Oh, so little time and so much to say!! I am going to throw my .02 in here to answer your first post and will try to get back to you regarding the rest of your opinions at a later time!
First of all, I am not one of the "misinformed." In fact, not only do I pay attention to what's going on in this country, but I keep my eye on what's going on in several others as well. Dan Rather is okay, but there's no way I'm going to have as my only news source the American media ... who I truly believes motto is "ignorance is bliss." Especially with the rhetoric currently being spewed by this current Administration. But, I digress ....
You're question, what are they doing for me lately? It never amazes me how the conservative republican party can look at figures such as the one's you posted and call them a myth! What strikes me with most of your kind, is that you will answer your own questions in a heartbeat ... and never know it!! Never recognize that the truth is in front of your eyes ... but it's not the one you're looking for, so it's not the real "truth!" And I'm sorry, that sounds crazy, because there is only one real truth!
In the quote you posted re: the properity Blacks realized in the Clinton years, afterward the first thing you did was talk about his first 2 years in office. That had nothing to do with the subject matter of that quote. You did not mention the plans he put into place to give us that added prosperity. Do you even understand what lowest-poverty level means? You expounded on what he didn't do ... but, if you could remove that blockage in your mind, you would have to see that he did something right ... because it worked! He DID make things better for minorities. He DID keep us in mind as he was formulating his plan for this country.
One year after the Repubs got their welfare plan passed, a majority of state governments were unable to give the money they had in their coffers away because of the stringent rules. They were unable to qualify just about anybody. Millions of dollars what would be taken by the gov't if not used, yet they could not use it themselves. And where do you think the poverty level is now?? Rising faster than Marilyn Monroe's skirt!!
Dems (and black people in particular) are loyal to those who are loyal to them. Because of staunch republican interference, backstabbing, and stonewalling, Dem leadership are not able to put through all the policies they say they will for us. But it's not for a lack of trying. Jazzdog speaks of lower taxes, school choice, yada, yada, yada ... but what of childcare, healthcare, community programs, closing that humongous educational gap? Things are real to the "average" person in this country? The only time I hear those mention in Republican dialogue is election time, when it seems like it's the right thing to say!
And as far as the beating ... yeah, there was a black & hispanic cop at the scene ... funny how they weren't the ones that slammed that handcuffed kid's head into the car or punched him in the face, isn't it? It could have been them... but it wasn't, was it? Whole story or not, it doesn't change what happened.
Okay, I know I've used up about a dime here, so I will step off my soapbox for now. But in summary, Black people support Dems (and, whom you call the reigning king of the Democratic party) because it is the one that doesn't distance us. It is the one that has the most understanding of "we're all in this together." It is the one that makes room for a country of people that are not all alike, and tries to embrace all of their common concerns as a whole. It is the one that wiped out our deficit, and wanted to have money in my social security account when it comes time for me to draw it. Not the one who gives it to big businesses who have retirement funds the size of federal budgets of some small countries.