September 10, 2011

Should blacks be satisfied with Obama's jobs speech?

This week in theGrio I provided an analysis of President Obama's speech on jobs:

In his speech, Obama unveiled his $447 billion American Jobs Act, which offers a mix of tax cuts, jobs and infrastructure funding. Digging deep into the details and analyzing both the policy implications and the rhetorical symbolism of his speech, the president addressed issues that directly impact the black community and the rest of the Democratic base, and speak to their concerns. In other words, it is a good start, if nothing else. 

However, consisting of two-thirds tax cuts, to some degree the president's jobs plan resembles a conservative Republican proposal. Further, he did not specifically discuss the high rate of black joblessness -- a unique situation, to be sure -- and therefore failed to adequately allay the concerns of some of his prominent African-American critics.

For more, go to "The Heart of the Matter with David A. Love" at theGrio.

26 comments:

Carolyn Moon said...

This is an excellent piece on a controversial subject with a number of perspectives explored. There seems to be a common theme that was also expressed by Dr. E. C. Thompson "Where's The Outrage" blog site. (http://www.whereistheoutrage.net/wordpress/)

He states....

"Let’s look at this problem from a different angle. The reason that many on the left are upset with Barack Obama is, in a nutshell, triangulation. Barack Obama, like Bill Clinton before him, seems to check the political wind and then find out where their center of gravity is and then he stakes his position right there, smack in the middle. If this is so, I believe we don’t need another candidate in order to change the political landscape. What we need is more activism from the left. We need to be more vocal. We need to write more letters to our congressmen into the White House. We need to call our congressmen and the White House. Politicians respond to pressure. We need to let the President know that we are going to sit around and twiddle our thumbs. We’ve been actively try to change the political climate."

Field Negro has featured both of your sites and has certainly expanded my blogroll.

Critical thinking and expanding the dialogue are so needed in the blogosphere--especially with black bloggers and their followers.

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