The piece below came out in late June, 2008. Read it, then reread this one from yesterday–
One has to wonder why Obama’s so intent on handing off the nation’s public housing to
commercial players, especially when a similar program worked so badly–for the tenants
–in Chicago. Why does he refuse to see the problems?
Which is another way of asking, Who is this guy? He damn sure isn’t a progressive (much
less a socialist, as the tea-heads keep on screaming). Is it just that he’s excessively beholden
to a few bad apples in his circle, as the activist who’s quoted toward the end of the below
seemed to believe? (“I’m not against Barack Obama. What I am against is some of the people
around him”–as if their being “around him” wasn’t his decision; and as if he didn’t
know what they were doing.)
It is a question that pertains not only to this single issue, but to Obama’s rightist moves across
the board. And we had better try to answer it with eyes wide open, instead of ducking it,
then cutting him more slack. For if we keep refusing to perceive exactly what he’s doing,
and where he’s really coming from, we’ll end up in the same boat that Bush/Cheney left us in,
except that we won’t know it, and so won’t try to plug its leaks, repair its sails-or ever
seize control of it, so as to chart, at last, a whole new course.
Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy
The candidate endorsed subsidies for private entrepreneurs to build low-income units. But, while he garnered support from developers, many projects in his former district have fallen into disrepair.
By Binyamin Appelbaum, Globe Staff | June 27, 2008
CHICAGO – 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 apartments subsidized by the federal government
for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.
But it’s not safe to live here.