Obama and the Latino community: Is the engagement over?

While the Obama camp launched its first ad in Spanish, Latino Republican members of Congress spoke of the many ways this administration has not delivered on promises made during the epic campaign of 2008 (and 2009, 2010, 2011 and, of course, 2012) and has in many ways hurt further a community that massively contributed to his victory against Senator Mc Cain.

Is the new US becoming the old Latin America?
“That could never happen,” I know most would say, as they boo me off the stage; but as an immigrant from Peru, I sometimes do feel the US is starting to look more and more like the Latin America I left and that the growth in Latin American countries, their renewed pride in their culture and economy, and what they have to offer the world, has transformed them making them look like the USA I found when I first came to this welcoming nation in 1988.

“President Obama’s policies have hurt all Americans, especially Hispanics, who work each and every day in pursuit of the American Dream. His agenda of an unchecked federal government and redistribution of wealth has put America on the path to becoming like the countries so many Latinos bravely left behind. The GOP remains committed to providing Latinos with a stark contrast: economic freedom to do and be most anything they could ever imagine,” said Congressman Raúl R. Labrador (ID-01).

And Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17) adds: “Under the Obama economy, we have had the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression, and our nation suffers from a growing number of low-income families, high levels of poverty and high gasoline prices that are hurting family budgets. These issues have had and will continue to have an adverse impact on Hispanic families, and we cannot afford more of the same. Republicans have the answers with a clear plan to create jobs, bolster our economy, provide economic security and lower energy prices.”

The fact that President Obama was received at the Summit of the Americas last week with a list of regional complaints, led by the point that the United States has dropped the ball in its support for its backyard neighbors says a lot. What would happen if we actually go to war with Iran? Would we have to also battle its allies in Latin America?

You cannot show the same ring twice. ¡ Por favor!
Politicians think they can take advantage of kind-hearted willing electorate and get away with it. Well, one thing is to be “nice” and a very different thing is to be “estúpido“.

“Does President Obama think Hispanics suffer from amnesia? He may think we have forgotten about his broken promises to save or create 3.5 million jobs, pledge to cut the deficit by half by the end of his first term, or make immigration reform a top priority during his first 12 months as President. Not even the most eloquent rhetoric in the world can hide the fact that this has been a failed Presidency with nothing but empty promises,” said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21).

Chief complaint from the Latino community is Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the engagement ring we were shown by the president while campaigning. It has been four years of nothing more than adding insult to injury by keep on bringing up that precious, sacred almost, subject and re-packaging and re-promising, while deporting millions and leaving children orphaned stateside. If we add to that the higher percentages of Latinos going through unemployment and losing wealth during the past four years, you’ll have a group of people that is pretty much unwilling to give up the vote without very convincing arguments.

“President Obama’s record with the Latino community is lackluster at best and his actions during the last three years prove it. Latinos are interested in having a President who will advocate for lower taxes for small business owners, more economic opportunities for all Americans, and a President who unites the country not one who divides us. Latinos want results not unfulfilled promises,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18).

It is interesting to note that President Obama did hit all the right notes with the Latino community during his campaign. If only he had figured out this community is kind pero no perdona la mentira.

 

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