Not In Virginia, I Hope

Here’s my second morning NPR post in a row … Mickey Kaus in Slate was listening:

Here’s how NPR’s All Things Considered covered President Bush’s proposed cuts in Community Development Block Grants–by lobbing softballs to a CDBG supporter! No opposing view. … This is not just liberal, but dumb liberal–NPR could easily have found a Democrat, maybe even an old Democrat, who believed CDBGs are an ineffective antipoverty program. (Basically they are slush funds for local politicians, who too often sluice the federal money to their developer friends to build ugly downtown hotels.)

It’s my sense that in Virginia, the CDBG program is used extensively in rural areas and, on the whole, has done some good. Maybe someone knows of CDBG funds used in Virginia as Mickey describes. I hope not, but, if so, it looks like there won’t be as much of that in the future.


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