We, in the National Black Republican Association, extend our congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney who became the presumptive Republican Party's presidential nominee as a result of the Texas primary.
Since Mitt Romney shares our Republican values of constitutional freedoms, economic liberty and equality of opportunity, we support his bid for the presidency. Romney is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School who earned a simultaneous MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating in the top five percent of his class. He understands how businesses work—big and small. He knows, first hand, the effects government and European-style healthcare have on businesses.
President Barack Obama, his opponent, was marinated in Marxism and is a committed socialist. In order to win re-election, Obama is now waging class warfare by demonizing job creators such as Bain Capital, threatening tax increases and creating high unemployment that's destroying the middle class.
Obama believes he can spend his way to prosperity by creating a bloated government with massive deficit spending that will send our economy into financial ruination, just like Greece. While refusing to authorize the building of the job-creating Keystone pipeline, Obama is wasting our tax dollars on bankrupt "green energy" companies such as Solyndra that are run by his buddies who give him campaign donations as "kick-backs," Chicago-style.
An article entitled "One of Obama's Earliest Supporters Defects" by John Hinderaker reveals how Artur Davis, a black Democrat and former Obama presidential campaign co-chairman, is abandoning the Democratic Party because of Obama's failed socialist policies. Davis stated: "On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again."
Below is an article by Star Parker that exposes how another black Democrat denounced Obama's socialist agenda that is causing great harm to black Americans. Notably, in his book "Dreams From My Father", Obama described what he and other Democrats do to poor blacks as "plantation politics."
Frances Rice Chairman National Black Republican Association www.NBRA.info
Decades ago, Winston Churchill observed that "the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." His words apply well to the choice in the 2012 presidential election.
Note, for example, how the young black Democratic mayor of Newark, N.J., Cory Booker, was strongly repudiated by the Obama campaign, including the president himself, when he insolently suggested that Bain Capital, the investment firm once headed by Mitt Romney, might actually do positive things.
Booker, an Obama campaign surrogate, went off script on "Meet the Press" when he refused to justify a campaign attack ad depicting the evils of Bain. "I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity. ... Especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital."
This was more than insubordination to Booker's campaign handlers. It was unmitigated heresy, driving to the core of the Obama campaign message. The narrative, telescoping the theme of four years of this presidency, is that the American economy collapsed because of unbridled capitalism. To recover, the narrative continues, we must allow all-knowing, all-powerful, compassionate political leadership in Washington to rearrange the American economy and make sure businessmen never steamroller Americans again.
But Booker, educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale Law School, is a new breed of young black politician -- the kind who is actually trying to make a difference. And he is too close to realities on the ground to deny the truth he sees.
As mayor of Newark, Booker governs a city that is more than 50 percent black with a 25 percent poverty rate. It's clear what Newark needs is more business and investment, not more government.
George Mason University economist Walter Williams recently noted America's poorest cities with populations greater than 250,000 - Detroit, Buffalo, N.Y., Cincinnati, Cleveland, Miami, St. Louis, El Paso, Texas, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Newark - have one common characteristic. For decades, they have been run by liberal, Democratic administrations. The mayors of six of them have been black.
The big government, high taxation, overreaching regulation model of governing has been a saga of failure in America's cities. And it certainly has not served well the black populations that disproportionately populate them.
Last week, I wrote on the stark contrast between the values blacks embrace in church on Sundays and those they embrace on Election Day on Tuesdays. Another paradox is that blacks vote with their feet against the same political regimes they support in the voting booth.
The New York Times reported last March that, according to new census data, blacks are departing our failed northern cities and heading south. Blacks may be pulling the lever for "blue" candidates, but they're leaving the blue states and moving to the red ones.
Michigan, Illinois, New York and other major Northern black population centers have shown net black population decreases over the last decade, and "among the 25 counties with the biggest increase in black population, three quarters are in the South."
Professor of history Clement Price at Rutgers University in Cory Booker's Newark says, "The black urban experience has essentially lost its appeal with blacks in America."
These black Americans on the move are young and educated -- 40 percent are between 21 and 40, and one in four have college degrees -- and they are looking for opportunity.
The places in America today with the growth and opportunity they seek are those areas that embrace freedom and entrepreneurship.
Cory Booker knows this. And he knows that fixing America's blighted urban areas means pushing back against the smothering government that caused this decay, and inviting creative and courageous business minds to come in with their investment capital.
So Booker's defense of Bain and capitalism should come as no surprise.
Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. She can be reached at urbancure.org.
Lieutenant Colonel Frances Rice, United States Army, Retired is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and retired from the Army in 1984 after 20 years of active service. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Drury College in 1973, a Masters of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 1976, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1977.
In 2005, she became a co-founder and Chairman of the National Black Republican Association, an organization that is committed to returning African Americans to their Republican Party roots.