Via Forbes today,
President Obama’s plans for a second-term include an initiative to systematically redistribute the wealth of America’s suburbs to the cities. It’s a transformative idea, and deserves to be fully aired before the election. But like a lot of his major progressive policy innovations, Obama has advanced this one stealthily–mostly through rule-making, appointment, and vague directives. Obama has worked on this project in collaboration with Mike Kruglik, one of his original community organizing mentors. Kruglik’s new group, Building One America, advocates “regional tax-base sharing,” a practice by which suburban tax money is directly redistributed to nearby cities and less-well-off “inner-ring” suburbs. Kruglik’s group also favors a raft of policies designed to coerce people out of their cars and force suburbanites (with their tax money) back into densely packed cities
Klein and Elliots “Fool Me Twice” has a chapter devoted to this program. Oddly, this once seemed racist. Consider Indianapolis local and county unified form of government which diluted the African American vote.
The comments here on Obama discouraging AAs from moving to the burbs funny on two levels. Obama himself lived in Hyde Park. A neighborhood famous as a place where whites and blacks alike unite against the poor.
Second, AA’s have left Chicago the past few year in tens of thousands. An exodus of the black middle class that’s depopulating the South side especially. While they may have voted for Obama, they’re not acting on this message.