Wish List for Obama

Newsweek writes about the “especially long wish list” that African Americans have for the new President. I find this interesting. While I sit here, not wanting anything from the government or the President besides protection from terrorists, and to stay out of my way, another segment of the population hopes and wishes to be the next contestant on the White House Giveaway Show.

There’s the “three-strikes rule” that lands more than its share of young African-American men in jail in many states. The tougher and longer prison sentences blacks receive for sometimes minor drug offenses. And the growing number of black women with the AIDS virus—now the fastest-growing segment of those infected. “Those are things I’m sure Bush didn’t give a hoot about,” says 34-year-old Lisha Crenshaw, a Chicago elementary-school teacher I ran into in D.C. “The number of jails we’re building to put our young men in instead of investing that money into their future and schools to educate them is so sad.

They want to get rid of the three strikes rule. Basically, if you commit a crime three times, you go to prison for a much longer time. Seems fine to me, and last time I checked, it wasn’t an exclusively black law. As for AIDS, I do believe President Bush gives a hoot about it.

Stop wishing, and start doing for yourselves. The President, no matter what color he is, can not take away all your problems. He is not going to pay for your gas and mortgage.

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