The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has devised a plan, The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which targets segregated communities across America.
The proposal, if enacted, would provide federal aid as an incentive for communities to build affordable housing in well-to-do areas. In concert with affluent communities, the plan would also revive low-income communities through investment in the construction and refurbishment of public facilities.
“HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all. The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds,” a HUD spokeswoman said, as quoted by The Hill.
Critics, including Paul Gosar (R-AZ), say:
“The proposal would allow HUD to assert authority over local zoning laws, permitting it to dictate which types of homes are built, where they are built, and who can live in them. Gosar’s office issued a statement which said: “(Obama’s initiative) “Is one of the most far-reaching attempts yet to punish communities that don’t submit to the president’s liberal ideology. (People should be) free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government.”
On Wednesday, the House voted down an amendment tied to funding HUD.
Coercion tactics do not strengthen the bonds of affection.
For those willing and able to see reality, this obscene action point represents both the Obama and HUD worldview: This country is deeply flawed, resists change and the last vestiges of discrimination stubbornly prevail in upper-class, white-dominated residential communities.
For Mr. Obama’s vision to “fundamentally transform,” attitudes must be changed. Acting as an agent of reconciliation, on behalf of the powerless, those reviled and the impecunious, Mr. Obama and the federal government, penetrated with overpaid bureaucrats, gradually accumulate more power and become the final arbiter to avert apocalyptic visions of disharmony.
Instead of forging an enlightening concept we are presented with Mr. Obama’s archetype, unmatched sense of moral superiority. Filled with verbal tricks and stale formulations, this plan will not build a collegial atmosphere in communities and, at best, will grant the Obama White House an unqualified opportunity to brand critics of the plan as intolerant or worse.
Laws are not rigid moral substitutes and neighborhoods are not befitting of social experiments. Disgracefully ploughing the government’s marauding arms into neighborhoods which offend Mr. Obama’s and HUD’s aesthetic is a crude method to advance a social agenda.
If you attempt to beat sin out, you only beat it further in. This is, if sin exists at all.[rt.com]