Sunday, April 14, 2024

Trump Admin Reverses Obama Policy that Punished Suburban Residents

'Today, we are tearing down the Obama Administration's ... overreach of unelected Washington bureaucrats into local communities...'

With so much attention paid to Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots in cities across the country, the Trump administration has quietly dispensed with an Obama-era housing policy that maliciously targeted suburban residents.

Under Obama, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair House Rule was added to the 1968 Fair Housing Act to expand the federal bureaucracy’s control over where people lived.

The rule, enacted through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was a massive expansion of federal power that allowed Washington, D.C. bureaucrats to dictate zoning rules and other local housing decisions based on ill-defined “social justice” metrics.

But with the media’s watchful eye fixated on violent insurrections against federal law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Illinois, New York City and other Democratic strongholds, HUD Secretary Ben Carson was able to overturn Obama’s dramatic housing rule without much notice.

“President @realDonaldTrump and I agree that the best run communities are the ones run locally,” Carson tweeted.

“Today, we are tearing down the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was an overreach of unelected Washington bureaucrats into local communities,” he said.

Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, called the policy reversal a “tremendous accomplishment.”

In a Fox News interview with Mark Levin, Kurtz told the host of Life, Liberty & Levin that Obama and his allies in the left-wing of the Democratic Party view suburbs as “fundamentally unjust.”

Suburbs are seen as discriminatory communities that prevent taxation from flowing into the Democrat-controlled urban cities they often surround, Kurtz said.

Carson, who once served as the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, added that he remains committed to cleaning up other Obama administration messes at HUD.

“I am unwavering in my commitment to fair housing — when I arrived at @HUDgov we had a disappointingly HUGE backlog of fair housing complaints that the Obama Admin had forgotten about. From January 2017 to present, we have successfully resolved 22,933 cases,” Carson tweeted.

“In the @realDonaldTrump Administration, NO ONE WILL BE FORGOTTEN,” he said.

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