“It doesn’t do good to open doors for someone who doesn’t have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts” – Ronald ReaganMy man Max Reddick has an interestingly powerful post on Barack Obama up on his blog that has me fired up right about now [read it here]. I originally planned to piggyback his post with some thoughts of my own on Obama and how he has handled the issue of Health Care Reform. But I woke up this morning to this story via News One, on what Barry-O had to say rebutting his recent critique by the Congressional Black Caucus.
In case you missed it, they have voiced their discontent with the prez and his lack of focus by way of policy to positively affect the African American community which is currently in crisis economically:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday rebutted critics who say he isn’t showing enough compassion toward black America, citing his health care effort as one example he says “will be hugely important” for blacks.
Obama said another example is the billions of dollars in aid to states included in the economic stimulus bill, money that was used to save thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers from losing their jobs. He said many of those workers are black.
OK holdup, lemme step in here and call bullshit. First off, the negative effects of the economy on blacks and other minorities have been well documented. Yes, and states did receive federal funds through the Stimulus bill earlier this year as part of a rescue and recovery package. However, thus far only a 1/4th of the allotted $787 billion has been spent. And, according to the White House, that spending has been responsible for saving or creating anywhere from 600,000 to 1.6 million jobs.
Now, let’s say that this is true. How can Barry-O sit up there and say that those funds directly helped the “many” black workers? How can he say that (with a straight face) when African-American make up less than seven percent of workers and even less of those in managerial positions within those industries? The truth is, there is no over-sight to support such a claim. There is now way of knowing exactly how those funds have trickled down to the black community – but yet we do know that systematic racism still exists, right?
But anyway, let’s move on:
“So this notion, somehow, that because there wasn’t a transformation overnight that we’ve been neglectful is just simply, factually not accurate,” Obama said in an Oval Office interview with April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.
But the president acknowledged there are limits to what a president can do for any class of people. “The only thing I cannot do is, by law, I cannot pass laws that say ‘I’m just helping black folks.’ I’m the president of the entire United States,” Obama said, giving his standard answer to questions about the economic and other disparities facing blacks.
“What I can do is make sure that I am passing laws that help all people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and most in need,” he said. “That in turn is going to help lift up the African-American community.”
So this was the part that truly pissed me off. I’m sorry, but this is the very Bellhop Kneecap Licking Negro antics I cannot stand. Factually inaccurate? Limits to what a president can do for any class of people? N*gga please! Shit, where were those limits when Bush implemented his tax cuts which were very beneficial to the wealthy? Oh my bad, this is about broke down working class black people and they have no value outside of the ballot box.
Thank God the Congressional Black Caucus was able to secure $6 billion to help minorities caught up in foreclosure while unemployed last week – they couldn’t even get a moratorium from the gov’t on that. Somewhere in my head right now I can hear Flava Flav singing “I can’t do nuthin’ for ya man, Flava Flav got problems of his own!”
I understand the “perception” he’s trying to send or sell to counter the “I’m just helping black folks,” line of thinking and to whom that message is intended for. But, didn’t he specifically direct policy earlier this year to help students at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) with an increase on funding for Pell Grants and student loans? I mean closing the educational gap is one thing, but every-body’s main bitch right now is that of employment. Hell, even educated black people are having a hard time becoming employed.
Black members of Congress have begun pressing their demands that the nation’s first African-American president do more for minorities hard hit by the recession, noting the billions of dollars spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to prop up big banks and large corporations.
Nationally, unemployment stands at 10 percent while 15.6 percent of blacks are jobless.
Obama said the grumbling was justified because the U.S. has just begun to emerge from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. At the same time, he said polls show overwhelming support among blacks for what his administration is trying to do.
Uh-huh, see why I raise hell and continue to speak out against my fellow melanin afflicted cousins who refuse to hold him accountable in these desperate times of need? Obviously because of this and these silly polls, Obama feels that with the “overwhelming support among blacks” that he’s doing a great job. But I’ll keep saying it; a closed mouth doesn’t get fed. Yep, and then when his presidency is over you Negroes are gonna wonder what happened, why, and how.
The president said the health care bill the Senate is expected to pass this week will help the one in five blacks who don’t have health insurance — almost double the general population — by making coverage more affordable.
“This will be hugely important for the African-American community,” he said, also citing increased spending on education.
Asked to comment on the state of black America, Obama paraphrased author Charles Dickens when he said it continues to be the best of times and the worst of times. Still, he said he was optimistic about the future.
“But it’s going to take work. It was never going to be done just because we elected me,” he said.
No shit Obama?!! The health care reform bill is the savior of the Negro kind? Boy am I glad he’s optimistic – KEEP HOPE ALIVE! It’s gonna be more affordable for black people to purchase insurance? Really? So how exactly are the droves of currently unemployed black people without health insurance are going to be able to afford purchasing from those insurance exchanges when they don’t have jobs? Better yet, how will they pay the fines for not having health insurance as mandated by the government? Damn, can we at least get some Vaseline to go along with the anal rape?
“Congressional Budget Office estimates say a family of four with a household income of $54,000 would be expected to pay 17 percent of their income, $9,000, on healthcare” (SOURCE)
Listen, I’m not here to encourage you to shit on the man. Instead, I’d like you to open your eyes to what’s going on around you. With that said, I think it’s very disappointing that the president would not acknowledge even the need for federal oversight to combat the hemorrhaging in the black community. But yet, he’s able to stand up in a packed house of Negroes and admonish them on responsibility and parenting. He spoke out against absentee fathers, but how can a father present or absent put food on the table without a job…
I’m sorry Barack, but this isn’t about what you can’t do. This is about what you won’t do, and I think that’s pretty sad that you would make compromise for political expediency because of our shared skin color. But I guess that’s to be expected coming from a man who turned his back on his church of 20yrs just to be able to sleep in that big-ass house built on the back of slaves. What, the 96% of blacks that voted for you have to enter through the back door and stand in the kitchen to eat now Massa Charlie?
There are some of you who have been preserving that little swallow of the Obama Kool Aid as a memento. Yep, and those people may think I’m dead wrong on this, and I understand. If you’re one of those people, hopefully you saved the swallow in the container; you might be able to sell it on Ebay one day when you need a job. Because from where I’m sitting, the milk has gone bad, and I’d be damn if I drink and and say that it tastes perfectly fine. Just because you sprinkle sugar on shit doesn’t make it a ham sandwich.
Good luck on that new stimulus black folks…
Hopefully you have the price to get in as Ronald Reagan said.