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. Continue reading