Unfulfilled Promises

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The Hispanic population in the United States has dramatically increased during the last 50 years and this increase is mostly due to immigration. Hispanics have affected elections at all levels. For instance, four years ago President Obama got about 67% of the Hispanic vote. At present, polls indicate that again a large majority of the Hispanic vote leans in the same direction.

The supermajority exhibited at the last election was achieved because of the campaign promises of candidate Obama: economic growth, good jobs, better education, and improved conditions for immigrants and their families (with hints of amnesty for immigrants here illegally). What exactly has the Hispanic population received as a result of this supermajority support and what should they expect for future support from the present administration?

The Hispanic population has the same needs as the rest of the population, namely, decent jobs, a safe environment, equal opportunity, and the possibility of an increasing standard of living in a vibrant country. Also, a large percentage of Hispanics, being new immigrants, have a keen interest in religion and social values. Unemployment of the general population runs around 8%. The latest numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the unemployment of Hispanics is 9.4%, of young Hispanics 27.8%. Due to the lack of jobs, 25% of Hispanics are below the poverty line, according to the Census Bureau.

The number of Hispanics in poverty during the last four years has grown to be the largest of any ethnic group. Hispanics have the tendency to generate and participate in small business; but due to additional regulations, poor economic conditions, and banking regulations, many of these small businesses have failed.

Thus, on the economic front, the Hispanic population has experienced a dramatic setback under the Obama administration. On the immigration front this administration has deported more than any other previous administration almost at twice the rate than the Bush presidency. It is not surprising that the outflow of immigrants now equals the inflow, yielding zero net gain.

The response of the Hispanic representatives in Congress and other phases of government to these very important issues has been almost non-existent—they have not raised questions about all the unfulfilled promises of this administration.

Even more surprising, representatives of the black community, which has also been greatly affected by the economy, have demonstrated much more displeasure but in the polls over 90% continue to support the president.

Having personally had the opportunity to observe and experience the growth the Hispanic community for more than 50 years (from the time of President Eisenhower), I can say that previous governments (to a large extent) displayed a somewhat benevolent, paternalistic approach without undue promises. In contrast, the Obama administration has made and emphasized a series of promises – jobs, education, immigration, integration and many others – and has failed to deliver, and in many instances has worsened conditions for Hispanics. The Hispanic population should not sell itself cheap by accepting empty promises. Hispanics should embrace the American system and work to improve it by demanding that politicians fulfill their promises or, if not, by voting them out of office.

Albert Mercado served as foreman of the Santa Barbara Grand Jury from 2006-2007


Independent Discussion Guidelines

The best way to express disappointment at the lack of fairness and progress would be to reject the republican party platform by rejecting republican candidates. Not only is the republican party platform regressive it is the far right wing in the republican party that moderates. And the results that are sluggish and disappointing. But despite the obstacles there has been progress because of great leadership in the Democratic party. Many of us have disappointment in a wide range of issues. But this is a critical election and we cannot go backwards.

DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And how exactly has there been great leadership in the Dem party, Don? The President is on constant attack of 2A, the cornerstone of American freedom. He knowingly allowed the ATF to sell guns to Mexican cartels for "fast and furious". The President doesn't uphold voter laws - probably how he was able to secure so many votes in 2008. He has weakened our position internationally by abandoning Israel, allowed the UN to interfere with our politics and quality of living - isn't that why we're a democratic we can have the people decide if they want more "green" laws?? Not only all those things but the black and Hispanic unemployment rate is absurd. The only way to get them to work is to have an economic recovery and nothing close to that has happened in 4 years. Yes, he came into a bad economy but in 4 years what's changed? More people are on food stamps, unemployment is skyrocketing, small businesses are being shut down and he passes an unconstitutional healthcare bill.

Muggy (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 8:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As the V.P. Biden quipped "General Motors is alive and OBL is dead." More below;

3.6 million jobs by cutting taxes, investing in clean energy, roads, bridges teachers and protecting unemployment benefits.

Equal Pay for Equal Work. Democrats enacted the LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT ensuring women get paid the same as men for the same work.

Protecting Womens health with preventative services such as mammograms and contraception.

Ended Insurance Company abuses or the canceling of insurance policy when you get sick and denying for pre-existing conditions.

Expanding Heal Care; making it accessible and affordable.

Closing the Medicare Prescription Drug Donut Hole.

Ended subsidies to banks and used savings to double Pell grants for college education.

Transitioned full security responsibility to the Iraqi people (read got out of Iraq)

Refocused on Al-Queda worldwide.

Enacted tax credits to encourage businesses to hire unemployed and disable veterans.

All of the above accomplished with little help from republicans.

Barack Obama can do much better in a second term and with a more moderate congress and senate. Please vote Democratic.

DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 10:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Obama and his unfulfilled promise to make immigration reform a priority at the beginning of his first term, also note that he did not have an obstructionist Republican split as the Democrats controlled things; listen to his own words:

In 2008, Obama Promised Immigration Reform In First Year Of First ...
Apr 18, 2012 – In 2008 then Senator Obama said he would make immigration reform a “top priority” of his first term as President, pledging to do it his first year ..

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I know our italiansurg immigrant is disappointed. But remember that the republican party platform for immigration reform still is; guns, tanks, fences, walls and barriers. And as President Obama recently stated that Romneys plan of "self-deportation" is only after making people so miserable they would all self-deport.

But even with the obstructionism by republicans on immigration reform Obama has been able to get quit a bit done especially when considering the problems that were handed off. So the economy became first priority. Healthcare reform was prioritized along with the economy because that has been on the list for well over 30 years and health care tied in closely with the economy.

DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

President Obama may have some unfulfilled promises from the last campaign, but I guarantee we don't want Romney fulfilling any of his promises lest we become a theocracy devoted to the uberwealthy. You think you have problems now?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 11:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nixon was more honest and competent than Romney and Ryan combined.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 11:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Constant attack on the 2A Muggy? ReallY? Which planet is this occuring on? Maybe it's FOX News that's attacked your perception of reality.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 12:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Obama and his unfulfilled promise to make immigration reform a priority" @italiansurg

You're right. Conservatives have focused more reform and on a specific type of reform called "self-deportation". Obama instead has focused on enforcement of current law and has been deporting 1.5 times more immigrants per month than Bush did.

I know, I know. He should be doing it faster.

Kingprawn (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 12:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Most of you aren't even responding to the article. The author claims our government has failed him and hispanics in general. The author claims the government has failed him (and hispanics in general) in jobs, education and immigration. Many of you would rather talk about other things I guess.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 12:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Indy and Mr. Mercado also failed to mention that Mercado is the Second District Caucus Chair for the Republican Party, i.e. a partisan hack, and his letter is a pathetic attempt at a hack job. Mr. Mercado has failed this community as a whole.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 12:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I get it. Post a comment complaining about how people aren't responding to the article which is in itself not a response to the article.

Clever use of recursive humor? Satire perhaps?

Hopefully intentional satire.

Kingprawn (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 12:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

More screwball comedy.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Hispanics have the tendency to generate and participate in small business; but due to additional regulations, poor economic conditions, and banking regulations, many of these small businesses have failed.

Thus, on the economic front, the Hispanic population has experienced a dramatic setback under the Obama administration."

Great point. Look at California and in particular, Santa Barbara. Try starting a business there. The Democrats have made it almost impossible to do so unless you have a lot of money. In the days before massive regulations, fees, permits, various zoning laws, etc, a person with a good work ethic and creativity could work hard, earn some money, and start up a business. These days, businesses flee California for "Red" (politically conservative) states because they can't survive the gauntlet of fees and regulations they have to pay on the state level alone. I'm not even talking about large businesses (who either can afford the fees, or find ways around paying their taxes) but small to medium-sized businesses.

The government has forced many people onto a grid of dependence, where if they backed off and let the creative spirit run its course, people would be able to start businesses and prosper and since this letter is aimed at the plight of Hispanics in the U.S. it's safe to say that the "we're from the government and we're here to help you" approach has done more harm than good.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 2:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Most regulations are geared to benefit the big corporations to intentionally impeed the small businessman. I think being Latino is just a matter of circumstance in this regard. Furthermore I think it was patently dishonest for Mercado not to fully identify himself, instead of masquerading as a random voter with no ulterior motive. Elect people like Maldonado and Romney, all you will get is more laws designed to crush the small businessman. Many of the laws generally considered inane, insane and irrelevant were put on the books by Establishment Conservatives and Conservative-"Dems" like Pedro Nava. Many instigated by effected industries to themselves for reasons good and bad.
It's also time to stop talking about "job killing regulations" and instead identify which regulation(s) people wish repealed. Generalities no longer work.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 19, 2012 at 2:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken - you obviously don't follow 2A rights if you're oblivious to the attacks on our rights. This is ESPECIALLY common in CA where we don't even have mention of 2A.

Muggy (anonymous profile)
October 22, 2012 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany says let's stick to what 'The author claims [that] the government has failed him (and hispanics in general) in jobs, education and immigration.' -- but, Botany, you post constantly about not wanting to pay for education (for anybody)...YOU are against retraining and education for Hispanics or anyone else in your rants vs. Prop 30 and items like it before. Botany, vote for Prop 30 and local parcel taxes A and B, yes? Since you are so concerned...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 22, 2012 at 3:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DD-Why have you taken to repeating things about Botany that are simply not true?
Can you finally tell the truth, that even Brown admits that prop 30 funds CAN be co-opted for the general fund and any other use other than education?
When did anyone claim they do not want to retrain Hispanics, whatever that means anyway?
Are you capable of writing any comment without prostituting yourself for prop 30?
Try and comprehend this simple point: being against prop 30 has nothing to do with being against generating money for actually educating children. You can keep up your rant but I have steadfastly contributed a lot of money to educate kids, in addition to my huge tax bill, and I think prop 30 is another big government, left wing money grab so that the Dem's in this state do not have to come to grips with reality.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 24, 2012 at 7:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

prostituting yourself against prop 30, eh, urg.? lecturing Dems about having to come to grips with reality, in your godlike omniscience... such a cool guy
Vote for Prop. 30 to help children. Vote for parcel taxes A and B.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 25, 2012 at 5:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't let the facts get in the way of your posts DD. The Dem's control the state, the Repub's are impotent, and California is flat broke for reasons that are now systemic.
If being truthful is next to Godliness, so be it my son...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 25, 2012 at 7:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

urgs., "can YOU finally tell the truth" about Prop 30? You try to defend Botany yet in other posts you label people "sycophants" (glad you learned a new word)...get off your high horse and try to read Prop 30; all you offer is ridiculous out-of-context factoids.
from the text of the Proposition, page 80:
"...(h) To ensure these funds go where the voters intend, they are put in special accounts that the Legislature cannot touch. None of these new revenues can be spent on state bureaucracy or administrative costs.

:: (i) These funds will be subject to an independent audit every year to ensure they are spent only for schools and public safety. Elected officials will be subject to prosecution and criminal penalties if they misuse the funds."

[page 82]
:: "(e) (1) To ensure that public education is not harmed in the process of providing critical protection to local Public Safety Services, the Education Protection Account is hereby created in the General Fund to receive and disburse the revenues derived from the incremental increases in taxes imposed by this section, as specified in subdivision (f)."

Try not to worry about losing a bit of your money to the new tax involved (temporary).

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 26, 2012 at 4:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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