There is no evil so pernicious as that forced on us at the point of a gun, and then labeled social progress.
As I’ve gotten more and more tired of arguments from the sixties, I’ve been less tempted to blog about the obvious. But the obvious is exactly what’s overlooked, time and again, in this argument about public housing.
Pro-housers think money is free, so long as it’s not their own. Even then, they seem incapable of assessing the cost to themselves. That personal responsibility has fallen the level of a Honey Boo Boo script is such a given that we don’t even talk about it any more. If you are ‘poor’, you are relieved of the responsibility for yourself. It’s been shifted to your neighbor – the one with the job. The one who worked his or her way up into that job. And if they’re under 30, they’re probably still paying on that college loan. Not everybody was born the child of privilege coughjoecough.
But people keep coming back with the same arguments. It’s like they’re trying to convince us that the pet rock will sell if we only believe. When the pity argument tires, they shift to ‘diversity.’ To paraphrase Dilbert, da longer you live here, diverse it gets.
But seriously. The suggestion that anyone wants less diversity is a disingenuous dodge. What people don’t want is diversity in the form of poverty we have to pay to support. The notion that we have the opportunity to ‘make big changes’ is only slightly less dishonest. Those big changes started in the 30s, accelerated in the 60s, and are such big business now that even Congressional Republicans don’t have the desire to change it.
But, and this is the part that offends most rational people, all those big changes have not helped one bit. Children are not safer, crime is not lower, and poverty is not diminished. Instead, crime is up, people expect to be fully supported by their neighbors, and they expect to get it in style.
There is simply no justification for spending $380,000 per low income apartment (Stanley Lowe’s number, btw). But even if it were $50,000 per, it’s still stupid to build thousands of low-income houses directly in the path of a hurricane.
We’re all tired of trying of getting the ‘enlightenment’ argument in return. It makes people think that liberals are just stupid, or blind, or both. I am a liberal. I can’t be a Romney/Ryan supporter because I don’t hate gay people, I think women should have control of their own bodies, and I don’t think science is a commie conspiracy to steal your children away from Jesus.
But this plan is corrupt, our City Council sold us out and HUD’s about to substitute the 264-unit project behind Randalls for the scattered sites, just so MBS can get richer.
If you want to argue, we’ll argue. But come up with an argument from this century, please.