Blacks’ Loyalty to First Black President Got Blacks Nothing

Obama is proof that when blacks elected a black Democrat to the White House based only on his “blackness,” blacks get ZERO! In the past six years Obama has been president blacks have lost economic ground. The unemployment rate remains in the double digits and since the black president came to town, black wealth came down. Way down!

Today the average black family has no liquid retirement savings. Nada, rien (as the French say), none. That’s right. But the average white family has $5,000 in liquid retirement savings, which is an increase from $1,500 they had in1998. An analysis from the Urban Institute crunched data from the 2014 Federal Reserve and found black America is in bad shape financially. In 1983, whites accumulated eight times the wealth of blacks. The average white household had over $100,000 in wealth compared to a slim $13,000 for blacks.

“By 2013, the median white family had 12 times the wealth of the median African-American family,” observed the Urban Institute.

But how can black Americans be expected to save, invest and create wealth under the first black president’s leadership, when the jobless rate for blacks has been persistently stuck in neutral. As of February 2015, black unemployment was 10.3% almost twice the national average of 5.7% –and more than twice that of whites at 4.9%. In 2010, the black jobless rate soared to over 16%, the highest since 1984.

Over 90% of blacks voted for Obama during both the 2008 and 2012 elections, and what do they have to show for it? High unemployment while the overall unemployment rate declines. In the summer 2012, when black unemployment was 14%, then-chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Emmanuel Cleaver, encouraged blacks to overlook that and vote for him again. Cleaver even joked that “if we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House.” But he said the Congressional Black Caucus and its black Democrat members, who are supposed to advocate on behalf of blacks, give deference to Obama purely because he’s black.

Apparently, the only benefit blacks received voting for the first black president twice is feeling good knowing they voted for a black man– because “black America” isn’t feeling any love from Obama. Obama should start proving “black lives matter” by showing blacks some a record of success instead of failure. Blacks have been– without fail– Obama’s most loyal constituents and what have they gotten in return? Victimization speeches and lies from Obama on racial profiling and black crime. That narrative doesn’t create black wealth but it does create phony race wars that only –in turn—create wealth for hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. For their loyalty, black checking accounts have low balances.

Black America has atrophied economically, as Obama appeases every liberal constituent under the sun, but blacks.

DC Mayor Bowser Appoints Black Director to Help Her Address Black Concerns

Just when I thought Democrat elected lawmakers in Washington, DC, the District of Corruption, couldn’t do anything stupider, they surprise me. Celebrating black history month, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced February 4, 2015 that she appointed Rahman Branch to be the city’s first Director of the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs. It’s a full-time paid job, probably in the six figures, to . . .(wait for it) address the needs of the shrinking black community in DC.

Never mind, DC is no longer “Chocolate City” where blacks accounted for 70.3% of the population in 1980 and today only make up a little less than 50%. Why do district taxpayers need to pay another black person to address the needs of black residents in DC?

Isn’t that why Bowser was elected, because she was black? It wasn’t because she was the most qualified candidate.

Let’s face it: David Catania was a more qualified candidate. As a Councilmember, Catania actually spearheaded numerous education reform efforts in DC, something Bowser claimed was her passion. Yet Bowser never led education reform efforts; she only supported and followed Catania’s. She did advocate for students to be able to ride city buses for free. Catania drafted a detailed economic plan for the city. I didn’t see one from Bowser.

Instead, as a DC Councilmember, she took credit for business development projects in her Ward 4, like the new Wal-Mart store on Georgia Avenue, NW, which she had nothing to do with. The abolished National Capitol Revitalization Corporation or the DC’s Office of Economic Development initiated that along with other projects.

But Catania was white and the vast majority of black voters in the District will never vote for a white mayor. It’s the truth. No white mayor has been elected to govern DC since 1967. White candidates need not apply. Why? The majority of black DC residents are registered Democrats, who would rather cast an uninformed vote for a black candidate’s skin color than one for a white candidate’s qualifications.

“We see income gaps growing we’re not satisfied with how fast we’re closing educational gaps, and we know that we have to invest in good jobs and affordable housing, said Bowser, explaining why she hired Branch to be the babysit blacks in DC.

Like all the other black mayors before her . . . being black herself, Bowser should be able to connect with “her people” and address the economic disparity between blacks and whites in the city. Why did she need to hire Branch to direct the new office on black affairs? How does Branch’s resume of being a black man and the former principal of Ballou High School in Southeast Washington, qualify him to address the concerns of blacks anymore than our newly elected black mayor?

