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Biden’s “Social Cost” Climate Analysis Flawed

Biden’s “Social Cost” Climate Analysis Flawed

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Black Activist Advocates Instead for Analysis of Regulatory Impact on Minorities Washington, D.C. - Noting that “[i]f the predictions of the environmental ‘experts’ and their ...
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Biden Threatens Black Lending Options

Biden Threatens Black Lending Options

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During the Trump Administration, banking regulations on lenders were eased. But Joe Biden is expected to try to rachet up new rules. This new red ...
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The American Economy Is at a Crossroads, by Martin Baker

The American Economy Is at a Crossroads, by Martin Baker

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As our nation emerges into a fragile post-pandemic world, we must recognize our economy has been in peril longer than most would care to admit ...
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About Project 21

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.

Project 21 participants have been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets, including the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, the CNN Morning News, Black Entertainment Television’s Lead Story, America’s Black Forum, the McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal and the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Larry King shows, as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and many others.

Project 21 participants live all over the U.S. and have a variety of careers. What they have in common is a desire to make America a better place for African-Americans, and all Americans, to live and work. Project 21 members do this in a variety of ways in their own communities, and, through Project 21, by writing opinion editorials for newspapers, participating in public policy discussions on radio and television, by participating in policy panels, by giving speeches before student, business and community groups, and by advising policymakers at the national, state and local levels.

Project 21: A History

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, sense of family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment. This became most obvious during the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when the media provided extended coverage of the reaction of liberal civil rights leaders to the events surrounding the Rodney King controversy. Curiously, the media made little mention of those in the African-American community who spoke out in favor of law and order and individual responsibility – and against the rioting.

Rather than merely complain about the lack of attention given to conservative and moderate African-Americans as typified by the coverage of the riots, The National Center for Public Policy Research convened a meeting of conservative and moderate African-American activists in mid-1992 to determine whether it was feasible to construct a network to bring conservative and moderate voices in the black community to the attention of the media. The answer was yes, and Project 21 was born. By March of 1993, Project 21 secured the necessary funding to hire a full-time coordinator to pursue its goals. Project 21’s mission includes the active promotion of conservative and moderate viewpoints by Project 21’s network of members in the media, and the ongoing recruitment of new members to be promoted.

Project 21 acts as a public relations network for moderate and conservative African-Americans, and is interested in promoting those African-Americans who want to discuss their beliefs not only in the privacy of their own homes but in thousands, sometimes millions, of homes across America. Whether a member is a talented writer, articulate speaker, dedicated policy analyst or just have interesting viewpoints on important issues, Project 21 is there to help its members get recognition.

Project 21 has enjoyed enormous success. Project 21’s network of African-American moderates and conservatives have been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, talk radio shows and television programs throughout the country. Participants have been featured on such programs as CNN & Company, CNN Morning News, The McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, The Michael Reagan Show, BET’s Our Voices, and America’s Black Forum as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and many others.

Project 21 members have been published, quoted or interviewed over 35,000 times since the program was launched in 1992.

Project 21 first burst into attention following the release of Black America 1994: Changing Direction in January 1994. A 77-page volume, Black America 1994 is a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the African-American community. A collection of 15 essays written by Project 21 participants, the report addressed important contemporary issues including economic stagnation, crime, education, health, welfare, and the disintegration of the black family.

In the weeks following the report’s release, its contributors participated in several hundred media interviews, and Project 21 received nearly 5,000 requests for information and numerous offers of support.

Project 21 released a major report, The Health Care Ghetto: African-Americans and Health Care Reform, at a National Press Club press conference in August, 1994. The report was the first of its kind to analyze how various health care reform initiatives would affect minority communities.

In January 1995, Project 21 released a second annual report: Black America 1995: A New Beginning. The report consisted of 38 essays by Project 21 members on topics ranging from the information superhighway to crime. In January 1996, a series of profiles were released of black conservatives and moderates who shun government spending and embrace greater community involvement as the way to solve problems. Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal also included an agenda created by black conservatives and moderates outlining what government needs to do – and what it needs to stop doing – if people are going to start solving their own problems.

