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One of the primary goals of the Obama administration was to use the full force of the federal government to force red state, suburban, and rural areas to adopt policies designed to change them into urban blue state communities.
On the environmental side, this policy invasion took the form of punitive regulations against the mining industry and million-acre land grabs that undermined the grazing industry.
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In education, this meant using the carrot of Department of Education grant funding and the stick of No Child Left Behind testing punishments to force local school boards to adopt the federal government’s preferred curriculum.
And in housing, it meant using Department of Housing and Urban Development grant programs to force local communities into building dense low-income housing.
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President Donald Trump has begun to free local communities from Washington’s forced conversion.
He has rolled back multiple punitive mining regulations. He undid President Barack Obama’s 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. And just last week he delayed enforcement of the Housing and Urban Development regulation Obama was using to dictate zoning policies to communities across the United States.
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These are all good first steps, but particularly on the housing front more needs to be done. Specifically, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson ought to begin the process of rescinding Obama’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule entirely.
Promulgated pursuant to the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the rule has already proven to be an invasive and burdensome mess.
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While no one disputes that the Fair Housing Act’s ban on racial, religious, and sexual discrimination fully fits within the federal government’s power, the law’s call for communities to “affirmatively further” other housing goals has proven controversial and divisive.
Should suburban communities be forced to build high-density low-income housing? Should small towns be...
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