If there’s a group of people disappointed with President Obama, it is the Latino community. After five years, counting the campaign of hope, the needle on the promises that once took him to the White House has moved in reverse, leaving millions in a situation than has worsened since President Bush –and nobody thought that could be possible in 2008.
We know now that campaign promises can be painfully empty; but still, Obama continues trying to win the Latino vote with the same speech and a request of four more years to accomplish what was promised.
And now Romney, who, let’s not forget, is endorsed by anti-immigrant racial profiler and sadist Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa county Arizona and Mr. tough on undocumented and pretty much anti fixing troubling issues with our immigration system, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), is trying to win the Latino vote without a positive record of his own but by pointing out Obama’s long list of unresolved concerns with Latinos.
Can a candidate be convincing without making one promise? Romney and the GOP seem to think the Latino community in the USA continues to be easy to manipulate. I tend to disagree. But don’t take my word for it.
Let’s see what Romney camp says about Obama and the Latino community in the last four years.
In 2008, Barack Obama Promised To Address The Economic Hardships Facing Hispanics – But He Hasn’t Delivered During His Time In Office:
Candidate Obama, In 2008: “More Americans Are Out Of Work … We All Know The Hispanic Community Has Been Especially Hard Hit.” OBAMA: “More Americans are out of work, and have mortgages they can’t pay, and cars they can’t afford to drive, and wonder how they’ll ever afford to retire. And we’ve all seen the statistics – we all know the Hispanic community has been especially hard hit. Now, we didn’t get here by accident.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, DC, 9/10/08)
Since President Obama Took Office, The Total Unemployment Rate For Hispanic Or Latino Workers Has Increased From 10.0% To 10.3%. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 4/19/12)
Since February 2009, The Unemployment Rate For Hispanic Or Latino Workers Has Remained Above 10% Every Month. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 4/19/12)
As Of March 2012, The Total Number Of Hispanic Or Latino Workers Unemployed Is Nearly 2.5 Million. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 4/19/12)
According To A 2012 Pew Study, Nearly 60% Of Hispanic Households Reported Someone That Has Been Out Of Work In The Last Year. “Large shares report that they or someone in their household has been out of work in the past year (59%); that their personal finances are in “only fair” or “poor” shape (75%); that they canceled or delayed a major purchase in the past year (49%); or that they are underwater on their mortgage (28% of Latino homeowners).” (Paul Taylor, et al, “Hispanics Say They Have The Worst Of A Bad Economy,” Pew Research Center, 1/26/12)
“Hispanic Households Lost 66 Percent Of Their Net Worth During The Recession…” “The Pew Research Center has released data showing that Hispanic households lost 66 percent of their net worth during the recession compared with a 16 percent loss by white households.” (Kristin Roberts and Stacy Kaper, “The White House’s Housing Fumbles,” National Journal, 3/22/12)
Hispanics Account For Nearly 30% Of Americans Living In Poverty, An Increase Under President Obama Of Nearly 2.3 Million. (U.S. Census Bureau Website, www.census.gov, Accessed 4/19/12)
And Candidate Obama Also Promised To Address The Number Of Hispanics Without Health Care – But That Number Has Increased During His Presidency:
Candidate Obama, In 2008: “This Election Is About The 45 Million Americans Who Don’t Have Health Care – One In Three Hispanics … They’re Counting On Us To Guarantee Health Care…” OBAMA: “This election is about the 45 million Americans who don’t have health care – one in three Hispanics – and about the small business owners who can barely stay afloat because of rising health care costs. They’re counting on us to guarantee health care for anyone who needs it and make it affordable for anyone who wants it. That’s what I’ll do as President.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, DC, 9/10/08)
“Hispanic Americans Continue To Be The Most Likely To Be Uninsured, With More Than 40% Going Without Health Coverage In 2011.” “Hispanic Americans continue to be the most likely to be uninsured, with more than 40% going without health coverage in 2011, the highest Gallup has found for any key group since it began tracking in 2008. More than 30% of low–income Americans were uninsured in 2011 — a figure that has been rising since 2008, when it was 26.4%.” (Elizabeth Mendes, “More Americans Uninsured In 2011,” Gallup, 1/24/12)
“An Average Of 49% Of Residents Is Hispanic In The 10 Metro Areas With The Highest Uninsured Rates, Compared With 8.3% In The 10 Areas With The Lowest Rates.” (Elizabeth Mendes, “Uninsured Rates Vary From 4% To 50% Across U.S. Metro Areas,” Gallup, 3/27/12)
After reading the release, I could not find an answer to the struggles in the Latino community, not one, and that in itself is the beginning of a disappointing campaign Mr. Romney; because to win this electorate one of the candidates will have to come up with a hearty and workable plan to satisfy the hunger left by four years of barren promises.