Desperate to avoid a racially divisive fight in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats are creating a position for U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn that will allow him to remain a member of their legislative leadership team when the 112th U.S. Congress convenes in January. Clyburn will become the first-ever “Assistant Minority Leader” – assuming that House Democrats go along with outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to create the new office and elect the South Carolina “poverty pimp” to fill it.
Clyburn and soon-to-be former U.S. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) had been jockeying for the position of minority whip in the next Congress – and the creation of this new position is expected to head off a bruising intra-party spat.
So … how much this new “Assistant Minority Leader” office will cost the taxpayers (especially given the Democrats’ demonstrated affinity for the spoils of leadership)?
We shudder to think …
More importantly, though … hasn’t government created enough new taxpayer-funded jobs at the expense of the private sector lately?
And why this job? What is the addition of a new political office staffed with a bunch of new political appointments honestly going to accomplish other than soothing Clyburn’s bruised ego?
Democrats lost control of the House in large part due to their fiscal recklessness … they shouldn’t be wasting money creating new leadership positions now that they’re out of power.
Beyond the additional taxpayer expenses, blacks should be mortified by this development for much more basic reasons. It’s tokenism, pure and simple … and frankly it’s an embarrassment to African-Americans who are busting their asses every day to survive this crappy economy that Clyburn and Company have helped create.
Seriously, first South Carolina Democrats create a “majority-minority” district so that Clyburn can get elected. Now Washington Democrats are creating positions for Clyburn to fill.
What a joke …
UPDATE: Oh … and we’ve got two words for anybody who thinks that blacks need gerrymandered Congressional districts to be represented in Washington: Tim Scott.