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January 23, 2004

Reverend Al

Having read the Tawana Brawley Story I have little respect for Reverend Al. Most people, however, have never heard of Tawana Brawley. If they watched the New Hampshire debates last night they could have seen for themselves why this man should never be elected to any responsible office let alone the Presidency. Andrew Sullivan writes about it this way:

"But I have to say Jennings' question to Al Sharpton about whom he'd appoint to the Federal Reserve was inspired. Sharpton flailed in ways you rarely see a politician flail. It was a remarkable, rhetorical stiletto wound. And oh so gentle."

The good Reverend was not wounded by Jennings but by himself during this sad exchange.

SHARPTON: I think, first of all, we must have a person at the Monetary Fund that is concerned about growth of all, not setting standards that would, in my judgment, protect some and not elevate those that cannot, in my view, expand and come to the levels of development and the levels of where we need to be.

I think part of my problem with how we're operating at this point is that the IMF and the policies that are emanating there do not lead to the expansion that is necessary for our country and our global village to rise to levels that underdeveloped countries and those businesses in this country can have the development policies necessary.

JENNINGS: Forgive me, Reverend Sharpton, but the question was actually about the Federal Reserve Board.

SHARPTON: I thought you said IMF, I'm sorry.

JENNINGS: No, I'm sorry, sir. And what you'd be looking for in a chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

SHARPTON: Oh, in the Federal Reserve Board, I would be looking for someone that would set standards in this country, in terms of our banking, our -- in how government regulates the Federal Reserve as we see it under Greenspan, that we would not be protecting the big businesses; we would not be protecting banking interests in a way that would not, in my judgment, lead toward mass employment, mass development and mass production.

I think that -- would I replace Greenspan, probably. Do I have a name? No.

I would have immediately dropped out of the campaign if I had answered a question in that manner.

- posted by Mad Jayhawk and Seven @ 1/23/2004 09:00:00 PM    |


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