Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Obama’s public housing

We’ve all heard of the hard work Barack Obama did for the poor in Chicago. The Boston Globe describes the scene today:

The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartment subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

But it’s not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex and 11 on a 100 point scale—a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.
This is not Barack Obama’s fault, of course. But it does illustrate what happens with various government projects, whether we’re talking about Social Security, Medicaid, VA hospitals or public housing.

It is hard to understand why Barack Obama would think that it would be a good thing to give government more control over health care or other social programs.

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