In 1997, following two years of research, Project 21 released an in-depth report: Black America 1997: How Government Harms Charities… And How Some are Succeeding Anyway. Until now, it has not been widely known that humanitarian groups suffer from government’s regulatory harassment. The 90-page report received front page newspaper coverage in Washington D.C. and led to calls from lawmakers interested in repealing the regulations that harm the ability of charities to help the poor.

Project 21 also has taken a lead role in bringing to public attention the fact that a substantial number of government environmental rules have a disproportionately negative economic impact on minorities. In addition to assisting with the research and publication of over 60 studies, op-eds and press releases on this topic in recent years, in 2002, joining with the John P. McGovern Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs to form a Center for Environmental Justice, Project 21 released a comprehensive econometric analysis of the impact of so-called “smart growth” regulations on minorities. The study, “Smart Growth and Its Effects on Housing Markets: The New Segregation” was published in November, 2002.

Project 21 is also actively involved in educating the public on proposals to empower communities rather than the government. For instance, Project 21 was instrumental in promoting the ideas incorporated in the Community Renewal Act, sponsored by Reps. Jim Talent (R-MO) and J.C. Watts (R-OK) in the 105th Congress. Project 21’s Contract with Black America, proposed to the leadership of the Republican Congress in January 1995, started the process that eventually led to the crafting of the Community Renewal Act.

Press Releases

Black Leadership Network Warns Color Chasm in Cyberspace is Real Threat to Black Progress – August 1998

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 Two recent studies, by Vanderbilt University researchers and the Commerce Department, have found a major disparity between black and white Americans in the digital world.The studies show that white families are more than twice as likely as black and Hispanic families to own home computers. The Commerce Department report, "Falling through the Net II," said about 76% of white families with salaries over $75,000 own home computers, compared with only 64% of black families at the same income level. Across all incomes, about 41% of white families own PCs but only about 19% of black and Hispanic families have home ...
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Blacks say Shays/Meehan Campaign Reform Bill Would Have Chilling Effect on Minority Political Speech – July 1998

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Black Leadership Network Project 21 says that H.R. 3526 would make it harder for ethnic and racial minority, women and non-mainstream voices to be heard Members of the Black leadership network Project 21 say that the campaign finance reform legislation by Representatives Chris Shays (R-CT) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), which is scheduled for a House vote the week of July 13-17, is unwise and would impose a very frightening effect on the distribution of material that reports our votes, where we stand on issues and advocacy speech that is essential in a democracy. Under the Shays/Meehan bill, the group says, ...
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Black Leadership Drops the Ball on Minority AIDS Epidemic – July 1998

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Devastating Families and Communities Black leadership network Project 21 says AIDS among minorities is a public health emergency that can no longer be ignored by the black community and its leadersWhile thousands of experts on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland for the World AIDS Conference, many are asking heads of state and other world leaders -- particularly those in Africa -- to build the courage to face the AIDS epidemic. In the United States, members of the black leadership network Project 21 say the issue of AIDS in American black communities has been ignored for too ...
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Blacks Say New Study Gives Cause for State of Emergency Over Minority Reading Skills – May 1998

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Black Leadership Network Says Study Shows Drastic Measures Must Be Considered to Increase Reading Capabilities of Minority Children Responding to the shocking results of a study on educational quality in New York State, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are calling for a state of emergency to be declared to address the reading capabilities of minority children in urban public schools. The study quantifies the fact that minority children are being short-changed in the area of reading, and that reading test scores actually declined further after state education officials began intensifying their efforts to identify and correct the ...
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Blacks Say Labor Union Behavior is Best Reason for “Paycheck Protection”

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California voters will go to the polls on June 2 to decide the fate of a paycheck protection ballot initiative. California members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 point out that the practices and tactics used by organized labor opposing the initiative provide ample proof of the need for such a safeguard. Labor unions regularly use mandatory member dues to finance political activity. Proposition 226, the "Campaign Reform Initiative," would require employers and labor union leaders to obtain annual permission from workers before using mandatory paycheck deductions to fund state and local political activity. It would also ban foreign ...
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Black Leadership Network Praises Congressional Efforts on Behalf of Minority Communities – April 1998

