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Limbaugh is right about Obama’s war on suburbs

rush_limbaughBy Robert Romano

Act now! Urge the Senate to adopt the Lee amendment to defund Obama’s plan to resettle millions of illegal immigrants in your community!

“What better way to give a boost to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act and the remaking of American neighborhoods than to start injecting illegal immigrant populations into targeted cities and towns in the suburbs all across the country?”

That was national radio talk show superhost Rush Limbaugh commenting on a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.”

“The concept, as it is properly understood, is to change the enforcement paradigm in order to allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development to essentially decide what every neighborhood in America should look like,” Limbaugh explained.

Limbaugh is right.

Under the regulation, in October the Obama administration will be empowered to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income.

In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities.

And, apparently, if the National Council of La Raza is to be believed, the new rule will help millions of illegal immigrants resettle in communities across the U.S. According to La Raza’s comment in favor of the regulation, “Hispanic families often do not know their housing rights and have cited fear of deportation as reason for not reporting rights violations.”

In the meantime, a trial run for implementing the rulemaking has already begun in Westchester County, N.Y., Limbaugh noted.

“You people in Westchester County in New York know exactly what I’m talking about because there is a huge lawsuit going on right now over just this,” the host said.

Again, Limbaugh is right.

In Westchester, HUD has attempted to rezone the area along racial and income guidelines as a condition for receiving millions in the block grants.

County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, is fighting back, however, and rejected the receipt of $5 million of grants from 2012.

Westchester lost out on some $7 million of grants from 2011 for the same reason.

“It is unfortunate that HUD, which claims to champion the needy, once again is threatening to withhold funds for affordable housing,” said Astorino spokesman Ned McCormack in April. “But the county is not going to turn over control of the local zoning of its six cities, 19 towns and 20 villages to bureaucrats in Washington for $5 million in grants.”

HUD has been demanding that the county build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 more affluent communities.

Now, Astorino, who is running for governor this year against Andrew Cuomo, is challenging in federal court the legal basis under which HUD can do this.

At a July 13 town hall meeting, Astorino reminded residents that when HUD brought its case against the county, “the deputy secretary of HUD said at the time Westchester is a test case for the rest of the country.”

Sure enough, in 2009, Ron Sims, deputy secretary at HUD, said, “We’re clearly messaging other jurisdictions across the country that there has been a significant change in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and we’re going to ask them to pursue similar goals as well,” adding that Westchester “can serve as a model for building strong, inclusive sustainable communities in suburban areas across the entire United States.”

Astorino explained the effect of the rule: “The federal government’s saying that if you live in a community that is disproportionately white, then therefore there is discrimination and segregation. And, as such, the local community and/or the Justice Department needs to come in and do away with a lot of the zoning regulations that they feel restricts high density housing in any neighborhood.”

Yikes. Can you say racial housing quotas?

But it gets worse than that. Astorino continued, “They have already said that quarter acre… single family residential zoning is potentially discriminatory, and what they would do is take away any restrictions that limit height, density, acreage, [and] number of bedrooms — in any community.”

Which means, Astorino said, “if you live in that quarter acre or half acre residential neighborhood, the federal government is saying that a 13-story apartment building could be right in the middle of it, government-subsidized, because there needs to be equal mix, in their view, of ethnicity, of race, of income, etc.”

With implementation of the HUD rule set to go into effect in October that means there is not a moment to lose. This is coming to a neighborhood near you.

The House of Representatives has already acted, passing an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) in a close 219 to 207 vote to defund implementation of the regulation. In the Senate, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has proposed the same amendment.

Yet so far, Senate Republicans have not presented a united front in favor of the Lee amendment and against the HUD action. They may want to do so before the rule is implemented in October. Once it is implemented, like so many eternal government programs, it may be too late to stop it.

Robert Romano is the senior editor of Americans for Limited Government. 

  • Centurion

    The Obamanation is here. This is the only promise ‘that one’ has kept: to fundamentally change America. And it’s not pretty.

  • Shirley

    And the idiot Republicans sit on their touches and do nothing. Cannot wait until they all get wiped out.

  • Robert J. Romano

    Did you read the article? Credit where credit is due. The House defunded the HUD rule. We’re trying to encourage the Senate to do the same.

  • joehorse

    This is what we get people,vote conserative or down we go.

