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Obama’s HUD chief and diversity

By From page A5 | January 01, 2014

EDITOR: A recent article talked about Obama’s HUD chief taking aim at suburban lifestyle. This is another case of where the liberals talk one point while pursuing another. They talk of lack of diversity in neighborhoods, boardrooms, etc. and helping people move into the middle class.

The problem here is that liberals say they want equal opportunity while what they really are promoting is equal outcomes. Trying to address diversity or lack thereof by attempting to fix it by force doesn’t work.

Just look at the recent housing debacle. Clear back in the 1970s moves were started like the Community Reinvestment Act, which looked at home ownership more as a civil right than an economic issue. The only way to solve this housing imbalance and increase diversity in neighborhoods was either to just give people money (politically difficult) or lower the standards for loan qualification so that lower-income minorities could qualify for home loans and thereby increase the diversity in housing.

That gave us the birth of the subprime loan that has become so famous for being a main cause of our recent economic disaster. The article also talks of lack of diversity in boardrooms. But putting people in positions because of what they are instead of who they are does not help companies succeed and causes more problems than it solves.

The best way to increase diversity everywhere is to strive to equalize opportunity and the only real way that can be done is improving access to quality education for minorities and lower-income people. The voucher system is the best idea so far to accomplish this.

There is much talk of trying to improve schools but no real need to. As a school becomes worse and worse they find all kinds of explanations for their failure but have no real need to succeed. After the discussion on their reasons for failure they will go right back to normal and still get their paychecks and nothing will really change.

With vouchers parents like the ones of Obama’s daughters’ friends could put their children in good schools, giving them a real chance at success later on. Obama’s daughters lost some friends when the voucher program was canceled and those friends of the president’s daughters were forced to go back to their failed schools. True lasting diversity and equality of opportunity comes through education. With vouchers schools will either perform or they will be run out of business and replaced by those that do. The way to move toward quality education for all is to support success rather than continuing to explain failure.

GEORGE ALGER

Placerville

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