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Latest Property Rights Outrage: HUD’s AFFH Rule

Latest Property Rights Outrage: HUD's AFFH Rule

Many have already heard of Agenda 21, the world planners’ agenda for taking control of mankind during the 21st century.

The summarized goal of this United Nations-concocted scheme appears at the beginning of its 1,100 pages. It is there that environmental attorney Daniel Sitarz, who edited this enormous guide for bringing about the regimentation of mankind, boldly admits that it “proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on Earth.” To make even clearer the totalitarian goals of Agenda 21, he wrote that the document “calls for specific changes in the activities of all people.” That’s scary enough, but those who mean to establish the UN’s rule over everyone don’t seem satisfied with having all of the 21st century to accomplish their totalitarian goals.

Deciding that the overall goals included in Agenda 21 could use some boosting, they have produced a newer plan entitled Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, also known simply as Agenda 2030. It aims to accomplish numerous steps in the area known as “sustainable development.”

In the Preamble to the Agenda 2030 plan, one learns that this new document has 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” and 169 “targets.” These include ending poverty and hunger, ensuring good health, guaranteeing education and energy for all, building resilient infrastructure, combating climate change, and more. In order to accomplish all of this, the United Nations must be strengthened into an all-powerful world ruler. No one should discount the UN’s role in all of this.

So, the globalists continue to produce newer, more totalitarian steps to establish their ultimate takeover of everyone and everything. One of their latest creations is the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH). Announced last July by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro (no relation to Fidel and Raul except that they have similar goals), the 377-page AFFH rule is a significant attack on private property, especially on home ownership. It’s designed to relocate people from rural America and force them into cities, some of which would have to be built. Once the people are gathered into such structures, all the inhabitants can be carefully watched and craftily controlled. Creating this type of totalitarianism is already under way in China, where huge apartment complexes have been erected to house people who are being forced away from their farms and villages into high-rise buildings and a new, wholly different and unwelcome lifestyle.

A major element of the AFFH scheme is its focus on the racial and ethnic makeup of neighborhoods. Local government authority will virtually cease to exist if the new federal AFFH rules replace local control of zoning, education, transportation and more. AFFH requires any local government receiving HUD funding to report the makeup of housing by race and ethnicity. Further requirements include a listing of schools, parks, transportation availability, employment trends, etc. The project is all encompassing.

Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) saw what AFFH rules would lead to. He introduced a measure designed to ban HUD’s funding for AFFH. It won passage in the House by a vote of 229 to 193. A companion Senate bill (S. 1909, the Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act) has been introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). Six Republicans have cosponsored this measure: Alabama’s Jeff Sessions, Louisiana’s David Vitter, Wyoming’s Mike Enzi, Florida’s Marco Rubio, Arkansas’ Tom Cotton, and Montana’s Steve Daines. Obviously, more cosponsors are needed.

Standing in the way of efforts to block implementation of the AFFH rules are none other than House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A recent attempt to cut funding for AFFH in HUD’s budget failed when these two congressional leaders arranged to delete such action from the huge omnibus spending bill rammed through Congress last December. Instead of reducing HUD’s budget and killing funding for the AFFH, the HUD appropriation was increased. Expectations that much-needed change would follow when Paul Ryan succeeded John Boehner are totally unrealistic.

In summary, AFFH calls for destroying private property ownership, forcing people out of their homes, redistributing wealth, terminating local community control, and more. What to do about it? Right now, contacting senators is recommended.

In past years, action requests have always centered on sending letters to legislators. That procedure has been overcome by the greater effectiveness of telephone calls and the greater speed of emails.

Please phone your senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to cosponsor and help pass S. 1909, a bill designed to ban HUD’s funding for it AFFH rule.

Please email your senators with the same message.

(This article was originally published with the title “The Latest Outrage: AFFH Rule” in the JBS Bulletin for March 2016.)

