Obama’s Minority Report: Do Republican Presidents Cater to Small Businesses Better?

Questioning whether the current administration has been as diligent in supporting small business owners as presidents past

Present at the meeting with Commerce officials were Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (D-CA) and Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Bobby Scott (D-VA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) among others.”

The regional offices that will be closed are in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  The Obama administration says the closings will save $30 million annually.  The agency was created in 1969 by former president Richard Nixon through an executive order.  Its purpose was to promote competitiveness and provide access to capital and contracts to minority businesses.

So, who is coming to the rescue? Yep, you guessed it, the supposed “racist Republicans.”  Florida Congressman, Allen West has submitted a bill called the Contractor Opportunity Protection Act. The bill would prevent contract bundling, which has devastated small businesses since its inception in 1996 (contract bundling is the practice of packaging many small contracts into one larger contract, thus making it almost impossible for smalls firms to fairly compete). West’s bill was introduced on February 17, 2012, a day after the meeting where members learned of Obama’s plan to close those regional offices.

Since we’re talking about bundling, I guarantee that most of you have no idea about the history of bundling, which was created by the “first Black” President, Bill Clinton. In his attempt to streamline government procurement, Clinton tasked his Vice President, Al Gore to lead the administration’s “Reinventing Government” program. This led to the single most devastating policy affecting small and minority businesses—contract bundling.

So, let’s summarize: Bill Clinton, the first “Black president,” devastated the small and minority business community with his insidious “Reinventing Government” policy of 1996, which led to contract bundling. Then, the first “real” Black president closed all the regional offices of the Minority Business Development Agency (which was created with an executive order by former President Nixon). Then, a Black Republican, Allen West, introduces legislation to try to undo the devastation caused by two Democratic presidents. Get the picture?

Many Blacks refuse to accept the fact that small and minority firms always do better under a Republican president. I predicted that Obama would hurt the small and minority business community, but Blacks refused to see what they didn’t believe (in psychology, this is called cognitive dissonance). Just like in the movie, Minority Report, Blacks knew (or should have known) in advance that their businesses would be hurt by Democratic presidents; but unlike the movie Blacks refused to change their own future.  If they don’t change their approach to politics, their extinction will be a footnote in someone else’s minority report.

The views expressed are those of Raynard Jackson, president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm. He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine, Freedom’s Journal Magazine and U.S. Africa Magazine.

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  • James Jr.

    You leave out the small fact that President Obama did not arbitrarily make these cuts. I understand why you would do this, as it completely undermines your entire argument that Republicans help black businesses out more. The cuts you refer to are a result of unprecedented actions by the very Republicans you say are going to ‘save us’. Those same Republicans took this country to the brink of collapse to score cheap political points with their base, all under the guise of being ‘responsible fiscal conservatives’.

    • Alfred Edmond, Jr.

      James;

      I think I see your point. Don’t blame Obama for cutting off needed appendages when it was the GOP who gave our national economy gangrene?

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  • Loshonda Honda

    I want to believe that if President Obama was made aware of the decision to close MBDA’s regional offices, he would stop this stupid decision dead on its tracks. God almighty, there was a time when President Obama was a community leader; so if someone understands the importance of working directly in the community it’s him. Unfortunately, the decision to close the MBDA offices was probably made by some ignorant political appointee that will never understand the valuable work MBDA’s regional offices are performing in the community. Forty years of alleviating poverty gone because of some mid-level manager had a brain fart. I’ve read that President Obama and the First Lady are avid readers, and hopefully they will read this and come to understand how displeased our community is with the closing of these offices.

  • R. Phuti

    President Obama and his minions at the MBDA need to be called out on this!

    • Tammy Jones

      They sure do! In fact, the complaint of many black businesses is that historically the government contracts have been few and far between. Black owned businesses are more than capable of delivering on those contracts; they just aren’t selected. The situation is only going to get worse when they close the MBDA regional offices.

  • Elvira Hill

    Thats crazy. We need more black owned businesses in our community. Black owned businesses need all the help that they can get. How can anyone think of cutting Federal Government assistance to black owned businesses? We need to open more MBDA offices, not make plans close them.

  • Anthony Washington

    Anybody who tries to justify the Obama Administration’s cuts in our community is a traitor and sell out.

  • Keke D.

    I wish I had $40,000 to attend one of those fundraisers where you meet the President. I would aks him why has he forsaken the black community? Why is he cutting MBDA’S offices in Atlanta, Chicago and New York? Because he can and because he doesn’t care.

  • Yvy Adams

    Maybe we can get Mitt Romney to pledge not to close the MBDA offices. Quick, someone email Rep. Allan West to join forces with the Romney campaign to save MBDA.

  • William Q.

    Please Keep the MBDA Regional Offices Open. These offices support the growth and development of minority owned businesses.

    The MBDA Regional Offices create and facilitate growth and mentoring for Minority Owned Businesses. This is not a function that can realistically happen from Washington, DC. These offices understand their regional needs, opportunities, businesses and agencies. Most importantly, they understand the types of minority businesses in the region, the skillsets and the development requirements. They have built a rapport of strong relationships and serve as a resource to the MBDA Business Centers as well as other organizations in the region. These offices are often the FIRST interface for minority owned businesses with the federal government for obtaining business and understanding government requirements. If job creation is so important, why remove something that works in the minority communities?

    You can view and sign the petition in the White House website – petitions section.

    If there are enough signatures by May 24, 2012, the White House will review it and take action. With enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

    Thank you.

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