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July 12, 2011

Obama Administration Launches Strong Cities, Strong Communities to Support Local Development | The White House.

Yesterday Obama launched a new initiative called “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” in order to help failing communities become, err, stronger?  Aww, hell, I’ll let the White House explain:

Today, the Obama Administration launched Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a new and customized pilot initiative to strengthen local capacity and spark economic growth in local communities while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently. To accomplish this, federal agencies will provide experienced staff to work directly with six cities: Chester, PA; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Fresno, CA; Memphis, TN; and New Orleans, LA.  These teams will work with local governments, the private sector, and other institutions to leverage federal dollars and support the work being done at the local level to encourage economic growth and community development. [emphasis added]

Couple points.

1.  When has the government used our money wisely or efficiently?  If you can think of one, comment below!

2.  Anyone who has a basic knowledge of US Geography should have seen the obvious in the selection of the 6 cities for this pilot program, that’s right, they are all in America.  No, that ain’t it.  How about, the reason they are all festering dumps of crime and unemployment is because of progressive programs like this one?  Yeah, that sounds better.

Well, you probably noted something else, which the statistics bear out – all these cities are Democrat strongholds (or will be, in the case of Fresno).  Coincidence…probably.  I would never accuse the Obama regime of playing favorites.  But lets looks at stats anyway.

According to city-data.com, whom I have gotten all these stats from, these 6 cities are very similar in many regards, but I will focus on three categories, minority population, unemployment, and percentage that voted for the Messiah.

  • Chester, PA
    • Minority population: 78.7% Black, 6.1% Hispanic
    • Unemployment: 11.6% (state avg. 8%)
    • Voted for Obama: 61%
  • Cleveland, OH
    • Minority Population: 49.9% Black, 9.4% Hispanic
    • Unemployment: 10% (state avg. 9%)
    • Voted for Obama: 69%
  • Detroit, MI
    • Minority Population: 75.7% Black, 7.4% Hispanic
    • Unemployment: 20.1%!!! (state avg. 11%)
    • Voted for Obama: 75%
  • Fresno, CA
    • Minority Population: Hispanic 45.7%, Asian 10.7%, Black 7.7%
    • Unemployment: 17.3% (state avg. 12.3%)
    • Voted for Obama: 51%
  • Memphis, TN
    • Minority Population: Black 60.7%, Hispanic 5.2%
    • Unemployment: 10.9% (state avg. 9.5%)
    • Voted for Obama: 64%
  • New Orleans, LA
    • Minority Population: Black 61.2%, Hispanic 4.7%
    • Unemployment: 9.1% (state avg. 8%)
    • Voted for Obama: 80%

Click on the links for the cities to see all their stats, most if not all are crappy compared to the rest of the state in which they reside.

I am the first to submit, correlation does not equal causation, so I can not say with a certainty that the administration picked these cities because they seem like strongholds of current or future progressive political support.  Though the selection criteria is a shroud of mystery I am too lazy to attempt to pierce, the press release has this to say:

SC2 (Strong Cities, Strong Communities, get it?) pilot cities were selected on the basis of economic need, strong local leadership and collaboration, potential for economic growth, geographic diversity, and the ability to test the SC2 model across a range of environments.  Federal assessment teams spent time on the ground working directly with mayors and other local officials to determine needs, opportunities and gather input for the pilot initiative.

Considering the stats for the six cities, I would suggest they are not very geographically diverse, but what do I know?  And, if these cities had strong local leadership, would they be in the mess they are in right now?  Just saying.

I found an interesting quote from a piece by the Fresno, CA ABC affiliate, KFSN-TV:

Federal employees from several different agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture will work out of City Hall. They’re not providing money but rather their expertise on how to successfully apply for Federal grants and get local projects off the ground in order to create jobs.

Ok, if the goal is “more efficient use of taxpayer dollars” can we just cut all the crap and give them the damn money!  They are gonna get it anyway, do we really need to send them “experts” on grant proposals to help the process along?

Anyhoo, just something I caught yesterday that didn’t get much national coverage, thought my readers would like to know about the Obama Regime’s latest scheme to reward folks who vote for him.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2011 3:02 pm

    I can’t recall any administration that was better at wasting money than this one. I hope they are better at city building than the are a nation building.

    • July 12, 2011 11:23 pm

      Nope, their failed city-building policies are the reason these cities need help.

  2. July 12, 2011 4:04 pm

    This reminds me of playing Simcity. You have a blight neighborhood, and you try to buy things for it, like a fountain or a park, but the neighborhood doesn’t improve. We see it in Oakland a lot. For instance, a few years in Laural district city government put some silly arch with the word “Laurel”. The letters are now falling off. They are now painting an ugly mural on an onramp in borderline upscale/ghetto Tamescal. It would do the city well to stop reducing police force instead… They might be using federal money for that project that they can’t spend on policing.

    • July 12, 2011 11:24 pm

      Richmond, VA is the same way. Every city road is like a minefield of potholes, but they waste money putting up columns with “Richmond” on the city boundaries, for what reason I have no idea.

  3. bunkerville permalink
    July 12, 2011 6:38 pm

    I am sorry to hear about Chester. There is a massive re-development project going on. The city is right on the Delaware river, and could easily overcome its blight. A soccer team and stadium has just been built– the Phila Union, as well as a Casino. The problem is its school system which does not function. The kids are doomed from the beginning. If the money were spent on kids and their education this city could flourish. And of course get rid of the corruption which has been well documented. No doubt why they are chosen.

    • July 12, 2011 11:25 pm

      How about, instead of giving the money to the guaranteed failed public school system, how about use it for school vouchers? Oh, what am I saying, that is a right-wing extremist idea!

  4. July 12, 2011 7:16 pm

    This is electoral campaigning in disguise

    • July 12, 2011 11:26 pm

      Definitely.

      “Don’t bail on Uncle Barry yet folks, he is still in it for the little guy!”

  5. JustFacts permalink
    July 12, 2011 7:36 pm

    Typical government program, dump more money on failed programs (or cities). And we have so much money to waste on these programs.

    • July 12, 2011 11:27 pm

      I can’t wait to see the results!

  6. July 12, 2011 8:43 pm

    I missed this story as well, but it exemplifies the failed liberal answer to every problem; throw more money at it!

    • July 12, 2011 11:27 pm

      Yeah, it was small news. I only caught it cause I subscribe to White House press releases.

      • July 13, 2011 5:19 am

        You must like pain. 🙂

      • JustFacts permalink
        July 13, 2011 7:58 am

        No wonder you have to take some time off every few weeks. I don’t think I could put up with the BS from the White House more than a couple of days at a time. It’s bad enough when we just hear the ones the MSM passes on.

      • July 13, 2011 3:11 pm

        @Steve and @JustFacts – LOL. I don’t read everything they send out, that would be painful, I only read the stuff about spending and new “programs”, so…about 95%.

  7. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:31 pm

    “ensuring taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently.” That would be a definite first for this regime. Is His Exaltedness getting back into the community “organizing” mode?

    • July 14, 2011 5:53 am

      That would be a first for this government in general.

  8. July 13, 2011 11:06 pm

    the rules are so byzantine that you need an expert to walk you thru them. an expert in accessing other people’s money. yep, sounds like the Obama administration alright!

    • July 14, 2011 5:56 am

      Ain’t that the truth?

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