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An interesting article by Stanley Kurtz through the National Review:
President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them. With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration’s plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny. Obama is a longtime supporter of “regionalism,” the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation. To this end, the president has already put programs in place designed to push the country toward a sweeping social transformation in a possible second term. The goal: income equalization via a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities. [full article]Here in Michigan, we have efforts toward that end under the guise of "supporting the common good." The Detroit Institute of Arts recently spent $2 million or nearly 10% of its operating budget to fund an advertising campaign designed to convince residents of counties near Detroit to implement a property tax increase to fund the DIA. What was neglected in the appeal was mention of a large endowment and revenues equal to current operating costs.
Implied was the notion that the suburbs "owe" the City of Detroit, through the DIA, funding for simply providing such a great facility. Conveniently forgotten was the fact that the City of Detroit and its racist administrations have systematically driven out the very people who would have patronized the DIA in the first place.
Obama's grand vision of "equality" and "social justice" through wealth redistribution is based on the faulty notion that people should not be able to vote with their feet when their government becomes dysfunctional for them or even antagonistic toward them. Rather, Obama would enable these governments to chase those people beyond its own boundaries.
In the case of Detroit and it's floundering institutions, exactly the opposite should happen.