Columbus, Ohio Somalis: we want stuff from taxpayers

Update October 27th, 2012:  Questions raised about Somalis arriving by the busload to vote in Ohio, here.

Obviously assimilating very well to the dependency culture promoted by the political Leftwing in US politics, Somali leaders in Columbus, Ohio said they supported Obama but didn’t get enough stuff yet so they are out shopping their votes to those candidates who will cater to their community’s ‘needs’ rather than for the good of  the country as a whole.   It sure sounds like they have been well-trained by the ‘victim-centered’ ideology of governance promoted by ‘community organizers’ everywhere.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

The number of Somalis who have become citizens and are registered to vote in this area might be small – perhaps 11,000, maybe less – but candidates are reaching out to the growing voting bloc.

On Friday, Democrats including Ohio auditor hopeful David Pepper and local judicial candidates visited a candidates’ forum for the Somali community.

A similar forum was held on Saturday for Republicans, including Rep. Pat Tiberi and congressional candidate Steve Stivers.

In 2008, Somalis overwhelmingly favored Barack Obama, said Hassan Omar, who leads the Somali Community Association of Ohio.

But they haven’t seen their vote pay off for them, he said. Persistent unemployment, rising dropouts among Somali students and a declining level of social services and job training continue to harm the community, Omar said.

We are shopping our votes to the highest bidder.

“We want someone doing something for the Somali community.”


Some of the issues have festered for a while. Somali leaders said youths need more after-school programs. Also, leaders said it is still too difficult to wire money home to needy family members.

More afterschool programs?  Why not have a family member watch the kids after school, surely there is someone at home—not everyone is working.  Aren’t there afterschool programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs offer in most cities, or, do they want programs funded by taxpayers specifically for Somali kids?  For older ‘youths,’ don’t high schools in the area have clubs and sports after school?   And, to readers who don’t know, the reason it’s so hard to send money to Somalia is that there is ample evidence the money goes to terrorist activities whether advertently or inadvertently.

Columbus Somali population is growing.

Estimates of the area’s Somali population have ranged from 15,000 to 80,000. Hassan Omar’s group pegs it at 45,000.

That low number(15,000) has to be incorrect if they say there are 11,000 registered Somali voters, unless there are a lot of underage voters and a lot of non-citizens voting.  But, then again we heard in Kansas City that there may be more than a few Somalis voting who are not citizens.  Come to think of it, has anyone heard if there has been a ruling in that KC vote fraud case?

For new readers: We have admitted well over 100,000 Somali refugees to the US.   To check out the numbers visit this post, probably our most widely read post over the last few years.   In FY2010 which ended September 30th the US State Department resettled 4,884 Somalis (here) to towns near you.

Also, after being closed for nearly two years, the US State Department is on the verge of resuming the fraud-ridden family reunification program that admitted as many as 36,000 Somalis fraudulently to the US between 2003 and 2008.  See the latest on new regulations, here.