Trump’s Right: It’s Time to Turn Our Inner Cities Around
By Sean Kennedy at realclearpolitics:
“Donald J. Trump is known for his hyperbole. He often says, for instance, that “China is killing us.” Things he likes are “huge,” while anything amiss is a “disaster.”
In the final presidential debate, he told the audience something similar: “Our inner cities are a disaster.” And last Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, Trump delivered a speech, pitched at urban voters, in which he echoed that sentiment, asserting that “the conditions in our inner cities today are unacceptable.”
But what if Trump’s right? And what if we declared — under federal law — the crime, urban blight, and economic malaise affecting our urban cores what it really is: a disaster.
In his speech, Trump proposed just that, saying: “I will further empower cities and states to seek a federal disaster designation for blighted communities in order to initiate the rebuilding of vital infrastructure, the demolition of abandoned properties, and the increased presence of law enforcement.” The idea did not make headlines, but it should have. It’s radical, revolutionary, and just what urban America needs — a federal disaster declaration for our most impoverished, hard-hit neighborhoods.
Under current law, when the president declares an area to be a disaster, additional federal assistance can be applied, while regulations and rules for rebuilding and revitalizing the affected area are often waived or reduced……” Do read on!