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Obama Doesn’t Think Your Neighborhood is “Diverse” Enough. by The Elephant's Child

Today, HUD Secretary Julian Castro  announced the finalization of the Obama Administration’s “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a final rule to equip communities that receive HUD funding with the data and tools that will help them to meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds. HUD will provide publicly open data for grantees to use to assess the state of fair housing within their communities and to set locally-determined priorities and goals.

Translation: Just preventing anyone from refusing to rent or sell homes to those of different color, sex, ethnicity etc. etc. has not succeeded in ending ghettos or neighborhoods with bad schools and high incidence of crime and drugs, and that’s just not fair. We need to integrate wealthy neighborhoods.

HUD will determine what the proper ethnic makeup of a given neighborhood should be, and communities must build fair housing goals into their existing community development and housing planning. It is called “a balanced approach to fair housing.”

Observing neighborhoods in lots of different cities, you notice that people of a particular ethnic heritage are often likely to group together. Seattle has a Norwegian founded neighborhood, and an International District that is mostly Asian, for example.

HUD says “no child’s ZIP code should determine her opportunity to achieve.” Typical Leftist bullshit. A child’s opportunity to achieve is determined by whether their mother is married, graduated from high school, and cares about how her child turns out, not whether their neighborhood has the correct distribution of blacks and Hispanics.

“Diversity”remains the shining goal of most Leftist programs, and like all such programs, nobody ever checks up to see if the goal has achieved anything beyond a correct mixture of ethnicities, sexual preferences, or races. Are the people involved happier, more successful, better educated?

No leftist program ever is judged by whether its results are successful. Head Start, for example, has been shown by study after study to have no benefits as its participants proceed through their school years. According to HHS, Head Start “positively influenced children’s school readiness” — but only if you tested them after they finished Head Start but before they started Kindergarten. Leftist programs make their proponents feel good because they have done something. They never die because they don’t work. “Diversity” is one of those sacred words.

You will no longer get to buy a home in a highly desired school district, or near a desirable park, or even where there are lots of people who speak your language and celebrate the same holidays.  Because diversity.

Saving the Planet — at Freedom’s Expense by American Elephant

What is it, anyway, that is so important that Nancy Pelosi had to slam her gavel down and shut down the House of Representatives silencing debate and prohibiting a vote on increasing America’s domestic energy supply? What is more urgent than bringing relief to Americans suffering from staggering gas prices?

A self-serving book tour naturally!

You didn’t know Pelosi had a book out? That’s ok, neither does anyone else.

While you and I fork over $4 and more a gallon, cutting back our driving, pinching our pennies — while Republicans speak by candlelight, sans cameras and microphones, to spectators in the House gallery about the need to bring down gas prices — Premiere Pelosi is hitting the bookstores, running the talk show circuit, promoting a book she “wrote” for little girls — presumably teaching them to grow up to be insufferable Stalinist dictators like herself.

The book, Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters, is ranked #782 on Amazon’s bestsellers list. For perspective, that makes it approximately 55 times less popular than Tori Spelling’s autobiography.

Polls show 75% of Americans support off-shore drilling. But Pelosi can’t be bothered with little things like “Democracy” and representing the American people — she is saving the planet!

Ring a bell?

It ought to. I’ve pointed out several times the warnings by President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, that environmentalism is the new totalitarianism — that there is no aspect of your life the State cannot control when “saving the planet” is the goal. He’s not kidding. I’m not kidding.

We got a preview of it last Friday with Pelosi’s Stalinist tactics.

Liberals are Coming for Your Cars by American Elephant

“Environmentalists” hate cars. They hate energy. They don’t want the price of gas to come down — they want it to go up! If it isn’t clear to you already, they want to force you out of your car.

In their latest bid to do just that, liberals in California have passed a law requiring all cars for sale to display a “Global Warming Score” much like a pack of cigarettes carries the Surgeon General’s warning:

The labeling law forces cars for sale to display a global warming score, on a scale of one to 10, which is based on how vehicles in the same model year compare to one another. The higher the score, the cleaner a car is. The score takes into account emissions related to production of fuel for each vehicle as well as the direct emissions from vehicles.

The score will be displayed next to the already-required smog score, which also rates cars one to 10 for how many smog-forming emissions they emit. For both scores, an average vehicle will have a score of five. [read more]

Innocuous sounding enough, aside from the extra regulation, enforcement and costs of compliance in an already over-regulated industry — until you consider that, “a proposed law in the European Union would require E.U. public sector bodies put a price on emissions,” and that liberal legislatures around the country have already floated similar trial balloons here, seeking to tax your car’s “carbon footprint.” Then it becomes clear this is just preparation for precisely such a tax.

Once they know your car’s “Global Warming Score”, they can slap a tax on any score they deem unacceptable. So their aim is actually two-fold. Not only do they seek to force you out of your cars by making it increasingly expensive, for those who insist on driving, they are going to choose what you can and cannot drive by making cars they don’t approve of prohibitively expensive.

Like all liberal policies, this will be hardest on the poor. Already punished with high gas prices that are the natural result of Democrat obstruction of efforts to increase domestic energy supply for three decades, the poor are also the least able to go out and buy more fuel efficient cars. How much harder will it be for people to get ahead when they have to depend on the government to move them around?

I will keep saying it, and showing it, until I am blue in the face; “environmentalism” is the new totalitarianism. Václav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, all too familiar with totalitarianism, agrees. He was spot on when he said recently that there is no aspect of your life that government cannot control when “saving the Earth” is the goal.

And that is precisely what the left intends to do.

Democrats give Americans lesson in REAL Fascism by American Elephant

When oil company executives are getting the better of her in Congressional hearings on the price of gas, Democrat Maxine Waters loses it, and accidentally lays it all on the line…

Nor is this an anomaly. We’ve heard this theme before…

Despite the rantings you hear from ignorant liberals about “fascist” Republicans and Bushitlerchimpy — whatever it is they say — this is what fascism really looks like: dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition (the promised “fairness” doctrine). The very definition of fascism.

These people are not joking! They already want to nationalize health care. I have suspected for a long time, given their demagoguery of the oil companies, that this is coming if they get the chance.

They won’t do it in one bold stroke: they know the people wouldn’t accept it. But they will do it stealthfully, incrementally. One bill at a time, demonizing Republicans for not caring all the while. But they will do it.

So, strap yourselves in! If Obama or Hillary take the White House and Democrats increase their control of Congress, this country is in for a drastic lurch to the left — and drastically more expensive and less available energy.

Lord, help us!


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