Let’s put Hillary’s refusal to quit in perspective and think of the mighty benefit to America that could accrue from her nomination.
Should Hillary receive the nod from the Evian-filled backrooms of the Democrat Party next weekend every reason exists to expect African-America voters to be annoyed. Perhaps to the point either of staying home or even voting for McCain, a Republican who has gone further than any other national leader in trying to pull the GOP back to Right-Center where it must be to govern responsibly, perhaps even to win again – at all.
African Americans would benefit more than any other segment of our society from a rational approach to entitlements and immigration. (African Americans also would benefit more than any other group from terminating our unionized teacher work force.)
Following education (and the outlawing of teacher’s unions), the largest issue facing America today and for the foreseeable future is entitlements, and among these, Social Security.
What is not presented in the mainstream media is the truly raw deal African Americans receive from SS.
Blacks have shorter life expectancy than Whites – they die sooner. African Americans also enter the workforce sooner, paying into Social Security longer than Whites. Blacks are more apt to be in the lower economic rungs (see: Unionized teachers) lacking any cap on Social Security earnings – they pay a higher percentage of their earnings into Social Security than do Whites. African Americans pay into Social Security their entire working lives – then die before they can receive the benefit of the dollars taken from them, dollars that instead go to fund non-means-tested Whites in their (far longer) retirements.
This is as absurd as it is unfair.
The GOP would like to privatize a portion of Social Security. What would this mean for African Americans? The money they put into their retirement would fund their retirement – or be passed on to their children and wealth would begin to accumulate in the Black community. This simply cannot happen with Social Security as now implemented – and as it is demanded to remain by the Democrats.
Social Security is a bad deal for African Americans. So are uncontrolled numbers of low-wage immigrants. So are unionized teachers. The Democrats viscerally support all, and all are bad for African Americans – demonstrably so.
If a Hillary nomination pushed African-Americans to re-think their 90% bloc voting for Democrats over the past several decades, and perhaps even begin to swing their votes to the GOP – as they did in massive numbers pre-1928 – it could be a very good thing for America.
Not only would it level the playing field for African Americans in Social Security, job competition and education, it could – perhaps – drag the GOP back toward the Center by jettisoning the Far Right extremists, resulting in the Democrats responding by ejecting their extremists and moving centerward, as well.
Everyone would benefit.