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Payback's a B****!

Back on June 19th, I posted on Sen. Barbara Boxer’s confrontation with Brigadier General Michael Walsh. The whole flap was over his calling her “Ma’am” instead of “Senator”. I didn’t think it was that big a deal and she certainly does deserve to be called by that title. She’s earned it. Regardless, it was a bit condescending to stop the hearing for those few seconds just to correct the General, who was probably trained during his military career to address women as “Ma’am”.

Anyway, you know how the old saying goes…”Payback’s a b****!”. Harry C. Alford, President and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, was called before the Environment and Public Works Committee to discuss his opposition to a climate change bill that narrowly passed the House.

In Alford’s opening statement, he argued that the bill would be extremely harmful to small and minority-owned businesses. Boxer countered his statement by bringing up the fact that the NAACP had passed a resolution approving of the climate change bill. Alford took offense and countered by asking why Boxer would cite that group’s resolution.

Boxer responded, “Sir, they passed it. They passed it. Now, also, if that isn’t interesting to you, we’ll quote John Grant, who is the CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta.”

Alford protested by saying that Boxer was being condescending to him. “I’m the National Black Chamber of Commerce and you’re trying to put up some other black group to pit against me,” he said angrily. Alford said that it was racial and that he took offense to it. “As an African-American and a veteran of this country, I take offense to that.”

When Boxer asked why he would be offended, he said, “You’re quoting some other black man. Why don’t you quote some other Asian. You are being racial here. And I think you’re getting to a path here that’s going to explode.”

“We are referring to the experts regardless of their color,” he said. “And for someone to tell me, an African-American, college-educated veteran of the United States Army that I must contend with some other black group and put aside everything else in there. This has nothing to do with the NAACP and really has nothing to do with the National Black Chamber of Commerce. We’re talking energy and that road the chair went down, I think, is god-awful.”

I personally don’t think Barbara Boxer is a racist. However, she was certainly at least using the race card in a way that shouldn’t happen in politics. But we all know how that works. Liberals are allowed to use the card to a certain extent. Boxer may have passed that extent this time but we’ll see what kind of coverage she gets…or doesn’t get.


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