Branch’s yearly salary will probably be at least $100,000. Acting Director of the Latino Affairs Office Jakeline Reyes Yanes earns $105,000 a year. Acting Director of the Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Office, David Do, earns $99,000 a year. There’s also a Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Office and a Director of the African Affairs Office–not to be confused with the new African American office. In the interest of fairness and reality, it seems Bowser needs to create a Director of Caucasian Affairs because that’s the growing demographic in DC

I thought the Mayor’s job was to manage the city and address all the needs of ALL residents. Isn’t it the mayor’s job to ensure all residents–regardless of color, creed or religion– a quality of life and access to opportunity? (Oops, I forgot that’s a Republican platform that a rising tide lifts all boats.)

“There’s a need for this kind of office because the growth of DC and the expansion of DC and making sure every resident of DC plays a part in that is really what the community has requested,” said Branch justifying is new position.

As a resident of DC, I don’t remember the mayor asking black residents if we “needed a Director of black affairs” to tell us what to think and help address our needs. The last thing DC or any predominately black city needs is more black ambassadors doing nothing to “help the so called black community.” So called “black advocates,” working on behalf of blacks, tend to help themselves to a paycheck either legally or illegally. Many of DC’s former convicted black councilmembers have shown us that.

When will liberals like Bowser stop talking down to her black people like we’re a monolithic group of dummies? More importantly, when will Bowser stop wasting hard-earned taxpayer dollars on minority outreach offices doing the job we hired her to do?

 

 

 

 

Note to White House Reporters: Take a Page from the Sports Guys’ Playbook

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has balls, knows how to use them and enjoys playing with his soft balls. “I like them the way I like them, which is 12.5, deflated or inflated, whatever norm you are using.” Uh, oh! Was Brady caught on a sex tape? (Should this op-ed be rated R for mature audiences only?) readers 18 years of age or older?)

No, that was Brady responding to allegations from the Indianapolis Colts the Patriots cheated in the AFC National Championship Game by underinflating their balls.

During a January 22, 2015 news conference on “Deflategate,” Brady vigorously denied tinkering with his balls. “I would never use anything out of the rules of play or have anyone do anything that is outside of the rules of play,” Brady reiterated. National Football League guidelines mandate players “balls,” as in footballs, must have inflation levels between 12 and a half to 13 and half. No softer or harder balls allowed!

After the Patriots trounced the Colts 45-7 (softer balls are better for quarterbacks to handle—that is catch and throw—making it easier to score touchdowns and win),  Brady joked: “Things are going to be fine. This isn’t ISIS. No one’s dying.” True, this doesn’t rise to the level of national security and beheadings. But if these allegations are true, it means the Patriots cheated their way to the Super Bowl game this weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. And then lied.

Sources told ESPN that 11 of the 12 balls the Patriots used during the playoff game were “underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air.”

Borrowing from Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said he didn’t know “nothing about no soft balls.” Asserting in a separate news conference: “In my entire coaching career I have never talked to any player, staff about football air pressure.”

An exasperated Belichick claimed he never talked about balls so much in his 40 years of coaching and “had no knowledge of the various steps involved in the game balls.” Apparently, neither did sports fans. Balls are complicated things.

Brady contended players have to break in balls like “a baseball mitt,” by handling them a lot. (Remember we’re still talking about footballs.) He added he couldn’t tell if any of his balls were deflated during the playoff game because it was rainy and balls are slippery when wet.

So how did the balls get soft? The dogged sports media wants to know and has been relentless in staying on top of “Deflategate.” This week news outlets reported the NFL has “zeroed in” on a person of interest and there’s video showing a Patriots locker room worker carrying the team’s balls from the locker room to someplace on the field. The question is, were the balls removed from the locker room where the inflation levels were supposed to be checked, according to game rules?

The NFL has yet to interview Brady about the alleged affair with his balls but for sports writers like the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, “Deflategate won’t go away.” Brady scoffed during a radio interview that the ugly ball matter was “ridiculous.” What’s ridiculous is the whole thing sounds like a bunch of dirty balls and this may be only tip of the iceberg. (No punt intended.)

As I watch the air come out of this story, I can’t help thinking the national sports reporters should switch roles with the White House press corps. If sports journalists were covering President Barack Obama’s White House with the tenacity of “Deflategate”, I bet we’d have more answers to all Obama’s scandals: IRS-gate, Benghazigate, Obamacaregate, and the Veterans Affairsgate. Instead the White House press corps throws Obama soft balls with no punch. They may as well not have any balls!

If Obama Spoke Honestly, Here’s What He’d Say in the State of the Union

Also, published January 19, 2015 on the Daily Signal

Some things never change.

Likely, in his sixth State of the Union address, President Obama will drone on about the need for “the rich,” those hard-working higher earners, to pay more taxes.

He will demand the federal government create more programs it can’t afford.

Finally, in tyrannical fashion, Obama will threaten Congress with vetoes and more executive orders if the legislative branch doesn’t bend to his will.

