Slum Lord Jarrett: “We Have to Give People A Livelihood So They Can Provide For Their Families

This is Obama’s Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett,  speaking at what looks like some sort of seminar, a week ago,  on the proper role of government during this economic downturn..

Via The Blaze:

There is so much wrong with this one hardly knows where to start.

It’s not the proper role of government to “provide livelihoods to people!” The government’s role in the economy is to support the free enterprise system by allowing an atmosphere in which jobs can be created. In other words, get the hell out of the way.

Here is a woman who would like to see the U.S. economy micromanaged to instill her Marxist sense of “fairness”.

But how fair is this big-hearted woman when push comes to shove? What was her track record when it was her duty as the manager of  a Chicago housing project to provide for  “the least of these”.

In 2008, Judicial Watch secured damning documents linking Jarrett to a variety of real estate scandals including failed housing developments operated by Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko.

Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers and Obama financial backers Rezko and Allison Davis. (Davis is also Obama’s former boss.)…

… Jarrett was a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation along with several Davis and Rezko associates, as well as the Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization, an organization that worked with Rezko and Davis.

…(According to press reports, housing projects operated by Davis and Rezko have been substandard and beset with code violations. The Chicago Sun Times reported that one Rezko-managed housing project was “riddled with problems — including squalid living conditions…lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers.”)

“The least of these” living in qualid living conditions under Rezmar Corporation management went for a full month during the brutally cold winter of 1997, without any heat:

…As Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat Company Jarrett also managed a controversial housing project located in Obama’s former state senate district called Grove Parc Plaza. According to the Boston Globe the housing complex was considered “uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage…“All subsidized by the taxpayers, mind you, and aided and abetted by the likes of Jarrett and Obama. The Boston Globe explained the troubling quid pro quo between Jarrett, Rezko and Obama:

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign and a member of his finance committee. Jarrett is the chief executive of Habitat Co., which managed Grove Parc Plaza from 2001 until this [past] winter and co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems…

Allison Davis, a major fund-raiser for Obama’s US Senate campaign and a former lead partner at Obama’s former law firm. Davis, a developer, was involved in the creation of Grove Parc and has used government subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,500 units in Chicago, including a North Side building cited by city inspectors last year after chronic plumbing failures resulted in raw sewage spilling into several apartments…

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama’s early political campaigns and a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005. Rezko’s company used subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments, mostly in and around Obama’s district, then refused to manage the units, leaving the buildings to decay to the point where many no longer were habitable…

Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers – including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko – collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama’s campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama’s own accounting. (This number now exceeds $500,000)…
…Obama [rewarded his backers with] legislative action as a state senator. In 2001, Obama sponsored a successful bill that increased state subsidies for private developers. The law let developers designated by the state raise up to $26 million a year by selling tax credits to Illinois residents. For each $1 in credits purchased, the buyer was allowed to decrease his taxable income by 50 cents…

The developers gave Obama their financial support. Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko all served on Obama’s campaign finance committee when he won a seat in the US Senate in 2004…

The free enterprise system doesn’t work when greedy, money grubbing, power-mad Marxists are busy  corrupting it. Valerie Jarrett is only interested in providing for the “most vulnerable” with other peoples’ money. When she could have “invested” her own  capital to improve the living conditions of her long-suffering tenants in Chicago, the heartless slumlord, demurred.

As Doug Ross wrote in November 2008:

These are the kinds of heartwarming success stories that Obama and Jarrrett left in their wake in Chicago. I shudder to think what they could do to the entire country. And I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

He wasn’t wrong. We’re seeing the same ruinous crony Socialism now being played out on a national scale.

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