Tuesday, March 08, 2005

What's the Matter With 50 Cent?

When you pick up a review of the latest rap album by 50 Cent, you expect to hear about guns, shorties, and pimping; you do not expect to read about the capital-gains tax. In fact, 2 paragraphs covering 132 words precede the first mention the artist. Leave it to The New York Times to cram political chum in a rap CD review. You start to wonder if the article will cite missing WMDs and voting problems in Ohio before the first mention of the CD.

With the upcoming "Rap War" between 50 and Ja Rule, the NY Times might want to watch their back. 50 may not have read "What's the Matter With Kansas", but he probably read this turd of a review and will not be happy about it.

In his book "What's the Matter With Kansas?" the liberal writer Thomas Frank argues that conservative politicians have come to rely on a brazen bait-and-switch strategy. He says that they often champion "old-fashioned values" while campaigning, only to turn their attention to economic issues once elected.

"The trick never ages, the illusion never wears off," he writes, contending that voters who say they care about, for example, abortion often wind up electing representatives who seem more interested in reducing the capital-gains tax. He's mystified - or, more accurately, horrified - by this seemingly paradoxical system: "Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our lifetimes."

Despite the book's widespread success, there is no evidence to suggest that the rapper 50 Cent is among the armchair political scientists who have bought it.

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