We warned it was coming: Dems look to federalize zoning regulations, eliminate single-family homes in suburbs

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- Don’t say you were not warned. Last fall, Law Enforcement Today outlined a number of radical proposals being put forth by Democrats if Joe Biden were elected. Well, in the parlance of Barack Obama’s favorite radical “reverend” Jeremiah Wright, the chickens are coming home to roost.

One thing we warned about was a move to federalize local zoning regulations. It now appears that is clearly on their radar.

According to Breitbart, Democrats have snuck language into the so-called “infrastructure reconciliation” package which would federalize local zoning laws for the purposes of eliminating single-family homes and replace them with high-rise, low income apartments.

This plan would decimate the suburbs and put an untold burden on municipal services such as police, fire and utilities.

The cleverly named HOMES Act would in essence destroy the suburbs by putting the federal government in charge of local zoning laws strictly for the purposes of changing local demographics. Of course as always, it’s about the votes.

The measure, disguised with in the transportation package would punish any local government which doesn’t comply with federal zoning guidelines. In other words, “ordinances that ban apartment buildings from certain residential areas or set a minimum lot size for a single-family home” would be prohibited.

Any municipality found in violation would see HUD (Housing and Urban Development) funding to them cut off, which means funding for current low-income houses would be eliminated.

 

Likewise, states would also be punished if their cities keep current zoning laws in place by prohibiting them from “receiving taxpayer funded transportation grants of any kind if they refuse to allow high-rise apartments throughout their high density zoning in their suburbs.”

Breitbart noted that such funding is vital since states often rely on federal transportation money to fix local streets and highways.

In April, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge told USA Today, “The result of this sort of investment will be critical to increasing housing options for low-and moderate-income families.”

According to some, federalizing zoning is the right thing to do, articulating:

“A house with a white picket fence and a big backyard for a Fourth of July barbecue may be a staple of the American dream, but experts and local politicians say multifamily zoning is key to combating climate change, racial injustice and the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis.”

Climate change…racial injustice. For Democrats, it’s always about fearmongering.

The package which is now undergoing negotiation however many Democrats and Biden want to pass the bill via reconciliation, a questionable tactic which only needs a majority vote to pass the Senate, and which is not subject to the filibuster.

Breitbart said the package is estimated to cost a debt exploding $4 trillion to $10 trillion, which is nearly three times more than the United States’ projected 2021 revenues, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Meanwhile in Connecticut, the state legislature attempted to get a head start on removing local control from zoning regulations, however the bill fell short of what was initially proposed.

The Yankee Institute reported that the bill kept much of local zoning commissions’ authority in their respective communities, while also prohibiting towns from considering a community’s “character” when deciding on a proposed development.

“We need to ask ourselves are we opening the door to a state-mandated, top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to zoning by taking the steps we’re taking here, and, if we are, do we want to do that,” asked Rep. Joseph Zullo (R-East Haven), who noted the bill has been through a number of different iterations.

“What we’re establishing is certain uses as of right, which means fewer public hearings, less public input, and it bets the question, is that good for democracy?” Zullo asked, while noting there was not enforcement mechanism contained in the bill.

Another Republican, Rep. Kim Fiorello noted that affordability issues in the state are not just limited to housing but extend to a number of other facets of life.

“The solutions we are looking for are not in this bill,” she said. “The solutions are not in more legislation.”

Under the bill, local zoning commissions are still able to regulate the size, density and physical characteristics of new developments, including matters related to traffic, environmental impact, infrastructure needs and safety.

However, the commission would be required to “expressly allow development of housing which will meet the housing needs identified in the state’s consolidated plan for housing and community development.”

The bill places limits on parking requirements, minimum floor area, caps on multi-family dwellings or denial of building permits based on “character” of the town or income level of applicants. There are also limitations on fees towns can assess on developers of affordable housing.

Cities and towns would be required to submit affordable housing development plans to the state’s Office of Policy and Management every five years outlining how the municipality plans “to increase the number of affordable housing developments in the municipality.”

