Opinion: More freedom’s good for blacks, bad for black politicians


When President Trump recently met with the Congressional Black Caucus leadership, they presented him with their new report, “We Have A Lot To Lose.” It’s their assessment on fixing the problems in black America.

The title plays off of Trump’s message when he was seeking black support during the presidential campaign — “What do you have to lose?”

Trump’s point was that after a half-century of government programs that have failed blacks, doesn’t it make sense to try something new?

It is clear to me that freedom and capitalism are the principles that made America a rich and powerful nation. Plenty of studies show that nations that are free, that allow capitalism to operate in their economies, are the most prosperous.

So when I say, as I have been saying for the last 20-plus years, that lack of freedom and capitalism is what is holding back black Americans, you would think black leaders would want to listen. But they have no interest.

Black politicians want us to believe that the economic laws that work for whites don’t apply to blacks. They want us to believe that politics and government will make black lives better instead.

Some $22 trillion dollars have been spent on anti-poverty programs without making a dent in the black poverty rate, and with gaps between black and white median household income and wealth continuing to increase.

Just since 1987, the gap in median household income between blacks and whites increased by more than $10,000.

According to the Pew Research Center, black household net worth, adjusted for inflation, was lower in 2011 ($6,446) than in 1984 ($7,150).

When Donald Trump asked blacks, “What do you have to lose?” he was channeling Albert Einstein who defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

After 50 years of black lives dominated by government programs that have not achieved their objectives, isn’t it time to try something new? Maybe freedom and capitalism. What do you have to lose? This was Trump’s point.

However with more freedom and capitalism, black politicians do have something to lose. Power. So despite the benefits that more freedom and capitalism will bring to black Americans, black politicians don’t want to hear about it.

The CBC report’s introduction totally misses Trump’s point that, after years of failure, it’s logical to try a new way. Rather, the CBC twists Trump’s words to mean, “African Americans are so destitute that we have no reason to fear a Trump administration.”

The report then ticks off for some 100-plus pages all the same failed ideas of the last half-century — government, spending, welfare. Everything that has failed so dismally and helped destroy the most important institution in black life — the black family.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is hard at work, as he promised, to develop new approaches, helping black Americans with more opportunity of what works for everyone — more freedom and more capitalism.

It’s time to bring freedom and capitalism to black America. The only ones who have something to lose are power-loving black politicians.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Opinion

Letters: District wrong to ban charter schools from showcase
Letters: District wrong to ban charter schools from showcase

The Palm Beach County School District’s war on charter schools took a shameful turn when the school district banned charter schools from their annual “Showcase of Schools.” (District Bans Charter School From Showcase, Wednesday) Being prevented from participating in the event, which highlights a variety of specialized classes available...
Editorial: Throngs, snarls attest to economic disparities around us
Editorial: Throngs, snarls attest to economic disparities around us

Like the way that winds can blow off a roof to expose the contents of a house, a disaster like Hurricane Irma can rip through a community and show us what’s within. We got such a peeled-back view over the last few days as thousands upon thousands of people lined up at three designated parks in Palm Beach County to receive short-term food assistance...
POINT OF VIEW: Protect Florida from illegal hotel operators

All Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association lodging members must register with the state, collect taxes, and protect Florida consumers through adequate insurance — rules that prevent substandard operators from exposing travelers and residents to senseless risk and gaining unfair advantages in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the same does not...
Commentary: Focus on real issue behind NFL protests: racial injustice
Commentary: Focus on real issue behind NFL protests: racial injustice

Editor’s note: A version of this column originally appeared in The Palm Beach Post’s Opinion Zone blog on Sept. 28. UPDATE: In the weeks following the blog post, discussion has increasingly returned to the original reason for the anthem protests — calling attention to racial injustice, and a rash police shootings of unarmed black...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Oct. 22
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Oct. 22

CARTOON VIEW DAVID HORSEY
More Stories