How Obama Will Centrally-Plan Your Neighborhood: Here Comes The "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" Rule

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Because centrally-planning the market and the double seasonally-adjusted economy was not enough, the Obama administration is now set to create a wealth-adjusted community utopia. According to The Hill, the administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, such as building affordable housing in more affluent areas.

The official title of Obama's latest proposal to have the government centrally-plan your community: The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, a name that only the person who penned the US Freedom Act could have come up with.

The underlying motive: "unfair" segregation sprinkled with a hint of latent racist guilt. "

A final Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule due out this month is aimed at ending decades of deep-rooted segregation around the country. “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.”

While the proposal would seek to downshift upscale communities, it would also gentrify poor areas:

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.

But is Obama really going to build a project next to 740 Park Avenue? Not if Obama's wealthy backers have anything to say about it: "the proposal is drawing fire from critics who decry the proposal as executive overreach in search of an unrealistic utopia." "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.”

But why not? The market is already nothing but a wealth effect "policy vehicle" for what the Federal Reserve thinks a perfectly functioning "market" should resemble. Why not housing?

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.

It appears that when central planning leads to disproportionate benefits to a select few, such as those 10% of the US population who have benefited almost exclusively from US "households" now owning $99 trillion in assets courtesy of the Fed, they are far more perturbed when that same central planning means sharing a neighborhood with some less savory elements.

To be sure, civil rights advocates are already 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.

HUD says it is obligated to take the action under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which 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.

Just think of it as a logical extension of Obama's "fairness doctrine", which as we have argued from day one, is only fair in the eyes of the supreme beholder.

“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.”


“In our country, decades of public policies and institutional practices have built deeply segregated and unequal neighborhoods,” Turner said.

And just to shut up critics, it is time to bring out old faithful: the racism card. “Segregation is clearly a problem that is blocking upward mobility for children growing up today,” Margery Turner said. Incidentally, Turner has an MA in urban and regional planning from the George Washington University. Designing the "perfect" neighborhood is a dream come true for anyone with her background and now she has the president's blessing. As for the fallout of what such a plan straight out of 1965 USSR would reap, well that would be some other urban planner's problem.

Others promptly took Obama to task for once again inserting the race card as a catalyst for this latest attempt at encroaching into the last bastion of free America: literally, its back yard.

Hans von Spakovsky, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, called the Obama administration “too race conscious.” “It’s a sign that this administration seems to take race into account on everything,” Spakovsky said.

A good summary of what will almost certainly end up happening comes from Paul Gosar:

Instead of living with neighbors you like and choose, this breaks up the core fabric of how we start to look at communities,” Gosar said. “That just brings unease to everyone in that area.”


“People have to feel comfortable where they live,” he added. “If I don’t feel comfortable in my own backyard, where do I feel comfortable?”


Critics of the rule say it would allow HUD to assert authority over local zoning laws. The agency could dictate what types of homes are built where and who can live in those homes, said Gosar, who believes local communities should make those decisions for themselves rather than relying on the federal government.


If enacted, the rule could depress property values as cheaper homes crop up in wealthy neighborhoods and raise taxes, Gosar warned.

But who doesn't want a government-mandated surge in crime? Then again, as with everything else by the administration whose shroud of TPP secrecy, as we learned yesterday, was dictated by the Big Pharma corporations who stand to reap huge benefits with its passage, there appears to be a far more ulterior motive: if passed, the act "could also tilt the balance of political power as more minorities are
funneled into Republican-leaning neighborhoods, he suggested.

Here some critics could be allowed to scream in terror at the following thought experiment: first a permissive immigration policy allowing the naturalization of millions of illegal immigrants in exchange for a vote at the next election, and then providing said "voter" with a house just down your street.

Actually scratch what we said about 1965 USSR: not even there could such a massive governmental overreach pass without some rather unpleasant social retaliation. Then again this is 2015 USA.

Incidentally, there is already an example of a "noble" idea at helping the poor going horribly wrong: one which the Supreme Court is expected to rule on in the near future.

The Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on housing discrimination in a related case in the coming weeks. At issue is whether government policies that unintentionally create a disparate impact for minority communities violate federal laws against segregation.


The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is facing accusations that it makes low-income housing funds more readily available in minority neighborhoods than in white neighborhoods. This promotes segregation, critics argue, by encouraging minorities to continue living in poor communities where government assistance is available.

That said, since those most impacted by the passage of this act would be the wealthiest backers of Obama administration whose real estate values would promptly plunge should the rule be enacted, we doubt it has a high chance of passing. We could be wrong.

As for the president, little did we realize just how greatly we, and everyone else, had misread the definition of "community organizer."

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Counterpunch's picture
Counterpunch (not verified) Jun 11, 2015 2:07 PM

' such as building affordable housing in more affluent areas. '

Absolutely all for it. Around Boston - let the fuckin' bleeding hearts in Wellesley and Newton enjoy the fruits of Section 8 housing for a change.

knukles's picture

The AFFFFFFHashit?  What the fuck is wrong with these people?  They really and truly do want to Furgesonize the whole country!  Don't any Progressives understand anything about personal choice and property rights?  Nope, not a goddamned thing unless it's about their Government pension a and healthcare then their personal property right is on the back of the working few left.
Jesus H Fucking Christ on a Pogo Stick!

Xibalba's picture

They're just getting started!  Wait another 10 years and enjoy the glory of Mexico and Honduras right here in the USSA! 

mvsjcl's picture


Manthong's picture

He’s too F’n late..

Clinton already ran the wrecking ball through every neighborhood in the country.

This guy saw it coming over 20 years ago:

Clinton's Wrecking Ball for the Suburbs 


pods's picture

Can't wait for this.
Don't they understand that as soon as this happens, all who can, move?

What next, you HAVE to stay where they want you to stay?


JR's picture

It a direct attack on the real estate industry, the tax base. Frankly, it is an economy killer because it will discourage people from trying to buy a house and fix it up. You might as well park your old car in the front yard and let the value go down, or get out of the house and get an apartment. Why would you want to aspire to “movin’ on up” to the west side if the east side is "movin' in"?

lordylord's picture

"It a direct attack on the real estate industry"

This isn't an attack on the real estate industry.  This is an attack on hard working middle class people who want safe peaceful communities. 

Hide yo wife.  Hide yo kids (especially your little girls). 

pods's picture

Dey be rapin e'ryone up in here.

Good Lord I can't wait for that guy to come over and ask to borrow my lawnmower.


Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

They rape us with HUD.

They rape us with the EPA.

They rape us with the Forest Service, the DEA, the DOJ and the IRS.

Who is they?

They is us.

Funny Money's picture

Build affordable housing next to unaffordable shopping.  Awesome.  Where will they buy their looseys?

Four chan's picture

paying to fix up areas created by whites, taken over by blacks, program to be paid for by whites. 


a racist you cant vote for.

JoeSexPack's picture

Build in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica & Marin County.


See the kooky Lib's panic & flee.


Great TV.


ThaBigPerm's picture

This is all about three little words: "House of Representatives".  Besides, where else do you expect us to put millions of new undocumented voters?  In districts where we already have the vote locked up?

This is also who you won't see any of these projects on Park Ave, but you probably will in some place like Salt Lake City.  "Redistributional discretion".

Citxmech's picture

If you can't Gerrymander the disctricts, just forcabley change the demographics? 

new game's picture

chinatown exist because: a)chinese want to live with chinese

b)chinese like to live in white neighborhoods

if you got that correct, next: blacks move out of their hoods because a)they work, want a better future and aren't criminals. b)blacks like to hang out with blacks and can't aford to leave their surrounding.

trick question, both are correct. but it is simple, white hang with white(for the most part) and so on and so on.

sure i can find many exceptions, but hey i looky to the rest of the world and wow, seems like norgewian like norway and eskimos arn't moving to the amazon. hmmm. take a progressive to come up with this shit. let fucking people be where they deserve or can afford to live. no, no these fucking libtard muthafucks have a plan for merica, the exceptional land of the smelting pot about to boil over...

