Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Virtual plantation
“When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about…”

Senator Hillary Clinton
speaking to a predominantly black audience
at Al Sharpton's Martin Luther King Day event
in Harlem – January 2006

Senator Clinton’s political gaffe is understandable; she is the junior senator from NY, in her first elective office. Clearly, she understands the concept of plantation politics, she’s just a little slow in figuring out which political party depends on it.

Perhaps reading Medicare education sought for blacks (excerpts follow) in today’s Washington Times would clarify things for her.
Black doctors and advocates for senior citizens spoke loudly to black Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday urging them to put politics aside and work harder to enroll seniors in the Medicare prescription drug plan…

Democrats have opposed and denounced the Medicare drug plan since 2003, but that has put black politicians, mostly Democrats, at odds with many of their senior constituents, who are not only confused by the plan but also by the message from their representatives.

The NMA's [National Medical Association, a group of more than 25,000 black doctors] message to the black community "is that this will help seniors, despite the maze you have to go through to get enrolled," said Ben Johnson, former assistant to President Clinton.

He said many black seniors have said that ministers and other black leaders have told them not to enroll...

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