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Re: Reparations

Kudos to Kevin Williams0n and his discussion of why reparations are a really bad idea, no matter what the various Democratic presidential hopefuls may say in their race to the bottom Left.

I was given the opportunity to testify before Congress against a reparations bill years ago, and you can read that testimony here; Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom testified at the same time, and you can read his excellent testimony (starting on page 82) here.  And videos of the hearings are available here and here.

Finally, in my testimony I mentioned briefly that, on top of everything else, reparations would be unconstitutional — a point (in addition to its huge economic cost) that Hans Bader last week gave chapter and verse on here.

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