While black presidential candidates and their me-too black colleagues in the House of Representatives polish the impeachment boots of their white liberal Democrat and media establishment puppeteers, their black constituents are making historic gains in the Trump economy.
Two years ago, in an August 21, 2017, article in the Chicago Tribune, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow, Trump campaign economic adviser, and nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Stephen Moore, said that Trump was creating “more jobs and higher incomes for blacks.”
He also cited statistics showing that the black unemployment rate had fallen by a full percentage point; black labor force participation was up; and the number of black Americans with a job had risen by 600,000 from the prior year; and, that preliminary data showed black wages and incomes were up.
That was impressive two years ago!
Two years later, the economic plight of blacks is even better in the Trump economy. According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average August unemployment rate for blacks — for 2017, 2018, and 2019 — was 6.5 percent.
That includes the August 2019 black unemployment rate, released September 6, of 5.5%. As Black Enterprise Magazine reported, it was the lowest rate recorded since the Labor Department began tracking the progress back in the 1970’s!
As a September 20, 2019, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editorial pointed out, citing the then-latest Census Bureau and Labor Department numbers:
- The greatest employment gains for full-time year-round workers in 2018 were among minority female-led households including a 4.2 percentage point increase among blacks.
- The poverty rate among female households declined 2.7 percentage points for blacks.
- The jobless rate for black women in August fell to 4.4% — an historic low.
In addition to that positive news, the WSJ also reported that a New York Federal Reserve Board national survey showed that the unemployment rate among Americans without a high-school diploma has fallen “steeply over the past three years, and the rate for black women fell in August to the lowest level on record.”
Regarding his record on blacks, Trump summed it up nicely in a September 2018 tweet. He cited the economic and “other things” he had done and asked: “…how do Democrats, who have done NOTHING for African-Americans but TALK, win the Black Vote?”
The same question can be asked today.
Trump is helping blacks economically as noted above, and educationally through support for school choice and historically black colleges and universities.
It could be argued that the black presidential candidates and their black friends in the House of Representatives, and the four Congresswomen known as the “Squad”, have done little if anything for blacks — economically or educationally.
They want to get rid of a president who is doing more to assist their black and Hispanic constituents in those key areas than they, or Barack Obama, ever did. Hopefully it will be noticed.
An August 2016 Gallup poll showed that 52% of blacks said that Obama’s policies had not gone far enough in helping the black community, up from 20% during the 2008 campaign and 32% his first year in office.
Just as a majority of blacks were cognizant of the fact that Obama had not done enough for the black community after eight years, they also will know that these black Democrats are not serving their interests.
Jumping aboard the “Impeachment Express” as it stops at the Democrat plantation might be in the political interests of the black political elite, but it is not in the best interests of black Americans and their children who are benefiting under Trump’s economic, educational, and other policies.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.
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