Thursday, February 14, 2013

Spotlight Chicago

Who failed Chicago?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2013
On Tuesday, President Obama and the First Lady used the State of the Union spotlight to pay tribute to an innocent teenage girl shot and killed by Chicago gang thugs. On Friday, Obama will travel to the Windy City to decry violence and crusade for more gun laws in the town with the strictest gun laws and bloodiest gun-related death tolls in America.
Does the White House really want to open up a national conversation about the state of Chicago? Ok, let’s talk.
Obama, his wife, his campaign strategists, his closest cronies, and his biggest bundlers all hail from Chicago. Senior adviser and former Chicago real estate mogul/city planning commissioner Valerie Jarrett and her old boss, Richard Daley, presided over a massive “Plan for Transformation” in the mid-1990s to rescue taxpayer-subsidized public housing from its bloody hellhole. How’d that work out for you, Chicago?
Answer: This social justice experiment failed miserably. A Chicago Tribune investigation found that after Daley/Jarrett dumped nearly $500 million of federal funding into crime-ridden housing projects,
the housing complexes (including the infamous Altgeld-Murray homes) remained dangerous, drug-infested, racially segregated ghettos. Altgeld is a long-troubled public housing complex on Chicago’s South
Side where youth violence has proven immune to “community organizing” solutions and the grand redevelopment schemes championed by Obama and company.
In fact, as I’ve reported previously, it’s the same nightmarish ‘hood where Obama cut his teeth as a community activist – and exaggerated his role in cleaning up asbestos in the neighborhood, according to fellow progressive foot soldiers. As always, Obama’s claims to success there were far more aspirational than concrete.
In the meantime, lucrative contracts went to politically-connected Daley pals in the developer world to “save” Chicago youth and families. Another ghetto housing project, the Grove Parc slum, was managed by Jarrett’s former real estate empire, Habitat, Inc. Jarrett refused to answer questions about the dilapidated housing development after ascending to the top consigliere in the Obama administration.
But as the Boston Globe’s Binyamin Appelbaum, who visited the slums several years ago, reported: “[F]ederal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale—a score so bad the buildings now face demolition. . . . [Jarrett] co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems.” Grove Parc and several other monumental housing flops “were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the [federal] subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered.”
Democrats poured another $30 million in public money into the city’s public schools to curb youth violence over the last three years. The New York Times hailed the big government plan to fund more social
workers, community organizers, and mentors and create jobs for at-risk youth. But watchdogs on the ground exposed it as a wasteful “makework scheme.” One local activist nicknamed the boondoggle “Jobs for Jerks” because “it rewards some of the worst students in the school system with incredibly rare employment opportunities while leaving good students to fend for themselves.”
Obama and his ineffectual champions of Chicago’s youth will demand more taxpayer “investments” to throw at the problem. But money is no substitute for the soaring fatherlessness, illegitimacy, and family
disintegration that have characterized Chicago inner-city life since Obama’s hero Saul Alinsky pounded the pavement. As Heather MacDonald noted in a damning indictment of the do-gooders’ failures, “official silence about illegitimacy and its relation to youth violence remains as carefully preserved in today’s Chicago as it was during Obama’s organizing time there.”
Team Obama will find perverted ways to lay blame for Chicago’s youth violence crisis on the NRA, Sarah Palin, Fox News, George Bush, and the Tea Party. But as the community organizer-in-chief prepares to
evade responsibility again, he should remember: When you point one finger at everyone else, four other fingers point right back at you-know-who.


  1. Anonymous2/14/2013

    Lets not forget laying a big part of the blame on Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society programs. If it wasn’t for the free hand outs that originated in his programs, that lower class of the black community wouldn’t be producing illegitimate children just to get a monthly check of $1,100 for each one and 80%+ of your monthly rent subsidized by Section 8.

    Just think how many less wastes of sperm there would be walking the streets in places like Englewood and Garfield Park selling drugs, shooting it up with guns that skirt every anti gun law made now or in the future.

    There really is a middle class of respectable blacks that don’t breed like alley rats just for a collection of monthly checks. Thank the Democratic Party for keeping them enslaved.

  2. Anonymous2/14/2013

    I went to buy a Valentine Day card today at CVS. Halmart, $9.50 for a card!. In the back it said Printed in China. $9.50 for a card made in China. RIP OFF. What is wrong with people to tolerate something like that.

  3. Anonymous2/14/2013

    The politicians failed Chicago. Not the ones we have now. The ones that got elected 20 or 30 years ago. The ones that are taking double or triple pensions for all their hard work. They know who they are. You wont hear a word out of them. They are hoping the anger blows over. Guess what? Its not. You people destroyed our city.

  4. Anonymous2/17/2013

    Chicago is becoming the next Detroit by leaps and bounds.Free healthcare,free schooling,free housing,free food ect.ect. Its all about the votes people! ITS ONE BIG GIVE AWAY SHOW. You cant sustain a goverment when everything is giving away.Term limits is a start we have to clean house. You cant keep electing these people and think there is going to be a change.

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