He writes, "The Democratic Party has a unique opportunity in November to reclaim the White House as well as working majorities in both the US Senate and House of Representatives in the 2008 election cycle." Every imaginable wind is blowing in their direction --> economy, Iraq war, unemployment rate, John Hagee, gas prices, food prices, George W. Bush and so on.
George W. Bush
Are the "brothers" from African American Political Pundit speaking with respect to THE BLACK COMMUNITY or are they speaking with respect to the DEMOCRATS? Let us investigate and bring ourselves to the answer.
Economy. Indeed the economy has taken a hit recently. Mostly because of the implosion of some elements of the housing market. Let us look at these facts a bit closer. Our friends at AAPP seek to make this a "Bush thing". What does a more granular inspection of the facts say?
Article: More Atlanta homes at risk; Clayton hardest hit
Clayton County's rate of seriously delinquent mortgages has reached epidemic proportions, with nearly one in 10 mortgage accounts at least 60 days past due, according to data from one of the nation's largest credit reporting companies.
Clayton had the highest delinquency rate for mortgages in an 11-county area of metro Atlanta, according to Chicago-based Trans-Union.
As part of the "Afrospear Blogger's Union" perhaps our friends at AAPP could detail for us EXACTLY how the Republicans made the conditions where 1 out of 10 mortgages are delinquent. Clayton County Georgia "turned" about 5 years ago when the Black population exceeded the White population for the first time in the county's history. In the two subsequent elections - Black Democrats took the super majority of elected seats from the WHITE DEMOCRATS that they replaced. (Their White Democratic Brothers in arms were called the "Good Ole Boy Network". No they did not turn into Republicans either). While it was a tremendous source of PRIDE to have Black folks who are Democrats in these seats that had previously caused the community so much consternation - in about two years time the PRIDE that was once felt had worn thin as these newly elected officials began to fracture with several news making "Democrat on Democrat" death matches. THEY ARE working in the BEST INTERESTS OF BLACK PEOPLE.....aren't they?
National Average Unemployment Rate: 5.1% for March
Let us inspect the Unemployment rates for various members of the Congressional Black Caucus who will not be targeted for attack by AAPP
Stephanie Tubbs- Jones - Ohio's 11th District (Cleveland)
Unemployment Rate 12.2%
Cleveland - One Of America's Poorest Cities
John Conyers - Michigan's 14th District
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (2004)
Elijah Cummings - Maryland 7th (Baltimore)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (2007)
I will do a separate blog entry on this expanded subject because I now have a data source that can allow me to key in on the LEADERS who African American Political Pundit who is working on the BEST INTERESTS OF BLACK PEOPLE don't seem to talk about.
John Hagee - the pastor who Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain once sought out the endorsement of and then distanced himself from.
Where as no doubt our friends at AAPP and others were distraught over the focus upon Rev Jeremiah Wright by the media as he was "misrepresented". Now the tables have turned and indeed it is AAPP who is leading the charge to have Hagee defined by his clipped sentences as well.
Evil Bush's Policies - 4,000 US Soldiers killed during war operations. 30,000 to 45,000 Iraqi's killed by direct action of the US Military.
But what about what the IRAQI'S HAVE DONE? Do the good people at AAPP have any particular set of expectations for the IRAQI PEOPLE WHO ARE KILLING OTHER IRAQI PEOPLE? I realize that the popular talking point is that the US Military Men are "fair game" because they are the invaders. What about the innocent Iraqi countrymen? They are being killed by THEIR OWN PEOPLE more than anyone else. Did George Bush do this?
What about the PRE-WAR POLICIES?
What about SANCTIONS?
DO THE RESEARCH: THE IMPACT OF SANCTIONS UPON THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ
On the Barack Obama campaign web site, Mr. Obama who was "against the war from the start" says what? That he would support SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN in his Carrot and Stick approach.. But hey - at least no American soldiers would die.
As a person who is about to pay $3.95 per gallon to fill up my car today I can certainly understand making political mischief out of gasoline prices. The fact that AMERICAN oil firms are making record profits certainly does not put them in a good light. But wait! I was in Canada about 3 months ago and they too had record gasoline prices and they are a net oil producer. What impact does evil George W. Bush have on Canadian gasoline prices? Will a President Obama really cause the price of gasoline to decline? Removed from the discussion has been all of the successes of the environmentalists and ideologues over the years to reduce our domestic drilling, freeze our refining capacity and, just as boneheadedly - go after AMERICAN oil companies while FOREIGN oil companies reap great profits as well. Their proposed windfall profit tax makes it more expensive for American oil companies to do business and ends up allowing gasoline that was refined overseas to be imported absent the punitive tax.
Here ya go buddy: Article: Which oil companies/states control the world's oil supplies?
It is interesting that evil Bush has so much power AROUND THE WORLD. He is able to set policy in America and thus raise the price of rice for everyone around the world. As a results of Bush's actions that are intended to kill off the undesirables around the world - their respective governments see the angry protests in their own countries and they decide to cut food exports from their countries. Their theory is that the remaining stock of food in their home country will be left for their own people. But wait! The farmers - seein gthis as a confiscation of their crops and their ability to sell their commodities to the highest bidder does what economics 101 states what they are likely to do - CUT THEIR PRODUCTION! In the spiraling set of unintended consequences that result from government engineered outcome - supplies of food items are reduced and the price is increased.
What is the answer? Acknowledge that we are in a new time in the world's history. According to a report that I read in Foreign Policy magazine last week - there are now more middle class individuals in the world today than ever before. They are living at a higher standard of living. They are purchasing more commodity items and are driving up the sales price for these food items. The solution is to increase the supply and production of these goods so that more of these goods are available for those who are demanding them. This leads to more employment and thus more people participating in the global economy.
Ironically some of the key people who CLAIM to be "for the people" and against American imperialism in truth are children of American imperialism and they want to have their low cost food items available to them as protected by the US Military and the foreign policy that they find so offensive to their ideals.