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African-Americans’ Worst Economic Enemies

It's their "friends" Barack Obama and others on the left.

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Tom Blumer

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August 30, 2013 - 11:56 am
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An Associated Press story appearing Wednesday morning claimed that Barack Obama’s presidency “has been marred by racist backlash.” Naturally, the cowards at AP didn’t specifically identify the source or nature of the alleged “backlash,” because to do so would expose the claim as a lie.

Earlier this week, Jesse Jackson did the lying for them. Jackson told Politico that he “absolutely” believes that the Republican Party’s opposition to Obama’s policies is motivated by race, and that “the tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy.”

The economic scoreboard says otherwise.

The frightening data recently published by Sentier Research, a group of former Census Bureau employees who have been tracking monthly household income since the turn of the century, make it obvious that it is economically devastated African-Americans who should be absolutely furious with Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in Washington.

Martin Luther King, whose seminal “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago this week inspired and energized millions, did more during his life than any other single person in American history to advance the opportunities of “colored Americans” — a term he used in some form over a dozen times in that speech, while using “black” only four — to have the “inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” our founders promised.

It may be correct, as Politico’s Glenn Thrush asserted on Tuesday, that Barack Obama is behind only King on the list of “most important black leaders in American history.” But there is also little doubt, with the assistance of a two-year head start provided by fellow congressional Democrats, that Obama’s policies have visited more economic harm on African-Americans than any president in my lifetime.

Sentier’s report shows that since the recession officially ended in June 2009, African-American household income, defined as “before-tax money income,” has plunged by three times as much as everyone else’s (dollar amounts are current):

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The average median income decline for all non-black households over the four years involved is roughly 3.6 percent, only one-third of the decline African-American households have seen.

Note that the declines for “colored Americans” other than blacks differed very little from that seen by whites.

It gets worse.

Combining Sentier’s work with Census Bureau data through 2011, the most recent available, shows that African-Americans’ real household income has dropped by over 16 percent since 2007, and by over 20 percent since the statistic’s high-water mark in 2000 (for the table, I conservatively used a drop of 10 percent during the past four years instead of 10.9 percent for blacks, did not change the declines in other groups at all, and assumed that Sentier’s June readings will be the same as the overall results for all of 2013):

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Though there was a bit of a decline during the early and middle portions of the past decade, the steep descent in real incomes, especially for African-Americans, didn’t really begin in earnest until the year after the Democrats consolidated their power in Congress. They then proceeded to talk down the economy during the 2008 presidential campaign, and worsened the recession’s impact during the Bush 43-Obama presidential transition.

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While my initial instincts run along Marc Malone's lines, upon reflection I remember that blacks make up only 8% of the electorate, give or take. It was predominately white Democrats and so-called independents that elected this demagogue not once but twice. Also recall that millions of Republicans stayed home last year rather than vote for Romney.

In any event, I find I am deeply saddened by all of this.

Humans are not born with an innate sense of morals or ethics. Those things must be inculcated in the young.

What's sad is that Rachel Jeantal of Zimmerman trial notoriety and the millions like her have no idea how cruelly, evilly and horribly they've been used by the Democrats for short term political gain. In my opinion it is accurate to say they have been brainwashed just as effectively and irretrievably as the Hitler Jugend.
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I used to have sympathy for the plight of blacks in America, but that many years ago. They have done almost nothing to help themselves. Instead the demand more and more from others.
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Cronyism and Marxist rhetoric are not helpful to the public as a whole. This is a continuation of of ruling class (see: Angelo Codevilla) corruption...on steroids. The Black population voted for this man at a rate of over 95%, the result is what they voted for.

Be careful what you ask for...you may get it.
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As demonstrated in Detroit, they have the government they deserve.


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In Canada, if you substitute the word black for native indian, you could use the exact same script for the devastation in those communities .... at the hands of their own leaders.

I am completely uninterested and unsympathetic to the black (and native) losers in our society. Most of them need to have their food stamps and all other government largesse removed from their grubby claws ... then, and only then will the get up on their hind legs and do what it takes for feed themselves.

I know it's possible because billions of people do it all over the world. So why not the Negrows and the Native Indians while we are at it.

