They are being cannibalised. Just today they withdrew a solar IPO. Many have already closed. Some have class action suits for over-inflating their sales.

It will be interesting to see how the administration spins this. I don’t know how reputable Pew is. While their data was pretty accurate for the time period – why they stuck the study out a couple of weeks ago, is confusing. Prices for solar and turbines have fallen off a cliff.

July 18, 2009 @ 9:52 pm #

Subsidies have not proven to sustain the sector. Once the private funding died up – things are looking very bad indeed.

These companies are scrambling for money. Their stock values are being decimated. They are laying off people. They are being cannibalised. Just today they withdrew a solar IPO. Many have already closed. Some have class action suits for over-inflating their sales.

Those who clamor about how “We should use X or Y alternative” are fools who have not the slightest idea how a real economy works. We’re all going to suffer because the children got hold of the reins. The alternatives are simply not ready for use.

I don’t know how reputable Pew is.

Pew is solidly left-wing, and most likely produced their research on demand from the White House.

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