My brother in-law believes that middle class Blacks in America have disproportionately been economically destroyed by the recession of 2008. The African American communities have watched its wealth diminish, and many of the homes they accumulated, foreclosed. Their retirement savings have disappeared, and the American dream is quickly fading away.

My brother in-law feels this is a master plan to keep the African American community from experiencing the joys and freedoms of the American dream. He also believes when there are hard economic times, our community is the first hit, the conditions are terrible, and crime becomes very prevalent. He is correct in his assessment of our community, but the destruction of the middle class is everywhere in America, and it impacts all Americans across the board.

President Obama spoke last week and declared that the American middle class is in jeopardy, and it has been negatively impacted by the recession/depression of 2008. The crash of housing, banking, credit, jobs, and automobile industries have dried up resources and the country is trying to find its way out of a mess. Everyone in the country is angry, and it has sparked protest and political movements, from the tea party to the people who have occupied the streets of New York and other cities.

“This is a make-or –break moment for the middle class and those fighting to get into the middle class. At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest saving, own a home and secure their retirement,” said President Obama. Some members of the media are calling this the president’s “fair shot speech” and they are comparing it to Roosevelt’s “square deal speech.”

President Obama is a student/professor of political history, and he picked Osawatomie, Kansas to give a compelling and fiery speech about being a reformer and an activist for change. President Roosevelt also came to this small town, and gave a speech to let the citizens know, that he was fighting for the regular Americans, who worked hard everyday.

President Obama in his “fair shot speech” attacked Republicans for their belief that the economy will improve with the trickle down philosophy. The Republicans approach is, “our country is better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves, and play by their own rules,” said the president. He believes that this trickle down philosophy does not work, and it has created inequality in the country.

“In the last few decades, the average income of the top one percent has gone up by more than 250%, to $1.2 million per year. For the top one hundredth of one percent, the average income is now $27 million per year. The typical CEO earns 110 times more than his or her worker, and most Americans in the last decade, their incomes have fallen by about six percent,” says President Obama.

In this speech, he does admit there is a need to control spending, and rebuild the economy. He is aware that the Republicans will attack his stewardship of the economy, and there is more work that is needed on the economy.

The American standard of living is economically being challenged, and Americans have a right to be angry. The president can give great speeches, but in order to be re-elected, he must be able to get his policies through Congress. The president ran on a platform of change, and now is the time to let Americans know that he is in charge.

The middle class will be the major group to help put President Obama in office for another term. Americans must begin to feel good about the president’s policies, and there is credibility and integrity in Congress

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