Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Biden's Infrastructure Bill Includes Making Neighborhoods Across America "Diverse"

Your new neighborhood

Don't get too comfortable in your peaceful suburban home.

The Biden administration wants to stick urban-style low-income projects in your backyard.

The focus of  President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill is allegedly to address aging infrastructure across the country, but the massive bill covers a vast amount of other spending, including money for diversifying neighborhoods, notes Breitbart.

The diversification portion of Biden’s American Jobs Plan would change zoning laws to end single family home neighborhoods and allow for multiple unit “affordable” or low-income rental housing to be built in those neighborhoods.

According to the White House Fact Sheet, the housing effort is “an innovative new approach to eliminate state and local exclusionary zoning laws, which drive up the cost of construction and keep families from moving to neighborhoods with more opportunities for them and their kids”:

For decades, exclusionary zoning laws — like minimum lot sizes, mandatory parking requirements, and prohibitions on multifamily housing — have inflated housing and construction costs and locked families out of areas with more opportunities,” the fact sheet states. “President Biden is calling on Congress to enact an innovative, new competitive grant program that awards flexible and attractive funding to jurisdictions that take concrete steps to eliminate such needless barriers to producing affordable housing.

 Reuters reported on the shift from free markets to government control:

President Joe Biden is seeking to ease a national affordable housing shortage by pushing local governments to allow apartment buildings in neighborhoods that are currently restricted to single-family homes.

The $5 billion plan could inject the White House into a debate pitting older homeowners against younger workers seeking to gain a foothold in the most expensive U.S. cities, where many families spend a third or more of their income on housing.

The proposal, which would provide financial incentives to local governments that change zoning laws restricting many neighborhoods to single-family homes, is an example of the sort of broad social policy changes Democrats are including in Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Bottom line: This is an outgrowth of the cultural Marxist movement that is accelerating in America. It is no longer about gaining quality living standards through hard work and excellence. It is about "equity," which means to the cultural Marxists to just give to everyone, except white males, the best of everything by way of handouts.

It is difficult to see how such a society can survive in the long run where incentive is eliminated and rewards are dished out to "victims." Who is going to spend time working hard just to see that the rewards of that hard work are taken away and handed out to the whining class? 

This is LBJ's Great Society program on steroids. 

LBJ's program split-up the black nuclear family with disastrous results, now the cultural Marxists want to place LBJ's unproductive members in the middle of what is left of the productive class.

How is that going to work? 

Instead of freeing up those crushed by LBJ policies, they are going to be put in the middle of the productive class to do what?  Bring destructive behavior to what is left of civilized society?

Middle America better wake up before it is completely destroyed.



  1. Now your precious illegal immigrants will have cheap housing to live in. Why would the peaceful suburbs not be greatly enriched by these people? According to you, they're the hardest working people on the planet in stark contrast to the lazy white majority. You should be thrilled.

  2. Their double non-sequitur mantra: "Gentrification bad, reverse-gentrification good."

  3. Zoning laws have been around for over 100 years and were amped up mid century, in my recollection. The city I live near had no zoning laws prior to 1965.

    Wherever they exist they blot out the free market. There have also been several federal housing programs since the onset of the Great Society fiasco that have sought to place low income housing in middle income neighborhoods; which led to the infamous cry, “Not In My Backyard!”.

    So Joe’s thing is just a new rendition of an old tune that was sung with self-righteous passion long before cultural Marxism reared its destructive head.

    1. Yes, life is just like it was in the 1950s. Nothing to see here. There is no $2 trillion dollar "infrastructure" plan.

    2. I was commenting on the so called “shift from free markets to govt. control”. What free market?

    3. I understand your point DesertBunny. Free markets were abandoned long ago. As a result, government theft and spending has grown to truly astounding levels. The AIER inflation calculator shows that $2 trillion today is equivalent to about $200 billion in 1955 when the total federal government budget was just $65 billion! This trend of theft suggests the U.S. will meet the fate of all previous empires (Roman, Spanish, French, British, Russian, etc.) and that right soon.

  4. Here in SoCal we’ve seen something similar for decades. Builders are required to build low income housing in proportion to the market housing they build. Sometimes the same apartment complex will have a market section and a low income section.

    At one project we helped build in an upper middle class area there is a section of the complex designated for low income. The dichotomy between the residence can be interesting; vehicles, attire, mannerisms, etc,

    A lot of times these low income projects are partially or completely government funded. This causes an interesting phenomena where we are building the exact same type of units, on the same project, where the units that will be rented for less, cost more to build because prevailing wages are required because government funding is involved. So the public is subsidizing the builder to build units at a higher cost, to be rented at lower than market rents to those deemed low income by the government.

    1. "So the public is subsidizing the builder to build units at a higher cost, to be rented at lower than market rents to those deemed low income by the government."

      Welcome to clown world. Here's your horn and rubber nose.