No society will carry the dead weight of a growing 'lazy' class that intends on receiving cradle to grave care paid for by whitee. Ain't gonna last much longer ... we have had it with these useless beggars and ingrates.
47 weeks ago
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Blacks supporting Obama isn't about making their lives better. It's OK for Obama just to punish their enemies. Leftism fuels malignant envy.
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Black Americans were in much better shape during the Reagan years. Many of them remember Reagan fondly but the majority is so out of touch with reality that they have embraced their former masters and fell under their sway one more time. They love the Democrat Plantation. If I was a racist trying to prove the intellectual inferiority of the African race I would simply show how blacks in America vote and support those bent on exterminating them (Margaret Sanger, the Clintons, etc.) and say: "I rest my case".
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African-Americans' worst enemies? Themselves.

They support Obama almost unanimously because he is black, they support Democrats reflexively because they are... Democrats who carve out a few districts for their so-called "leaders", like overseers overseeing their own. They seldom look at what their leaders are doing, how they enrich themselves on the voters' back. They reflexively cry racism when a black person is under scrutiny: it's racism that voters hold Obama accountable for his actions, it's racism to hold O.J. for killing two people, it's racism to accuse Michael Jackson of being a pedophile, it's racism for police to pursue black gangs...

Well, they deserve what they get for behaving slavishly to their "leaders".
47 weeks ago
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So;
Raise the "minimum wage" to 3 times what it is now.
Since there's only 1/3 the jobs, jobs under this requirement are all pert time, and the workforce is down to 1/3 of historic levels, it won't really make any difference, but they will be placated.
47 weeks ago
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Face it, American is over because The American People are over. Americans love to be called Victims and they expect politicians to loot their friends and neighbors to give Free Stuff to them. This means they vote Democrat.

Practically all blacks are Obama Voters, never mind that they are worse off than ever. Not fixable. All Single Mothers have always voted Democrat for handouts. Not fixable. Now about all unmarried girls 30 and under were Obama Voters for Free Birth Control, and so now all such girls will be lifetime Democrat voters to force The Taxpayer to pay for their Birth Control. Not fixable.

Just about all Hispanics are Obama Voters for Free Stuff. Talk to them all you want about what is good for the country and Right and Wrong, but they will always be Obama Voters or voters for what ever Identity/Grievance Monger the Democrats come up with next. This is a Welfare State Without Borders. Not fixable.

Our Young People, aka The Hopey Changer Generation are The Indoctrinated Public School Education Product of The Great Society, who have been inculcated that White American Males Who Are Not Gay are responsible for all the world's problems, and that they are Entitled to the wealth of this nation without sharing much or any of the work that created that wealth. Not fixable.

Bottom Line is that with the loss of Young People and more Amnesty on the way, this nation is Tipped forever. You can replace a Failed Government, but you cannot replace a Failed American People. The 20th Century was The American Century, this century is the East Asian Century. India, China, S. Korea....It is not fixable.
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The state of American education is a problem, true, other than that your post is empty of anything but your own prejudices. Sorry you've given up on America.
47 weeks ago
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While my initial instincts run along Marc Malone's lines, upon reflection I remember that blacks make up only 8% of the electorate, give or take. It was predominately white Democrats and so-called independents that elected this demagogue not once but twice. Also recall that millions of Republicans stayed home last year rather than vote for Romney.

In any event, I find I am deeply saddened by all of this.

Humans are not born with an innate sense of morals or ethics. Those things must be inculcated in the young.

What's sad is that Rachel Jeantal of Zimmerman trial notoriety and the millions like her have no idea how cruelly, evilly and horribly they've been used by the Democrats for short term political gain. In my opinion it is accurate to say they have been brainwashed just as effectively and irretrievably as the Hitler Jugend.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
I used to have sympathy for the plight of blacks in America, but that many years ago. They have done almost nothing to help themselves. Instead the demand more and more from others.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
Cronyism and Marxist rhetoric are not helpful to the public as a whole. This is a continuation of of ruling class (see: Angelo Codevilla) corruption...on steroids. The Black population voted for this man at a rate of over 95%, the result is what they voted for.

Be careful what you ask for...you may get it.
47 weeks ago
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They deserve to get what they demanded, good and hard.

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