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Parker: The Republican Hispanic Challenge

By Star Parker

Although Mitt Romney took flak for his statement that he lost the election because President Obama bestowed "gifts" on key parts of the electorate, what he said is basically true. We're stuck in a deadly spiral where economic growth is retarded because the economy is larded with enormous and ever increasing government spending and debt. Yet, more and more Americans want the lard.

President Obama got re-elected by promising to continue to serve it up.

Romney's failure, and the failure of the Republican Party, is not that Obama is pulling this off but that they can't get their act together to explain the problem to enough Americans to stop it.

There seems some hope that this disaster of an election is waking up Republicans that there are major, growing constituencies in the country that they must stop ignoring -- one major one being Hispanics.

But the big challenge is that, although these constituencies would be far better off in a nation with limited government and conservative values, they by and large have already bought into the welfare state.

This includes Hispanics, and many Republicans seem to be dangerously clueless about this.

For example, Republicans like former CEO of Kellogg Carlos Gutierrez, who oversaw Romney's Hispanic outreach.

Gutierrez expressed "shock" at Romney's candor and offered his own take on what happened: "[W]e lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn't belong."

Somehow, many Republicans have bought the myth that the immigration issue is the main barrier between Hispanics and the Republican Party.

No doubt the immigration issue is a factor. But this misses the point by many, many miles.

The rapidly growing Hispanic sector of our nation is, on average, a low-income population -- with many of the deep social problems similar to those of blacks -- who already have come to love the welfare state.

Median Hispanic income is $38,409 compared with a national median income of $60,008.

Fifty-three percent of Hispanic babies are born to unwed mothers, and the high school graduation rate of Hispanic kids is 65.9 percent.

Thirty-eight percent of Hispanic children live in single-parent households.

Compared with the national poverty rate in 2011 of 15 percent, Hispanics had a poverty rate of 25.3 percent.

In a survey done last December by the Pew Research Center, 55 percent of Hispanics said their view of "capitalism" was negative, and 32 percent said it was positive.

In the same survey, 67 percent of Hispanics said their view of the label "liberal" was positive.

For anyone who believes that America's future lies in restoring limited government, this snapshot of the most rapidly growing segment of our population, whose share of the electorate is expected to double by 2030 according to the Pew Hispanic Center, is sobering.

According to Ron Haskins, co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution in Washington the antidote to poverty is work, intact family life and education.

As Haskins reports, "In 2009, the poverty rate for children in married-couple families was 11.0 percent, the poverty rate in female-headed households was 44.3 percent."

What America's Hispanics need is a growing, prosperous economy so they can work and get a decent wage. The anemic, government-larded economy of today is not going to deliver this to them.

They need to get their kids out of failing public schools and have choice to attend private, church schools.

And they need to live in a nation in which the traditional family is the standard and it is once again shameful for women to give birth out of marriage.

In other words, they need the "far right" agenda that Mr. Gutierrez thinks is the problem.


Star Parker is president of CURE.

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  1. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    December 3, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    The democrats have done a fine job of growing a dependent constituency. Lyndon Johnson came up with his “Great Society” where he basically payed low income women to massively reproduce and kick the males out of the household, thus ensuring an ever growing number of dependent, ignorant voters.

    Then with the help of Republicans they threw open the Southern borders and encouraged Hispanics to come in and jump on the welfare rolls as well. Same result. Now we have two huge, very expensive voting blocs that drain the public coffers and almost vote exclusively democrat and which no politician will dare touch because they might be called (gasp) racist!

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 3, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      Dead on target, teapartyproud!

      Kellogg CEO, Gutierrez, what a crock full of soggy, bland cereal. The bad old “Right Wing”. Idiot, or agent provocateur? Romney likely lost voters to the Lazyboy Recliners, by shying away from pointing to our compromised border, and by nodding to illegals getting an Obama waiver, and talk about citizenship to illegals who do this and that, and Green Cards…

      All of this pandering, did nothing to this so often lauded, Hispanic voting block. The Nanny State cement has hardened like week old cereal in a bowl.

