Community Engagement Committee - Fairfax County, VA
Black Unemployment: Answers to the Unspoken Problem

Leah Durant, Black Engagement Chair: Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:34 PM

Leah_Durant-largeJobs in America remain hard to come by. That’s especially true in Black America.

More than twice as many African-American men are unemployed as white men — 11.1 percent versus 4.8 percent.[1] More than ten percent of African-American women are jobless — again, nearly double the 4.9 percent of white women without jobs.[2]

When President Obama took office as the nation’s first African-American president, the ratio of black-white unemployment was at its lowest level in decades. Under his economic stewardship, however, the fate of black America has taken a turn for the worse.

Unfortunately, that won’t change until the president gets rid of the regulatory red tape and suffocating legislation that shackle the economy.

The chronic unemployment afflicting black America is especially worrisome because its effects can fester for years after a recovery takes hold. The longer workers are without regular employment, the harder it is for them to get back into the labor force. Sustained joblessness can lead to breakdowns in the family and crime.

Blacks know this better than anyone else. Research on hiring patterns conducted in 2010 professors from the University of Connecticut and the University of California, suggests that African-American workers with relatively short periods of idleness are among those most likely to be hired when the economy picks up again.[3] African-American workers with long gaps on their resumes are the last to be taken on. Historically, many black Americans have responded to economic headwinds by taking matters into their own hands and starting their own businesses. While black workers generally have fewer years of formal education, they tend to be entrepreneurial. Young African-Americans are on a proportionate basis twice as likely to create new businesses.

But wrongheaded policies and overregulation have resulted in a war on entrepreneurs, and many of the president’s policies, such as Obamacare, are chief among them. In addition to driving up the cost of basic insurance policies, the increased cost of health care often deprives entrepreneurs, both black and white, of the funds they need to grow businesses or hire additional employees.

As recently as 2011, unemployment rates among African-Americans in seven U.S. states ran over 20 percent.[4] Including discouraged workers in that total increases joblessness in those states to Depression-era levels.

These dire economic straits have come about on President Obama’s watch. Expanding the size of government with the likes of policies like Obamacare has only made matters worse. Sadly, the job prospects for working America will not improve until the federal government plays a less prominent role in the economy.

[1]  [2] Id. [3] [4] States having black unemployment rates averaging higher than 20% during 2011 were Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, New Mexico, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. See:

Posted on August 26th, 2014

Are you better off with Obamacare? Latinos say no!

Our recent survey revealed that you are not better off with Obamacare. And who can blame you? The law is resulting in higher premiums for Americans across the country. And now, Obama Administration officials are telling Congress that consumers should expect “bumps” during the enrollment process through the  website even as we enter the second year since the inception of The Affordable Care Act (ACA)!
So far, the website has cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion. Do they think that money grows on trees?
Check out the impact of Obamacare in your state
Nuestra reciente encuesta reveló que no estás mejor bajo Obamacare. No es para menos. La ley esta resultando en primas más altas para millones de estadounidenses a lo largo del país. Ahora los oficiales de la administración de Obama le han dicho al congreso que los consumidores deben esperar “tropiezos” en el proceso de registración durante el segundo año de La Ley de Salud Asequible (ACA).
Hasta el momento, la página web le ha costado a los contribuyentes casi mil millones de dólares. ¿Piensan que el dinero crece en árboles?
Vea el impacto de Obamacare en tu estado.

Posted on August 6th, 2014

What Millennials Want (Really)

Gabrielle Jackson, Millennial Chair: Posted on Monday, August 04, 2014 11:44 AM

What Millennials Want (Really)Millennials tend to be a hot topic these days. Whether you are selling a car or a candidate—everyone wants to know what will capture the attention and retention of this next generation.

As a Millennial strategist, I spend a lot of my time interacting with twenty-somethings and measuring what gets them interested and excited about ideas, products and people.

What I have found is the profound impact that stories have on this generation. We are a highly commoditized group of consumers who are constantly bombarded with a demand on our time and our money. We are leery of slick campaigns and 20 second sound bites. If you want to make a real impression with Millennials, tell us a story. Share with us your own journey. Show us how you became successful. Empower us with skills and knowledge so we can discover our own path, while still relying on your guidance.

There is incredible power in story. Ronald Reagan taught us that.
This last month, I had the opportunity to speak with interns at The Leadership Institute and The Heritage Foundation. Both conservative organizations draw young people from across the country committed to advancing liberty. I shared my own story of moving to the greater D.C. area and learning how to apply my skills and passions to the conservative movement. I was honest and authentic as I recalled my own journey learning how my career could also be my calling.

You never know the impact that your story can have on another person’s life. Three days after I spoke at the Leadership Institute, I received a letter.

It read: “Thank you for presenting to our intern class…hearing your story about how you developed and found your way to where you are now, is something that has helped me put into perspective that life really is a ‘long ball game,’ and that despite the uncertainty, hard work and determination will help one succeed in the end.”

As conservatives, we are more than our ideas. We are all keepers of our own stories and sparks of inspiration to others. As Republicans we have a unique opportunity to capture the inspiration and affection of this next generation by being open about our own journey and inviting them into writing this next chapter in America’s story as we seek to advance liberty and conservative principles for this generation, and many more to come.

Posted on August 4th, 2014

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