There are a number of Black Bloggers, Progressive bloggers and journalist who are reporting on how Obama's budget proposal will hurt the poor, cut aid to middle class & burden students. Read: Black Americans Especially Vulnerable To Budget Austerity, Study Shows
Now the question is whether President Obama is Channeling Ronald Reagan?
Is Barack Obama trying to be more Republican than the Republicans, in order to appease the GOP? You remember what Ronald Reagan was able to do:
1. Dismantled labor unions.
2. Decreased living standards.
3. Deregulated financial industry.
4. Decreased wages by freezing minimum wage at $3.35 per hour for eight years.
5. Increased gap between rich and poor.
6. Increased number of Americans in poverty.
7. Increased homelessness.
8. Appealed to the most color aroused, bigots in America. Read more HERE
As Kevin Alexander Gray, over at Progresive.org reports, "The president proposes cutting $2.5 billion from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program helps families heat or cool their homes, and Obama’s cut would eliminate this crucial support for 3.5 million low-income households. And as far as helping poor and working people advance, this budget actually kicks the ladder down. It freezes or reduces funding for everything from Head Start, summer jobs for youth and afterschool initiatives to GED programs and Pell grants." Read More HERE
He adds, "Meanwhile, Obama criticized the intelligence community’s failure to foresee the Egyptian uprising, but did not reduce its $80 billion budget. And the military is being cut less than $16 billion next year, a pittance in light of massive Bush era increases. “Community organizer” Obama will cut organizing jobs in low-income communities more than any president since Reagan, which is consistent with his failure to even mention the poor or poverty in his recent State of the Union address."
AAP says, OUCH! Read More HERE
AAP says: I knew it was going to be ugly for the black community when President Obama gave Black leaders the bad news on likely budget cuts. Candidly, I'm also wondering like other black bloggers, why are blacks always the biggest targets of budget cuts? I'm also wondering how our President could do this to us, after all black voters did, to help in get into office?
Recently Alexis Stodgill over at Black Voices gave various examples on how the poor and the middle class may be getting screwed by President Barack Obama, less than two months after signing tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans into law.
Yes, unfortuantely it looks like the first African American President is proposing a budget to congress that as Alexis Stodgill noted, "attacks programs that assist the working poor, help the needy heat their homes, expand access to graduate-level education and undermine that type of community-based organizations that gave the president his start in Chicago."
AAP Says: I'm reminded More HERE how the White House sent out emails to black leaders last year declaring that giving tax cuts to the richest of Americans was a"major victory for African-Americans," arguing that a series of middle-class tax cuts will give "targeted" aid to minorities. Hmmm..
I'm also reminded how the White House invited one of its key negro surrogates, the Rev. Al Sharpton, to the Tax bill signing and scheduled a private meeting with top labor union leaders who had railed against extending the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. Read more HERE.
on poor and elderly.
Candidly, I wonder if the President will be able to sell the cutting of these 4 key programs that impact the poor and African Americans to his key negro surrogates like Al Sharpton, the national office of the NAACP and other negroes who seem to care less about the poor these days.
A few examples of the programs that are on the chopping block:
1. The president proposes to cut roughly 50 percent or $2.5 billion from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The National Energy Assistance Directors' Association director Mark Wolfe said the administration's proposal would cut off 3.5 million households.
2. $405 million from community service block grants and $300 million of Community Development Block Grant dollars.
3. According to the Huffington Post, The Food Research and Action Center estimated that a family of four will receive $59 less per month starting in November 2013 as a result of the $2.2-billion budget cut in the food-stamp program.
4. The president is planning on slashing billions in education over the next decade saving the government over $60 billion in next decade -- interest on graduate school loans will begin building up while students are still in school under Obama's new plan. Currently, interest does not begin compiling until after students graduate. Read More at The Grio.com
President Obama says he is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history. I believe it's important for Black Americans to send comments and concerns regarding his budget proposals to the President and his staff.
You can call or write President Obama at:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Please include your e-mail address
UPDATE: A big soul clap to an awesome blogger, Jill Tubman, and the folks at Jack and Jill Politics for covering this important issue on how Black Bloggers & CBC are pushing back on Obama’s Budget.
Another soul clap to another awesome blogger RIPPA, for his post on Obama's Austerity Budget Means More Unemployment [VIDEO].
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