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Obama Breaks Vow with Jobless Blacks


A legitimate critique…

“Today’s economy has made it easier to fall into poverty. … Every American is vulnerable to the insecurities and anxieties of this new economy. And that’s why the single most important focus of my economic agenda as president will be to pursue policies that create jobs and make work pay,” Obama said that day to his mostly black audience.

At that time, the nation’s overall unemployment rate was 4.7%. Whites had a jobless rate of 4.2% while the black unemployment rate stood at 8.1%. Today, the black rate is 15.5%, nearly double that of white job-seekers.

I don’t blame Obama for the economic conditions that are responsible for so many blacks being out of work. The seeds of this problem were planted long before he moved into the Oval Office. But I do fault him for not doing more to fix this problem.

The poor in urban America, he said in that 2007 speech, “suffer most from a politics that has been tipped in favor of those with the most money, and influence, and power.” And then he asked rhetorically, “How can a country like this allow it?” To which he answered, “We can’t.”

But so far, under his leadership, he has allowed it.

Finding work for the jobless is the best anti-poverty program this nation can mount. But while the Obama administration spends $608 million during the first 17 days of its involvement in Libya’s civil war — it can muster neither the money nor the will to combat black unemployment. – DeWayne Wickham

via Column: Obama breaks vow with jobless blacks – USATODAY.com.

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Anita Baker – Sweet Love


My man Corei Taylor inspired this post today… check out his rendition as well. Let me know what you think…

Black Music Month!!!!

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The Truth About the Economy


Robert Reich makes it simple and easy…

Needless to say, Republicans are counter to any constructive and fact based approach to repairing the economy. They would rather continue doing the same things that led us down this road. Their policies are the same policies that were discussed and implemented under Reagan and both Bush’s…

YouTube – The Truth About the Economy.

Of Snake Oil, Puff Balls, and the Need for a Real Jobs Plan From the President


Another critique of the President and, by extension, the Republicans who block everything constructive that he has proposed. It’s almost like the President is saying, “Why should I propose anything if the Repugs are going to block it in the House and Senate?”
I agree with Reich here…

On Monday the president met with business leaders on his “jobs and competitiveness council,” who suggested more public-private partnerships to train workers, less government red-tape in obtaining permits, and more jobs in travel and tourism, among other things. The President then toured a manufacturing plant in North Carolina, and made an eloquent speech about the need for more jobs.

Fluff.

Doesn’t the White House get it? The president has to have a bold jobs plan, with specifics. Why not exempt the first $20,000 of income from payroll taxes for the next year? Why not a new WPA for the long-term unemployed, and a Civilian Conservation Corps for the legions of young jobless Americans? Why not allow people to declare bankruptcy on their primary residences, and thereby reorganize their mortgage debt?

Or a hundred other ways to boost demand.

Fluff won’t get us anywhere. In fact, it creates a policy vacuum that will be filled by Republicans intent on convincing Americans that cutting federal spending and reducing taxes on the rich will create jobs.

Most Americans are smart enough to see through this. But if the Republican snake oil is the only remedy being offered, some people will buy it. And if the President and Democrats on Capitol Hill continue to obsess about reaching an agreement to raise the debt limit, they risk making the snake oil seem like a legitimate cure.

The puff balls being offered by the CEOs on the president’s jobs and competitiveness council are hardly a substitute. These CEOs won’t suggest hard-ball ideas to boost demand. Why should they? Their companies rely less and less on consumers in the United States — and, for that matter, on American workers. For several years now, these companies’ foreign sales have been growing faster than their US sales and they’ve been creating more jobs abroad than here.

Consider GE, whose Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, is also the chairman of the President’s jobs council. By the end of last year, 54 percent of GE’s 287,000 employees worked outside the United States. That’s a turnaround from as recently as 2005, when a majority of the firm’s workers were still located in the United States.

GE and the other companies represented on the President’s jobs council will continue to do fine regardless of shriveled demand in the United States. But unless demand is boosted here, American workers will continue to be hard hit.

If the choice is between Republican snake oil and the puff balls of the president’s job’s council, America will be in deeper and deeper trouble. So will the president. – Robert Reich

Robert Reich: Of Snake Oil, Puff Balls, and the Need for a Real Jobs Plan From the President.

Lupe Fiasco – Out of My Head


On repeat today…

Military spending: Defence costs


Instead of the #weinergate non-story…our focus, and the media’s, should be on this type of infrmation.

FYI…

Defence costs

ON JUNE 8th China’s top military brass confirmed that the country’s first aircraft carrier, a refurbishment of an old Russian carrier, will be ready shortly. Only a handful of nations operate carriers, which are costly to build and maintain. Indeed, Britain has recently decommissioned its sole carrier because of budget pressures. China’s defence spending has risen by nearly 200% since 2001 to reach an estimated $119 billion in 2010—though it has remained fairly constant in terms of its share of GDP. America’s own budget crisis is prompting tough discussions about its defence spending, which, at nearly $700 billion, is bigger than that of the next 17 countries combined.

Military spending: Defence costs | The Economist.

Tony! Toni! Tone! – It Never Rains (In Southern California)


…because I haven’t felt a drop since I have been here…

Black Music Month runs the gamut.

YouTube – Tony! Toni! Tone! – It Never Rains (In Southern California).

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