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Monday, February 21, 2005

NAACP Attacks Bush Social Security Plan

NAACP leaders are requesting a meeting with President Bush to discuss his Social Security privatization plan which would harm the black community. The NAACP pointed out to Bush that twice as many married African Americans as whites rely upon Social Security for their retirement income.

The NAACP says that the president is only trying to capitalize upon the life expectancy problem, and it's easy to see why they says that. Sitting around and wondering why there is a life expectancy disparity between African Americans and whites is not going to solve the problem, but it will allow rich whites to become even richer.

I should also mention that the IRS is threatening to revoke the non-profit status of the NAACP after Julian Bond made a speech critical of President Bush. Sounds to me like Bush is using his influence as President to compel the IRS into silencing the voices of Bush critics in the African American community.

President Bush and Congress need to move out of their comfort zone and work with the African American community and the Democratic Party on real solutions to Social Security - not this privatization nonsense. While they're at it, it would also be a good idea for them to try and tackle the minority healthcare problem as well.

You can view the article here.

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