Many Americans believed Barack Obama waged war on their way of life.
And nowhere was that more true than with his Department of Housing and Urban Development’s scheme to socially engineer the suburbs into enclaves of radical leftism.
But now that the American people have spoken, this policy is on the chopping block.
By naming Doctor Ben Carson as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, President-elect Trump sent a strong signal that he intends to roll back Obama’s disastrous agenda.
Imposed in Obama’s second term, the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” scheme allowed federal officials to employ taxpayer dollars as a weapon against local zoning boards.
Suburban zoning boards would either gain or lose access to federal money depending on whether they allowed for “low-income” housing in their communities.
Sold on the basis of “diversity”, this plot is actually an undercover effort to overrun Republican-leaning suburbs by forcing communities to accept overflow Democratic voters from major cities.
Writing in National Review, Stanley Kurtz explains the political implications:
“And the political implications go deeper still, to every level of government. Westchester County, New York, where AFFH has had a dry run of sorts, is now administered by Republican county executive Robert Astorino. Many forget that before the Obama administration tried to force Westchester County to cast aside its own zoning laws and build high-density, low-income housing at its own expense, Westchester was a liberal Democratic county run by liberal Democrats. After all, this is where Bill and Hillary Clinton live. At the local level, the Obama administration drove Westchester into the arms of the Republicans. The same thing could happen nationally, at every political level. But only if the frog wakes up and jumps by November of 2016. Even with AFFH now public, the Obama administration and the press corps will do everything in their power to obscure the real issues at stake in the massive AFFH power-grab. Don’t let that happen.”
Dr. Carson was an early critic of this program.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Times, Dr. Carson blasted the AFFH program, calling it a “failed socialist experiment.”
Dr. Carson also ripped Obama’s scheme:
“To address them, The Obama administration’s new agency rules rely on a tortured reading of the Fair Housing laws to empower the Department of Housing and Urban Development to “affirmatively promote” fair housing, even in the absence of explicit discrimination.
The new rule would not only condition the grant of HUD funds to municipalities on building affordable housing as is the case today, but would require that such affordable housing be built primarily in wealthier neighborhoods with few current minority residents and that the new housing be aggressively marketed to minorities. In practice, the rule would fundamentally change the nature of some communities from primarily single-family to largely apartment-based areas by encouraging municipalities to strike down housing ordinances that have no overtly (or even intended) discriminatory purpose — including race-neutral zoning restrictions on lot sizes and limits on multi-unit dwellings, all in the name of promoting diversity.
These rules come on the heels of a Supreme Court decision narrowly upholding the use of “disparate impact” analysis in determining whether municipal housing policies have a racially discriminatory effect, whether intended or not. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs vs. Inclusive Communities Project, et al., turned on whether the Texas housing agency decision to authorize more subsidized housing developments in poor rather than wealthy areas was racially discriminatory since it resulted in less affordable housing being made available in wealthier, non-black areas. The court ruled that it was proper for the lower courts and HUD to make a determination based on “disparate impact” rather than any specific intent to discriminate.
Fair housing advocates saw this as a victory, but as with other mandated social-engineering schemes, the sort of unintended consequences Justice Samuel Alito alluded to in his dissent lurk in the shadows. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio recently announced a plan to build almost 80,000 new affordable housing units in the city’s minority neighborhoods, but the new rules could conceivably prevent their construction because of the “disparate impact” doing so might have on minority access to affordable housing in non-minority areas of the city.”
The American people voted to wipe the Obama agenda off the books.
Nominating Dr. Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is a sign that Obama’s war to turn the suburbs blue is about to be called off.