The CBC needs to man up

I agree for the most part with Black America Web’s Gregory Kane’s assessment of the Congressional Black Caucus‘ insistence that President Obama do something specific for job growth in the black community.

Mr. Kane takes the position that the U.S. Constitution is a document compatible with a capitalist republic in his description of President Obama’s responsibilities for job creation and that the CBC may really be in need of a constitution that is compatible with a socialist democracy.

I agree that most members of the CBC may indeed want a socialist democracy since they rarely if ever promote capitalism or the free market as tools for getting black folk out of the job growth rut.

I would argue that the Constitution is compatible with a libertarian republic as opposed to a capitalistic republic. The freedoms pursued by a libertarian form of government are best carried out by an economic system based on capitalism.

That being said, if the CBC were to craft and promote policies that basically said, the best path to prosperity is based on independence rather than promoting dependency on government and perpetrating the “Obama as Messiah” myth, the CBC would be a credible organization.

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to The CBC needs to man up

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    Gregory Kane is correct as to his opinion that there is no specific requirement in the US Constitution that makes the President of the United States responsible for creating jobs for anyone.

    It also makes sense that things would be better if citizens were not heavily dependent on the government for their livelihood.

    However, capitalism in and of itself is not necessarily the answer to creating jobs for anyone, except capitalists! Should capitalists need to hire others to do work to promote whatever business is being created and executed, then some jobs will be created. However, just as there is no specific requirement in the US Constitution that the President create jobs, job creation is in itself is not a specific requirement levied on capitalists either by capitalism’s inherent principles, or by US Constitution, law, or even moral or ethical precept. In fact, minimizing the need for labor is usually a key component of controlling costs to help increase profits. Expecting capitalists to solve the problem of the need for jobs is unrealistic! And of course, not everyone can be a successful capitalist!

    I would guess that the CBC sort of understands that capitalism hasn’t been, and won’t be, much help with the problem, and so they are looking elsewhere for help. I also agree that looking to the US President to solve the entire problem probably isn’t a good idea, because he can’t fix everything.

    That said, the US Government can help in some ways, as was suggested by the President in his speech last Thursday (9/8/2011). It is both worthwhile and necessary, in my opinion, to rebuild roads, bridges and schools, help fund advanced research in the hope of creating high tech jobs in the United States, and take other steps, such as improving our educational system, to make US citizens more able to compete in the global economy, and otherwise find ways to encourage businesses to creating jobs.. Capitalism generally doesn’t do these kinds of things, since its interest is in making profits for capitalists, not improving or promoting the general welfare, even if that ultimately helps capitalists.

    As for the idea that “…the best path to prosperity is based on independence rather than promoting dependency on government ,,,”, there seems to be this mythical notion that if we were all just independent and took care of ourselves individually, everything would be coming up roses, prosperity would abound, everyone would have a job, and all would be right with the world. In fact, we are all very much dependent upon one another for not only basic needs but also higher level needs. I believe we all are better off when we help one another, share with one another, teach, coach, mentor and train one another. Those who believe they and they alone are responsible for their individual success don’t understand that there is usually a lot more to it, and that many others paved the way and helped create that success in ways that are often not obvious or are unseen.


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