Centralizing power in either Hartford or Washington, DC is an extremely bad idea. Remember—if they say it’s about “fairness,” it’s usually about what’s best for Democrats.

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Last year, we warned you about what Biden had in mind if he was elected, and now that is coming to fruition. We hate to say we told you so. 

This editorial is brought to you by a staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

Well known Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has a $640 billion housing plan on the table that is designed to force suburban communities to have low-income and multi-family housing complexes in place, and he is bragging that he has the support of Wall Street for his plan. 

While visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin, where riots and violence have been raging over the last sever weeks, Biden boasted to his supporters that Wall Street supports his housing plan because it “will increase the GDP.”

Biden said

“And by the way, it’s not a waste of money. Even the folks on Wall Street point out that will increase the GDP, make it grow,

 “People will do better, people will do better.”

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Under Biden’s plan, there would be an increase of Section 8 housing vouchers, while requiring suburban communities to make various maneuvers to comply with the new regulations in order to obtain federal grants. 

The plan provides a $300 million investment:

“to give states and localities the technical assistance and planning support they need to eliminate exclusionary zoning policies and other local regulations that contribute to sprawl.”

According to Breitbart, communities unwilling to eliminate their zoning laws to allow multi-family, mixed-income housing development in their neighborhoods would be shut out of federal grants under Biden’s plan:

“Exclusionary zoning has for decades been strategically used to keep people of color and low-income families out of certain communities.

As President, Biden will enact legislation requiring any state receiving federal dollars … to develop a strategy for inclusionary zoning, as proposed in the home Act of 2019 by Majority Whip Clyburn and Senator Cory Booker.”

Betsy McCaughey, the former Lieutenant Governor of New York has called Biden’s housing plan “disastrous” for suburban families who would see dense-housing developments appear in their communities at a rapid rate. 

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In July, McCaughey wrote:

“Biden’s plan is to force suburban towns with single-family homes and minimum lot sizes to build high-density affordable housing smack in the middle of their leafy neighborhoods — local preferences and local control be damned,”

To top it all off, Biden’s plans to expand illegal and legal immigration, coupled with the low income housing, will prove to be a disastrous combination for working class suburban communities who are looking for safe and quiet places for their families to live. 

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Here is more about more about the antics of Joe Biden and his campaign that Law Enforcement Today brought to you this week. 

WASHINGTON DC – Edward-Isaac Dovere is a reporter for The Atlantic.

On Friday, he attended a press conference with the hermit-like presidential candidate Joe Biden. Biden’s staff gave Dovere the opportunity to ask the first question after Biden’s opening remarks.

Dovere was asked on Twitter if he coordinated the question in advance with the Biden campaign. So far, he hasn’t denied it.

Dovere’s question was related to a story published the day before by the Atlantic, in which the president was accused of making careless and insensitive remarks about World War I veterans.

The article makes it obvious that liberals who despise the president’s very existence have never had very good ammunition to use against him, used up what little they had a long time ago, and have been working with hopes and prayers ever since.

Prayers, that is, to their twin dark gods of chicanery and spite.

The Atlantic article, by Jeffrey Goldberg, is based on the words of “four [anonymous] people with firsthand knowledge”. Each of the comments, supposedly made by Trump, are presented without context.

This is an excellent way to manipulate meaning, such as when reporters said of President Trump after Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally, that the president “failed to condemn racists” at the event.

The context conveniently left out of those reports were the seven times in one interview (the interview they were reporting on) wherein he explicitly condemned racism and racists who attended the rally.

In one of those examples, which should be unequivocal enough for anyone, the President said:

“I’m not talking about the Neo-Nazis and the white nationalists. They should be condemned totally”.

Instead, they performed some perverted linguistic gymnastics to present President Trump’s comment that there were “many fine people” on both sides at the rally, as a message of support for racists. This is despite his condemnation of racists in answer to a question regarding the “both sides” comment.

The Atlantic article is even worse, for a couple of reasons. The first is that its source isn’t a video tape of what the president said, something that is widely available for the President’s Charlottesville comments, nor even a named source.

