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Bush is a Domestic Policy President

Monday, 25 October 2004 12:00 AM

So let me recap briefly: from the outset, Bush demonstrated an innovative approach to invigorating our urban centers. Rather than administering government aid like some narcotic, Bush found ways to subsidize opportunity for nearly 400,000 people. He also implemented tax cut programs and economic incentives to encourage the development of small businesses while engaging the support of religious organizations to provide positive role models or even the expectation of success in poor neighborhoods.

In each case, Bush used government resources to cultivate the expectation of other possibilities.

This synthesis of government, individual responsibility and free choice (vs. social conditioning) is perfectly summed up by Bush’s educational reforms.

Against the backdrop of chronically underfunded schools that simply lack the wherewithal to properly educate low-income students, Bush has backed school choice options, which hold the promise of a new civil rights movement.

Currently, school districts mirror housing patterns. As a result, economically segregated communities have produced economically segregated public schools.

The result is a brutal and arbitrary divide between rich and poor, urban and suburban, minority and white.

There exists an astonishing body of evidence that these “poor, minority” schools are failing to properly educate their students.

Bush’s education reforms — specifically his support of vouchers - could help redress this inequality by holding public schools accountable for the proper education of their students, while ensuring that poor people - mostly of color — no longer remain trapped in schools that are failing their needs.

This change could be the single most important factor in redressing the achievement gap between the races.

This is of course the embryo of Bush’s domestic policy. He realizes that economic redistribution by itself cannot fight poverty effectively because it does not affect the attitudes that frequently undergird poverty.

In other words, poverty is also a matter of brutal social conditioning: A little boy watches his mother sell drugs, or his brother join a gang. He watches his teachers succumb to frustration. All around him, he sees hope twisting inward. His own passions become stifled beneath this negative landscape that crushes all expectation of other possibilities.

Bush’s educational and economic reforms, speaks directly and potently to the brutal social conditioning that goes on in our urban centers. Instead of just throwing money at the problem, he seeks to empower those organizations — churches, local charities and small businesses - that can help affix value, hope and meaning to a child’s existence.

Additionally, President Bush has pushed programs aimed at facilitating home ownership, welfare reform and faith-based initiatives — all issues that ate amongst the chief concerns of the black voting populace.

By working to support school choice options and urban renewal, he has helped poor, inner city children gain power over the single greatest instruments of their own empowerment—their own education and sense of future possibilities.

One last note on the topic of the President. More than one columnist has publicly chortled at the President’s belief in God. They use his faith as a pretext to suggest that the President spares himself the rigors of closely examining complex issues in Iraq and at home. This isn’t informed comment, its religious prejudice.

Perhaps we can’t expect anything more from the liberals than anti-religious droppings. But we can make the difference ourselves, on Election Day.

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