If I were President Trump, I would be talking about this Biden policy Every. Single. Day. Until November 3rd.
I’ve been studying Joe Biden’s housing plans, and what I’ve seen is both surprising and frightening. I expected that a President Biden would enforce the Obama administration’s radical AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) regulation to the hilt. That is exactly what Biden promises to do. By itself, that would be more than enough to end America’s suburbs as we’ve known them, as I’ve explained repeatedly here at NRO.
What surprises me is that Biden has actually promised to go much further than AFFH. Biden has embraced Cory Booker’s strategy for ending single-family zoning in the suburbs and creating what you might call “little downtowns” in the suburbs. Combine the Obama-Biden administration’s radical AFFH regulation with Booker’s new strategy, and I don’t see how the suburbs can retain their ability to govern themselves. It will mean the end of local control, the end of a style of living that many people prefer to the city, and therefore the end of meaningful choice in how Americans can live. Shouldn’t voters know that this is what’s at stake in the election?
It is no exaggeration to say that progressive urbanists have long dreamed of abolishing the suburbs. (In fact, I’ve explained it all in a book.) Initially, these anti-suburban radicals wanted large cities to simply annex their surrounding suburbs, like cities did in the 19th century. That way a big city could fatten up its tax base. Once progressives discovered it had since become illegal for a city to annex its surrounding suburbs without voter consent, they cooked up a strategy that would amount to the same thing.
This de facto annexation strategy had three parts: (1) use a kind of quota system to force “economic integration” on the suburbs, pushing urban residents outside of the city; (2) close down suburban growth by regulating development, restricting automobile use, and limiting highway growth and repair, thus forcing would-be suburbanites back to the city; (3) use state and federal laws to force suburbs to redistribute tax revenue to poorer cities in their greater metropolitan region. If you force urbanites into suburbs, force suburbanites back into cities, and redistribute suburban tax revenue, then presto! You have effectively abolished the suburbs.
Obama’s radical AFFH regulation puts every part of progressives’ “abolish the suburbs” strategy into effect (as I explain in detail here). Once Biden starts to enforce AFFH the way Obama’s administration originally meant it to work, it will be as if America’s suburbs had been swallowed up by the cities they surround. They will lose control of their own zoning and development, they will be pressured into a kind of de facto regional-revenue redistribution, and they will even be forced to start building high-density low-income housing. The latter, of course, will require the elimination of single-family zoning. With that, the basic character of the suburbs will disappear. At the very moment when the pandemic has made people rethink the advantages of dense urban living, the choice of an alternative will be taken away.
Basically, the plan would be to force suburbs to end single-family zoning by holding federal housing and roads grants hostage.
It’s funny that this National Review writer has to walk on glass to refrain from stating what this new zoning arrangement would entail. That these tactics would “End of a style of living that many people prefer to the city” can be translated from the tongue of Modern Cuckold to mean “Black People!” It wouldn’t require the most creative imagination to anticipate what diversifying the suburbs would mean for the local crime rates and property values. After all, we all know how well bussing in the coloreds worked the first time around. The ostensible belief that this policy will help inner city youths by giving them access to better neighborhoods and schools- and not the more sinister motive of this policy, which is to kill whitey- is basically the magic dirt doctrine incarnated on a micro scale. The logic is that if we move the people responsible for making urban centers into shitholes out of their shitholes and onto Maple Ln, then they’ll magically turn into responsible citizens.
Even this week we have seen an instance of the Black Lives Matter protestors invading the suburbs- yes, even a gated community. Luckily, Ken & Karen were there to save the day.
Imagine this lovely couple (who, btw, is being investigated by the St. Louis District Attorney. Because Raycissim) making this a part of the evening routine.
Ken: “That was a lovely dinner, sweetheart.”
Karen: “Thanks hon. Are you going to sit down and watch the Cardinals game?”
Ken: “Yeah, but first I need to go wave the AR at the negroes, again. It looks like they have cinder blocks in hand. Poor fellas are trying to steal our rims.”
If Trump were to talk about this Biden policy in his tweets, campaign speeches, and debates he would effectively seal a second term as President.
There’s only one problem. Remind me, again, who is Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?
Incredibly, although AFFH is arguably Obama’s most radical initiative, Ben Carson’s HUD has still not gotten rid of it. Instead, Carson suspended enforcement of the rule early on and then tinkered around for three years trying to come up with a replacement. What Carson has developed so far is something you might call “AFFH lite.” While this possible replacement removes many of the regulation’s excesses, Carson has so far retained the most egregious feature of AFFH. He still wants to use HUD money to gut suburban single-family zoning. How Carson can even think about taking this stance in the face of President Trump’s explicit directive to reduce and remove excessive federal regulation is a mystery.
Every. Single. Time.
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