Katie Kieffer

I think the black community should listen to Innis, who says Obama and Holder are effectively protecting criminals, not young black men, with their silly gun control plans.

2.) Dr. Ben Carson – Challenging Obamacare

Dr. Ben Carson is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carson was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins. He led a 70-member surgical team for 22 hours to operate on twins bonded at the back of the head.

At the 2013 Presidential Prayer Breakfast, Carson offered a simple solution to give you control over your own healthcare—and provide quality healthcare for all members of society, including the poor. Whereas the President needed over 900 pages to write a death sentence for private healthcare, Carson articulated a solution to reform healthcare in 43 seconds (I encourage you to watch his full speech). Carson said:

“We need to have good healthcare for everybody… We spend a lot of money on healthcare. Twice as much per capita as anybody else in the in the world. And yet not very efficient. What can we do?

Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give them a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account, to which money can be contributed pre-tax from the time you are born ‘til the time you die. When you die, you pass it along to your family members so that when you’re 85 years old and you’ve got six diseases you’re not trying to spend up everything; you’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels. That’s number one.

And also, for the people who are indigent, who don’t have any money, we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money; instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own healthcare.”

Carson’s plan gives you and your provider control over your healthcare instead of ceding control to the government. Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh explains: “…what Dr. Carson's plan says is just take that money that's already in the health care system that's coming out of your pocket in the form of taxes—Medicare tax, Medicaid tax, income tax, all that—and you keep it instead of sending it to Washington.”

And despite what pessimists may say, it is still possible to convince a future Congress to overturn Obamacare. For example, Chicago entrepreneur Michael Kalthoff worked with healthcare professionals to develop a bill that you can mail to your elected officials asking them to privatize healthcare in his new book, “Saving Private Healthcare.”

3.) Harry Alford – Challenging Socialism

The best way for African Americans (and all Americans) to achieve prosperity is through capitalism. As a successful businessman, Alford understands this. Hence, he founded the Black Chamber of Commerce to help blacks achieve success “through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity.”

Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report indicating that 26 percent of African Americans live in poverty. This is far above both the national poverty rate (just over 14 percent) and the poverty rate for whites and Asians (under 12 percent).

Alford told The Daily Caller that Obama’s philosophy and policies are hurting African American business owners: “An executive order cannot trump the Constitution… He doesn't have a clue. He's never had a business. He's never had a real job. He doesn't understand how it all works. …I don't really support him too well and he knows it and that's a badge of honor. …He's bad. And I supported him, I voted for him [the] first time around. I had hopes because he was black, shame on me. …And then when he started doing all [these] executive orders, banning the ‘right to work’ and other things—hurting my members, my constituents, I had to back off, I had to represent my people! …If you read the Communist Manifesto, that’s [redistribution of wealth] that philosophy. He is not Adam Smith. He does not believe in capitalism the way America, our Founding Fathers, did. He is very social and it's getting borderline communist.”

President Obama may have had “dreams from his father.” But he certainly is not helping his fellow African Americans achieve the American dream. I hope the black community starts listening to brilliant black leaders who can and will help them succeed such as Innis, Carson and Alford.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.