While it’s great that the Congress, and the Senate moved quickly to pass this stimulus package the jury is still out if the compromise will actually benefit all Americans, especially Latinos.
Ultimately, the devil is in the details and it is our responsibility, as leaders in the Hispanic community, to make sure that Hispanics throughout the country truly understand that getting the stimulus package passed was the easy part. They should understand that these dollars will not magically make it to their neighborhoods, schools, or local businesses.
The hard part is making sure that our small business owners know how to acquire some of those investment dollars allocated for small businesses. That our PTA Presidents understand how their children’s schools will, or will not, benefit from the dollars allocated for school restoration. More importantly it’s critical that we ensure that all Latinos, do in fact, benefit from the billions of dollars allocated for job creation. In short, we know the money is out there we now have to help our families find it.
Only history will determine if this bill is the opening salvo to this President’s “New Deal,” but if we do not do what we can to make sure that this money is distributed equitably we will only succeed in ensuring that the economic stimulus package is just another deal.