Ed Driscoll

The 'Bam In The Gray Flannel Suit

As Michael Barone and others have noted, Obama won the presidency via a high tech Internet-based campaign focused a message of  “Change”, but the actual policies being implemented by the neophyte executive are rooted in mid-20th century command and control Big Government ideas. For a case in point, the Washington Post notes:

President Obama is putting a new emphasis on revitalizing U.S. cities with a coordinated effort that involves stimulus funding and getting multiple agencies to work together to improve schools, housing and neighborhoods.

President Obama is putting a new emphasis on revitalizing U.S. cities with a coordinated effort that involves stimulus funding and getting multiple agencies to work together to improve schools, housing and neighborhoods.

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The approach is winning applause from local officials and urban thinkers, who credit the administration for quietly beginning the most ambitious new policy for the nation’s cities since the Great Society programs of the 1960s. But the plan involves fundamental changes in the way federal agencies dole out assistance to urban areas, making its success uncertain.

What could go wrong?

Meanwhile, Obama looks to the strategies of LBJ’s successor for success in Afghanistan — because, of course, to the left, all wars truly are Vietnam.

(Via Maggie’s Farm)

Related: Jimmie Bise looks at how nearly 50 years of urban renewal has impacted one prominent midwestern city.

Related: Tying together several recent threads, Victor Davis Hanson explores “The Power of Payback”, adding, “Obama’s fiery campaign rhetoric is coming back to haunt him.”