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Somedays, things of such monumental stupidity are said that your mind just can’t really process it. Case in point being former Education Secretary William Bennett’s recent comments about how to lower the nations crime rate.
On a recent episode of his radio show, Moring in America, a caller tried pointing out that if the country had the income of all the the aborted children since Roe V Wade, we wouldn’t have a problem with Social Security. Mr. Bennett accuratly pointed out that this was true, providing that all of those children would have become useful members of society. You could tell his opinion was dubious at best.
This is where things got odd. Mr. Bennett says that statistics show that since abortion rates have gone up, crime rates have dropped. He goes on to say:
“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, 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.”
You can hear the call here.
I understand the man was trying to give an example, but to say it was a poor choice would be an understatement. His defense is he called it “morally reprehensible”, but I think he sunk himself when he said “but your crime rate would go down.” So basically it could be taken as “Yeah, it’s evil, but think of what it would do!”. It was a poor example, badly worded and made worse by not being able to figure out where to end the thought.
He was the Education Secretary under Ronald Reagan…kinda makes you wonder what he did to our education system doesn’t it?