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Just heard a soundbite on the radio from Alan Keyes, saying he would support the suspension of all federal income taxation for African-Americans who could trace their ancestry back to slaves, for the next couple of generations.

I am going to reserve judgment on this proposal until I get off work. In the meantime, let's all just sit back and marvel for a while at the size of Alan Keyes' gigantic brass ones.

UPDATE 9:25 PM
Ok, so here's my honest take on Keyes' reparations proposal (I can't find anything online about this). I think reparations are absurd because no one currently alive has ever been a slave, and no one currently alive has ever been a slaveholder. To attempt to address the wrongs of 150+ years ago would be to experiment in social engineering in a vain search for cosmic justice.

That having been said, I think Keyes' proposition is brilliant from a showbiz standpoint. First, it puts Obama on the defensive concerning reparations - if he comes out in favor of payouts, he's lost all moderate voters. If he comes out against payouts, he alienates some of his black base (he may have already done one or the other; like I said, I can't find anything online about this story). But Obama cannot come out in favor of a suspension of income taxation, because that would be anathema to the whole philosophy of the DNC.

Meanwhile, Republicans, who would normally have steam coming out their ears at the mention of reparations, must at least pause, because what Keyes is proposing would reduce the revenue that feeds the big-government beast. It's not a handout - it's tax-relief for a certain segment of the population. Conservatives are viscerally open to tax-relief whenever they hear it mentioned. Conservatives who disagree with it can safely vote for Keyes anyway, knowing full well his plan will never happen.

None of this matters, and probably won't effect the outcome of the election - but boy, what fun Keyes is to watch. I think it's a brilliant posture.







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