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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Brave Republican Blogger Uncovers Secret Obama Plot to Give White Kids Asthma

Posted by on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Jess Zimmerman at Grist reveals that a conservative blogger has uncovered the secret behind the Obama Administration's plot to infect young white lungs with illnesses:

Consider very carefully the wording of this bizarre expression of the problem: seven million American children have asthma, “especially minority children and children with family incomes below the poverty level.” What does “especially minority children” mean in this context? That minority children suffer asthma more severely than white children? That minority children and poor children are of greater concern than white children?...The official press release for this report does not commit itself on the question of whether greater asthmatic-racial “parity” ought to be attained by reducing the incidence of asthma among minorities, increasing the rate among whites, or some combination of the two.

Curses! Foiled again! We would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for Daren Jonescu at the (herp derp) American Thinker!


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My white kid had asthma long before the evil Barrack was in a position to implement his nefarious plot.

I think the correlation between poor children and increased instances of asthma are more likely impacts of quality of prenatal care, low bith weight, and prematurity. All of those factors increase an infant's weakenss in regards to respiratory illness. Also quality of daycare, and enforcement of policies regarding bringing ill children to daycare. The respiratory issues of my white kid (damn you, Obama) are the result of a combination of congenital defects and contracting RSV as an infant (babies born in the fall and winter are at increased risk of that also).

Damn, I guess I can't blame that on the Obama Admministration.
Posted by catballou on June 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 2
More conservative banging of the post-racial drum. After all, the playing field is level now.
Posted by Free Lunch on June 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM · Report this
Dougsf 3
CURSES!.. and just when we were about to get a string of coal and oil-fired power plants, from Madison Park to Lake Sammamish, online—they found us out.
Posted by Dougsf on June 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM · Report this
Granny Smith 4
My Idaho Brother-in-Law works for this blog.

This is the final sentence from the essay and should be read aloud in one breath for maximum effect.

"On the contrary, the solution is to create regulations and penalties to limit economic growth, and to divert greater amounts of societal wealth into make-work projects aimed at producing cleaner slums for the perpetually impoverished dependent class that can always be bought off in its induced hopelessness and desperation by a few unsubstantiated promises, in exchange for its continued support of the condescending slumlords of the Democratic Party."

Posted by Granny Smith on June 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM · Report this
@1 Yup. Poverty also increases the chances kids are exposed to mouse droppings, mold, and most especially second hand smoke, all factors that can exacerbate asthmatic symptoms.
Posted by Beguine on June 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM · Report this
Given that poverty is causative and race is correlative, it was a mistake of the original press release to even mention "minority children". You just give the herp derp crowd a red herring to vivisect, while avoiding the real issue that's so much harder to argue against.
Posted by boyd main on June 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM · Report this
@6, what is the real issue, other than that this Jess person is an idiot?

I'm not seeing the correlation between race and asthma, other than certain hereditary asthma triggers. There's a type of hereditary asthma that is characterized by certain secretions in the lungs, but I haven't seen anything that indicates that is prevalent in one race more so than another. My sister and her son have that type of asthma (another white kid that was a pawn in the evil plan, damn all democrats), fortunately my child does not. That type is most difficult to control.

Poverty, however, does show a strong correlation to asthma. Particularly in regards to the environment in which the child lives, as @5 stated. And I refuse to correlate poverty in absolute terms to race. I grew up surrounded by too many poor white kids eating free lunch right beside the poor black kids (poor asian kids were unheard of in the late 70s) to resign myself to the idea that the color of one's skin determines their net worth in life.
Posted by catballou on June 5, 2012 at 9:06 PM · Report this

Asthma is what keeps the fat white kids from having to go to PE class.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM · Report this
tabathalphabet 9
oh gosh, i really shouldn't have read the comments on the original blog article. oh gosh.
Posted by tabathalphabet on June 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM · Report this
To be fair (and only toward the quoted part, since I can't be bothered to go read the whole thing), that is a curious and ambiguous mention of minorities there.

Assuming "especially minority children" means that minority children are disproportionately prone to asthma. But is that because of some genetic proclivities in minorities (like, say, Sickle-Cell Anemia), or is it because minorities are disproportionately poor? I suspect it's the latter. In that case, it's just redundant with "children with family incomes below the poverty level".

So why say it? Should I not be concerned enough about all poor children that the indirect reminder of minority overrepresentation among the poor should kick-start my compassion?
Posted by madcap on June 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM · Report this
10 - exactly.

7 - the issue is that being poor is bad for one's health. Exactly as you've said, race does not directly cause asthma, and it does not directly cause poverty. Incredibly, if you trace all the clicks back to the original press release and study, it's all about "Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities". Why oh why can't this nation be honest about class, while it uses the racial red herring to ill-effect over and over again!
Posted by boyd main on June 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM · Report this
@10 -- It could be both. In other words, being poor increases your chance of having asthma. Being poor and being a minority further increases your chance of having asthma. It makes sense to me, given what @5 says. From a political standpoint, though, it is stupid to mention race in America. Mention poverty, sure; especially white people who are poor; but to mention people who are poor and are also a racial minority (even if they suffer from problems associated with areas traditionally considered a ghetto) is politically stupid. Maybe we will deal with poverty in this country (in all its forms) someday (decades after Europe and much of Asia have already dealt with it much better than us) but right now, we have an election to win.
Posted by Ross on June 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM · Report this

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