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"You could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." - Bill Bennett

Are you pissed that he said that? I am. Not for the reason that everyone is angry about, that he thinks that they should do that. For example, here is what he said next:

That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.

I'm not pissed that he said any of this crap, mostly because it is true. If there are less unwanted people then there are less people who commit crimes. Big surprise! Now here is why I'm pissed that he said that, something he said earlier on the radio show where the first comment happened:

I mean, it cuts both -- you know, one of the arguments in this book Freakonomics [is] that one of the reasons crime is down is that abortion is up. Well [I don't think that statistic is accurate].

Ok, so abortion doesn't lower the crime rate except when it does? Hubawha?

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The wonderfully harsh response to the remarks

The authors of Freakonomics respond

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