This is a reposting of my weekly Da Tech Guy Column: Through AFFH, The Capitol Will Have Its Way With Panem.
By A.P. Dillon
Imagine what it would be like to not be able to choose where you want to live, raise your children or retire. Imagine the government has decided for you.
Imagine a federal agency who can dictate where and what type of housing can be built based on race, ethnicity and ‘economic fairness’.
Imagine this agency can force municipalities to have quotas of certain housing and dictate where that housing is placed all because they took federal grant money.
This rule is basically forced economic integration. It’s making sure everyone gets their ‘fair share’ — or in this case, their fair house as determined by HUD.
This is the federal government engaged in social engineering, the consequences of which will ripple through politics, voting, taxes and education, and that’s just for starters. Consider how this will play out with amnesty and illegal immigration?
How have you never heard of this before? Our absent media strike again. This rule is so explosive, one has to entertain the media has been absent on purpose. It wouldn’t be the first time a national landscape game changer went unreported on — try finding media reports on Common Core prior to 2010.
The Sales Job Begins
(a.k.a You Will Be Made To Care, Housing Edition)
The absent media will now begin engaging in their appointed roles as sales persons for Obama’s radical policies.
The secretary of HUD, Julian Castro, said this in his statement released yesterday:
“As a former mayor, I know firsthand that strong communities are vital to the well-being and prosperity of families,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Unfortunately, too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a ZIP code should never determine a child’s future. This important step will give local leaders the tools they need to provide all Americans with access to safe, affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity.”
Got that? You don’t need to work for what you want. The American Dream will be given to you by the government… because it’s only fair. This is a power grab; centralized control maneuver based on radical priorities which run counter to the definition of a free society.
Stanley Kurtz an article from yesterday about AFFH at National Review Online. Please go read it.
In the article, Kurtz notes that Julian Castro is being seen as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton. Team Hillary might not be interested though, according to Hot Air.
Kurtz has written about Obama’s War on the suburbs for a number of years. In fact, three years ago he wrote the book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.
Kurtz’s July 8th article also mentions a Washington Post article, which focuses mainly on race. The Washington Post article also picks up the ‘Civil Rights’ theme, quoting the Sherrilyn Ifill who is president of the NCAAP’s Legal and Education Defense fund, “Housing discrimination is the unfinished business of civil rights,”.
Towns will be data sets, people will just be numbers
Reading the AFFH rule document, it seems clear that towns will become data sets and people will be just numbers within them. This looks like trying to force outcomes based on data but that data can and likely will be manipulated, skewed and cherry-picked.
That turns the attention to data sources. The census is mentioned, but for a social engineering job as vast and far-reaching as this, HUD will need more data. They’ll need access to a wide range of databases from every government agency one can think of.
HUD needs data that will get planning ahead of the curve, though. HUD will eventually want to predict what areas needs more ‘fairness’. One set of databases I can think of which will allow for that level of prediction is the Statewide Longitudinal Database System or SLDS for short.
The short version: states took the federal Race To The Top grant money and then had to build a database system that reports back to the fed. These SLDS’s track every single school child from the moment they enter the public school system.
The data these SLDS’s contain would arguably allow HUD to predetermine cities and towns just like Common Core and it’s tests are predetermining the futures and jobs of children.
We’ve seen this movie before
If you don’t believe our cities and towns can be engineered by the government, you’re nuts.
Consider the rulings the Supreme Court has made in the last month alone. Factor in that recently the SCOTUS upheld a circuit court’s earlier ruling which said that disparate impact is applicable to the Fair Housing Act.
What does that mean? That means that borrowers who feel they were discriminated against can bring a class-action lawsuit against the lender(s) regardless of whether that lender(s) policies are found to be purposefully discriminatory.
Through AFFH, the Capitol will have its way with Panem.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885