Joe Biden is coming for the suburbs By Monica Showalter for American Thinker
President Trump tried to make a big deal about Joe Biden’s plan to federally mandate cheap apartments with low-income residents into suburban single-family zones. The claim was it would achieve “equality.” The unstated plan was “more Democrat voters.” It was a scheme to create a dense-packed urban hipsterization of every town in America, and force residents into unionized, atrocious-customer-service public transit with zero alternatives. It would tightly pack them all in everywhere, which is quite an idiocy in the Age of COVID. And it would drive up taxes as suburbs would have to shell out for more roads, bigger water systems, bigger sewer lines, and more electrical infrastructure to accommodate all the non-paying low-income new arrivals. It would have to increase budgets for schools, social welfare agencies and mass transit, as the New York Post warned in 2020, calling it ‘disastrous.’
Biden and the equality warriors are using accusations of racism to accomplish something different. Their message is: You worked and saved to move to the suburbs, but you can’t have that way of life unless everyone else can, too.
Back on the 2020 campaign trail, as Trump went out (and Biden hid in his basement), Trump tried to warn them. The Associated Press, in a disdainful piece reported that Trump tweeted:
The Suburban Housewives of America must read this article. Biden will destroy your neighborhood and your American Dream. I will preserve it, and make it even better! https://t.co/1NzbR57Oe6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2020
Besides being disdainful, it was dishonest. The AP “Fact Check” item falsely claimed in the nut graf no less that Biden had absolutely no plan to abolish the suburbs, none, and had plenty to suggest, via convenient quotes, that anyone who thought so was a Trumpy conspiracy theorist, and a above all, a racist.
Biden does not propose banishing single-family homes. Nor would he get rid of the suburbs.
Oh, but he does, he does. He just doesn’t say so openly.
Buried deep in his monster $2.3 trillion “infrastructure” stimulus package is a sneaky little notation that would mandate a federal takeover for local zoning for any district that takes the pro-offered federal money, coming off such zones’ already-paid taxes.