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And yet, blacks, who are unemployed at more than a 50% greater rate than all the national average, will still go to the voting booth and reflectively and myopically vote for the guy who “looks like them.”
Despite the fact that his policies…natch…it’s the entire Democrat Party platform of the last 40 years…have done more to hurt blacks than any think they’d love to pin on the racist old Conservatives.
Via The American Interest blog:
Last Friday’s unemployment news crashed the stock market and upended the presidential race. Lost in the excitement, however, was the news that African-American unemployment, already significantly above general levels, rose by much more.
Nationally, unemployment in May rose from 8.1 percent to 8.2. This is bad, especially considering how much time has passed since our economic troubles began, but it is less than catastrophic. As the Root reports, for African-Americans, however, the news was much, much worse. Unemployment among Blacks rose from 13.0 percent to 13.6 percent.
This is serious news for a population that is already under great economic strain, but it is in line with some trends we’ve been following here. One is that state and local employment has been particularly hard hit in the last year. The emergency funding provided by the federal stimulus has been running out faster than state and local tax revenue has recovered. Because unlike the feds most state and local governments have to balance their budgets each year, cuts in revenue translate more quickly into cuts in spending, and that leads to minority unemployment in many cases.