Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 29, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
In the U.S. Senate several weeks ago, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced an amendment to stop another massive federal power-grab. His amendment would have de-funded the new housing rule that authorizes federal bureaucrats to dictate where low-income residents live.
When Congress passed the “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH)” regulation, HUD received power to overrule local zoning ordinances concerning housing, and conduct local surveys nation-wide to locate and move welfare recipients into any city, town, zip code, or neighborhood HUD deems not diversified enough.
Of course, the plan is unconstitutional. It interferes with local control, and, under the auspices of the federal executive branch, makes the Housing and Urban Development agency a National Zoning Board with power to rezone any community anywhere along income and racial lines, with no regard for the wishes of local residents.
Although regionalism is unconstitutional, the plan deliberately ignores state boundaries in favor of regions. Case in point is Dubuque, Iowa that was coerced into recruiting welfare recipients from Chicago, Illinois to live in Dubuque’s tax-subsidized low-income housing.This plan CAN be stopped IF, and that’s a BIG IF, if local governments will refuse to accept coercive federal grants from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Now, let’s take this a step further. IF states or cities or communities ACCEPT these grants and allow HUD to change the make-up of their communities, the demographics of our state legislative and congressional districts will be drastically affected. Under this plan, which was authorized by the passage of AFFH, the 42-year-old Secretary of Housing and Urban Development appointed by President Obama two years ago, can supersede local government functions and re-engineer America’s neighborhoods by race, ethnicity, and class.
Senator Lee’s proposed amendment got 37 votes and died, because 16 Republican senators joined Democrats in a vote to table it. That means 16 Republican senators are willing to FUND the eradication of local zoning control. One of those 16 Republican votes to table Senator Lee’s amendment is Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, who is running for reelection.
Senator Isakson must not understand what this plan will do. He must not realize how unconstitutional it is on many levels, including the subjugation of local zoning power and the use of regional government to bypass state and local borders.
Please call Senator Isakson’s local office at 770 661-0999 and ask him to help stop this unconstitutional and un-American power-grab! For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.