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Who Failed Chicago?

By Michelle Malkin · Feb. 13, 2013

On Tuesday, President Obama and the first lady used the State of the Union spotlight to pay tribute to an innocent teenage girl shot and killed by Chicago gang thugs. On Friday, Obama will travel to the Windy City to decry violence and crusade for more gun laws in the town with the strictest gun laws and bloodiest gun-related death tolls in America.

Does the White House really want to open up a national conversation about the state of Chicago? OK, let's talk.

Obama, his wife, his campaign strategists, his closest cronies and his biggest bundlers all hail from Chicago. Senior adviser and former Chicago real estate mogul/city planning commissioner Valerie Jarrett and her old boss Richard Daley presided over a massive “Plan for Transformation” in the mid-1990s to rescue taxpayer-subsidized public housing from its bloody hellhole. How'd that work out for you, Chicago?

Answer: This social justice experiment failed miserably. A Chicago Tribune investigation found that after Daley and Jarrett dumped nearly $500 million of federal funding into crime-ridden housing projects, the housing complexes (including the infamous Altgeld-Murray homes) remained dangerous, drug-infested, racially segregated ghettos. Altgeld is a long-troubled public housing complex on Chicago's South Side, where youth violence has proved immune to “community organizing” solutions and the grand redevelopment schemes championed by Obama and company.

In fact, as I've reported previously, it's the same nightmarish 'hood where Obama cut his teeth as a community activist – and exaggerated his role in cleaning up asbestos in the neighborhood, according to fellow progressive foot soldiers. As always, Obama's claims to success there were far more aspirational than concrete.

In the meantime, lucrative contracts went to politically connected Daley pals in the developer world to “save” Chicago's youth and families. Another ghetto housing project, the Grove Parc slum, was managed by Jarrett's former real estate empire, Habitat, Co. Jarrett refused to answer questions about the dilapidated housing development after ascending to top consigliere in the Obama administration.

But as the Boston Globe's Binyamin Appelbaum, who visited the slums several years ago, reported: “Federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale – a score so bad the buildings now face demolition. … (Jarrett) co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems.” Grove Parc and several other monumental housing flops “were developed and managed by Obama's close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the (federal) subsidies even as many of Obama's constituents suffered.”

Democrats poured another $30 million in public money into the city's public schools to curb youth violence over the past three years. The New York Times hailed the big government plan to fund more social workers, community organizers and mentors and create jobs for at-risk youth. But watchdogs on the ground exposed it as a wasteful “makework scheme.” One local activist nicknamed the boondoggle “Jobs for Jerks” because “it rewards some of the worst students in the school system with incredibly rare employment opportunities while leaving good students to fend for themselves.”

Obama and his ineffectual champions of Chicago's youth will demand more taxpayer “investments” to throw at the problem. But money is no substitute for the soaring fatherlessness, illegitimacy and family disintegration that have characterized Chicago inner-city life since Obama's hero Saul Alinsky pounded the pavement. As Heather Mac Donald noted in a damning indictment of the do-gooders' failures, “Official silence about illegitimacy and its relation to youth violence remains as carefully preserved in today's Chicago as it was during Obama's organizing time there.”

Team Obama will find perverted ways to lay blame for Chicago's youth violence crisis on the NRA, Sarah Palin, Fox News, George Bush and the tea party. But as the community organizer-in-chief prepares to evade responsibility again, he should remember: When you point one finger at everyone else, four other fingers point right back at you-know-who.



Bruce R Pierce in Owensboro, Ky. said:

The people of Chicago.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Lucyfur in Phoenix said:

Its a case of the pot calling the kettle black -- Do as I say not as I do - Since
it is illegal to carry guns in Illinois (no CCW permits allowed) where do these hoodlums obtain their firearms? Is there a secret gun manufacturer called Gangs R Us? Expiring minds want to know

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

Chicago, the poster child for the effectiveness of Gun Control. This is what the Democrats want for America. No Thanks......

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

You hit the nail right on the head. This is exactly what the DemoRats want for the rest of America. In the name of never letting a "crisis" go to waste, they'll instigate any possible crisis (Re: Fast & Furious), all in order to declare a crisis and rationalize even more unconstitutional Federal government power grabs. The ignorant people who watch Obama mouth the worst lies and misrepresentations in the "State of the Union" address, actually believing these racist, socialist lies are the worst threat to this country. Why can't these people think for themselves? Why do they refuse to do any personal research that very easily exposes the true, objective facts, namely that Obama has been nothing but a socialist tax-and-spend con-man who'll stop at nothing to enrich his supporters and subjugate the citizens of this once-great country to an ever increasingly out of control federal government, The hundreds of thousands of pages of insane federal government regulations that ensure that no small business can get off the ground are the fault of these idiot DemonRats who simply want all-encompassing federal government power over every facet of human existence in America. Impeach, Prosecute, Imprison and/or Execute for treason during a time of war and aiding the enemy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

JAC in Texas said:

Don't you people get it? Chicago's gun laws are not the problem! They have the strictest, most effective gun laws in the nation. It's all the surrounding communities and states that are the problem. They bring their easy to obtain guns into Chicago and pass them along to the boyz in the hood, who then use them to murder their neighbors and commit other crimes. None of those weapons would be available if everyone else's laws were like Chicago's. Wake up American and ban guns for all! Damn the Constitution--it's outdated, anyway!! (If you buy this, then bet on the Dallas Cowboys as the next SuperBowl champs. I know a bookie who will take your action.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Bruce R Pierce in Owensboro, Ky. replied:

Following that failed logic, the surrounding areas should be as bad as Chicago. Blaming surrounding areas on crime in another area would be like blaming you for your neighbor getting arrested for drug manufacturing even if you never talked to him.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

JAC in Texas replied:

Exactly my point--but tell that to our buddy, Rahm!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM


RE: When you point one finger at everyone else, four other fingers point right back at you-know-who.

How true - how true. But, it won't make a hill of beans difference to our incompetent CiC.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Steve in Macon, GA replied:

Not sure how your hands work, but when I point an index finger, I have only THREE fingers pointing back at me. The thumb points downward and away.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:


There`s a joke going round about someone who saw a car in Florida with a sticker that said, I miss Chicago, so the guy broke out a window, stole the radio, shot two tires and left a note that said; I hope this helps. Pretty much says it all.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

You've convinced me folks, I'm staying away from Windbag Sitty, or is that Windy Sitty?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM