Is Obama Out to Abolish the Suburbs?

Stanley Kurtz traces the mechanisms by which he believes President Obama intends to "abolish" the suburbs in a possible second term, and the roots of his desire, stretching back to his training as a community organizer.
August 14, 2012, 1pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Seeing a vast anti-suburban conspiracy aimed at "sweeping social change" to be executed through a "little-known and seemingly modest program called the Sustainable Communities Initiative," Kurtz warns of the Obama administration's plans to "force suburban residents into densely packed cities," "move the poor out of cities by imposing low-income-housing quotas on development in middle-class suburbs," and expand a "'regional tax-base sharing' scheme currently in place in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area to the rest of the country."

"Obama is a longtime supporter of 'regionalism,' the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation," notes Kurtz. "To this end, the president has already put programs in place designed to push the country toward a sweeping social transformation in a possible second term. The goal: income equalization via a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities."

 

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Published on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 in National Review
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