Keepin’ It Real

May 8, 2007

John Edwards: Stop Economic Segregation (but not in my backyard)

Filed under: John Edwards,Politics — mary @ 10:33 pm

I’m always dubious of rich politicians who tell me how to live or restrict the way I live while exempting themselves from their own mandates.

The Kennedy clan love to force alternative energy on everyone, but fight the windmills planned in the water near their family compound (of course it is bad for the environment, not to mention the beautiful views from the porch of the family home).

Hillary Clinton thinks that school vouchers will destroy the public school system, diverting education funds to Jihadists and white supremecists who want taxpayers to fund their children’s crazy education.
But, it’s easy for her to say that school vouchers are bad, since her daughter never had to attend public school in Washington DC, her family having opted for the prestigious Friends’ School. Not that they didn’t consider a public school in Washington, but security concerns prevented them. (Of course, Washington families concerned about security for their children aren’t permitted such a luxury).

In keeping with this tradition, John Edwards has revealed his plan to end poverty within 30 years. One key ingredient was spelled out in a May 6 Washington Post article:

If there is a personal imprint on Edwards’s plan, it is his argument for reducing racial and economic segregation — that, as he put it in one speech, “if we truly believe that we are all equal, then we should live together, too.” To achieve this, Edwards proposes doing away with public housing projects and replacing them with 1 million rental vouchers, to disperse the poor into better neighborhoods and suburbs, closer to good schools and jobs.

One does wonder if Edwards wants to live with the poor folks anywhere near his new palatial estate. It seems his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, doesn’t like the neighbors they already have:

Edwards views Johnson (her neighbor) as a “rabid, rabid Republican” who refuses to clean up his “slummy” property just to spite her family, whose lavish 28,000-square-foot estate is nearby on 102 wooded acres.

Johnson, 55, acknowledges his Republican roots. But he takes offense to the suggestion he has purposefully left his property, including an old garage that he leases for use as a car shop, in dilapidated condition.

Johnson said he has lived his entire life on the property, which he said his family purchased before the Great Depression. He said he’s spent a lot of money to try and fix up the 42-acre tract.

“I have to budget. I have to leave within my means,” Johnson said. “I don’t have millions of dollars to fix the place.”

Johnson was confounded. “I thought they were supposed to be for the poor,” he told WORLD.

Though Johnson isn’t rich, he’s not exactly poor, and his 42 acres aren’t slummy. (An abandoned house where he grew up does still face the road, but Johnson says he hasn’t had the heart or money to tear it down.) Johnson’s grandfather bought the property nearly 100 years ago. His father built an auto shop next to the road in 1955 and opened a small general store that served the rural community for years.

Johnson helped his father farm the land and run a successful landscaping and grading business before retiring. “We’re proud of what we built,” he says, climbing into a giant, gold Ford F-350 truck with a brown cowboy hat on the dashboard.

Driving down a winding road on the property, Johnson points out newly mended fences and freshly cut grass. He just planted a row of Bradford pear trees, and the yard is full of dogwoods and flowers in full bloom. Johnson and his wife live in a double-wide trailer near a pond that his father stocked with catfish 40 years ago.

Well, since Mrs. Edwards doesn’t like living next to a property with a trailer home on it, what would she think if she had to have imposed upon her what her husband wants to have imposed on everyone else – economic desegregation through housing vouchers (commonly known as Section 8 vouchers).

An article by Howard Husock outlines what many middle class people must deal with once Section 8 voucher holders move in to their neighborhoods:

In south suburban Chicago, with one of the highest concentrations of voucher holders in the country, middle-class African-American residents complain that they thought they’d left the ghetto behind—only to find that the federal government is subsidizing it to follow them. Vikkey Perez of Richton Park, Illinois, owner of Nubian Beauty Supply, fears that the small signs of disorder that have come with voucher tenants—the unmown lawns and shopping carts left in the street—could undermine the neighborhood. “Their life-style,” she says, “doesn’t blend with our suburban life-style.” Kevin Moore, a hospital administrator and homeowner in nearby Hazelcrest, complains that children in voucher homes go unsupervised. Boom boxes play late at night. “I felt like I was back on the West Side,” he says, referring to the Chicago ghetto where he grew up. “You have to remember how to act tough.”


In Maryland’s Prince George’s County, an area of the Washington, D.C., suburbs with a large concentration of middle-class black residents, hundreds of voucher tenants—many of whom come from Washington, since vouchers are portable from one jurisdiction to another—do not pay their utility bills or their required 30 percent share of the rent. “We’re very concerned about the program,” says Mary Lou McDonough of the Prince George’s Housing Authority, which doles out the vouchers. The Authority is concerned about more than non-payment. Unlike most such agencies, it screens its voucher applicants, and it finds that some of the households have criminal records—including, recently, a murder conviction. Every year, the authority boots out 25 or 30 voucher holders for brand-new crimes, usually drug-related.

This is the economic desegregation John Edwards wants for the regular American family. Of course, he will not have to worry about drugs, gangs or crime in his neighborhood. He, Elizabeth and his children will be safely secluded behind gates on their 102 acre compound, snug in their 28,000 square foot home.

You think a double wide is slummy, Elizabeth. Think of the possiblilities if you really had to live the life your husband advocates for the hard-working families of America. Thank goodness Democrats don’t live by the rules they make for others.


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