Thursday, September 01, 2011

Obama Toured of Middle America Talking Jobs But Ignores Folks Hit Hardest by Economic Downfall

Politics is indeed a strange game. Here in America, it is often played at the expense of the poor and unfortunate. This is what can be observed in the little discussed jobs debate between republicans in the congress and the Obama democratic administration.

Unless you have been under a rock, President Obama has been on a three state tour of Middle America presenting his views on how to deal with job creation in America. Although President Obama and his spokespersons state that his bus tour is a “listening” tour during which he is promoting American jobs, there are two very obvious and glaring contradictions about his three state tours. First, he seems to travel to states that have the lowest unemployment rates nationally and lack the presences of strong minority communities; regardless if they are African American of Latino. More problematic than the aforementioned is that the $1.1 million a VIP H3-45 model vehicle ordered by the Secret Service in July 2010 and delivered two months ago, is made by a Canadian company.

That’s correct, on a tour where he speaks of creating jobs in the US, he roles in on a Bus made via the North American Free Trade Agreement made by a non-American company. In fact, during his speech yesterday at Northeast Community College in Peosta, Iowa the president said: “We should pass trade deals that will level the playing field for American companies. And no folks benefit more than rural Americans when it comes to our trade.” Obama then added. “But it also benefits manufacturing. We’ve got folks in America driving Kias and Hyundais. I want to see folks in Korea driving Fords and Chryslers and Chevys. (Applause.) I want to sell goods all over the world that are stamped with three words: “Made in America.”

This all the time his actions demonstrate the opposite.

It is obvious that Obama knows he will need the black vote to win in 2012. More so, he also knows like most democrats, he can take this segment of the population for granted namely because the white vote is what he must have to win. Add to the fact that being seen around white folk in the Midwest makes him look good to other whites as well as being concerned about their needs.

The simple fact is that these will be the people he obtains most of his campaign contributions from because a sizable corpus of Africans who will likely vote for him have been hit the hardest during the present economic crisis and have a hard enough time keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. Instead of Iowa, Obama needs to equally deal with and appear in areas to explain why black workers are being left behind. While the unemployment rate for white men continues to fall, it continues to climb for black men. Yes the unemployment rate for blacks and whites are in opposite directions, yet any attempt to bring this up is considered to be an attack against the President, in particular if one is black.

Obama is well aware of the struggle and impact of the economic downturn, yet he will end his three-day bus tour complete with support with pledges of help for rural America and nothing for African Americans in the south and urban areas. Meaning while we suffer, he will be heading to the island resort of Martha's Vineyard Thursday for a vacation