Posted on September 8, 2011

Maxine Waters to Obama on Unemployment: Treat Blacks like Iowans

Jonathan Allen, Politico, September 8, 2011

Just hours before President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress on his jobs plan, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is demanding the nation’s first African-American president prove he cares as much about unemployed blacks as he does about Iowa’s swing voters.

“There are roughly 3 million African Americans out of work today, a number nearly equal to the entire population of Iowa. I would suggest that if the entire population of Iowa, a key state on the electoral map and a place that served as a stop on the president’s jobs bus tour were unemployed, they would be mentioned in the president’s speech and be the beneficiary of targeted public policy,” Waters said in a statement to POLITICO on Thursday.

“So, one question to be answered this evening is, are the unemployed in the African-American community, including almost 45 percent of its youth, as important as the people of Iowa?” Waters asked.


Last week, the Labor Department reported that black unemployment–already well above the 9.1 percent national average–had a large one-month jump of 0.8 percent, to 16.7 percent in August from 15.9 percent in July. It’s the highest level of African-American joblessness in 27 years.

“This evening, as the President speaks to the nation about his plan to create jobs, he must acknowledge the economic disaster in the African American community, whose unemployment rate hovers at roughly 16.7 percent, almost double that of the general population and equal to depression-era levels. He must then articulate how the plan he puts forth will target the communities with the highest rates of unemployment, including the African American community,” Waters said.

With Obama unlikely to win the support of Republican lawmakers for his jobs proposal, any Democratic efforts to paint the GOP as obstructionist could be undermined by black lawmakers’ dissatisfaction with the president’s plan.


“It is time for us all to acknowledge that a rising tide does not lift all boats,” Waters said. “To be clear, I am not advocating for a ‘Black Jobs’ program. Rather, I am advocating for an approach that uses targeting to areas with high unemployment and poverty as a guiding principle in the design and disbursement of any new programs, tax cuts or emergency assistance. Such strategic allocation could have a net-positive impact on the unemployment rates in communities of color, and the country as a whole.”


“For example, if the President and Congress were to create an infrastructure bank, we could use small, women-owned, minority-owned and community banks, which disproportionately serve communities of color, to make loans for infrastructure projects with local hiring requirements, rather than the large financial institutions who are disconnected from communities and through the bailout, have shown an unwillingness to lend,” Waters said.

“Additionally, the President and Congress could create a tax-credit, similar to credits suggested for hiring veterans, which would incentivize companies to hire persons from areas of high unemployment. Finally, the President and Congress could target federal dollars to states and localities with high rates of unemployment and poverty to hire teachers, police and firemen.


17 responses to “Maxine Waters to Obama on Unemployment: Treat Blacks like Iowans”

  1. sbuffalonative says:

    President Obama has the black electorate in his pocket. Even if he told them to jump off a bridge, they’d still flock to vote for him. President Obama is more worried about White swing votes. Whites gave him a chance but they aren’t going to give him a pass if he doesn’t show them results.

    As long as blacks vote exclusively by party and race, they can safely be marginalized.

    “To be clear, I am not advocating for a ‘Black Jobs’ program.

    What’s clear, Congresswoman Waters, is that you’re advocating a ‘Black Jobs’ program and poor, ‘under served’ Whites need not apply.

  2. Madison Grant says:

    Want to know why majority-black nations are the world’s poorest? Just read Ms. Waters’ drivel.

    She actually wants to increase sub-prime loans to blacks and hispanics- a major cause of the current recession.

    She also wants the federal gov’t to spend our $ hiring addditional cops, firemen and teachers who aren’t needed.

  3. Question Diversity says:

    Maxine Waters, why should President Obama care about black voters when he already has almost 100% of their votes?

    And you better be careful what you wish for when you ask for blacks to be treated like (white) upper Midwesterners — You just might get it, and regret it.

  4. Hirsch says:

    Remember the old proverb about fishing? Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. Well, what welfare does, particularly for women with dependents, is give women the option of receiving more fish for not working than they could conceivably earn were they to cast their own pole into the water.

    Many black people (and some youth in general) are unemployed because that is the way they prefer it. There are help wanted signs throughout my neighborhood. There is a HUD-subsidized apartment complex in my neighborhood, which is teeming with black people. They walk past the signs on a daily basis and don’t put in applications. They prefer to drink liquor, roll and smoke marijuana in gutted cigars, and drive around with their loud sound systems.

    Rep. Waters should also rethink her analogy. The population of Iowa is spread across one state. More than thirty million black people are spread across one of the largest nations in the world, and I would wager that the majority of unemployed blacks are either A) Willfully unemployed B) Being displaced by the Hispanics that shills like Ms. Waters are busy currying favor with.

