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OK, Here is a Real Difference Between Nutter and Fattah
This is Mike Nutter, both talking about the specifics of the Chaka Fattah plan to lease the airport, and his philosophy on using Philly resources to fight poverty (from The Next Mayor):
Another candidate has proposed leasing the Airport as a funding mechanism to fight poverty in Philadelphia. This proposal is flawed in both theory and practice. In practical terms, the experimental leasing program authorized by the FAA is slow (the only lease obtained took 34 months to approve and it was for the airport in Newburgh, New York!) and uncertain (if Midway Airport in Chicago receives its expected lease approval, then federal legislation will be needed to allow a second “major hub” lease, which is now prohibited.) But beyond the practical limitations, generations of experience has shown that confronting social challenges like poverty requires the resources of the state and federal governments. It is simply misguided public policy to use limited local resources to meet the responsibilities of higher governments. Democrats since FDR and LBJ have understood that it is wrong to ask orphans to build their own orphanages, and that it is just as wrong for cities to spend down their limited assets to provide limited help for the nation’s poor.
Read again the last three or four sentences, and you see real, fundamental differences in the philosophy of Mike Nutter and Chaka Fattah. Nutter believes that even if Fattah's program to lease the airport could work, it is simply wrong to do anyway, because cities should not be spending their assets on programs for poor people.
I am not going to get into a big flame war by saying, uh, "that doesn't sound so progressive." I will just say it doesn't sound so hopeful to me, or particularly ambitious. Yes, we need more resources from the State and Federal Government. But, if we don't get them, or don't get enough of them, Nutter is basically saying a lack of solutions will not be his fault, because that ain't the city's job.
Again, whatever you want to call it, that is a pretty big difference in two candidates.