      Besides the Voodoo Vote Tabulation, with endless magic voters, and this says much about our sorry Banana RepubliK, The Republicans prattle on about small jobs, and that did not wake up Rust Belt America like it should. NO plans to bring back major industry from Communist Cheap Labor… China. ZIP! No, using overseas cheap everything is too profitable. VOTERS are tired of being Pollyanna talked to every 4 years, as Eastwood said.

      Second thing noticed, the Yankee vote went solidly to the undocumented Obama. Forget California, it is all over there and is a shining poster child for our darkening bleak bankruptcy future. Funny, our Fearless Leaders will likely get bonuses at the end! Job well done Fearless Leaders! Papa Doc Barack approves…

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      December 3, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      These “dependent constituencies” will never give up their goodies. I am coming to the opinion that a crash is the only thing that will push the “reset” sanity button with them. They will have no choice. But it will be bad.

      But on the other hand look at Russia. They had a crash and today there are more billionaires in Moscow than any other city. It’s the worlds largest oil producer. Russians are buying up the Miami mansions. So they aren’t doing too bad after hitting the “reset” button.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 3, 2012 @ 12:01 pm


      The Russians are rather unique. They let all or most of the Satellite Republics go their on way, without slaughtering anyone. I guess they looked at the US example and did not want oceans of blood and destruction on their hands. Letting The Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania… go, helped heal old wounds…

      Two, they are generally not a huge polyglot mishmash of people. Russians held onto their identity as RUSSIANS and under the Cross of the Russian Orthodox Church. Though they are aware and not comatose like we are, about the floods of Muslims, there is a trend to stop this suicide.

      Three, Putin finally crushed the huge fleecing operations that took place soon after the Soviet Union dissolved. He made some powerful world enemies. The Global Elite cabal are NOT amused. To Putin’s credit, he has not blinked.

      Four: The media is not a corrupt, treasonous mess as compared to here. They look at what is happening here in dismay. Sure, they want an idiot like Obama, but are amazed at all of the rattling of sabers from the kinds like McLame. Openly, even from Putin, they have called the re-election of Obama as something not to be proud of…

      An Ukrainian said to a friend of mine, “This is all going to end badly.” I think she is right.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      December 3, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

      Good and valid points, Iwesson.

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  2. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    December 3, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Star, there have been two (2) previous amnesties. How much did that help Romney? If you say very little, why do you think a 3rd will produce a different result?

    The fact is that Romney lost EVERY demographic, Hispanic, black, Jews, female, gays, etc. etc. So why is the Republican party picking on the Hispanics and disregarding the others?

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  3. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    December 3, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    Just like 2 amnestys there have been 2 Operation Wet Backs. OWB worked better and was cheaper. No guts in Washington to do it anymore. Sucking up to the his and her spanics to get the vote.

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  4. annaComment by anna
    December 3, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    To those who think that Russians did something rational to prosper. I was born there and know them. No blood was spilled only because Putin couldn’t do it. Nobody just “let” Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, etc. – Moscow couldn’t stop it. Check their new laws on treason or NGOs, totalitarian government is coming back. I don’t understand what does it mean: “Putin finally crushed the huge fleecing operations”. Putin controls all wealth; he is an absolute ruler and anybody who opposes him for any reason get killed or goes to prison. Russian government is not about economy or politics; is it a gang with a KGB at the helm. And it does what it can to regain power in Ukraine and Georgia, quite successfully. Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko is in jail, some from her administration, either.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 3, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

      Dear Anna, I did not make my comment out of thin air. Since the 70′s I have followed Russian politics, history, and even spent several long years studying the language in College in addition to the American counter point.

      Some like you, slide to an absolute hate per Putin, “his gang”… others, unlike you, from Russia, even from the Ukraine have a begrudging respect for Putin. The shake down by the former Communists, in a kind of Mafia style way was devastating to the newly free Russia. His predecessor that was in power at this time, was a drunken pawn.

      I like Solzhenitsyn. Sadly he is no longer with us, and our media ignored the passing of this great man. He nailed the SOB’s down that destroyed his Holy Mother Russia. He got them so good, that the Internationalists refuse to print some of his books.

