What do you think of Republican congressman Doug Lamborn calling Obama a "tar baby"?

Congressman Lamborn is a middle aged white man that is fully aware of the term "tar baby". If he meant a sticky situation, he could have said the president is stuck in a sticky situation. I've never heard a politician use "tar baby" to describe any white former president or member of congress. He knew what he meant and he felt comfortable using it in public. He apologized because someone called him on it. I would bet the farm "tar baby" and worst racist terms are a part of his every day vocabulary. Here are a few examples of the term "tar baby." tar baby A dummy made of tar, which cannot be struck without getting oneself hopelessly stuck to it--from the story "Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Fox" by Joe Harris, as told by his fictional narrator, Uncle Remus. Tar baby has become short hand for a situation better avoided than confronted. It comes from a children's story in which the dark skin and seeming ignorance (caused by a lack of schooling) of slaves were explained by the idea that black children were baptized in tar, which made them dark and dumb. tar baby a situation almost impossible to get out of; a problem virtually unsolvable; His political advisers told him to stay away from the controversy, that it was a no-win cause, a “tar baby.” tar baby An African American baby, most likely very black. Oh gosh it's a tar baby! Lock the car doors! Tar Baby A sticky mess. Something unable to get away from.Alternate: Similar to a Catch-22. Damned if you do and damned if you dont. A mistaken notion or misunderstanding that immediately produces indignation. Talking about un-wed teen pregnancy is a real tar baby Tar baby 1) A black man. see coon, nigger, etc etc 2) A road cyclist because they can't ride anywhere but on the tar-seal without needing a different bike. 3) A booby trap: shaped like a baby but made of tar. 1)ship that tar baby back 2) Stupid tar babies on their pricey road-only bicycles 3) I'm stuck to this tar baby tar baby Now used as an insult to black people, the tar baby was originally a jet black baby doll (because it was made out of tar) used to trap Br'er Rabbit Rabbit in an American folk tale.

Are we allowed to tell the story about Brer Rabbit and de Tar Baby yet?

Sure. I loved Uncle Remus when I was a kid. That's assuming of course that you can do it without tying it into some racist remarks about President Obama or anyone else.

Is it offensive to call an Afircan American friend "tar baby"?

i dont know why cant he just take a joke

What is the "wonderful tar-baby story" about?

Basically, Brer Fox creates the tar-baby to capture Brer Rabbit. He places it where it can be seen from the road, and when Brer Rabbit passes by and encounters the tar baby, the baby won't reply to his questions. Brer Rabbit loses his temper. He hits the tar-baby and gets stuck, just as Brer Fox planned. The interesting part is that Brer Fox must have known Brer Rabbit would lose his temper like that, since he planned a trap that required the rabbit to hit the tar-baby. In most of the Brer Rabbit stories, the rabbit wins, so this is the equivalent of watching a Road Runner vs. Wile E. Coyote cartoon where the Coyote actually catches the bird. For an analysis of the meaning of the story, click here: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug97/remus/anatar.html To read the story, click here: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug97/remus/tar-baby.html

Why is the Tea Party defending Doug Lamborn's racist Tar Baby comments?

Because certain media outlets, and apparently you, took it out of context. He didn't call 0bama anything...he called the situation a "tar baby", as in a sticky situation where if you touch it it sticks to you and becomes your problem. But you probably already knew this.

Has anyone heard of a mental health problem called Tar-Baby Syndrome? If so, what is the definition?

