The President met with African American leaders yesterday in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to continue their dialogue on his plan to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there.
The President reiterated his commitment to supporting policies that will directly impact those hardest hit by the economic crisis by making sure that America is a magnet for jobs, increasing access to job training programs, partnering with high-poverty communities to help them rebuild, and encouraging companies to invest in disadvantaged neighborhoods.The president also reiterated his call to reform education by expanding universal pre-K for every child as a way to significantly decrease the achievement gap.
Everything he says he wants to do here has been tried for fifty years, since the opening salvo of the War on Poverty, and every one has failed completely. Job training is a bust,as proved by every study that’s looked at it. “Partnership” [federal funds slopped around] with ghetto communities? Been there, failed there. Expanded nursery school programs? Other than forcing children into our disastrous public education system sooner, what good will this do? Head Start’s a bust, Head Start Lite will do no better (as an aside, I heard a panel of “scholars” on NPR this morning discussing the underachievement of our education system. They advocated for more money to the poor, of course, but were perplexed that even the richest districts’ students ranked in the 67th percentile compared to other countries, “and there’s been no improvement in forty years!” Care to guess when American educators introduced a new, improved curriculum and imposed it on our schools?) I remember Obama telling voters that we couldn’t afford to continue “the failed policies of the past”. I guess he’s changed his mind.
But wait, there’s more! Voter fraud!
The president and the leaders expressed a shared concern about the need to implement common-sense improvements to the voting process because our democracy works best when every American eligible to vote has the opportunity to cast their ballot and make their voices heard.
Have you noticed the left’s recent adoption of the term, “common-sense”? Just in the past three months we’ve all heard the demand for “common-sense” additional taxes, new, “common-sense” gun control laws and now, “common-sense” changes to voting laws. What decent citizen would be against common-sense? “Yes, that makes sense, it’s only fair, it’s only sensible.” Readers of Atlas shrugged will recognize this tactic and that includes on the left, too, who read and learned.
The White House press release concludes with this warning:
The President praised the participants for their steadfast leadership on a broad range of issues critical to improving the economy and strengthening our country. The leaders in attendance also highlighted their goals to continue to build momentum for Congress to act in the best interests of the American people by supporting policies that help move our country forward.