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Friday, April 20, 2012

OBAMA'S MINORITY PROBLEM

"I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term."

Gray Obama
President Obama has essentially written off trying to win over middle class white voters, he is trying to focus on winning just enough of them plus all minorities to push him into a second term. To do that, he's got a tough fight because the biggest minority group in America is hispanics, and they aren't big fans. To be sure, tales of racism and anti-immigration about Republicans have swayed many, and not a few register "Democrat" because they think that's about Democracy, having come from alleged "republics" in Central and South America. But here are a few stats that are causing President Obama problems with the hispanic community:
  • Unemployment for the US population:8.2%
  • Unemployment for hispanic community: 26% higher at 10.3%
  • Poverty Rate among hispanics in 2006: 20.6%
  • Poverty rate among hispanics in 2010: 26.6%
  • Poverty rate among whites in same time periods: 8.2% to 9.9%
  • 51% of hispanics say its harder to open a business today than 4 years ago
  • 52% believe next generation will not be able to achieve the "American Dream"
  • 85% of hispanics say they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about Washington’s current levels of spending and debt
  • 54% of hispanics say the higher priority of the federal government right now should be a reduction in spending to shrink the deficit
  • Only 36% say more spending is the answer
In other words, President Obama has an uphill battle to convince hispanics to give him 4 more years, given how poorly things have gone for them the last 3 1/2 years and what Obama keeps saying about how to fix it. It explains why he's willing to lie about the Arizona immigration bill and sue the state to stop it.

And given the poor position blacks are in under President Obama in this economy, he's facing some issues there as well. Unemployment among blacks is nearly double that of the national average. Of the 52% of blacks who can find jobs only 17% of them are full time. In 2007, best year of the Bush era, white households had a median net worth of $134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households. By 2009, the median net worth for white households had fallen 24 percent to $97,860. For black households, it had plummeted 83 percent to $2,170, a near wipeout.

That explains in part why the Obama administration was so quick to embrace the Martin/Zimmerman case and politicize it. It explains why the press is so eager to push this story and twist it into some cartoon of its actual events and portray Zimmerman as a "white" hispanic, editing his words to seem racist.

Yet in the end I fully expect a good 90% or more of blacks to vote for President Obama again, just because they tend to vote heavily for Democrats anyway, and because frankly, Obama is perceived as being a black man. And probably the bulk of Hispanics will vote for Obama because he's not white and they tend to vote Democrat too - usually in violation of their stated interests and views on politics. Its this tendency to vote one way that gets people taken for granted and ignored except during an election year, but some folks never seem to learn.

But consider: if whites throw President Obama out of office over the votes of blacks (that's how it will be portrayed and seem to some), on top of the racial riotmongering on the left right now, how do you think our winter will look? Perhaps that's what President Obama is counting on: if he can't be president, maybe he can forge a career as a sort of super Jesse Jackson.

1 Comments:

Blogger T.K. Tortch said...

I have yet to see much discussion of how the Hispanic population views the Martin / Zimmerman case. Seems like it might be causing much deeper damage to the Democrat coalition than just alienated Whites.

I doubt a majority of Hispanics are likely to buy the bogus "White Hispanic" angle, and not likely to be very impressed by the Administration's posture towards the case.

I know a ton of White / Hispanic couples who have actual "White Hispanic" offspring. I doubt the Hispanic half of those couples welcomes the idea that their children are somehow inherently poisoned by their white partner's genetic material, much less that they deserve to be treated differently on account of that distinction.

4:54 PM, April 20, 2012  

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