Here’s my (satirical) take on what Obama will really be telling the nation.

“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens: I am president (smiles) and it’s my job as CEO of this country to give you a report on the state of our union.

“This has been a ‘breakthrough year’ for America. Our economy has grown at a record pace and people are working again. Unemployment is below 6 percent and in the first 11 months of 2014, businesses added 2.65 million jobs, making 2014 the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s.

“The labor participation rate is 62 percent—the lowest it’s been since 1978. But let’s not dwell on that because we’re creating jobs. Unemployment has gone down because people are taking any job they can find, working part-time when they want full-time employment (chuckles). But I would too if I was an average American. But that’s progress.

“And I know wages have stagnated and Americans haven’t received raises probably since I became president, but here’s how we’re going to fix that.

“In my White House budget which I will be sending to Congress when I get around to it, I’m demanding Congress raise the minimum raise to $10.10 an hour. That’s what I raised it to for federal contractors through executive order last year. It’s the right thing to do!

“Now, I know a lot of businesses who pay people hourly, like Burger King franchise owners, announced last year they will reduce employees’ hours below 30 hours a week to avoid paying for Obamacare. But I still think Congress should raise the minimum wage even though it may force businesses to cut jobs.

“For those young people who may be working part-time at Burger King and want to go to college, I’ve announced a $60 billion plan to provide two years of free community college to students. How will we pay for this? By taxing the rich more!

“As I’ve said many times, the rich (that’s really code for higher earners) need to pay their fair share. There’s no reason people who are already making lots of money because they work hard for long hours shouldn’t pay more in taxes.

“I know we raised taxes on ‘the rich’ last year but it wasn’t enough to cover the costs of tax cuts for the middle class and fund government programs. Some say my tax policies punish success and don’t encourage people to work hard when they know other people’s hard work will pay for their prosperity.

“This just isn’t true. Frankly, I think couples making $500,000 a year should pay a 50 percent capital gains tax rate instead of the 28 percent rate I propose. It’s the right thing to do. (Democrat members stand and applaud.)

“My Republican colleagues in Congress frown on this. Despite our many battles in the past, we’ll have to find a way to work together. While Republicans won control of Congress in 2014 and have plans of their own to move the country forward, so do I.

“I have a binder full of vetoes that I won’t hesitate to use if bills are passed on the Keystone pipeline, changes to Obamacare or my executive order on immigration.

“I will also veto any bill Congress sends me seeking to impose more economic sanctions on Iran before we can get a nuclear deal signed. Now, I realize America has been engaged in these talks for a year. Iran has ignored two deadlines and there’s a 50/50 chance Iran won’t sign a nuclear disarmament agreement. I don’t care if Democrats agree with Republicans on imposing more sanctions on Iran. As commander-in-chief, I know where to draw a red line. (No applause.)

“As I have said before, I will work with Congress—but if Congress continues to obstruct my agenda, I’ll take action on my own through executive order as I’ve done on immigration, climate change and lots of other major policies. Because it’s the right thing to do! (Democrats stand with thunderous applause.)

“It’s also the right thing for the American people! (More Democrat applause.)

“My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter. I’m not done creating my vision for America.

Believe it.

“God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

Response to Terror in Paris, Who’s Worse: Obama or GOP?

Barely two weeks into 2015 and I don’t know who looks worse: President Barack Obama or the Republican Party. Obama couldn’t find the time to join other world leaders and 1.5 million people in Paris for a march to stand up for freedom and stare down Islamic terrorists. A Republican Congressman compares Obama’s absence to Hitler’s invasion of Paris in World War II.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest admitted the United States screwed up in not sending someone with “a higher profile” to Paris to mourn the 17 lives lost in the worst terrorist attack on France since 1961.

And that someone should have been Obama — not the US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.  The administration’s excuses for Obama’s absence were even worse: security would have been difficult, Obama went to the French embassy and signed the condolence book, and he couldn’t make it to Paris on time.

On a network whose coverage is usually deferential to Obama, CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that President Barack Obama’s absence was an embarrassment. Later, Tapper wrote “as an American: I was ashamed.”

Toning down his rebuke of Obama, Tapper also wrote that Republican Congressional leaders — House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — also should have traveled to Paris.

No, it was Obama’s job, as president and he failed miserably.

Enough said, right? We can all agree regardless of our political stripes that what Obama did was low and in the poorest of taste. But a member of the Republican Party had to have the last, embarrassing word and take it a step further. Republican Representative Randy Weber tweeted:

“Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons”

Comparing Obama to Hitler and invoking the Nazis’ 1940 invasion of Paris when Germany rounded up Jews to exterminate them is disgusting. Weber’s tweet is even more insensitive  because France’s 500,000 Jews are scared to death after one of the terrorists took over a French Jewish grocery store, killing four people and holding others hostage.  Not to mention the fact the attack on the grocery store Hyper Cacher was “one of the deadliest against France’s Jewish community since World War II” .