Second, even Trump critic Bolton denies one of the key claims made by Goldberg, that a trip to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery near Paris was canceled because the President was worried that “his hair would get disheveled in the rain” and that he had contempt for the veterans buried there, allegedly saying “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” 

Bolton was with Trump on the trip. On Friday, he came out and said:

“I was there” and “I didn’t hear that. I’m not saying he didn’t say them later in the day or another time but I was there for that discussion”, in reference to the decision not to visit the cemetery.

If Goldberg had looked at Bolton’s anti-Trump memoir, “The Room Where It Happened,” he would have seen Bolton’s description of the decision to cancel the cemetery visit in France.

He wrote that “the weather and logistics created ‘an unacceptable risk that we could not get the President out of France quickly enough in case of an emergency,’ and that made it ‘a straightforward decision to cancel the visit.’”

Bolton’s denial of Goldberg’s claims is echoed by six others who were there: Jordan Karem, Stephen Miller, Johnny DeStefano, Sarah Sanders, Hogan Gidley, and Dan Scavino. All of whom are on the record.

The Atlantic tried to smear the President by printing scurrilous and spiteful claims by unnamed sources. Those sources have been refuted on the record by someone who was present for the discussion in question, both before and after the article was published.

It is in the context of that article and the contested claims it contained, refuted by a named source who has no great affection for Donald Trump, that Atlantic reporter Dovere asked Biden the first question of the evening.

He asked:

“What does it [the allegations from the article] tell you about President Trump’s soul and the life he leads?”

Biden’s answer should have been:

“Nothing. According to Bolton, the stuff you guys accused Trump of didn’t even happen. Your sources are anonymous, so there’s no way to check Bolton’s denial. Ask me a question about something real, and I’ll answer that.”

Instead, Biden actually attempted to answer the unanswerable, all the more so because who is to say whether Biden even believes in the existence of a soul? Or, for that matter, Dovere. 

Biden begins:

“I’m going to try and be measured in my response,” as if he had to quietly contain great rage at the idea, possibly invented by Goldberg, that the President would have said anything insulting about veterans. “If it’s true, and based on the things said in the article I believe it’s true,” Biden continues, adding two important qualifiers.

“If it’s true” meaning, if it isn’t, forget anything I might say next” and “based on [the article] I believe”, meaning that if it isn’t true, it’s the Atlantic’s fault, not his.

Biden then turns to assembled reporters and asks how they would feel. His voice cracks in a stage-managed near-whisper as he attempts to portray his own courageous yet sensitive respect for our valiant soldiers. The apparent goal is to paint himself as patriotic in contrast to a badly-supported allegation that the President lacks such noble qualities himself. However, it all hinges on “if it’s true”, and there are reasons to believe it isn’t.

On Dovere’s Twitter page, the Trump campaign’s Jason Miller wrote the following, in response to Dovere’s question to Biden, “I think Joe Biden found his new press secretary.”

There follows an exchange between Breitbart’s Joel Pollack and Dovere himself, who comes across as petulant, at the very least:

Pollack: “You outed yourself as a tool.”

Dovere: “Ah yes. Pultizer-Prive-winning Breitbart News. Or is today’s conspiracy theory that there’s a secret cabal stopping you from getting one?”

Pollack: “Tell the truth: did you coordinate that question with the @JoeBiden campaign? Or did you just decide to humiliate yourself on your own?”

Dovere: “Breaking news: Breitbart is apparently interested in the truth. The truth is that anyone who understands how real journalism works would understand that this is a question that would only occur to an Internet troll.”

Pollack: “Atlantic Reporter @IsaacDovere Does Not Deny Coordinating Question with @JoeBiden Campaign”

Dovere: “The Onion [a parody website] is doing such great work these days”

Pollack: “Still not denying coordination with @JoeBiden”

In the end, Dovere does not deny Pollack’s allegation, that he coordinated the question with Biden’s staff. Did he? It’s hard to say. It was a softball question and Biden was uncharacteristically relaxed when he answered it. Possible? Sure. Let them prove they didn’t.

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