      If Putin is channeling Little Papa, tzar, then so be it. 70 years of Communist Rule did no favors to Russia but there are plenty that are more than happy to exploit Russia once again, for their own, non Russian, greed.

      Check our own new laws if you want to see an emerging, thriving wanna be totalitarian state.

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  5. annaComment by anna
    December 3, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    From the article: “this snapshot of the most rapidly growing segment of our population, whose share of the electorate is expected to double by 2030 according to the Pew Hispanic Center, is sobering”. It is not sobering – it is terrifying. You can’t make people want to work if “55% of Hispanics said their view of “capitalism” was negative”, and 67% find “liberal” positive. They don’t want to work. Not only Hispanics, half of all new immigrants wants only handouts. They know how to get help better than those who were born here. If immigration is not stopped, we will lose the country to users. As an immigrant, I know this environment, and it IS terrifying. There are enough those who don’t want to work who were born here; no need to export.

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  6. annaComment by anna
    December 3, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Dear lwesson, only those who never lived under tyrannical regimes can accept “Little Papa, tzar”. There is nothing “little” about Putin who kills journalists like Anna Politkovskaya and dozens others and now created laws that will help imprison many more.
    I very much dislike Solzhenitsyn. He lived in America and despised it, refused prizes from Gorbachev and Yeltsin but accepted State Prize which was awarded by Putin. In the end of life he was a monarchist with a hue of anti-Semitism. And, by the way, Yeltsin wasn’t a drunken pawn. Alcoholic he was as so many other Russians, but he had courage to stand up to the coup in August ’91 and save a country. I was in a human chain around the Russian Parliament the night of August 20-21 when 3 people died. Yeltsin was there and if army didn’t stop he would be killed as well.
    Speaking of the “Holy Mother Russia” – I’m surprised that you are enamored with this expression. It is very nationalistic and chauvinistic illusion. I love my homeland, the United States of America, with my whole heart, but will never call it “Holy Mother America”. Holiness belongs to God, not the nation.
    In its September 2009 report the Committee to Protect Journalists repeated its conclusion that Russia was one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists and added that it remains among the worst at solving their murders.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 4, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      Dear Anna, if you study American History, especially The Founders, and the people of the time, you will find an admiration for Holiness, for God. The Founders were most explicit in insisting that, The People, be a moral one, a religious one if their attempt at a Representative Republic was to work for long, to survive. At the time the overwhelming majority 99+% were Christian.

      The Founders did not want to emulate England, and included in The Bill of Rights, in the 1st Amendment, that Congress was prohibited from doing just that, establishing a National Religion. Now, as for States, they were not prohibited from establishing a State Religion. Some did for awhile. There is NO separation of Church & State. That is Progressive, Communist, Atheist gibberish, latched onto from Thomas Jefferson’s letter to a single group. A single letter does NOT make a rule or law. So there is NO freedom FROM Religion in your adopted country. And yet, we are faced with multiple legal attempts to do just that, and willing Judges. Jefferson also feared the Courts, as a means to undo The Republic, quickly.

      I think you might also find that The Bill of Rights provides that those rights are unalienable, meaning, derived from God, NOT the State/Man and not subject to removal. Tootle around with the thoughts of George Washington, and you will stumble repeatedly, on a lot of Holy this and that. The Declaration of Independence invokes the name of The Creator.

      Per Nationalistic, Chauvinistic, well thank you! You think that bad yet have but to say that, to make a negative strike. Why is it bad? Only certain groups are animated, upset by such. Usually, they could care less for the American Nation. You will find that our early Founders were very much of mind to be FOR The Republic (not a democracy mind you) that they established. Read Washington’s Farewell Speech… as the gent was most insightful.

      Considering Russian History, you do not have to live someplace to be knowledgeable, ie, credible. It sounds nice, and in some cases it might be true if nothing exists to study, like how it was to be a child in your family. In debate, it holds little to NO water. Holy Mother Russia, is most applicable to Russia, and I say, God bless it! (I am channeling/borrowing Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Nephew Fred in his retort to his Uncle Scrooge’s Bah Humbug to Christmas. It is a nice read this time of year.)

