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What if the CBC was pro-business?

Harry C. Alford | 11/27/2014, midnight

The Congressional Black Caucus in its short history has basically been a bastion of progressive or liberal thinkers. Of the 42 members who can vote, their record collectively has been on a pro-socialistic direction. All of them are a part of the Democratic Party and will march with President Barack Obama’s agenda regardless of what harm it will do to Black Americans. The Republican Party has one person, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

(Two other Black Republicans were elected in the November elections–Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas. Love has indicated that she is interested in joining the CBC. Her addition would give the group its first GOP member since Rep. Allen B. West, R-Fla., lost re-election in 2012.

“I think I will. I will consider joining because I think that in order to affect change, you can’t do it from the outside in,” Love said. “You have to do it from the inside out. I’m going to see if I can make a difference there.”

Love would also be the first Black Republican woman to serve in Congress, arriving on Capitol Hill with an outsized national following, especially for a House candidate. This bid was her second for Utah’s 4th District. She first challenged Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Texas, in 2012, but the Democrat prevailed by a narrow margin in the solidly GOP district.

Hurd has been invited to join the CBC but as of Nov. 14 was still “mulling over” the idea.

A former undercover CIA operative, Hurd is Texas’ first Black Republican elected to Congress since Reconstruction.

“They’re great members, and I’m looking forward to working with them,” Hurd said. “Whether or not I join the committee, we haven’t made that decision,” said Hurd in the Dallas News.

Senator Scott refuses to join the CBC.

Two Congresspersons, Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) and Donna Christensen (VI) are not allowed to vote.

Recently, the Small Business Entrepreneurs Council published their annual “Vote Ratings.” The ratings are based on the votes each member made on bills concerning pro-business. This year there have been 20 such bills and the scores range from 0 to 100 percent. I had assumed that hardly any of the CBC members would score 100 percent but there would be some with relative high percentages.

Sen. Tim Scott received a rating of 100 percent. In contrast, Sen. Corey Booker (NJ) received a rating of 0 percent. The highest score received by a CBC member is Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA) at 67 percent. No other CBC member received a rating higher than 35 percent. This is pretty one sided and it makes them quite predictable. We have CBC members with MBA degrees who vote anti-business. It is stunning.

You cannot really be a good negotiator, if your decisions are going to be predictable. Your opponent has a great advantage in knowing how you are going to act. That is a big problem with Black America. A vast majority of us go in the same direction–Democrat. Hispanics and Asian, on the other, hand will vote on the issues not on the party. Consequently, over the years they traditionally get far more consideration from their elected officials. That means they receive better representation because their elected officials know they can be fired.