NumNutt's picture

Yep go ahead and start building that section 8 affordable housing units in my neck of the woods....that mother fucker will burst into flames every night like clock work while under construction, and won't stop until the builder gives up on the project.....

cookie nookie's picture

I believe the black and brown people have been kept out too long.  I want to see liberal whitey's face when Leroy from section 8 housing stops by for a swim.  I hope I have my camera phone that day.

Ying-Yang's picture

I have lived in a nice subdivision in San Antonio for over 20 years. Demographics observed by me in the beginning, was a mix of homes, duplexes and apartments. Mostly are single family homes 20-25 years old with average home values between 225-300k This area is comprised of moderate to upper middle class families. San Antonio's cost of living is much lower than Austin, Dallas, Houston. Similar to Ft. Worth and other cities smaller in population to SA. San Antonio's demographic

Beginning around 1999 HUD purchased many apartment complex in the area. They purchased and filled the apartments with subsidized tenants.

The race mix before HUD injection of lower income predominantly. Hispanic and Black individuals and family. Average rents for a 1 bedroom and 1 bath apartments taken over by HUD were offered to renters with special rent terms and subsidies amounting to 1/3 to 1/5 of market value!

Racial mix before HUD at the beginning was 90% white, <1% Black and 8% Hispanic. Today the mix may be 85% white, 1-2% Black and 12% Hispanic. Crime rate statistics at the beginning of the HUD program was very LOW.

Most of my life the average demographics of race was predominatly whitte with a large Hispanic mix of legal and underground illegals

Today the crimes reported in my area rose 30% to include predominantly burglaries of homes and cars. Car break ins and vandalism still rules today. Cars are egged, keyed and broken into to use garage door openers for garage item theft and further penetration into the home itself.

So HUD armed with taxpayer money takes a vibrant area of San Antonio and seeds poor renters some without jobs in the area. This over time has resulted mix not average for areas in SA.

New business targeting Hispanic, Indian, Asian and lastly black customers. We now have really tasty taco drive-through and Mexican coffee house, good Asian and Thai food but no soul food... chuckle.

Overall this long term integration of racial groups is negligent other increased personal and property crimes. Please note my area has one of the major SAPD substations near McAlister Park. When the police are on shift change their are tons of cars coming and going everywhere.

When vandals are hitting every car on your street, the locale leos will do requested drive-bys which really help. More owners in the area have installed video surveillance sytems with outdoor cameras in an attempt to ID vandals. Texas gun laws have impowered residents to protect their home sing the Castle Act where you can defend your home and property park outside your huse as opposed to just inside your home. Should a thief or vandal hit your car you have the right to kill that person. I have to say most are scared off by yelling versus shooting them.

I would say after many years the lower income renter have integrated to be a minor impact.

Just a snapshot for the brothers.


Oldwood's picture

They believe in evolution, in natural selection so much, it scares the living shit out of them. The idea that any of them might have to actually try, to compete, is abhorrent to them. They will muster all of their collective might to strike it down, never to see superiority of effort or mind rare its ugly head ever again.

MonetaryApostate's picture

Nobody wins if everybody loses....

ufos8mycow's picture

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! ZHers are getting some new neighbors...I'd love to be a fly on the wall when the subject of carpooling comes up.

Manthong's picture

On the bright side.. were it not for Section 8, I likely would never have gotten my concealed carry license.

Handful of Dust's picture

Where are the Republicans hiding these days? Seems like they've completely abandoned their supporters and letting the pestilence spread faster then fleas on a filthy dog.

Manthong's picture

They are busy scurrying around like a swarm of rats trying to sell the US down the river for their masters with TISA, TPP, TTIP and fast track for King Hussein.

edit.. must be a drone or corporate lobbyist on the thread.. republican legislators are too myopic to hang here


THE 4th Quadrant's picture


erkme73's picture

"To be sure, civil rights advocates are already praising the plan..."


That's all I needed to read to know I'm firmly against it.

Son of Loki's picture
Police Killed An Unarmed White Man In Iowa And His Community Didn't Seem To Notice

spekulatn's picture

Don't forget Brentwood, CA. Bel Air, CA. Pacific Palisades, CA. Malibu, CA. Laguna Beach, CA. And many more.

