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That Trickle Ain’t Economics – Black Voters Stick with the Prez

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Donít believe me? Do a Google search on black unemployment and here are the types of hits you get:

  1. NPR
  2. Department of Labor
  3. Slate
  4. New York Times
  5. Economic Policy Institute
  6. In These Times

All these links and hundreds more talking about the conflation between the African American middle class and public employment. The reason blacks are over represented in public sector jobs? They are the least likely to be discriminatory, and they are the most secure. At least they used to be.

Look, I like Howard Fineman. I could spend the next three thousand words taking him for a ride, I wonít. But let me say this, it didnít take me an hour and a half and bad airline coffee talking to a black republican to come up with the reality behind the massive unemployment gap for blacks. And, Howard Fineman should realize that weíre not idiots. We know what the GOP is doing and we know why they are doing it. We get it. And, while we arenít thrilled as a community with everything the President has done Ė to assume we should be is to assume that white America should be thrilled with everything every white president does. Does that make any sense at all? Weíre not monolithic; we arenít characters in a book youíre reading or actors in a play about race. We know a few things; we live real lives. We know enough to realize that when people talk about trickledown economics that trickle ainít economics.

We know enough to know that the GOP doesnít have our best interests at heart. In a desire to be fair, in a desire to file a story, I guess, Fineman, sitting next to a black republican, seemed to believe he had divined a secret, a hidden gem of information. Let me disabuse him of that notion. I bet Clarence Thomas isnít voting for the President either. Shocking?

This piece first appeared at†Jack and Jill Politics


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9:51AM PST on Nov 11, 2012


9:48PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

This is my statement to Mitt, Ann and Paul


Das Amerika is nicht fur Gefingerpoken und Mittengraben.

Is easy schnappen der Springenwerk, Blowenfusen und Poppencorken mit Spitzensparken.

Ist nicht fur gewerken by das Dummkopfen.

Das rubbernecken sightseeren mormon keepen hands in das pockets.

Relaxen und vatch das Blinkenlights.

4:54AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012


12:29PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

After reading the article and then the enormity of some of the comments, I'll simply say Thanks!

12:26PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

@Sarah writes I don't really understand why this is so. The unemployment rate for blacks is about 15%, for black young people it is almost 50%.

Maybe Sarah because that is what the rates of unemployment for blacks as been for the last 20 years. You might want to do some research before you make such a statement.

@Sarah writes The first black members of congress were Republicans while the Democrats were forming the KKK.

Right and what is the current year? Is it 1865 or 2012? What happened to the democratic party of the south when the Civil Rights Acts were passed? They fled and became Republicans. You might want to do some research before you make such a statement.

6:52AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Amazing! Learn the real facts not the propaganda! Not only Black Voters are sticking with Obama!

3:42AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

I don't really understand why this is so. The unemployment rate for blacks is about 15%, for black young people it is almost 50%.

The first black members of congress were Republicans while the Democrats were forming the KKK.

10:20PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Justin, thanks that was an excellent video of the Jon Stewart show with Herman Cain.

10:08PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Natalie S., don't be too concerned by the 'brains haven't developed in the young' thing -
EVERYONE's brain develops in different areas depending on how much it's used for
things relating to different brain sectors, and yes, there's an actual size difference
in the brain of someone before and after studying, say, math for a while - and if that
brain area is unused, it'll actually diminish again in size over time.

Decision-making skills are developed through USE, and if children/young people are
too often prevented from making decisions appropriate to their age group whether
by circumstances or by over-protectiveness or whatever that
area of the brain won't begin to develop much until it finally IS being used.

SO sick of phoney/bad 'science'...

(And don't even ask about my excuse for a brain, lol, I'm too tired to think of one!)

10:00PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

(continued - puter still weird, hoping my brother will fix it soon...0

Or he simply hadn't come up with anything as his dead-line approached and just wrote
whatever about the election, based on a chat during a plane trip, lol.

Dividing people up into different groups regarding just about every
difference imaginable probably seems perfectly normal to people growing up with it,
but I do feel that it has an effect in continuing divisions along these lnes.

Social factors play a role in determining our perceptions, and we are the
sum of our experiences, whichever direction we or they lead us.

So the more propaganda to which we're subjected, the more likely it is to affect us
at a level so deep that we don't even notice it.

And the US has been subjected to a lot - surprising, really, that so many decent,
well-informed people really are...

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