Monday, September 8, 2008

Obama to Recycle Failed "War on Poverty" Programs

A glance at Obama's website reveals that he is committed to launching another "War on Poverty." Aren't you excited? In particular, here are a few of the programs Obama is proposing:

Increase the Supply of Affordable Housing

  • Supports Affordable Housing Trust Fund: Obama has supported efforts to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund to develop affordable housing in mixed-income neighborhoods.
  • Fully Fund the Community Development Block Grant: Obama will fully fund the Community Development Block Grant program and engage with urban leaders across the country to increase resources to the highest-need Americans.
And other articles on the Obama website promise more of the same:

Then he outlined the details of how an Obama administration would fight its own war on poverty. If elected president, Obama said, he would sign legislation raising the minimum wage; fund programs that support poor families with children; fund not only job-training programs but programs that help workers get promotions; give incentives to bring businesses back to the inner cities; and make affordable housing more accessible in "mixed-income neighborhoods."

Hmmm.... so this is the "change" Obama has been promising? If "change" means pumping trillions of dollars into inner-city ghettos to reinstitute the very programs that have undermined values, discouraged work, subsidized illegitimacy, and resulted in a seemingly permanent underclass, I think that is "change" we can do without.

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