Saturday, March 3, 2012


Byline: George Will

WASHINGTON It is 7 a.m. and half the contingent of black Republicans in Congress is ready for breakfast in a Capitol Hill hotel swarming with freshmen legislators. He is Oklahoma's J.C. Watts (the other half is Connecticut's Gary Franks), who expects that after a few more elections the contingent of black conservatives will be bigger.

``It is,'' he says dryly, ``pretty radical to say you don't know black families that want to bring home more of their paychecks or go to schools where kids carry books rather than guns.'' His father's schooling ended in the seventh grade, but his father knows that when he buys cattle for $7,500 and sells them for $12,000 he has a stake in a capital gains tax cut.

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