January 16, 2003
A Great Role Model
Here's an article from the Washington Post that suggests that Condelezza Rice was one of the strongest voices in President Bush's ear to get him to denounce the affirmative action policy at the University of Michigan. Which, once again, illustrates my long-held point: tokenism only benefits tokens when the people picked as our pioneers close the doors behind the rest of the community. It's great that Dr. Rice is the first Black National Security Advisor, but, in this case, she went out of her way and out of her job description to effect policy that hurts every other person of color and every other woman (i.e. the largest beneficiaries of affirmative action, I might add) in the country.
The Family Business
So, what do you think will happen to the price of oil if a war starts in Iraq? Consequently, what will happen to the profit margins & stock prices of America's major oil companies? How many of those companies might pay dividends, which, if the President has his way, would be tax-free income for anyone who owns stock in those companies? Why is it that the words "conflict of interest" suddenly come to mind, when I remember that G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Evans, and the godfather himself, George Herbert Walker Bush, all have had enormous financial stakes in the oil industry? Did you know there's an oil tanker out there somewhere named the Condelezza?
Ponder that as you check out this L.A. Times article that shows constructing tax shelters to protect deep-pocket investors has been printed on the Bush D.N.A. for nearly 100 years. Still think they're serving the public good?