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For immediate release: April 29, 1998 Contact: Roderick Conrad (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Republican congressional leaders are to be commended for tackling key issues of concern among minority communities, says Project 21, an African-American leadership network. Project 21 members contend that initiatives made during the 105th Congress constitute one of the greatest leaps forward for minorities in the past 30 years. Project 21 member Kimberley Wilson says, "After three decades of black political efforts to coddle the residents of the inner city with worthless social programs and a celebration of victimhood, the Republican-led 105th Congress has actually taken concrete measures ...
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Black Teen Suicide Study Alarming, Yet Misleading

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 reject a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention study on teen suicide that says African-American teens reared in upwardly mobile families are not able to cope with the "stressful" environment created by black prosperity. The study shows the suicide rate of African-Americans between the ages of 10 and 19 has increased by 114% since 1980. In southern states, the rate has grown by 214%. Some scholars and the study's authors say that a consequence of rising prosperity and social integration for blacks over the last few decades has caused a loss ...
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Black Leadership Network Outraged Over Snub of Former Congressman

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Former Congressman Floyd Flake (D-NY) was abruptly uninvited to the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Prayer Breakfast earlier this month because some members of the Caucus objected to his support of school vouchers, an issue which was to be mentioned in his speech. Project 21 member Jackie Cissell, an associate with the Indiana Family Institute in Indianapolis, said, "Considering that 87% of Black America support school vouchers, it is outrageous that the desire to empower parents in the education of their children is not on the agenda of some of Indiana's Black legislators. Because the content his speech could not be ...
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Clinton Scandal Shows Naked Abuse of Power – January 1998

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The African-American leadership group Project 21 says allegations of perjury and an affair with an intern by President Clinton is a critical blow to the President in terms of trust and character. "This recent situation with the President takes on a very serious tone because this time the actions that are being alleged took place in the White House and supposedly involved Vernon Jordan," says Stuart Pigler, aide to Michigan State Representative Dick Posthumus and Project 21 member. "Surely, the American people will see that character flaws such as these can effect sound judgement when conducting the affairs of the ...
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Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handguns Owners Shut Out of Court

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Press Release The National Center for Public Policy Research For Immediate Release: June 27, 1997 Contact: Amy Ridenour (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handgun Owners Shut Out of Court:Millions Affected by Supreme Court Decisions This Week Were Denied the Opportunity to See Cases Argued in Court Taxpayers, religious people, Internet users, handgun owners and anyone who might someday die were keenly affected by decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court over the last three days. Too bad these same people were effectively banned from watching these Supreme Court proceedings the way they can watch the ...
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Project 21 Asks Congress to Stop Letting Political Correctness Determine How We Fight AIDS

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"As AIDS continues to ravage black communities in America, we as members and associates of the black leadership group Project 21 are urging you to give serious attention to provisions contained in the 'HIV Prevention Act of 1997' as a means of combating AIDS in the black community," wrote 28 affiliates of the African-American leadership group Project 21 in a May 6 letter addressed to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Maxine Waters and sent to the entire Caucus. "The difference in treatment of AIDS from all other contagious diseases is impeding early detection of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS," said ...
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African-American Group Supports End of Racial Preferences: California Civil Rights Initiative Defended; Endorsed by California Members, Including a Former Black Panther

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Diversity should be achieved through non-discriminatory outreach efforts, not preferences or quotas for special groups, says the African-American leadership group Project 21. Project 21's California members say that the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) seeks to achieve this goal by prohibiting the state from using race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin to determine who should be favored or discriminated against by the state with respect to public employment, public education or public contracting. "The arguments made by many minorities for maintaining racial preferences show a complete lack of confidence in their abilities," says Project 21 member James Coleman, ...
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Conservatives Propose Their Own Brand of Urban Renewal: Proposal to “Save Our Children” and Revitalize Low-Income Areas Gets Its Day in Congress

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Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Nearly 250 children are expected to attend a joint Congressional hearing and press conference on "Saving Our Children: The American Community Renewal Act of 1996" (H.R. 3467) -- a sweeping plan to renew urban areas through free market economics rather than government programs. The children will be wearing T-shirts that bear the name of the legislation. The press conference will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 9:30 AM in front of Capitol Hill's largest hearing room, 1100 Longworth HOB. The hearings held by the Subcommittees on Human Resources and Early Childhood, ...
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President Clinton’s 100,000 New Cops Will Be Sent Where They’re Needed the Least

