Well, we can see why. Because Obama's earlier experiment in privatizing public housing worked out grandly back in 'caga.
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 an 11 on a 100-point scale - a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.Bad, right? Obama apparently loves it!
Grove Parc has become a symbol for some in Chicago of the broader failures of giving public subsidies to private companies to build and manage affordable housing - an approach strongly backed by Obama as the best replacement for public housing.
As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.
A short while ago, I called Barack Obama a "shyster lawyer." People asked, "how can you say that?" seemingly mortified. Apparently, they didn't get it the first time, so here comes round two:
Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama's close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama's constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blightedAnd now he wants to deliver this same wondrous service to the rest of the country. Meanwhile, progressives, "liberals," a few Democrats, and some MoveOn.orgasmers claim to be blindsided. geezuzaitchkey-riist! how many fuckin' sides do these people have?
And the rest of 'em. Well, 'bout all I hear is, Ah, the free fucking market! Those private ... thingies! Woo hoo! BP should run public housing! I hear their name all the time. They must be doing something right!