May 25, 2022

The Left-Wing War on America’s Suburbs

The Trump administration recently rescinded the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, adopted in the early months of the Obama administration.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.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and author of the new book “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This is Good News for America.” Readers can respond to Star’s column by emailing [email protected]


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john fudacz (@guest_1037984)
1 year ago

all democrats involved should be hung for treason,for trying to destroy this country,and causing civile unrest! costing the taxpayers so much money! nothing ever happens to those in congress the instagaters of these lies. its time that they should,a regular prison term, should ,in a normal people prison, no country club!

Caol V Basler (@guest_1037990)
Reply to  john fudacz
1 year ago

Absolutely ! The current crop of Dems are the most dangerous element to invade our country in a very long time.

Russ Remmert (@guest_1038004)
Reply to  john fudacz
1 year ago

John i agree with you, oboma divided the nation if we do not stop them biden will bury it

Sandra Ludovico (@guest_1038037)
Reply to  Russ Remmert
1 year ago

You are so right. That is sure what Biden wants to do and if they force him out there are plenty corrupt ones waiting in the wings. Cannot imagine anyone in their right mind voting for anyone who is a Democrat not wanting to investigate all they have done in trying to take America down. All I can say is God please save our country.

alicia Cervera (@guest_1038330)
Reply to  john fudacz
1 year ago

TOTALLLy agree with your comment John Fudacz!

ILoveEzell (@guest_1038005)
1 year ago

I have never heard of this housing bill. Wonder what ELSE is on the books we know nothing about?

Delta (@guest_1038010)
1 year ago

yes I agree this is s stupid for them to infringe on our lives just for equaulity they meaning every one had the same chance to own a home and raise a family in the subburbs. But No they didn t want to move this far out. So they continued to live where they are.And I hate the thought that they the Government wants to come here and upset our lives when its not what they or we want why can t everyone get along and live a good life. Because they the Governmennt seems to think we want intrusion on our life we . what ever happen to the home of the free and home of the brave. I feel of the Government would leave every one alone we could govern ourselveles just fine they seem to forget its of the people and for the people not do as the government ask or says its what we say we pay your wages you do not pay ares and you the Government forget that its of the people and for the people an d we would be a lot better off if you people in Washington would quit forgetting THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bv (@guest_1039148)
1 year ago

Communistsare erasing our past ad everything else it you don’t agree with them. It’s time to stop this bs. Get your guns America and use them.

Bv (@guest_1039158)
1 year ago

Get real. If black people would do what they were told when they were stopped by police instead off running their big lips, 99.9% of them would be alive today.

Bv (@guest_1039165)
1 year ago

Black people don’t want a white cop telling them nothing. Therefore they think they don’t have to obey the law. Therefore y’all are going to continue to get shot.

Bv (@guest_1039168)
1 year ago

George sorros is a communost that is funding the communists that are destroying our country. How and Why is this bastard still alive??

jack hall (@guest_1039838)
1 year ago

I moved out of the City to get away from the N133ERS and Illegal Aliens that are destroying our nation and making our Cities so deadly. But KING OBAMA wants these same PARASITES and CRIMINALS destroying where i live too? NO WAY! Thank You President Trump



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