      Yes Yeltsin did stand up, to his credit. Afterwards, he sat down drunkenly while unsundry people did as they pleased to the Russian Economy. An act of bravery is unique, huzza, but it does not give you an endless stack of blank checks to play with later.

      It is most curious about your serious angst/dislike against Solzhenitsyn. He did not toss out his own thoughts, opinions, facts, casually, but rather, was most adroit in explaining his writing. He did much to break the back of the blood drenched Soviet Dictatorship.

      TRUTH is the first thing to be thrown out, when the Correct Narrative is sought. Agreed, there are many who hate Solzhenitsyn, and I will side with him, and say that there was a great deal of TRUTH being revealed. Sadly, not all that he wrote has been MADE available to read in English. That is a clever, un-murderous way to hide the truth or facts or opinion… My ability to read Russian has greatly dissipated since the 70′s. (You don’t use it, you lose it.)

      Also, Solzhenitsyn was of the Russian Camp, not the European Camp in thinking. Far too often, there is this lock step way of thought, that everything, everyone, ever where MUST be, say, like us. The Founders did NOT think this way. They thought that the situation in America was most unique, ripe if you will, to experiment in a Representative Republic. They thought of pure democracy as the quickest way to obtain Tyranny, thus the many Checks & Balances, The Bill of Rights, the various FREE & INDEPENDENT STATES… as firm measure to thwart democratic MOB rule and the rise of a Monolithic National Government. Their Republic was an example to the The World, but a far cry from demanding it on the World.

      As per reporters killed. Well that is one way to end those who are either too close to the TRUTH or who are seriously meddlesome. Here in this country, we have reporters who I will simply ascribe as being treasonous of mind. They have a defined willful bias. In my journalism classes, my fellow students, so many were, well, Communists of various “flavors”. I recall one Trotsky fan… and another Lenin. Their serious intent was to see people like me in CAMPS or executed. Charming. Of course they would be the leading vanguard to the coming Communist Revolution. Likely they are thrilled silly by the arrival of Obama as are much of The Media, some of which have openly opined the notion of cutting off heads! I guess it all depends on who is killed and who does the killing? No, I am not happy about Politkovskaya.

      Per prisons, it has not happened here yet, but in the so called Free Countries, there are plenty of Political Prisoners. We have a Supreme Court member, Kagan, who openly opines that speech must be measured by social consequences! Wow!

      Anna, you are most skilled in writing! I was never ochen good in Russian writing. (Ploho) I commend you for joining in and sharing your thoughts on this forum of sorts. I have found it a grand way, to improve both clarity of thinking–communicating as you have readers who might respond.

      You also live in a time, where such a place as this of thinking, writing proves troublesome to The STATE, The Powers that Be. It is stunning the number of statutes, laws that have come into existence. We have someone residing in the Oval Office who makes laws by Executive Decree, as if a Monarch, a Dictator, as no other President has, not that I thought theirs was correct to do so. Executive Decree, I don’t recall studying this in Constitutional Law. Perhaps I missed it. (I was once plying the waters required to be a Lawyer)

      Again, thank you Anna and Merrie Christmas!

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 4, 2012 @ 11:21 am

      One extra comment, regarding that which The Founders established as a Representative Republic.

      The 14th Amendment to The Constitution, MOST illegally shoved into place, essentially created a Federal Imperial Government contrary to what the American Revolutionaries would ever want. Those Free & Independent States, via the 14th, get morphed more into mere administrative regions, allowing the Federal Government sweeping powers, unbridled largely, and exposed to the whims of those (Caesars) in power. The Republic, what of it? Now an Empire not so much unlike The ROMAN EMPIRE after The Republic was dissolved.

      The Founders could not even remotely imagine that in just over 4 score and 7 years ago, that their Republic would be dismantled via one Amendment through illegal actions. You, WE live in interesting times. (A Chinese Curse, “interesting times.”)

