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Biden’s Billion Dollar Infrastructure Proposal Mistaken & Misunderstood; Outrage for HBCU Funding Decrease.

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



This week, President Biden’s Federal Budget Proposal received heavy criticism from the Black Community due to its reported decrease in funding for HBCUs.

The problem with this situation not only falls on the news of the $2B “decrease”, but also on a couple of other things like:

  1. The fundamental understanding of how the U.S. federal budgeting process actually works. The President makes proposals for Congress to approve, deny, and/or amend. This is where the House and the Senate go back and forth to settle on a resolution. Hints where the $2B came from.
  2. The misleading headlines of mainstream media outlet writers and editors for not reporting clearly. Thus leading the public to draw misguided conclusions, especially from social media exposure and the popcorn era of information absorption that we currently live in.
    Yellow journalism is a B!%@#, no matter which hue of yellow. That’s another topic for another day.

Anyway, I did some digging myself and found these two official documents for you to draw your own conclusions with.

FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan
This lays out the President’s plan for investing in the future of American jobs and resources. Published on March 31, 2021

Meat & Potatoes
Jump to the “Invest in R&D, Revitalize Manufacturing And Small Businesses, And Train Americans For The Jobs Of The Future” further down the page. Access the first bullet point.
I recommend using your browser’s find tool to quickly locate this.


Title II — Committee on Education and Labor
Subtitle A – Education Matters

This is the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2022.
I recommend using your browser’s find tool to quickly locate this.

Meat & Potatoes
(Page 96, line 17) “Subpart C — Investments In Historically Black Colleges And Universities, Tribal Colleges And Universities, And Minority Serving Institutions”

(Page 103, line 3) “Part G — Improving Research And Development Infrastructure For Minority-Serving Institutions”

I typically don’t get into politics because of its complexity. This topic, however, struck a nerve because it showcases the power of journalism and that it must remain pure, true and non-manipulative. Not only this, but it’s MOST important for us to stay engaged with community politics and put the right people into elected positions that can really make a difference.

A fond farewell indeed

A fond farewell, indeed, to the most influential beings of my time. Granted, I’ve been alive only 26 years, and an adult only eight of those years. But, there is something significant about that number “8”.

Eight years ago, I participated in my first local and national elections; and what a special first time it was. As small as it may seem though, I made history. Something I’ll be able to tell my grands one day. The day when only monuments and stories linger. People take small things like that for granted.

Throughout these last eight, I’ve seen nothing but the epitome of a leader. A leader who represents the nation from which he was birthed. I couldn’t have been more proud to see everyone (most of everyone) be on one page. Forward.

Forward is what we must continue to do. The Devil is out working everyday, but it’s up to us not to give his ass the time of day!

obamaI hope to continue to see this influential figure make waves nationally and in the community because his legacy will always be remembered. The urgency of “sticking together” has never been stronger.

Thank you Mr. President

 

 

 

Image source: Carnegieenowment.org, The Vicious Babuska