There has been much discussion in and outside of the African-American community regarding President Obama’s efforts to improve conditions in the African-American community during his presidency. Some feel that the President has done all that he can to propel the country as a whole forward and out of a recession, which in turn included the African-American community, while others in the community feel that he has only done the bare minimum.
A recent piece written and titled “President Obama: You Are No Bill Clinton” suggests that former President Bill Clinton was able to work in unison with Republicans without compromising fundamentals and values important to his own political party and yet still keep the peace on Capitol Hill. The author of the article, clearly not in favor of President Obama being re-elected, also goes on to suggest that former President Clinton was able to lower the unemployment rate and even introduce a welfare reform bill that the two parties could agree on, while he suggests that President Obama’s healthcare and government assistance policies do nothing more than “addict people to government.”
“The president’s problem is he’s no Bill Clinton. While Clinton was willing to compromise with congressional Republicans, Obama and congressional Democrats are not. Clinton signed the welfare reform bill after vetoing two earlier versions crafted by a Republican Congress.
Yet now the Obama administration wants to let states opt out of the bill’s work requirement, which forced many people to get jobs. Instead of requiring people to work, Health and Human Services wants to grant states waivers to the work provision so they can “test alternative and innovative strategies, policies and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.” What alternative strategy is there to an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay? Surely we cannot continue with a president whose policies addict more people to government.”
The article then compares the history of the unemployment rate under President Obama’s term to that of President Clinton’s term, however, he fails to factor in the downward-spiraling economy that President Obama inherited from preeceding Republican President George Bush that resulted in an almost immediate economic recession following President Obama’s election in to office in 2008.
“During the Clinton administration, with the help of a Republican Congress, the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 4.2 percent. Under President Obama, unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months.”
So, let’s discuss. Do you feel that President Bill Clinton did more than President Obama to help the progress of those in the African-American community? Or is the GOP simply attempting to cast President Obama in a negative light among his own people and cause friction among his own party in order to gain the African-American vote to get one of their own back in office?