Let’s hope so.
One thing that more or less guarantees that you’ll wind up with lots of poor people is when you construct programs that pay them to be poor.
One program that appears to be of particular concern to Qunt is Head Start. I guess she’s never read the research which demonstrates pretty conclusively that Head Start does nothing to improve children’s later prospects. Same goes, by the way, for poor kids bussed to nicer parts of town.
The irony of all of this is that these folks are ignoring the real story this week, which is the census data indicating Oakland continues to gentrify rapidly in spite of the recession and housing crash.
Maybe instead of trying to keep its poor, Oakland should welcome this reduction in funding as an opportunity to try and attract people who actually add something to the local economy.