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April 28, 2014 - 8:35 am
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A member of the Congressional Black Caucus says the group is looking forward not just to challenging recent comments by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday, but his overall economic and political philosophy.

The House Budget Committee chairman agreed to sit down with the CBC after comments he made last month on inner-city poverty.

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan said on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America when talking about welfare-to-work requirements.

The CBC sent Ryan a letter calling the original comments “highly offensive.” Ryan said his comments had “nothing to do whatsoever with race.”

“After reading the transcript of yesterday morning’s interview, it is clear that I was inarticulate about the point I was trying to make,” he said in a statement. “I was not implicating the culture of one community — but of society as a whole. We have allowed our society to isolate or quarantine the poor rather than integrate people into our communities.” The CBC invited Ryan to come to one of their weekly meetings to talk about poverty.

That will happen Wednesday after Ryan’s committee holds a hearing titled “A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines.”

“I hope that he just comes in and apologizes and just confesses ignorance. Because if he comes in and attempts to say that there — this has nothing to do with race, this was all about poverty, I think he’s really just going to make the situation worse,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) told MSNBC.

“But you know, the Black Caucus typically has speakers come in every Wednesday. And sometimes they are coming in because the Caucus has differences with them. But the chairwoman always handles things in a very professional manner. And in addition to his comments, people are going to want to talk with him about his overall philosophy, especially in regards to the budget and his view of poverty. So I think he has a lot to talk about, a lot of explaining to do,” Bass continued.

Ryan will also be asked about quoting Charles Murray, who co-authored The Bell Curve that, in part, studied race and intelligence.

“I think this is the problem because, you know, Paul is really viewed as the intellectual hero of his caucus when it comes to all matters related to the budget and poverty and those issue. So you can’t be on one hand an intellectual and then quote somebody like Murray and say you really didn’t know or you really didn’t what their viewpoints were,” Bass said.

“I mean, Murray is the equivalent of the fake scientist that existed long ago that tried to come up with scientific justifications for the enslavement of people and for the inferiority of African- Americans. And that’s exactly what part of Murray’s quote/unquote ‘research’ attempts to document is the inferiority. So, you can’t come in and say, you know, on the one hand, you’re brilliant. On the other hand, you’re quoting something you really didn’t know where they were coming from. That is a bit of a contradiction.”

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Paul Ryan should not debate the Ku Klux Klan. Neither should he debate Congressional Black Caucus. And it would be edifying if he would say it just like that, publicly.
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“But you know, the Black Caucus typically has speakers come in every Wednesday. And sometimes they are coming in because the Caucus has differences with them. But the chairwoman always handles things in a very professional manner. And in addition to his comments, people are going to want to talk with him about his overall philosophy, especially in regards to the budget and his view of poverty. So I think he has a lot to talk about, a lot of explaining to do,” Bass continued.

Well, that's pretty clear, isn't it? Ryan can show up, recant his views, grovel profusely and maybe earn his way into the good graces of the CBC or he can try to state his views more clearly and be roundly condemned as an unrepentant racist no matter what he says. In either case, Ryan loses by either renouncing views that he presumably feels strongly or by defending those views to a caucus that appears to be overwhelmingly hostile and unlikely to listen to him with an open mind.

The MSM will do its bit for the Left by carefully editing Ryan's remarks to make him look racist (as it did with George Zimmerman and now Cliven Bundy) and the CBC will either declare him a hateful racist or a "recovering racist" if he grovels sufficiently in trying to walk his remarks back.

In any case, the truth of what Ryan said will be lost, no matter how carefully he tries to explain that he was talking about poor whites and Hispanics as well as blacks.

How is any progress on these issues ever to be made if we can't speak frankly about fundamental problems like a general disinterest in working among some poorer Americans and what may be driving that disinterest?
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Ryan should have stood by his remarks and told the CBC to pound sand.
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Remember the Book The Bell Curve where it was documented that mean IQ for whites is about 10 points higher than blacks. This is scientific study which was the best and most accurate data available. The also showed correlation between wealth and IQ. The black politicians jump and shout racism. But the wealth issue is the same for all races. Since all races are not the same, it is perfectly normal to expect that the IQ would be different. This fact negates the expectation of equal wealth for all races. It is what it is and you can't fix it. Certianly not Ryan's fault but I don't see the black caucus trying to help blacks overcome their hereditary and their ability level the playing field. To date, I see no effort.
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Why is there a Black Caucus? Is the membership open to all?
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Was my comment too controversial? Where is it?
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I agree with Sukie. Ryan was talking about blacks when he spoke. It is too late to try to lie his way out of it. But he was correct. Sloth is an essential part of black culture in America. Not all blacks are slothful; but the vast majority are. Lazy to study, lazy to go to school, lazy to go to work, lazy on the job, lazy to go to church, lazy in almost all areas- almost all the time. Roosevelt et al enslaved them to the welfare state.There are many black families in the big cities that have been government subsidiized since 1935, when the SS Act went into effect. Asians come here and their children earn masters degrees. Blacks, free since the War Between the States, are still high school dropouts. It is politically incorrect to assign lack of intellectual capacity as a factor in this matter. So lets just stick with sloth. White vs. Black racism is not a cause. Just look at the perverted, ignorant ,Black incompetents elected to administer our Government. See how they have all but destroyed our Constitutional Republic and our national sovereignty. Have they done it out of stupidity? Or out of malice? Those are the choices. Either they are not smart enough to do it right. or they are out to destroy America. In either case, they've got to go! We must find a legal and moral way to replace them with responsible patriots- and ASAP.
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In other words the CBC just wants ryan to come in.not talk about issues, parrot the same idiotic narrative that has kept the black and poor in poverty. And leave. Sorry its time for the CBC to get some tough love. And if people would rather be poor slave over hearing 'hate facts' then they are not my equal, don't deserve to be and I hope they stay poor. Color be dammed
25 weeks ago
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I finally have something in common with the Racist Congressional Black Caucus.
We both dislike and distrust Paul Ryan.
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Absolutely! Maybe just maybe if the gentleman had more knowledge about the breakdown in inner city white communities and the tailspin of culture in the same, he would hear the truth and not ignorantly assume that the problem Ryan is trying to solve is a problem for only African-Americans. It is the same problem for innner city whites as well as African-Americans.
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I doubt that Paul Ryan can come down to a low enough level to answer Rep. Karen Bass' self-righteous rhetorical questions.
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Black Rednecks & White Liberals by Sowell, Thomas (May 1, 2009)

probably the CBC figures Dr. Sowell is racist, too.
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Paul Ryan should not debate the Ku Klux Klan. Neither should he debate Congressional Black Caucus. And it would be edifying if he would say it just like that, publicly.
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