  • cpass

    Our city just received the HUD directive to complete a “consolidated plan” (2015-2020) to continue qualifying for HUD block grants. Within the directive is compliance with this AFFH rule. And given what I am seeing in Westchester NY and Bristol CT, this rule is already being enforced by HUD, even though they say it isn’t implemented until October. In short, HUD is doing this already. Let the warning go out to every town, city, and county that if you are taking HUD block grants, your local zoning controls have just been taken over by an unelected federal agency with the agenda of infusing “social justice” into your area. Congress has been allowing all unelected bureaucratic federal agencies to usurp our state and local powers. AND….taking poison federal money is committing suicide at this point.

    We have to find a way to starve the beast…stop feeding DC. None of this is Constitutional. None of it. The powers of the federal government are enumerated, few and defined. AFFH is NOT one of them.

  • jwatersphd

    Rush Limbaugh agreeing with you is something you’re proud of?

  • El Camino

    We need to have the illegal children adopted by Tea Party families. The narcissist would love that.

  • Hell_Is_Like_Newark

    Forget the Lee amendment.. Defund HUD!

  • dontdoitagain

    Have we no right to free association? Why is the government always talking about “integrating” white neighborhoods? Nobody is talking about sending poor white folks to Detroit to make sure the “racial” makeup of the neighborhoods is changed. Nobody is talking about sending the central Americans to Dearborn are they? Only white neighborhoods are being torn apart.

    There could be some reasons for this, other than the obvious one of trying to turn the electorate blue. Maybe these people are more safe in a WHITE neighborhood than in an enclave of their own people? Birds of a feather flock together and people naturally segregate. That’s just a fact, no value judgement. Would poor white trash be safe in black neighborhoods? Mexican neighborhoods? No, but the government in its “war on white people” feel perfectly justified injecting certain special skin tones into white neighborhoods. Sure lets change a safe neighborhood into a slum. I’m sure there are good people of myriad skin tones in the neighborhoods the government wants to destroy. Those would be the same style of people as the white ones. Birds of a feather. I’m sure the “people of color” who are already living in the target areas are just as upset.

  • Dan Knight

    Mr. Romano,

    Your article is interesting as far as it goes, but
    this is not news per se. Had the media been investigating, one would
    already know that this has been in action for decades. And block grants,
    subsidized housing and so forth are not the only tools. In particularly
    stubborn districts, the community may be hit with half-way houses for
    sex offenders and community supervision or probation offices for their
    violent offender ‘catch & release’ programs.

    The object is
    not to create ‘scary’ diversity – which appears racist regardless of
    whether it is or not. The object is to create high crime rates and
    falling home values – where law abiding citizens (a.k.a. Republican
    voters) of ANY color flee. The demokkkrats can call it white-flight
    using their lie-machines, but the effect is to leave poorer home owners
    in a dangerous community surrounded by criminals who are virtually
    immune to prosecution.

    The result is a district where almost no
    one votes, but due to the ‘fake’ racial diversity it can be
    gerrymandered into a demokkkrat district, and the votes their for
    conservative candidates from the school board up are nullified.

    let these demokkkrat racists have a shot at gender or skin color or
    anything else. They do not care about the poor, the black, or the latin
    any more than they care about the cracker or the poor white. And when
    the latin working man figures out his home value is falling thanks to
    the local half-way house for ‘Hispanic’ ‘victims’ of the ‘Man’ – a.k.a.
    rapists of all colors – he is just as squirreled as his neighbors whose
    ancestors came from Ireland.

    As I said, good article as far as it
    goes, but keep the eye on the ball: Gerrymandering the precincts
    according to racialist divisions.

    love to you all…

  • Bless his heart

    May all of the genocidal progressives die horrible deaths, not necessarily at the hands of the murderers they are bringing in.

    This exact behavior is condemned in UN statutes as genocide.

    But I have to say as possibly not, as they allow genocide again st populations that the UN does not define as indigenous. that means to them by past decisions that all English may be removed by one way or another from England as they consider the English to be a recent conquering group or combination of groups.

    The genocidal racism in UN rules and regulations would baffle your mind if you ever read them. I have not for a while. They institutionalize racism against so called “white” groups.

    PS. The carbon tax is for funding their total control at trade choke points.

  • Another example of gov. out of control, bribing communities with money, just like we saw with common core, they jam it down your throats before the masses of dumbasses know what hit them. PERIOD

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