The bottom line is clear: Solutions to America's challenges are being developed every day at the grass roots -- and government shouldn't be supplanting those efforts, it should be supporting those efforts. Instead of wasting taxpayer money on programs that are obsolete or ineffective, government should be seeking out creative, results-oriented programs like the ones here today and helping them replicate their efforts across America.
So if the Harlem Children's Zone can turn around neighborhoods in New York, then why not Detroit, or San Antonio, or Los Angeles or Indianapolis? If Bonnie Clac can help working people purchase cars and manage their finances in New Hampshire, then they can probably do it in Vermont or all across New England, or all across America.It will be interesting to see what programs and organizations the $50 million innovation fund ends up recommending and supporting.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Highlighting Innovative Non-Profits
President Obama, speaking yesterday about the importance of private action to help alleviate public problems (whitehouse.gov):