The Most Profound Victims of the Obama Hoax

A sense of disappointment, bordering on betrayal, has been growing across the country, especially in moderate states like Indiana, where people now openly say they didn’t quite understand the President they voted for in 2008.” 


— TIME magazine, “How Barack Obama Became Mr. Unpopular,” by Michael Scherer, September 3, 2010


The most profound victims of the Obama hoax are poor, young, unemployed blacks who want jobs. They’re suffering the most from Obama’s economic policies, designed more to disembowel the U.S. economy than restore it. They got change, but not the hope they believed went with it.


Michael Scherer’s recent TIME article features Indiana voters who supported Obama: a laid-off payroll administrator with 23 years at an RV plant, a South Bend orthopedic surgeon who’s unhappy with ObamaCare, a disaffected “Democratic strategist” working on the midterm elections. The tone of the TIME article leads one to expect there’d be an 800 number given to donate to the individual recovery funds of the featured disaffected Obama supporters.   


But what about the poor, young blacks who reached for the Kool-Aid enthusiastically, clasping its cup with both hands, gulping down the elixir of hope and change hard and fast? What’s become of them? How are their new Green Jobs working out? Where are the success stories featuring their newfound careers in those shovel-ready projects that awaited only passage of the stimulus bill? A shovel was at work, all right, but it wasn’t throwing earth dirt.


Summer job opportunities for all youth have declined. Teen unemployment is at an all-time high at 26.1% in July. But for those voters who most overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama, the employment figures are particularly dismal.


Unemployment among Black teens ages 16 to 19 — while “extremely volatile from month to month,” states the [August 2010, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics] report — has been steadily increasing throughout the summer. In July, their jobless rate stood at 40.6 percent, up from 39.9 percent in June and 38 percent in May, compared with white rates of 28.7 percent (July), 23.2 percent (June) and 24.4 percent (May).


Teens by gender: In July, both Black men and women saw a slight increase in joblessness. Unemployment for Black male teens remains the highest at 43.7 percent, up from 43.2 percent in June. Black female teen unemployment rose from 36.5 percent in June to 37.1 percent in July.


So what will become of the misguided confidence that poor, young blacks put in the Obama Hoax that promised the chalice of hope and change only to serve up the dregs of an economy trending toward negative GDP growth in early 2011? Will their Great Awakening, if it comes, lead to enlightenment, or to an even deeper cynicism?


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