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Group Says Design of President Clinton's Program Virtually Guarantees That Lower Crime Areas Will Receive More New Police Than Higher Crime Areas The 100,000 new police officers President Clinton promised would be on America's streets before the next century are more likely to be sent to neighborhoods sporting nicely cut lawns and picket fences than those occupied by drug dealers and haunted with the sounds of gunfire, say members of the African-American leadership group Project 21. A Project 21 chart examining the geographical distribution of new police officers by comparing the 1994 Crime Bill's COPS grants with FBI Uniform Crime ...
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Poll Shows Union Members Oppose Having Their Dues Used for Political Agenda

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A majority of union members do not realize organized labor is using union dues for political purposes, and a strong majority opposes them doing so, says a new national survey conducted by the Luntz Research Companies. The national survey revealed that: 58% of union members did not know that the national labor unions were using mandatory monthly dues to pay for $35 million in election activities through November; 62% opposed use of their dues for such activities; 84% would support making union leaders disclose exactly how they spend member dues; When asked what the most important responsibility of unions was, ...
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Ryshawn Bynum: American Slavery’s Latest Victim? by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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Two-year-old Ryshawn Lamar Bynum died on July 31, 2003. His father, Isaac Bynum, had brought the child to the intensive care unit of Oregon Health and Science University Hospital the previous day. Ryshawn arrived unresponsive, and doctors soon realized why: His neck was broken. So were two of his ribs. He had a severe brain injury (which, an autopsy showed, was the actual cause of his death), retinal hemorrhages and about 70 whip marks on his legs, buttocks, back and chest. Little Ryshawn was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m. When speaking with the police, Isaac Bynum initially said the injuries ...
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Thank You, Bill Cosby, For Saying the Right Thing at the Right Time, by Lisa Fritsch

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There are many reasons to thank Bill Cosby. First, there is his success as the first black comedian to tap into the creative and educational aspect of animation. His Fat Albert television show (soon to be a live-action movie), where he belted out "hey, hey, hey," conjures up fond memories of a larger-than-life cartoon about life lessons, educational esteem and camaraderie among friends. He also deserves thanks for pioneering America's first intellectual look into the lives of an upwardly mobile and traditional black family. Arguably the most popular sit-com ever, The Cosby Show was a breakthrough in American television. It ...
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It’s Not About Kerry-Edwards – It’s All About Beat Bush, by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

New Visions Commentary /
One of the most amusing and interesting observations regarding the upcoming presidential election is that it pits the incumbent against the uninteresting. Let's face it. Where is the real groundswell of excitement, adoration and support for John Kerry and John Edwards? I believe Democrats are going to be voting Democratic regardless of the candidate. As uninteresting as Kerry is, it seems that Democrats will be walking lockstep to vote their party ticket whether it is Kerry or anyone else -- as long as the nominee is leftist/liberal. How else can you explain the ho-hum responses of most liberal blacks (a ...
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Anti-SUV Activists Versus the American Family, by Matthew Craig

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  When you get behind the wheel of your SUV or minivan, do you automatically become a member of a hate group? According to the radicals now dominating the environmental movement, driving one of these vehicles proves you hate the planet. To the contrary, SUV and minivan owners are often law-abiding American families that are simply obeying the law. While the owners of compact and hybrid cars can smugly believe they are saving the world and saving money at the gas pump, their choice of vehicle is not for everyone. SUV-haters fail to understand the needs of the average American ...
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Whose Victory? One Year Later, Affirmative Action Ruling Solves Little, by Tom Florip

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Last June marked the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Grutter v. Bollinger decision, which upheld the use of racial preferences at the University of Michigan (U-M) but struck down an "admission points" system quantifying those preferences. U-M President Mary Sue Coleman called it a victory for that ever-trusty buzzword "diversity," and speculated that the ruling "will go down in history as among the great landmark decisions of the Supreme Court." Maybe so, but it's not turning out to be the type of landmark President Coleman had in mind. Grutter v. Bollinger is neither a symbol of equality nor ...
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A Low-Down, Dirty Shame, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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R&B star Usher (no full name for Usher Raymond IV, please, he's a celebrity) used to be a really cute kid. He danced a little, acted a little and projected an overall charming persona. His songs were inoffensive. Most of his music was a hip-hop version of bubblegum pop. Usher's all grown up now, and it's not pretty. His new album, "Confessions," is a commercial success and has received praise from fans and critics alike. The concept is quite simple. It's a sometimes-torrid look into a young man's personal life. It offers moody slow songs and shake-what-you-have-in-the-club songs. It seems ...
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Whoopi Goldberg’s Despicable Performance, by Mychal Massie

