The problem, Waters said, is that Obama is not paying enough attention to the problems of some black Americans. The unemployment rate for African-Americans nationally is a little over 16 percent, and almost twice that in Detroit. And yet, Waters said, the president is on a jobs-promotion trip through the Midwest that does not include any stops in black communities. “The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president too,” Waters said. “We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired, ya’ll. We’re getting tired. And so, what we want to do is, we want to give the president every opportunity to show what he can do and what he’s prepared to lead on. We want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community. We don’t know that.”
The core problem here is that American liberalism, embodied by Barack Obama, is at odds with itself. Let’s just enumerate some of their stated objectives and how they contradict each other:
- More jobs for people. Most of these are generated in the private sector, the government by and large doesn’t have the skill set to do this. But with our extensively confusing (or is that confusingly extensive) legal and regulatory environment, only the largest players get to be a part of that. And yet small business has traditionally generated new jobs and industries. (Everyone has to start somewhere…)
- Redistribute income. That’s terrific until it’s time to run an election, at which point the main beneficiaries of the current system become the main political contributors to maintain it. You think progress will come out of that?
- Make the environment pristine again. To achieve that will require two things the American people have been loathe to do on this account: sacrifice and reduce their standard of living. If one believes in the apocalyptic scenarios that the likes of, say, Al Gore, puts forth, that sacrifice needs to be pretty drastic, as I pointed out (before I found out about all of the conspiratorial protocols Michele Bachmann talks about) in Barack Obama: Dreaming of the 50 Square Metre Apartment.
- Reduce the “colonialist” power of the U.S. around the world. But that would embolden the jihadis, who would (given the chance) zip the flies and mouths of the left faster than any “Christianist” scheme (real or imagined) would.
To achieve all of this will require some kind of universal poverty, equally distributed, so that our “environmental footprint” will be reduced along with our income inequality. Levelling and reducing incomes would, ideally, redistribute both wealth and spread the payroll around more, which would reduce unemployment.
But making an economy of this nature to really work is a trick, as the Soviets found out. The next “best” (or really worst) thing is to put a good portion of the population on the dole, where their environmental impact is limited by what they get out of the government. Maintaining that is dependent upon the cooperation of the working sector of the population, but over time that becomes harder and harder to come by.
The Black Caucus is beginning to figure out that the current scenario on their side of the aisle (they really don’t admit to Allan West) is a non-starter. What’s needed is a new paradigm, but at this stage none is on the horizon.