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John Fund: Campaigning Democrats Will Need to Distract from ACA

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 07:08 PM

The blustery plea by President Barack Obama to move on from attacking the Affordable Care Act won't work, Newsmax contributor and National Review Online columnist John Funds says.

"Desperate people do desperate things and make desperate bizarre statements," Fund told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Fund says Democrats running for re-election or trying to help their party must talk about anything but the Affordable Care Act in a bid to distract the angry masses against it.

"Despite what the president thinks it will do for you politically, no, you have to change the subject," Fund said.

"The politics of distraction mean you talk about old student loans … women earning 77 cents on the dollar, racial issues, you name it, anything to distract. …  Snake oil salesmen have often tried to sell poison to unsuspecting people and in this case they are doing it to unsuspecting people in their own party."

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Fund hailed the Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions.

In that 3-2 decision, the justices found a lower court did not have the power to set aside a law that was approved by a hearty 58 percent of voters in a 2006 referendum. The law prohibits publicly-funded colleges from giving "preferential treatment" on the basis of "race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin."

"The voters of Michigan had the right to say through a voter initiative, we don't believe the state should discriminate on the basis of race, which is what the Constitution says," Fund said.

"And you know what, 58 percent of people agreed with them, carried almost every county in the state, and since then, we've had increasing diversity efforts that are legitimate and frankly, many minority students are still attending the public universities of Michigan."

Fund noted that in California, the number of black and Hispanic students has gone up at the University of California despite the affirmative action ban there.

"What is the response of the opponents of race-neutral admissions policies? To just yell racism. I have to say not all minorities think alike on this," he said.

"If you talk to Asian-Americans in California, they were the biggest opponents of affirmative action because skewing the results so that otherwise unqualified minority students would go to a school where they frankly wouldn't do as well as if they went to a school that was more suited to their academic credentials would mean that a lot of Asian American students would be bounced out of schools they had gotten into on the basis of hard work and real guts."

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