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"Values is not part of a political slogan. Values are what's inside you." With that comment, presidential hopeful John Kerry launched into another diatribe about what sets him apart from President George W. Bush. No one's ever accused Kerry of being the brightest bulb in the box, but one would think him politically savvy enough to reconsider his values in the aftermath of his recent Radio City Music Hall fundraiser featuring comedienne Whoopi Goldberg. In that case, it seemed to be hubris before intelligence. In front of an ardently liberal crowd, Goldberg spewed forth vulgar, sexually-explicit comparisons between the President ...
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Time for Regime Change at the NAACP, by Ak’Bar Shabazz

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After hearing Julian Bond and Kweisi Mfume trash President George W. Bush and black conservatives, it's painfully apparent what has become of the NAACP. A once-proud organization has been reduced to simple slander and rhetoric. The leadership that once produced American greats like Thurgood Marshall and WEB Dubois now seems diminished to a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. The NAACP no longer appears focused on the advancement of the African-American community. It now acts as if its chief concern is electing liberals and maintaining its perceived influence. Ideas that founded the organization look to be replaced by the partisan pursuit ...
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One Righteous Dis: Bush Right to Turn Down NAACP, by Deroy Murdock

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Liberal bellies are aching over President George W. Bush's absence from the Philadelphia convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Citing scheduling conflicts, the White House sent the president's regrets. As journalists have explained in grave and slightly damning tones, Bush is the first president since Warren Harding not to address the NAACP. The insinuation is that Bush's no-show before America's oldest and largest civil-rights group reflects his neglect of, if not disdain for, black Americans. No one should be surprised, however, to see Bush toss the NAACP's invitation into the trash. That's exactly where ...
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Spurring Lower Prices: FDA Aided America’s Rx Drug Consumers By Not Banning Authorized Generics

New Visions Commentary /
For years, generic drug manufacturers have been telling us that making more generic drugs available - earlier - is the key to saving consumers money and bringing greater access to prescription drugs. Competition, they said, will benefit millions of Americans because prices for prescription medications will drop if consumers have access to more generic versions of the medicines research pharmaceutical companies discover and develop. But now generic manufacturers are backpedaling on the issue and, like Goldilocks' selfish search for something to suit her "just right," the generic industry is rejecting the very competition they once told us was the Holy ...
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Bill Cosby, You Say the Darndest Things, by Kevin Martin and Tom Florip

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Dr. Huxtable gave an unwelcome second opinion at a recent gala marking the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision. As he rose to address the crowd at Howard University, scarcely anyone expected Bill Cosby to deliver a scathing - albeit comical - rebuke of the state of black America. For speaking his mind, Cosby may have his ghetto pass revoked. He has a target on his back. Complaining about education in black households, Cosby said, "These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids - $500 sneakers, for what? And [they] won't ...
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Marcus Dixon: A Small Example of a Greater Problem, by Lisa Fritsch

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Is it possible to measure the political benefits and social impacts of winning the Cold War? The War on Terror? President Ronald Reagan was never given due credit by his liberal peers for winning this psychological - and sometimes physical - war. They were against his defiant stances. They suggested disarming. Americans and others worldwide now benefit because of his persistence. It's impossible to estimate the economic, political and social damage the world may have witnessed if he listened to the pessimists. President George W. Bush's challenge now is similar. The overthrow and capture of Saddam Hussein provides yet untold ...
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Thanking Bush for His Leadership, by Ak’Bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
Is it possible to measure the political benefits and social impacts of winning the Cold War? The War on Terror? President Ronald Reagan was never given due credit by his liberal peers for winning this psychological - and sometimes physical - war. They were against his defiant stances. They suggested disarming. Americans and others worldwide now benefit because of his persistence. It's impossible to estimate the economic, political and social damage the world may have witnessed if he listened to the pessimists. President George W. Bush's challenge now is similar. The overthrow and capture of Saddam Hussein provides yet untold ...
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Some of My Best Friends are Black: A Business Proposal, by Kevin Martin

