FUNDING FOR LIBERAL D.C. POWER GRAB MUST BE ZEROED OUT …
It’s been exceedingly difficult (if not impossible) for the “Republican-controlled” U.S. Senate to lift a finger in opposition to the perpetual, radical overreach of the administration of president Barack Obama. This sorry state of affairs (which we predicted last November) mirrors the chronic appeasement of the U.S. House of Representatives – which has been bending over for Obama for the last five years.
One area where the U.S. Senate must take a stand, though, involves Obama’s “neighborhood engineering” scam – a.k.a. the so-called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” regulation. Promulgated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this new regulation would effectively put the federal government in charge of local zoning laws all over the country – allowing Washington, D.C. to mandate the construction of low-income housing in the middle of high-rent neighborhoods.
You know, like Hillary Clinton‘s hometown …
Anyway, we reject this regulation for a whole host of reasons – most notably its usurpation of local autonomy absent a compelling constitutional rationale. If anything, this regulation is anti-freedom – striking at people’s right to live where they want.
“Obama’s AFFH rule seeks to radically reinvent local zoning laws in the United States – reengineering America neighborhoods based on racial and ethnic quotas,” wrote our friend Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government this week in an oped published by Fox News.
Manning’s oped was co-written by former Cincinnati mayor and HUD undersecretary Ken Blackwell.
Are they right? Damn straight …
In fact a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling – Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project – expressly forbade the government from imposing precisely such mandates “based solely on a showing of statistical disparity.”
Not only that, the Court specifically warned against using these “disparate impacts” to dictate race-based housing mandates.
“Courts should avoid interpreting disparate-impact liability to be so expansive as to inject racial considerations into every housing decision,” the court concluded, adding that such considerations must be “properly limited in key respects to avoid serious constitutional questions.”
Beyond its constitutional questions, the regulation is also inherently racist – presuming that black people are incapable of upwardly mobilizing themselves to live in upscale neighborhoods and that white people are … well, the devil.
Thanks to the efforts of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, the U.S. House stripped funding for this regulation from a Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that passed earlier this year. Now this appropriation is before the U.S. Senate, and it’s up to “Republican” leader Mitch McConnell to see that his chamber follows suit and cuts funding for this nonsense.
We certainly hope so … in fact we’re hoping U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will play a lead role in convincing McConnell to do just that. Say what you want about Scott, but he’s never been one to kowtow to political correctness involving so-called “black” issues. Which is why he would be ideally positioned to argue not only against this regulation – but against a president who has been an unmitigated disaster for black Americans.