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Bill Bennett's guide to crime reduction

“…you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

I sh*t you not. This occurred on the September 28 broadcast of high-stakes gambler and moralist Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. (Media Matters):

Addressing a caller’s suggestion that the “lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30 years” would be enough to preserve Social Security’s solvency, radio host and former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett dismissed such “far-reaching, extensive extrapolations” by declaring that if “you wanted to reduce crime … if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.” Bennett conceded that aborting all African-American babies “would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do,” then added again, “but the crime rate would go down.”

Bennett’s remark was apparently inspired by the claim that legalized abortion has reduced crime rates, which was posited in the book Freakonomics (William Morrow, May 2005) by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. But Levitt and Dubner argued that aborted fetuses would have been more likely to grow up poor and in single-parent or teenage-parent households and therefore more likely to commit crimes; they did not put forth Bennett’s race-based argument.

The audio clip is here. Perhaps that is Bill’s solution for dealing with those pesky homos that keep growing up and wanting to destroy marriage..

Hat tip, Atrios.

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