Liberals have an odd obsession with wanting to remake the suburbs into their own ideal image by replacing suburbia with low-income housing projects. For decades, the Left has denigrated suburbanites with their white picket fences and their nice residential neighborhoods, and now they are attempting to centrally plan the suburbs to make them in the image of the failing cities that they’ve already run into the ground.
Joe Biden has proposed a plan to require suburban areas to build low-income housing or else be denied federal funding. That, my friends, is what most of us would call extortion. Biden and Obama already tried this but Donald Trump and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson have reversed the anti-private property regulations…but of course, if elected, Biden will dismantle all that work.
Breitbart reported that Biden’s plan “would implement an unprecedented expansion of Section 8 housing vouchers while requiring that local communities abolish strict zoning laws in order to become eligible for certain federal grants.
The plan provides a $300 million investment ‘to give states and localities the technical assistance and planning support they need to eliminate exclusionary zoning policies and other local regulations that contribute to sprawl.’
Communities unwilling to eliminate their zoning laws to allow multi-family, mixed-income housing development in their neighborhoods would be shut out of federal grants under Biden’s plan.”
Fortunately, President Trump and Secretary Carson are working to overturn the disastrous Obama-Biden housing policy.
Last month, Trump and Carson co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which they said, “Rather than rethink their destructive policies, the Left wants to make sure there is no escape. The plan is to remake the suburbs in their image so they resemble the dysfunctional cities they now govern. As usual, anyone who dares tell the truth about what the Left is doing is smeared as a racist.
We won’t allow this to happen. That’s why we stopped the last administration’s radical social-engineering project that would have transformed the suburbs from the top down. We reversed an Obama-Biden regulation that would have empowered the Department of Housing and Urban Development to abolish single-family zoning, compel the construction of high-density “stack and pack” apartment buildings in residential neighborhoods, and forcibly transform neighborhoods across America so they look and feel the way far-Left ideologues and technocratic bureaucrats think they should.”
Typical Liberals. They must plan our lives for us because we are too stupid to do it ourselves. It’s their way or the highway. There is no middle ground with the Left because it’s always a zero-sum equation to them.
Social engineering is as old as Liberalism itself. Give them the power, including the power to design cities, and everyone will live in harmony. If only we did as they said, then everything would be unicorns and lollipops. The suburbs have grown organically because they are typically safer and provide better school districts and more land than city living, and that’s the way it’s always been.
The Left also stereotypes the suburbs by pretending that only white people live there, when in fact, that isn’t true. Americans of all races live in suburban areas, and it isn’t a unique whites-only club.
But in the name of progress, Joe Biden seeks to eradicate these lands of pink houses and white picket fences because he knows what’s best for us. How dare we ever think otherwise?