Monday, October 24th, 2016

Obama hates where you live


We’re far from the days when liberals like President Franklin Roosevelt saw suburbs like Greendale, WI as generators of economic progress. Today’s liberals are increasingly hostile to any community that is not one of their precious major urban centers like Milwaukee.

Stanley Kurtz of National Review Online looks at the Obama Administration’s deeply-held dislike of the suburbs and what those communities can expect if President Barack Obama is elected to a second term.

One approach is to force suburban residents into densely packed cities by blocking development on the outskirts of metropolitan areas, and by discouraging driving with a blizzard of taxes, fees, and regulations. Step two is to move the poor out of cities by imposing low-income-housing quotas on development in middle-class suburbs. Step three is to export the controversial “regional tax-base sharing” scheme currently in place in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area to the rest of the country. Under this program, a portion of suburban tax money flows into a common regional pot, which is then effectively redistributed to urban, and a few less well-off “inner-ring” suburban, municipalities.

The Obama administration, stocked with “regionalist” appointees, has been advancing this ambitious plan quietly for the past four years. Efforts to discourage driving and to press development into densely packed cities are justified by reference to fears of global warming. Leaders of the crusade against “sprawl” very consciously use environmental concerns as a cover for their redistributive schemes.

The centerpiece of the Obama administration’s anti-suburban plans is a little-known and seemingly modest program called the Sustainable Communities Initiative. The “regional planning grants” funded under this initiative — many of them in battleground states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio — are set to recommend redistributive policies, as well as transportation and development plans, designed to undercut America’s suburbs.

If you still wonder why Milwaukee’s politicians dislike Waukesha, or what they really mean by “regional cooperation,” this article is a must-read.

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