New Visions Commentary /
Earlier this year, Al Sharpton beat up on Howard Dean during a presidential primary debate about the lack of blacks and Hispanics in Dean's cabinet when he was governor of Vermont. More recently, John Kerry has been criticized for not having enough diversity in his campaign. It all gave me the idea for a great new business opportunity. In Dean's case, he had to admit that his administration (like the Clinton White House) had a distinct lack of minorities in its inner circle. This isn't the reason Dean went on to lose every presidential primary (with the exception of the ...
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AARP’S Campaign to Import Uncertified Drugs Poses Hazards to Seniors’ Health and Budgets, by Ak’Bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
The Medicare reform legislation passed by Congress last fall brought more affordable prescription medicines to 42 million elderly and disabled beneficiaries, and AARP supported it. Now, it turns out, the aggressive seniors' mar-keting lobby had an ulterior motive. While the ink from the President's signature on the bill is still drying, AARP's leadership has mounted a campaign that can upset long-term access to affordable medicines, not only for Medicare patients but all who depend on prescription drugs to treat disease and illness. AARP is urging Washington's lawmakers to legalize drug re-importation into the United States from Canada as well as ...
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Reverend Al’s Campaign: When Sequels Go Bad, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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With few exceptions, sequels are never as good as the original. That's true in movies, books and - as Al Sharpton shows us - in politics. When Sharpton first began running for president, no political commentator considered him a serious contender. Many thought Sharpton was really trying to be seen as the second coming of Jesse Jackson, and this was his bid to emerge as the most powerful civil rights figure in America. It didn't work out that way, and now the Sharpton campaign is over and saddled with $600,000 in debt. When Jesse Jackson ran in 1988, he won ...
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The Benefit of Brown: Providing Opportunity for Those Who Want It

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At a recent press conference in the U.S. Capitol, black political activist Mychal Massie noted: "I stand here cognizant of the fact that, not many years ago, my mother could have hoped only to scrub the floors here. But, today, I stand here addressing the nation. I am aware than my son can one day stand here and address the world." Massie was a year old when the U.S. Supreme Court integrated public schools through its decision in Brown v. Board of Education. His mother, a single parent, was a maid. Because of the opportunities provided by Brown 50 years ...
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CBC Silence is Deafening, by Eddie Huff

New Visions Commentary /
Sometimes what people don't say is more important than what they do say. This applies to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other the so-called black leaders in this country. CBC members and others are calling for an investigation into U.S. involvement in the ouster of Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Accusations that Aristide was kidnapped, and allegations of other crimes, are being made against the Bush Administration and Secretary of State Colin Powell in particular. Interesting about this selective outrage is its irony. The accusations and investigation demands over Haiti fell on the 10th anniversary of the tragic mass genocide ...
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If Students Can Hold Smutty Stars Accountable, Why Can’t We? by Michael King

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Music videos these days are filled with images of scantily-clad women either exploiting their sexuality or having it exploited. Britney Spears, for example, wears a sheer bodystocking with strategically placed rhinestones - along with other suggestive costumes - in her latest video, "Toxic." Beyonce Knowles gyrates through her video for "Naughty Girl." And we won't even begin to talk about Janet Jackson and her "wardrobe malfunction." Beyond the leading ladies of song, the dancers of music video bump, grind and writhe through one video after another with almost bland regularity. In the video for Nelly's "Tip Drill," the rapper goes ...
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Choosing Life Over Death By Being Conservative, by Malcolm Moore

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A New Visions Commentary paper published May 2004 by The National Center for Public Policy Research. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. If you're reading this commentary you're obviously still alive. Up to this point, you probably think you've chosen life over death when making critical decisions. Right? Not necessarily. If you are "conservative," and live by conservative principles, you may very well be choosing life over death. If you live by "liberal" principles, however, you may really be choosing death. This conclusion is apparent in an April 5, 2004 New York Times article by Linda Villarosa entitled, "AIDS Fears ...
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