Massive Government Overreach: Obama’s AFFH Rule Is Out

My Comments:  This is Agenda 21 on steroids and it is called MIXED HOUSING.  It will destroy suburbs and residential areas.  We are seeing it over and over again in the very county that I live in now.
By Stanley Kurtz for NATIONAL REVIEW
Today, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the finalization of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. A front-page article preemptively defending the move appears in today’s Washington Post.
The final rule is 377 pages, vastly longer than the preliminary version of the rule promulgated in 2013. AFFH is easily one of President Obama’s most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education. Not only the policy but the political implications are immense — at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels. It is a scandal that the mainstream press has largely refused to report on AFFH until the day of its final release.
The rule has been out in preliminary form for two years, and well before that the Obama administration’s transformative aims in urban/suburban policy were evident. Three years ago, when I wrote about Obama’s policy blueprint in Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, the administration’s efforts to keep this issue under the radar were evident.
Only last month, an admission of the stealth relied on by advocates to advance this initiative was caught on video. Obama has downplayed his policy goals in this area and delayed the finalization of AFFH for years, because he understands how politically explosive this rule is. Once the true implications of AFFH are understood, Americans will rebel. The only prospect for successful imposition is a frog-boiling strategy of gradual intensification.
The last day the frog will be able to jump is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Fundamentally, AFFH is an attempt to achieve economic integration. Race and ethnicity are being used as proxies for class, since these are the only hooks for social engineering provided by the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Like AFFH itself, today’s Washington Post piece blurs the distinction between race and class, conflating the persistence of “concentrated poverty” with housing discrimination by race.
Not being able to afford a freestanding house in a bedroom suburb is no proof of racial discrimination. Erstwhile urbanites have been moving to rustic and spacious suburbs since Cicero built his villa outside Rome. Even in a monoracial and mono-ethnic world, suburbanites would zone to set limits on dense development.
Emily Badger’s piece in today’s Washington Post focuses on race, but the real story of AFFH is the attempt to force integration by class, to densify development in American suburbs and cities, and to undo America’s system of local government and replace it with a “regional” alternative that turns suburbs into helpless satellites of large cities. Once HUD gets its hooks into a municipality, no policy area is safe. Zoning, transportation, education, all of it risks slipping into the control of the federal government and the new, unelected regional bodies the feds will empower.
Over time, AFFH could spell the end of the local democracy that Alexis de Tocqueville rightly saw as the foundation of America’s liberty and distinctiveness. At this point, municipalities across the country need to seriously consider refraining from applying for Community Development Block Grants and other grant programs sponsored by HUD. Take one dollar of HUD money and you will be forced to submit to its demands, which can reach far beyond housing. Unfortunately, this is a highly imperfect solution, and not only because municipalities would be surrendering money taxed from their citizens’ pockets.
The recent Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project has provided the federal government with a second club to use against municipalities seeking to escape HUD control. (See my piece on Inclusive Communities in the latest issue of National Review.) Ultimately, only a Republican president acting in concert with a Republican Congress can stymie AFFH and undo the damage of the Supreme Court’s recent housing decision. This brings us to politics. As noted, AFFH is a largely unacknowledged attempt to force economic integration on every neighborhood in America. Yet in a recent Rasmussen poll, 83 percent of respondents said it was not the government’s job to diversify neighborhoods by income level, while only 8 percent say that this is an appropriate task for government.
Now you know why the Obama administration and a compliant press corps have kept this initiative quiet. It will take time to collect the data on which HUD’s new demands for local governments all over America will be based. While important enforcement will begin under the Obama administration, the major impact of AFFH will come under President Hillary Clinton, should she be elected. And Obama’s AFFH enforcer, Julian Castro, is widely touted as a likely vice-presidential running mate for Hillary. That means AFFH is going to be an issue in the next presidential campaign.
And the political implications go deeper still, to every level of government. Westchester County, New York, where AFFH has had a dry run of sorts, is now administered by Republican county executive Robert Astorino. Many forget that before the Obama administration tried to force Westchester County to cast aside its own zoning laws and build high-density, low-income housing at its own expense, Westchester was a liberal Democratic county run by liberal Democrats. After all, this is where Bill and Hillary Clinton live.
At the local level, the Obama administration drove Westchester into the arms of the Republicans. The same thing could happen nationally, at every political level. But only if the frog wakes up and jumps by November of 2016. Even with AFFH now public, the Obama administration and the press corps will do everything in their power to obscure the real issues at stake in the massive AFFH power-grab. Don’t let that happen.