Friday, June 27, 2008

Obama and Urban Renewal

There are delicious ironies in life. One recently example: Senator Barack Obama is spouting that urban renewal begins at the local level and if he won the White House, the mayors should not count on significant additional help from Washington. He said “Change comes from the bottom up, not the top down.”

So in the one area of life that Obama has any significant experience, dealing with the government and urban renewal, he personally has declared the experiment a failure. All by himself he has determined that throwing federal money at the problems of inner-city life is insufficient and a waste of resources. This from a man who thinks the Federal Government is the panacea.

Is it arrogance that he believes the Federal Government will work better if he is in charge? Is it blind ambition in refusing to learn from experience? Or is it stupidity to fail to apply those lessons?
Or a combination of arrogance, ambition, and stupidity that he believes that government is the solution to all problems except the ones he personally failed to fix while working in the government?

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