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  1. says

    Well, it’s simply not true that the only thing he’s run is his mouth….although he’d like you to think that.

    There’s the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (to improve Chicago’s public schools), whose board he chaired as they gave away something like $100,000,000.00, without ANY discernible improvement in the schools.

    Check it out and you’ll find the reason – the money was given to lefty groups more interested in propagandizing the kids than educating them in anything so boring as reading, writing, or math.

    And the guy who put Barak Obama in charge of the CAC? Our old friend, Bill Ayers – “just a guy from my neighborhood”. Stanley Kurtz is hard at work to expose the actual parameters of their relationship, which should prove interesting reading.

  2. Mike Devx says

    Don’t forget Obama’s one other big reform effort during his time in Chicago: housing reform. The sad story is that Obama has never – NEVER – succeeded at anything materially. Sarah Palin has several significant successful reforms under her belt, and even the few being questioned (i.e. the Mat Maid “scandal) are ambiguous at best.)

    Obama talks a great talk, but he’s never succeeded in walking the walk. At anything.

    Here’s a link to the story:

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/27/grim_proving_ground_for_obamas_housing_policy/

    Here are the key paragraphs from that story:

    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.

    But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

    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 blighted.

    Mike: ps – The close friends and supporters of Obama’s who profited include the odious Tony Rezko. Obama’s dirt-poor constituents suffered, and still suffer, while Obama’s powerful friends walked away with millions.

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