Yeah, you read that right. Obama. President Obama.
The Wall Street Journal dug up a bright shiny nugget in Obama’s budget that seeks to roll back a little Socialism.
Alinsky must be turning over in his grave. My star student. What are you doing?
From the piece:
Deep in the president’s new budget is a plan that could transform public housing in the nation by allowing housing authorities to increasingly set time limits or work requirements for participants.
Currently, government housing benefits are generally open ended. Unlike welfare—which has a five-year limit—federal housing programs allow low-income Americans to receive rent vouchers or live in government complexes for decades.
The result is that people endure long waits to qualify for the program and sometimes celebrate almost like lottery winners when they get the word. In New York City, the average person stays in public housing for 20.7 years.
But President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget calls for “substantial expansion” of a 1996 demonstration project that allows select housing authorities to set restrictions on residents, or try other strategies to promote self-sufficiency. Only 39 housing authorities out of 3,200 nationally have this power currently. Congressional approval was required for each one . . .
While roughly half of subsidized-housing recipients are seniors or disabled, who are exempt from new time limits, younger, healthier people also stay for years.
Kudos, Mr. President! Thanks for playing. You might like this kind of thing once you get used to it. If you’re serious about helping the middle class, then allowing them to stop paying for 20 years of subsidized housing for able bodied New Yorkers is a great place to start.