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How Biden’s Housing Plans Would Destroy America’s Suburbs

How Biden’s Housing Plans Would Destroy America’s Suburbs

Postby smix » Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:07 pm

How Biden’s Housing Plans Would Destroy America’s Suburbs
The Federalist

URL: https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/13/ho ... s-suburbs/
Category: politicsNews
Published: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:25:44 +0000

Description: If suburban voters begin to understand what Biden’s housing rule would mean for their communities, many would flock back to Trump, irrespective of what they think of his tweets.

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As America heads toward another presidential election, one of the biggest voting blocs up for grabs will be suburbanites. In 2016, Donald Trump won the suburban vote over Hillary Clinton. Recent polling has shown the incumbent president trailing in the suburbs, however, particularly among women. If suburban voters knew what Joe Biden has in store for their communities once elected, they might change who they’re willing to cast their ballot for come November. In 2015, President Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). The administration claimed it issued the rule to combat “housing segregation” in suburbs, despite the Fair Housing Act of 1968 already outlawing discriminatory housing practices. According to the New York Post, had the regulation been successfully implemented nationwide, localities across the country would have had to “scrap zoning, build bigger water and sewer lines to support high-density living, expand schools and social services and add mass transit. All pushing up local taxes.” In essence, virtually all control regarding local governance would be outsourced to the federal government.
Biden Wants to Centralize Power
Not only has Biden agreed to implement AFFH if elected, but he has also promised to go much further. Originally, the AFFH rule used HUD grants as a persuasion tactic to bring suburban communities into compliance, while local communities could still make decisions about whether to pursue these grants or retain local zoning control. Biden, however, has signed on to a proposal by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., that would effectively withhold federal transportation grants, used to build and repair highways, unless communities sign on to AFFH. It would be almost impossible for many communities to decline this funding for critical infrastructure, handing over America’s suburbs to the federal government. Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, recently spoke in an interview with Mark Levin about how a Biden presidency would effectively abolish America’s suburbs as we know them. “It would allow bureaucrats in Washington, in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to control zoning laws, to control the placement of transportation and business districts, even to some degree the drawing of school districts,” Kurtz said. “In other words, almost every important local governmental responsibility could, under AFFH, fall into the de facto control of the feds.” The Trump administration officially discarded the rule in July, arguing the regulation was a blatant power grab by the federal government. “President @realDonaldTrump and I agree that the best run communities are the ones run locally,” tweeted HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Today, we are tearing down the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was an overreach of unelected Washington bureaucrats into local communities.”
President @realDonaldTrump and I agree that the best run communities are the ones run locally. Today, we are tearing down the Obama Administration's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was an overreach of unelected Washington bureaucrats into local communities.
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) July 23, 2020

The administration is replacing the Obama-era rule with its own policy, called Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice. According to a HUD press release, the new rule “defines fair housing broadly to mean housing that, among other attributes, is affordable, safe, decent, free of unlawful discrimination, and accessible under civil rights laws.” The new regulation also provides more power to local governments with regard to zoning decisions.
Goodbye to Peaceful Suburbs
Suburban voters should also know that with AFFH, the crime we routinely see on TV every night, such as the riots in Portland, will likely no longer be exclusive to major cities. As localities surrounding metropolitan areas begin to be forcibly melted into inner cities, we very well might see city crime begin seeping into once-peaceful suburbs. The very same soft-on-crime policies that have encouraged crime, such as those in New York City, will become the new norm for our suburbs as city police newly encompass suburban police, under worse policies for both. Following the death of George Floyd, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio slashed the New York Police Department’s budget by more than $1 billion and disbanded the plainclothes anti-crime unit. Coupled with the state’s new bail-reform laws, the results have been catastrophic. According to the Washington Examiner, “In one week in July, shootings in the city increased by 176% compared to the same week last year, with 47 shootings reported compared to 17 shootings last year. Additionally, killings also increased that week, with 14 killed compared to five during the same period in 2019.” In addition, the month of July marked more shootings in New York City so far this year than in all of 2019. If Biden is elected in November, Americans in the suburbs can kiss their peaceful communities goodbye. Citizens who moved out of the cities hoping to escape violence would be under a Biden administration more likely to be trapped in the same circumstances they fled. There’s a reason the Democrats and mainstream media continue to avoid this issue. If suburban voters begin to understand what Biden’s AFFH rule would mean for their communities, many would flock to Trump, irrespective of what they think of his tweeting habits. Americans want to live in safe neighborhoods, where their children can go outside and play. If Trump can campaign effectively on this issue, his chances for reelection will improve dramatically.
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The Left-Wing War on America's Suburbs

Postby smix » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:26 pm

The Left-Wing War on America's Suburbs
Townhall

URL: https://townhall.com/columnists/starpar ... s-n2574595
Category: Politics
Published: August 19, 2020

Description: The Trump administration recently rescinded the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, adopted in the early months of the Obama administration. The rule was an add-on to the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The act was about preventing discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing. However, like so much of the distortions that occurred after the civil rights era of the 1960s, this rule is not about preventing discrimination but about using civil rights language to advance a brazen left-wing political agenda. In the case of the AFFH rule, there are so many different stated objectives it's not even clear which is the main one. The AFFH rule is war on the lifestyle of the single-family home and American suburban family life. What is wrong with life in the suburbs for any freedom-loving American? Nothing. But for those with political power, and a left-wing agenda, everything is wrong. One alleged problem is what they call sprawl. Why should one family take up so much valuable land? And then there's the environment. One family in the suburbs might own two vehicles, disproportionately spewing carbon during their daily commutes into the city. And, it is just not fair that a family is living a nice life in the suburbs while fellow citizens with fewer resources are crowded on top of one another in low-income housing in the cities. The AFFH rule pretends to take care of all of this by invading the suburban space; limiting single-family home zoning; mandating dense, low-income housing; and financing it all with tax revenue from resident single-family home dwellers. It was the right move by the Trump administration to eliminate this inappropriate assault on the most basic American freedom to choose where and how one wants to live. Now Biden says that, as president, he will restore this rule and restore it with even greater force. Biden's new version restores all the onerous provisions and adds additional teeth by denying federal funds for roads as penalty for noncompliance. We can only marvel that there are those who think Washington should get involved in local zoning decisions, and that local demographics is the business of Washington. It speaks all we need to know about the left-wing grab for power that the left gives precedence to its vision of what America should look like over our most basic values of freedom. And that it actually believes that bureaucrats sitting in Washington should decide what is best for housing in communities thousands of miles away. We can also only marvel that after all these years of failed government anti-poverty programs, where untold trillions were spent with no benefit to anyone other than bureaucrats making a living off them, people still claim these kinds of programs are a good idea. Government housing programs for the poor have been utter failures, creating only government-enabled ghettos. If we want to help those with inadequate resources cover the cost of decent housing, give them an unconditional voucher to use for private housing wherever they choose. We are in unusual circumstances that have warranted more government activism. In a recent Fox News poll, the percentage who said government should "lend me a hand" was 57%, up from 34% last year. Those on the left want to exploit this and transform temporary government intervention into a permanent, institutional expansion of government. It would be a grave and fatal mistake for our nation to allow this to happen. When we hear those in Washington talking about government policy to make things more fair, everyone should go on alert. We see people fleeing people our cities today as a result of these very same kinds of government-knows-best policies. If we care about keeping America more equitable and helping the unfortunate, we should work to keep America free, growing and prosperous.
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