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  7. dougieComment by dougie
    December 4, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    If we are looking at the actual things which take people out of poverty such as good neighborhood schools, strong pre-K programs, strong educational support programs, affordable higher education, access to capital for entrepreneurs, living wages (including benefits) for laborers, and so on the far right is the enemy to all these things. Look at the record.

    Actually let’s look at Texas. This is a prime example of the flaw in Ms. Parker’s argument. Texas is home to 50% of all the private sector jobs created over the last decade, nationwide. Yet, the state the 3rd highest proportion of jobs at or below minimum wage and ranks 11th in the highest poverty rate among states.

    By all measures the Texas economy is thriving. Yet, Hispanics are not. Why? Because misguided policies to give tax incentives to companies (aka corporate welfare) have forced major cuts in education which falls disproportionately on those who use public schools almost exclusively (minorities). Also, wages are low for all down-level workers. Why? Because companies receiving tax incentives are under no obligations to provide living wages, benefits or anything, other than just creating a job. Even saying that they don’t even have to give the money back if they DON’T create the number of jobs promised.

    Proof? The state of Texas gave Amazon $250 million in tax breaks, which means $250 million in revenue the state didn’t get, in exchange for 2,500 jobs. That amounts to about $100,000 per job. Most distribution workers are paid $20,000 to $30,000 a year.

    So what’s up? How is this creating a prosperous economy for Hispanics to thrive in? I’d love to hear some opinions on this!

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 4, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

      Hi, dougie.

      Was born in TX and raised here from many generations back to before The Republic. The State has radically changed in demographics since the 1960′s and so has attitude as to who to hire… Essentially there is a kind of SLAVE mentality of wanting the cheapest labor, regardless how it is obtained, and really, it is interesting how this mentality is not obligated in any way to it’s “workers”. “We like to think that our paycheck to you, is the only “thank you” that we need give.” <—this was said to me.

      When I was a kid, I took care of the lawn of our house for an allowance. That it so quaint today. Who knows, maybe it is against the law. There are so many laws now.

      When I taught school, not so long ago, it was clear that there was nothing that resembled my own class room days per students. The poorest of the poor are welcomed from Mexico… to come here by employers. Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) I was impressed that most of my students were functionally illiterate in their own native language, and usually most subservient. I had seen it in movies, but I had students that could only use an X for their signature! The whole course was not really about teaching English, but rather, a ruse to get citizenship, amnesty… Hundreds of "students" were thrown at me. What a farce!

      Add to the burden, for workers, is crime. If you are in, say Retail Hell, you will spend greatly to live someplace that crime is not rampant, and that is near impossible to do. I did my Tour in Hell, and watched my employer, who I came to know as "My Master" hire those that were on the ropes financially as they were just a paycheck or two from the street. I was fortunate enough to NOT be in this situation and eventually that grew tiresome for my former friend who had hired me. Unfortunate for him, he had to hire people that were educated some what, looked much like the rich customers, and had a firm command of English. It must drive him mad.

      By the time I was ejected (thank you God!) I had this feeling of being not much more than a Widget, with The Street constantly pointed at me. It was a useful lesson, but a disturbing one.

      Also, the very wealthy, I think, prefer to hire those that have a limited command of English, and who are so completely from another world setting. Why? They would rather not have people around them that might be better educated, look like them, or have a firm grasp of the language. This is a matter of a Class Society that is shaping up, as we transform more into a country like, say, Mexico.

      This demographic shift to Hispanics has also seriously hurt Blacks, but I seldom hear much said about this.

      We have Gov. Rick Perry, who blusters about much, but really he is firmly happy with the importation of cheap labor… Hopefully the People of Texas will show Little Ricky the proverbial Highway, The Street, soon.

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  8. jimpeelComment by jimpeel
    December 6, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    So let’s just open the border, put out the call for “come one, come all”, cede the United States to Mexico, and give them anything they want. We can rename the United States to Eldorado where the streets are paved with gold.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      December 6, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      Bush the Younger just called for MORE immigration. Insanity!

      “The Gilded One”, kind of like a Disneyland that you never have to leave and do pretty much anything you want to do.

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