Star Parker

Although Mitt Romney took flak for his statement that he lost the election because President Obama bestowed “gifts” on key parts of the electorate, what he said is basically true.

We’re stuck in a deadly spiral where economic growth is retarded because the economy is larded with enormous and ever-increasing government spending and debt. Yet, more and more Americans want the lard.

President Obama got re-elected by promising to continue to serve it up.

Romney’s failure, and the failure of the Republican Party, is not that Obama is pulling this off, but that they can’t get their act together to explain the problem to enough Americans to stop it.

There seems some hope that this disaster of an election is waking up Republicans that there are major, growing constituencies in the country that they must stop ignoring – one major one being Hispanics.

But the big challenge is that, although these constituencies would be far better off in a nation with limited government and conservative values, they by and large have already bought into the welfare state.

This includes Hispanics, and many Republicans seem to be dangerously clueless about this.

For example, Republicans like former CEO of Kellogg, Carlos Gutierrez, who oversaw Romney’s Hispanic outreach.

Gutierrez expressed “shock” at Romney’s candor and offered his own take on what happened: “…..we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place where it doesn’t belong.”

Somehow, many Republicans have bought the myth that the immigration issue is the main barrier between Hispanics and the Republican Party.

No doubt the immigration issue is a factor. But this misses the point by many, many miles.

The rapidly growing Hispanic sector of our nation is, on average, a low-income population – with many of the deep social problems similar to those of blacks – who already have come to love the welfare state.

Median Hispanic income is $38,409 compared to a national median income of $60,008.

Fifty three percent of Hispanic babies are born to unwed mothers and the high school graduation rate of Hispanic kids is 65.9 percent.

Thirty eight percent of Hispanic children live in single parent households.

Compared to the national poverty rate in 2011 of 15 percent, Hispanics had a poverty rate of 25.3 percent.

In a survey done last December by the Pew Research Center, 55 percent of Hispanics said their view of “capitalism” was negative and 32 percent said it was positive.

In the same survey, 67 percent of Hispanics said their view of the label “liberal” was positive.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.