Obama to seek 'diversity' in wealthy neighborhoods

Welcome to Utopia, America. Or, at least, President Obama's vision of it.

Apparently, our president has found something else terribly unfair in America and wishes to kind of equal things out. He sees tragedy in wealthy neighborhoods because there are too many white faces, not enough brown and black ones. 

So our president has come up with a scathingly brilliant idea; why not dump poor people in wealthy neighborhoods? After all, the only thing standing between poor people living in these neighborhoods or living in poor neighborhoods is....money.

The Hill:

The regulations would use grant money as an incentive for communities to build affordable housing in more affluent areas while also taking steps to upgrade poorer areas with better schools, parks, libraries, grocery stores and transportation routes as part of a gentrification of those communities.

“HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all,” a HUD spokeswoman said. “The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds.”

It’s a tough sell for some conservatives. Among them is Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who argued that the administration “shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble.”

“American citizens and communities 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,” said Gosar, who is leading an effort in the House to block the regulations.

Civil rights advocates, meanwhile, are praising the plan, arguing that it is needed to break through decades-old barriers that keep poor and minority families trapped in hardscrabble neighborhoods.

“We have a history of putting affordable housing in poor communities,” said Debby Goldberg, vice president at the National Fair Housing Alliance.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited direct and intentional housing discrimination, such as a real estate agent not showing a home in a wealthy neighborhood to a black family or a bank not providing a loan based on someone’s race.

But HUD is looking to root out more subtle forms of discrimination that take shape in local government policies that unintentionally harm minority communities, known as “disparate impact.” 

“This rule is not about forcing anyone to live anywhere they don’t want to,” said Margery Turner, senior vice president at the left-leaning Urban Institute. “It’s really about addressing long-standing practices that prevent people from living where they want to.”

Ms. Turner is absolutely correct. People are prevented from living where they want to because they can't afford it. So, the solution is to subsidize poor people's housing needs so that they can move into any neighborhood they want?

What happens next? It doesn't take much of an imagination to see that the resulting catastrophic drop in housing values would cause anyone - white, black, yellow, or purple pink polka dot - to flee the formerly wealthy neighborhood while the getting is good. Of course, that's a feature of this plan, not a bug. The whole point is wealth redistribution and part of that is destroying the wealth of people who liberals believe already have too much of it.

People should, indeed, be able to live wherever they wish - as long as they have the cash to pay for it. It's not a white or black issue - it's a green issue. Anyone of any race should be able to buy any house in any neighborhood they can afford. That's true "equality of opportunity" compared to the Utopian schemes of Obama's wealth redistributors.

 

Welcome to Utopia, America. Or, at least, President Obama's vision of it.

Apparently, our president has found something else terribly unfair in America and wishes to kind of equal things out. He sees tragedy in wealthy neighborhoods because there are too many white faces, not enough brown and black ones. 

So our president has come up with a scathingly brilliant idea; why not dump poor people in wealthy neighborhoods? After all, the only thing standing between poor people living in these neighborhoods or living in poor neighborhoods is....money.

The Hill:

The regulations would use grant money as an incentive for communities to build affordable housing in more affluent areas while also taking steps to upgrade poorer areas with better schools, parks, libraries, grocery stores and transportation routes as part of a gentrification of those communities.

“HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all,” a HUD spokeswoman said. “The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds.”

It’s a tough sell for some conservatives. Among them is Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who argued that the administration “shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble.”

“American citizens and communities 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,” said Gosar, who is leading an effort in the House to block the regulations.

Civil rights advocates, meanwhile, are praising the plan, arguing that it is needed to break through decades-old barriers that keep poor and minority families trapped in hardscrabble neighborhoods.

“We have a history of putting affordable housing in poor communities,” said Debby Goldberg, vice president at the National Fair Housing Alliance.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited direct and intentional housing discrimination, such as a real estate agent not showing a home in a wealthy neighborhood to a black family or a bank not providing a loan based on someone’s race.

But HUD is looking to root out more subtle forms of discrimination that take shape in local government policies that unintentionally harm minority communities, known as “disparate impact.” 

“This rule is not about forcing anyone to live anywhere they don’t want to,” said Margery Turner, senior vice president at the left-leaning Urban Institute. “It’s really about addressing long-standing practices that prevent people from living where they want to.”

Ms. Turner is absolutely correct. People are prevented from living where they want to because they can't afford it. So, the solution is to subsidize poor people's housing needs so that they can move into any neighborhood they want?

What happens next? It doesn't take much of an imagination to see that the resulting catastrophic drop in housing values would cause anyone - white, black, yellow, or purple pink polka dot - to flee the formerly wealthy neighborhood while the getting is good. Of course, that's a feature of this plan, not a bug. The whole point is wealth redistribution and part of that is destroying the wealth of people who liberals believe already have too much of it.

People should, indeed, be able to live wherever they wish - as long as they have the cash to pay for it. It's not a white or black issue - it's a green issue. Anyone of any race should be able to buy any house in any neighborhood they can afford. That's true "equality of opportunity" compared to the Utopian schemes of Obama's wealth redistributors.