Young Hispanics Prefer 'Reducing Federal Spending' for Deficit Reduction Plan

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By Andrea Marcela Madambashi, Christian Post Correspondent
July 22, 2011|10:52 pm

Rev. Rodriguez and other Christian Hispanic Leaders have met President Obama this week to urge him to protect programs for the poor as his administration continues to monitor its deficit reduction plan. The meeting comes as a new poll finds that Hispanic young adults prefer “reducing federal spending” (69 percent) compared to “raising taxes on individuals” (27 percent).

The poll was released on Monday and was conducted by Generation Opportunity, a new non-profit, non-partisan organization. The poll claimed that 57 percent of Hispanics between 18-29 years-old, agreed that “if taxes on business profits were reduced, companies would be more likely to hire."

The president of Generation Opportunity, Paul T. Conway, explained that especially within the Hispanic community, people hit strongly by unemployment.

“Young Americans in every community across the nation have been negatively impacted by unemployment and the lack of opportunity, especially within the Hispanic community,” he said according to the Daily Caller.

According to Conway, “They know the solution to recovery is not more federal spending, taxes and interference with those who have the courage and resources to create jobs.”

For Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, many Hispanics who are coming to America to work believe that raising taxes has the power to destroy small and new businesses. He said lower taxes are directly associated with the success of small businesses.

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“I think it’s intuitive for a lot Hispanics who are coming here to work and to pursue the American dream that they see that the power to tax is the power to destroy, and that money is better spent out of their own pocket or out of their own business, than the government taking it from them,” Lopez said.

Other Latinos, however, wouldn’t support the government spending reduction, if it would affect social programs that are beneficial for them. Eric Rodriguez of The National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, said “Historically, Latinos have been very supportive of government spending in particular areas such as education, health care and jobs.”

But, among the programs and projects expected to be eliminated by the government during the deficit reduction period are those dealing with poverty, according to Rev. Samuel Rodriguez from National Hispanic ChristianLeadership Conference (NHCLC).

On Wednesday, Rodriguez and other Christian Leaders met with President Obama to discuss the government’s budget and what could be done to protect the poor.

Rev. Rodriguez told The Christian Post that the main concern is that the poor, domestically and worldwide, are those who would suffer the most severe consequences. In particular a large portion of the Hispanic population in United States could be affected.

 

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