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Obama Shuffles Deck Chairs on His Sinking Ship

Obama's cabinet "reshuffling" reflects a political narrative rather than the best people for the job.

In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks about President Barack Obama's signature health care law at the Families USA’s 19th Annual Health Action Conference in Washington. Obama is considering nominating San Antonio's mayor to be housing secretary. That's according to people familiar with the selection process. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter by name. Castro would succeed Shaun Donovan, a member of Obama's original Cabinet. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)\n

The New York Times announced Resident Obama's pick for Housing and Urban Development secretary. The Mayor of San Antonio Texas—Julian Castro—is regarded as a rising star among Democrats, much the way Barack Obama was in 2004.

It will come as no surprise that the aptly named Castro is as equally vacuous and unqualified as Resident Obama.

Among other things, the schools in San Antonio fail to meet federal standards.

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks about President Barack Obama's signature health care law at the Families USA’s 19th Annual Health Action Conference in Washington. Obama is considering nominating San Antonio's mayor to be housing secretary. That's according to people familiar with the selection process. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter by name. Castro would succeed Shaun Donovan, a member of Obama's original Cabinet. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks about President Barack Obama's signature health care law at the Families USA’s 19th Annual Health Action Conference in Washington. Obama is considering nominating San Antonio's mayor to be housing secretary. That's according to people familiar with the selection process. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter by name. Castro would succeed Shaun Donovan, a member of Obama's original Cabinet. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Additionally, Mayor Castro presides over a city that openly violates Texas state law governing fire arms. Perhaps if the good mayor would support more law-abiding citizens having fire arms, the crime rate in San Antonio would come down. Indeed, upon election in 2009, Castro alleged that crime was his top priority. But as the data shows, it’s barely budged during his tenure. In fact, the city is still considered to have a “high” crime rate.

Castro, by his own standards, has failed as mayor. It also bears pointing out that Mayor Castro, and his city council appointed a city manager to implement his vision. It seems Castro shares another talent with Obama, picking people who don't have the ability to solve the problems they sighted as the rationale for their election to high office.

In the era of Obama, it’s become commonplace to judge liberals by their intentions, not by their results. Competency is shoved aside in favor of a good political narrative.

Like Obama, Castro is an articulate speaker, able to cloak liberty-limiting policies with political double-speak. He’s able to craft a message using his personal narrative, a narrative that appeals to a certain constituency’s emotions. Castro, like Obama, is a victory of flash over substance. He plays for the Democrat team, so we can rest assured that the press and his fellow Dems will judge him on his stated intentions rather than his actual achievements.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 02:  San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro stands on stage at the podium during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will start on September 4 and run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.Credit: Getty Images San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro stands on stage at the podium during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will start on September 4 and run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.Credit: Getty Images

Under the Obama regime, part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s stated mission is to, “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.”

Imagine what a committed left winger can do with that mission statement.

Conservatives (and rightly so) will point out that government doesn’t create anything. Our government was never designed to “create” anything. It was intended to only foster an atmosphere where healthy competition—through hard work—drives up quality and drives down prices. It’s a little thing we call the “free market.”

But Castro and many others on the extreme left don’t look at government rationally. In their view, it’s acceptable to increase taxes on the real creators—the creators of jobs, higher quality of life, and wealth.

The left-wing goal is to force American businesses to fund a government, which will, in turn, fund competition for the private sector. The idea here is that the private sector is mean, only cares about success, and that government must be a counter balance to that.

A few short decades ago, this notion would have been unthinkable in America. Yet, it’s now all the rage. The idea of forcing producers to pay for their own competition is relished by hard-core liberals.

[sharequote align="center"]The idea of forcing producers to pay for their own competition is relished by hard-core liberals.[/sharequote]

Castro has been a good leftist soldier. So, he will now be rewarded. The press won’t examine his credentials, his record as Mayor of San Antonio, or how he does as the new HUD secretary. To extremist liberals, performance is now secondary; even tertiary.

What matters to them is that he’s a good speaker.

What matters to them is that he’s Hispanic.

What matters to them is the next political narrative.

As for me, I‘m confident that Castro will bring the same level of "competence" to the HUD job as Eric Shinseki did to the Veterans Administration or Kathleen Sebelius did to Health and Human Services.

A society's worth isn't measured by how much power is seized by its government but rather, how much power is reserved for its people.

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