  5. Mr.White says:

    “So, one question to be answered this evening is, are the unemployed in the African-American community, including almost 45 percent of its youth, as important as the people of Iowa?” Waters asked


    What Maxine Waters should have asked Obama: Is the African-American community as important to Obama as illegal invading Hispanics from Mexico? That would have been a more apt question given Obama’s steadfast efforts to pass amnesty, as well as his attempts to unilaterally dismantle immigration law in this country.

    Oh…I’m fairly certain (given this is Maxine Waters we’re talking about)”Iowa” was simply used as a euphemism for white people.

  6. Anonymous says:

    maxine Walters is a racist but thats OK if you black it seems

  7. Rhialto says:

    Sure, your president will receive 90++% of the black vote. What he should worry about is how many blacks will vote. Blacks have a low turnouts, unless strongly motivated to go to the polls. Unlike white men, blacks do not subscribe to the “vote for the lesser of the evils” policy. If a black believes that Obama is guilty of uncletomism, the result will be not bothering to vote.

  8. MAJ says:

    Wow – this woman is an idiot.

    If you want to know why the nation is going down the tubes it’s because of morons like her in Washington.

    She is a loudmouthed typical black racist windbag – the fractured syntax, the give me more, more, more attitude, the IQ of 84, and the logic of a 7 year old.

    She is like the poster child for segregation.

    She says, “This evening, as the President speaks to the nation about his plan to create jobs, he must acknowledge the economic disaster in the African American community, whose unemployment rate hovers at roughly 16.7 percent…Additionally, the President and Congress could create a tax-credit which would incentivize companies to hire persons from areas of high unemployment.”

    Maybe Maxine might want to think about why these folks are unemployed in the first place. I doubt tax credits will spur companies to hire functionally illiterate high school dropouts with criminal records who don’t want to work to begin with.

    In the end it comes down to accountability. According to Maxine, it can’t possibly have anything to do with the unemployed blacks – there must be some other reason they don’t have jobs.

    Maxine is starting to panic. She can see the end of the gravy train now that her bruthas and sistas have drained it and Whitey has run out of patience.

    This is your stop, Maxine. The ride’s over.

  9. Veritas says:

    Maxine Waters. Never was there a better example of the Peter Principle at work, and I’m being very generous.

  10. Pete says:

    The greatest threat to black employment is the Hispanic.

    The Hispanic will take ANY job no matter how hard to get started.

    Most Hispanics are NOT afraid of Hard Work.

    When is the last time YOU say a black working:

    1. At a carwash

    2. In a restaurant

    3. As a roofer and on and on.

    I don’t think Hispanics should be able to come here Just Because They Want To BUT a legal path to becoming and American in an orderly fashion would be okay with me.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I was going to say that I have lot’s of things I could use an unemployed black youth to down around my yard until someone brought up the crime percentages.

    Better to let them just get the credit card than have to be worried about their supervision.

  12. C says:

    The major difference between unemployed blacks and the population of Iowa?

    Iowans, on the whole, never sit around and wait for the federal government to come save them from anything. Tornado destroys an entire town? Everyone steps in and rebuilds the whole place, from scratch, even though it takes five years. Record flooding all along one side of the state? No problem, the neighbors help each other and people turn to family, friends, and churches. Even when the government DECLINES to label it a disaster area so it doesn’t get any funding.

    Ever hear of the midwestern work ethic, Ms. Waters? There’s a reason people talk about that.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The average IQ in Iowa is 103.2. Bad analogy, Ms. Waters.

  14. Sincerely Concerned says:

    What I love is how Ms. Waters states that she doesn’t want a Black Jobs program then specifically breaks down, in the following paragraphs after that statement, exactly that. A Black Jobs program. Amazing. Everyone needs to remember though that she is just one of many thousands and thousands of people in power with this sort of mentality. She simply gets the most press because of her position.

  15. Anonymous says:

    How many years has this bag of hot air been in office?

    How many jobs did she help create for her Constituents in that time?

    How much has her personal wealth grown over this time?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  16. Question Diversity says:

    14 Sincerely Concerned:

    She likes to drone on about jobs, and so does Obama. But when they mean “jobs,” they mean government-sponsored make work. They don’t mean it like we think of it, i.e. someone contributing some level of productivity to some economic concern, public or private, incorporated or not, and being recompensed some amount less than that.

  17. white is right black is whack says:

    And does Mrs Waters plan on that? Taking jobs from qualified, hardworking whites with families to support? I think I just answered my own question!