CuttingEdge's picture

To quote god knows whom, cos its late and I'm in the 5th innings of a bottle of Stoly (con red Bull):

"There goes the neighbourhood"...

neidermeyer's picture

CutingEdge , "There goes the Neighborhood" ,, one of my favorites ... Rodney Dangerfield , knowing he was to be buried in a fancy Hollywood Cemetary had that on his tombstone ,,, see it here ...

THE 4th Quadrant's picture


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I was specifically going to add the Hasidic neighborhoods of Brooklyn.  Cuz Jews and niggers get along so well.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Sheeeitt, Negro.  Imma reparate me some fancy crakkkka shit outta dat mall.

neidermeyer's picture

They'll just destroy whatever shopping is within their realm... There is absolutely no better predictor of a shopping mall or district becoming a ghost town than to have public transportation connect to it.... it's the kiss of death, that's why the valuation estimates on SHLD's real estate is so wacked... the accountants haven't seen real destruction.

Excursionist's picture

Not quite sure what the hoopla is about, but perhaps I'm wrong...

Isn't the simple solution to all this the ceasation of accepting funds from HUD?  No HUD money = no purview over a community, right?

pods's picture

I'm not sure if you are right or not, but that is most definitely rayyyyyyyyysist.


MachoMan's picture

Most definitely easier said than done, considering virtually every state and municipality is up to its eyeballs in debt and entirely dependent upon uncle sugar to make it rain.

nmewn's picture

So it seems Obama is just not content with attacking the Second Amendment (obviously, all socialists do), the Fourth (continued NSA-CIA-FBI spying), the Fifth (that would be targeting & droning American citizens without due process) but the list gets too long to continue...he now goes after the First, abridging freedom of association.

Ironically, NAACP vs Alabama ;-)

Paveway IV's picture

What is there possibly NOT to like about Obamahoods? 

nmewn's picture

lol...which reminds me, whatever happened to the concept of "noise pollution" that the progs were always going on about?

Apparently the concept only applies to airplanes and semi-trucks, not big ass bass speakers stuffed in the trunk of Monte Carlos & Impalas leaving a trail of rust, chrome and frayed nerves in their wake ;-)

JLee2027's picture

Isn't the simple solution to all this the ceasation of accepting funds from HUD?  No HUD money = no purview over a community, right?


Followed by a frog march back to the ghetto, yes.

Calmyourself's picture

PROGS,  RED AND BLUE FUCKING PROGS.  SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE PULLED A GARFIELD ON THEODORE ROOSEVELT...  Oop's I sort of intimated that 100 years ago something bad should have happened to a prog... I'm in trouble now, bad thoughts, go away..


Ballin D's picture

instead of putting political party behind people's names, they should do birth year. Its more valuable for deciphering their motives.


"bbbut its not faaairrrrrr"

-Margery Turner [Baby Boomer].

TBT or not TBT's picture

"They" is the mass of unfireable unaccountable unionized perma employees of federal, state and local governments.  They are highly organized.  They operate their own prisons.  They have armies of armed enforcers. Massive databases on every aspect of your lives.  Etc.   More critically, as to federal housing schemes, they are allied, -electorally-  with great masses of people rendered dependent on government programs.  Their politicians get big funding from very wealthy people and big businesses that seek favors / want to buy protection.   Of course most of it they take from your assets and your efforts.  At gunpoint essentially.  

Manthong's picture

They be do’in the rapin in Lincoln Park, Chiraq.. true dat.


Haus-Targaryen's picture

So glad I left.  

The the German Sociast Utopia -- we haven't gone that far here.  

We have shithead governments "ummm --- if you want to build the upscale residential complex, you have to build social housing* as well with it."

*BTW - you can choose what this means. Oh, you want to fill the social housing units with young families where one parent is earning a masters degree or above?  Okay.  No problem.  Definitely social housing.  


lordylord's picture

"all who can, move?"

Middle class people can't afford to move.  This won't affect the rich.  Liberals hate anyone who works for a living.