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Put The Race Card Away, Please

Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, said this the other day about the possible effects of all of the spending the Obama administration was doing and planning:

“What you’re doing is buying into the notion that if we just print some more money that we don’t have, send it to different states — we’ll create jobs,” Sanford said. “If that’s the case, why isn’t Zimbabwe a rich place?… Why isn’t Zimbabwe just an incredibly prosperous place. ‘Cause they’re printing money they don’t have and sending it around to their different — I don’t know the towns in Zimbabwe but that same logic is being applied there with little effect.”

A little oversimplistic, but this is “sound bite nation” so you have to condense. In effect his point is true to the extent it goes, and the example is a good and valid one, since Zimbabwe is printing money as fast as it can add zeroes to its demonimations. By now, the hyper-inflation it is undergoing from doing so should be well known to people versed in current affairs.

Unless, of course, you want to make a racial thing out of it. Rep. James Clyburn, Democratic Majority Whip, reacts to Sanford’s lesson and example of Zimbabwe:

“For him to compare the president of this country to Mugabe. … It’s just beyond the pale,” said Clyburn, who has sparred with Sanford over the Republican’s refusal to accept all the state’s stimulus funding.


“I’m sure he would not say that, but how did he get to Zimbabwe? What took the man to Zimbabwe? Someone should ask him if that’s really the best comparison. … How can he compare this country’s situation to Zimbabwe?”

Of course the “how” is fairly simple – if what is being touted as a solution here and was touted as a solution there, then Zimbabwe should be in great economic shape right now. But Clyburn would rather make a racial thing out of it. Obviously Sanford could have used Wiemar Germany of the ’30s, but it isn’t as relevant today as the case of Zimbabwe. And, he could have also used Venezuela. But Venezuela isn’t quite the basket case Zimbabwe is. Nope, in terms of a current example of what might happen, in terms of hyper-inflation from artificially pumping up he money supply, Zimbabwe is as good as it gets.

And besides:

“Rep. Clyburn always plays the race card,” shot back Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer, who said his boss has also compared the stimulus to failed government policies in Germany and Argentina. “This policy will result in hyper-infaltion. … [Clyburn] is ripping off the people he purports to represent.”

Round 2 to follow.


6 Responses to Put The Race Card Away, Please

  • I am so tired of hearing this racial crap from the Left. Their specious arguments against anything anyone says about them boil down to “that remark is racist” or “their ideas are racist.”

    I, for one, would love to see one person targeted by this garbage to go on tv and unload. Try something like, “Representative Clyburn can stick his racist crap right up his backside. If he thinks I am a racist, let him come here and say it to my face. Otherwise, tell him to stop hiding behind his white sheet and confront me like a man.”

    Now THAT would get a standing ovation from many, many people.

  • >>>I am so tired of hearing this racial crap from the Left.

    Its the only argument they have.  Everythingis race to them, and because of it they think they won any and all minorities.  God help the minority that dares escape from the plantation.  In a way, it is an insidious form of racist, far worse that the more direct version.

  • “For him to compare the president of this country to Mugabe. … It’s accurate,” said Clyburn.

    They’re both GREAT at destroying economies.

  • Good for Sanford on not caving in and issuing a groveling apology!  These race pimps are really disgusting.  You’re right Capt. Joe, it IS all some of these idiots have.

  • I’ve already said here and elsewhere, “Welcome to Zimbabwe.” Nice to see others have the same thought, because it is hardly farfetched.

    Not just any socialism, but African Marxism: the leaders keep power by redistributing wealth to its supporters, which is an inherent part of democratic rule, but more insidiously, capitalism must be villified whenever possible, and any opponents must be decried as “racist whites” and their supporters (thanks for proving my point, Clyburn, you miserable race-baiting son of a b!tch). When the economy tanks and government has no more tax base, no problem, it’ll just print more money.

    The Great Depression didn’t begin overnight, and even Zimbabwe kept producing normally for a short time, a very short time, after Mugabe began his evil-doing. So give our economy a couple more years.

  • Venezuela is quite a basketcase YET. It is rapidly approaching the same hyperinflation situation.