Currently, about half of the 10,000 soldiers guarding sensitive sites in France are “protecting France’s 717 Jewish schools,” as reported by the Washington Post.

Yet, Republican Congressman Weber thought it was cool to remind Jews in Paris about Hitler’s genocide, as they fear a similar one from Islamic terrorists.  His tweet certainly isn’t becoming for a member of Congress, particularly a Republican one, whose party is battling an inclusion problem. With friends like Weber and House Majority Leader Scalise, who spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002, the Republican Party doesn’t need any enemies (especially on the inside).

But back to the President — as images of world leaders such as British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu linking arms with French President Francois Hollande spanned the globe, Obama’s absence was glaring.

As the leader of America, the world’s most powerful nation — a victim of 9/11, one of the worst terrorist attacks in history — Obama should have marched in Paris. As for Weber, he should have joined other Republicans and CNN’s Jake Tapper and left his remarks at that. Instead, Weber made Obama look good and the rest of us cringe.

 

 

GOP failing to learn race lessons

First published January 8, 2015 on CNN.com

“If our party is not welcoming and inclusive, young people and increasingly other voters will continue to tune us out.”

That was the Republican Party’s own take on the 2012 election as it acknowledged in an autopsy report (otherwise known as the Growth & Opportunity Project) that it was failing to appeal to minority voters.

Unfortunately, too many Republicans have already forgotten this lesson, a reality made all the clearer by the response to recent revelations that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke to a white supremacist group 12 years ago.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was just one of those who seemed more interested in making excuses than holding Republicans to the standard they had supposedly set for themselves.

Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Gingrich brushed off the accusations, suggesting it was a “stupidly” scheduled meeting, while noting that President Barack Obama attended the church of the racially divisive Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. Gingrich also attempted to pivot to the media’s treatment of Democrats with racist records.

“You have (Sen. Robert) Byrd who was the majority leader and a Klan leader. You have Hugo Black, who was a justice, who was a Klan leader. But they were Democrats and being in the Klan was OK,” Gingrich lectured.

Actually, none of that was OK. But this isn’t about Democrats — it’s about the racist undercurrent that has been corrupting the GOP for decades, and the fact that the party’s establishment has too often looked the other way. Unfortunately, it feels like every time a Republican is caught behaving like a racist in the 21st century, prominent members of the GOP try to change the subject to Democrats behaving badly instead of denouncing what is going on.

What exactly did Scalise do to deserve the opprobrium that critics have justifiably heaped on him? Well, in 2002, as a Louisiana state representative, Scalise spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

Scalise alleges a staffer scheduled the appearance and that he wasn’t aware of the group’s, uh, “divisive racial and religious views,” as he wrote in a statement. Yet Scalise’s claims of plausible deniability just don’t add up.

For a start, The Washington Post reported that Kenny Knight, his neighbor at the time and a longtime Duke adviser, requested Scalise speak to the group and said Scalise “knew who I was, but I don’t think he held it against me.”

But we don’t even need to look to someone else’s take to get a feel for Scalise’s past. In 1999, Scalise reportedly told Roll Call he shared Duke’s “conservative” views but said that “the novelty of David Duke has worn off.”

More recently, in 2004, Scalise voted against declaring a state holiday honoring civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Collectively, these actions don’t look like those of an elected official who rejects “that kind of hateful bigotry,” as Scalise noted in his statement, but instead suggest a man trying to play politics in a state where only 13% of his congressional district’s residents are black.

Gingrich also told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer that Mia B. Love, the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, had said Scalise has been “helpful” to her, as if this somehow negates what Scalise has done. But isn’t helping out a fellow member of the GOP a pretty basic requirement of the job for someone in a leadership position?

I admire Love, but the truth is that as a black woman myself, I have no idea how she could say on ABC’s “This Week” that she believes Scalise “should remain in leadership,” particularly since Love doesn’t appear to have had experience working directly with him. Perhaps Love was trying to show the GOP she’s a team player, but she didn’t do herself or the party any favors by standing by a colleague who spoke to a group whose membership would no doubt be happy if segregation had never ended.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Scalise made a “mistake.” Speaker John Boehner, for his part, called it an “error of judgment” and added that Scalise has his “full confidence.”

Nonsense.

As a black Republican, I’m tired of my party continuing to provide safe harbor to people like Scalise. Gingrich complained the media’s coverage of Scalise’s speech was “a one-sided view of reality.” Actually, that sounds more like a description of the GOP today.

The face of the party looks as intolerant as ever as 2015 begins. Unless it starts showing “representatives” like Scalise the door, it will find itself writing another autopsy report in 2016.