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White House criticizes Bennett for comments
Ex-education secretary tied crime rate to aborting black babies
WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday criticized former Education Secretary William Bennett for remarks linking the crime rate and the abortion of black babies.
“The president believes the comments were not appropriate,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.
Bennett, on his radio show, “Morning in America,” was answering a caller’s question when he took issue with the hypothesis put forth in a recent book that one reason crime is down is that abortion is up.
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“But I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down,” said Bennett, author of “The Book of Virtues.”
He went on to call that “an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.”
William John Bennett (born July 3, 1943) served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. He was also the first person to occupy the post of "drug czar".
He is a member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and was one of the signers of the January 26, 1998, PNAC Letter sent to President Bill Clinton.
Bennett was born in Brooklyn, New York. After moving to Washington, DC, he attended Gonzaga College High School. He graduated from Williams College, and went on to get a PhD from the University of Texas in Political Philosophy. He also has a law degree from Harvard Law School.
From 1976 to 1981, he was the executive director of the National Humanities Center, a private research facility in North Carolina. In 1981, President Reagan appointed him to head the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He served here until Reagan nominated him, in 1985, to be the Secretary of Education.
Originally posted by kenshiro2012
RANT already has a pretty good thread on this
Originally posted by curme
You're right. Mods, please close this thread. When I click 'New Posts' in PTS I get a dozen threads, it's kind of disorientating. So few that I don't even think to do a search, my fault.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Notice, he also said, "...an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do..."
While you're thinking about it, remember that abortion was legal abortion was brought to us courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations folks to begin with.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
It's interesting that Democrats want him to apologize (according to the article)....
Why? What good would that do?