In his column “McDaniel missed on fiscal reality,” Sid Salter refers to Senator Chris McDaniel’s recent interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and accuses him of racism and ignoring “fiscal reality”.
In the interview, Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. of Princeton University (who is originally from Moss Point, MS) specifically mentioned Senator McDaniel’s stances on the state flag, hip-hop (music) as a source of gun violence, Robert E. Lee, etc. and then asks this question, “How do you convince black folk in this state that you’re not a danger to them?”
Senator McDaniel then begins to specifically address each concern, beginning with the UC-Berkley study on the connection between hip-hop music and violence, then the state flag. Before Senator McDaniel could address Professor Glaude’s query on Robert E. Lee, the Professor interrupted and asked what Senator McDaniel would say to the 38% of Mississippi that is black. At this point, Senator McDaniel replied, “I am going to ask them, after 100 years after 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today? After 100 years of begging for federal government scraps, where are you today? We’ve been dead last for a hundred years.”
Salter notes that there were some boos that interrupted Senator McDaniel and forced him to “reset.” But Senator McDaniel picked right up where he left off. He showed no nervousness, no stutter, and no pause as if he had to reorganize his thoughts – the “reset” Salter says happened, didn’t happen. “I’m talking about the state of Mississippi…To your question, the candidate I am is the candidate that wants to expand your liberty… break out of old ways.” “What I would say to the 38%…The candidate I am is the candidate that wants to expand your liberty, who wants to give your opportunity, who wants to break out of the old ways the state’s always done business. And if we break out of those old ways, there will be opportunity but we can’t keep doing it the same old way and expect different results.”
Salter also notes that Senator McDaniel ignores hard economic reality – that Mississippi is one of the most dependent on federal transfer payments. It’s too bad Sid didn’t listen to the interview more closely. Less than 15 seconds after the booing, Senator McDaniel says, “Our state depends heavily on federal funds, right?” How’d you miss that, Sid? Senator McDaniel is then asked by Joe Scarborough how he as a Senator would move Mississippi up in areas such as education or health care. He responded that he wanted every Mississippian to have the opportunity for a good education and a good job. He then went back to his earlier point – to rid Mississippi’s dependence on the Federal Government.
Senator McDaniel wants Mississippians to have good jobs so they don’t have to depend on assistance for their food, shelter, and health care. What is racist about that Sid? What’s wrong with having a good job and a good education to be able to provide for yourself and your family? Why do you have a problem with reducing the number of people who depend on federal assistance just to live by helping them obtain a good education and a good job?
Sid Salter, who has a cushy job at Mississippi State, is a toady for the establishment and it shows.