Governor Romney spoke to the NAACP yesterday. On the heels of that speech, we've compiled by Darrell Jordan, the Communications Director of the House Small Business Committee Republican Office.
--The unemployment rate for African-Americans is 14.4%, double that of whites (7.4%).
--The nation’s poverty rate is a shocking 15.1%, the highest level since 1993. An alarming 27.4% of Blacks live under the poverty line.
--Business contracting to black-owned firms has decreased under Obama’s presidency (dropping 8 percent from fiscal 2010 to 2011, as an example).
But it’s not enough to point out where this President has failed the African-American community. As Darrell points out, Republicans in Congress are offering solutions:
JOBS: The problem with our economy is lack of private sector jobs, plain and simple. Creating a better environment for small business job creation through pro-growth tax policy and less regulations will greatly benefit the African-American community.
EDUCATION: The urban public school system is failing the African-American community. Republicans will reform the system to discourage mediocrity and encourage competition. For example, Speaker John Boehner recently renewed funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, which provides funding for low-income parents to send their children to private or parochial schools.
ENTREPRENUERIAL DEVELOPMENT: While Obama has decided to close five Minority Business Development regional offices, House Republicans want to increase funding for Small Business Development Centers, which partners with the National Urban League to provide free training for African-Americans who want to start small businesses.
Finally when it comes to the political rhetoric against republicans that we want to hurt poor people, the facts speak for themselves:
--Democrats claim that Republican budget cuts hurt poor people, but the facts are that our cuts are geared towards administrative waste in Washington DC federal agencies, not in actual aid for the poor.
--No one is talking about Obama’s cuts for poverty programs. Obama’s budget proposes to cut Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by about 13 percent, it would cut housing assistance for the Housing Choice Voucher Program Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) which would raise the rent for low-income beneficiaries, it would cut funding for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) nearly in half, and it would cut $2 million from the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, the program that funds housing support for people with AIDS.
As Governor Romney said to the NAACP, “I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the President has set has not done that – and will not do that. My course will.”
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