RALEIGH – Government officials in North Carolina constantly fall victim to the Tar-Baby Syndrome. By no means am I slighting my own state’s political class. I’m merely observing that our politicians differ little from the peers in other climes. What is the Tar-Baby Syndrome? It’s the tendency for lawmakers, after putting some initial tax money in a questionable enterprise, to attempt to keep it from failing by pouring in additional tax money. No one wants to admit error, which is the implicit message of walking away from a government boondoggle, and in a deluded frame of mind one is an easy mark for skillful lobbyists who promise that “just a little more” will let them spin straw into gold. A little mixed metaphor, Joel Chandler Harris meets the Brothers Grimm, but I think you get my meaning. The syndrome is evident in a variety of contexts: sports stadiums and convention centers, education reforms, and economic-development projects among them. Another version of the Tar Baby Syndrome has to do not with cash subsidies but with other kinds of policy interventions. In health care, for example, much of the problems that persist in the American system – waste, bureaucracy, lack of choice – stem from initial government interventions. Starting in the 1930s, state governments used tax and regulatory policies to prefer some health-care arrangements, such as third-party payment plans from Blue Cross (hospital) and Blue Shield (physician) associations, over systems run by life insurers that paid claims directly to patients. In the latter case, the financial model used by life insurers, patients had strong incentives to scrutinize medical bills and shop around for the best care. Obviously, this arrangement didn’t much appeal to health providers, who preferred less scrutiny and more control over the flow of medical funds. Their influence with state legislators came in handy. Thanks to critical tax and regulatory advantages, the Blue Cross Blue Shield model prevailed in the end. Meanwhile, during the wartime wage and price controls of the 1940s, the federal government made the situation worse by exempting non-wage benefits provided by employers from income taxation and federal wage caps. The result was an explosion of health insurance as a form of compensation, again taking the individual consumer out of the mix in favor of decisions by bureaucrats – first in the private sector, then increasingly in the government via Medicare and Medicaid. The consequences of over-reliance on tax-free, third-party payment for routine medical bills should by now be well known. Lacking the appropriate financial incentives, individual consumers pay little attention to cost. Reacting to the resulting cost spirals, insurers attempt to respond with restrictions. These restrictions begin to chafe, leading either to changes in benefits that weaken financial responsibility again or to well-meaning government intervention to forbid certain contracts or business practices. The Tar Baby Syndrome kicks in on health care when government policymakers, reacting to a set of problems largely caused by the original sin of intervention, attempt to “fix” them with new interventions. Dr. Roy Cordato, vice president for research at the John Locke Foundation, discusses one such costly intervention in a new policy report: North Carolina’s certificate-of-need (CON) laws. Originally enacted in response to a federal mandate, these laws stayed on the books in North Carolina even after the mandate ended and other states abandoned the practice. CON laws essentially make hospitals and other medical providers get state permission to add major units or services such as beds or testing devices. The notion is that, given the prevalence of third-party payment, the normal economic rules don’t apply. More hospitals and service options means higher rather than lower prices, CON defenders say, because competition can’t reduce the set rates paid on behalf of patients by insurers or government. The argument may sound plausible, but Cordato argues that it doesn’t meet the real-world test. In the states that got rid of CON regulations, health-care costs aren’t higher than in CON states such as North Carolina that retained the regulations. Some studies show CON states to have higher costs (though that doesn’t have to be true for CON to be invalidated, since even equivalent costs means that consumers are giving up other benefits of choice and competition in CON states for no good reason). The idea that markets don’t work in health care is “not grounded in either economic theory or empirical evidence,” Cordato concludes. But it has proven politically sticky. This was the best thing that I found when I researched it - It's not a mental health problem. If you want my opinion, if you have friends or family like that (what you're describing), it sounds like they're not good people.

Why did the politician call President Barack Obama a tar baby?

Does Congressman Lamborn calling Obama a Tar Baby play well with Republicans?

After seeing how they behaved in the debt ceiling negotiations, I'd suspect not. We've seen a certain amount of malicious or at least ignorant behavior already, so I think this isn't surprising either way.

President Obama was called a tar baby and no one did anything?

Remember when Jesse Jackson called New York City Hymietown because of all the Jewish people living there. Noting ever happened to him. Blacks get away with a lot of crap Whites could never get away with. Like the race war the other day at the WI state fare where hundreds of blacks attacked Whites, pulled them out of their cars and beat them. How come we don't see that on the media. http://www.businessinsider.com/race-war-heats-up-at-wisconsin-state-fairwait-the-race-war-2011-8

Will electing Obama bring a real tar baby into the economy?

I'm familiar with the expression, and know it has nothing to do with the color of one's skin. According to his tax plan, I believe It would make matters worse for our economy if he were elected. His tax cuts will only serve to anger a lot of hard-working Americans, but we'll be stuck with this "tar baby" of his if it's approved. God bless!!!