Anyone who has worked for or been involved with a mid-to-large sized City or County knows that there are so many ill-conceived economic development programs, employment centers, and jobs initiatives that there is room for cutting them while mainting an adequate level of service. In addition, there are endless loans and grants issued that no bank would ever touch due to foolish business ideas and horrible credit. As budgets at all levels are stretched to the limit, government is going to have to look at consolidation and elimination of services and programs. Does a City need 30 different job centers with 5-10 staffers at each, or would it be better served having 4 centers with 10-15 staffers? Does a city need 30 different grant and loan programs or would 5-10 programs covering a variety of things be better? People love to scream and shout when you propose cutting programs for the poor because it makes good headlines, but a lot of times these programs are overloaded with bureaucracy, corruption, and fiscal mismanagement.
With that being said, if we dedicated all if the money being used in Iraq to domestic programs? During his campaign for Senate, Barrack Obama was interviewed and he said that voters have to decide if they want schools being built in Iraq with our tax dollars or schools here in the US.” The same can be said about economic development. Should money be spent helping poor people in Iraq or here? Rebuilding homes in Iraq or providing housing programs here? Do we need to go back to the moon or to Mars or could that money be better spent elsewhere.
It is painfully obvious where this administration stands