Precinct 333

Thursday, June 17, 2004

A Little Reality Check for the Reagan Haters

Now I know that the "Reagan was a Racist" crowd will complain, but I encourage folks to look at Larry Elder's column on Reagan and blacks. In it he does something anathema to liberals -- he offers evidence and statistics.

Consider the results of his policies in the black community:
From the end of 1982 to 1989, black unemployment dropped 9 percentage points (from 20.4 percent to 11.4 percent), while white unemployment dropped by only 4 percentage points. Black household income went up 84 percent from 1980 to 1990, vs. a white household income increase of 68 percent. The number of black-owned businesses increased from 308,000 in 1982 to 424,000 in 1987, a 38 percent rise vs. a 14 percent increase in the total number of firms in the United States. Receipts by black-owned firms more than doubled, from $9.6 billion to $19.8 billion.

Couldn't the black community use a little more of that sort of racist abuse?


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