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Friday, April 6, 2018
The horror! Trump HUD backs away from radical, Obama concepts
The following article appeared in
Powerline on April 3rd
Thrush — rememberhim?
— attacks Ben Carson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for
abandoning certain suits and others actions undertaken by the Obama administration
in the name of “fair housing.” It does not seem to have occurred to Thrush that
there are two visions of what fair housing law requires and that Secretary
Carson isn’t bound to follow the more radical of the two. Or else, Thrush just
wants to hide the ball.
MAKE IT SO...or else
The traditional vision of fair
housing is the non-discrimination approach. It is unlawful, for example, to
refuse to sell housing to African Americans who can afford to purchase a unit.
more radical vision is that fair housing requires racially balanced
neighborhoods whether African-Americans can afford existing housing in the
neighborhood or not. Thus, if the number of African-Americans who can afford
existing units in a well-to-do neighborhood is deemed insufficient, new units
must be built — ones they can afford.
This aggressive vision is not what
the authors of federal fair housing legislation had in mind. Indeed, such
legislation never would have passed if it had been thought to require the
social engineering of neighborhoods to achieve racial balance.
Nor, in all likelihood, does this
notion enjoy popular support today. To take one example Thrush cites, would the
public would support the imposition by fiat of “a 233-unit mixed-income,
mixed-race housing development slated for an affluent white area known for its
high-end shopping and excellent schools”? How about “the siting of neighborhood
group homes for parolees and former offenders throughout [a] city’s
Under Obama, HUD strained to
interpret the law as requiring these results. Under Trump, HUD is moving back
towards a more traditional, and my view more defensible, view of fair housing
law. That’s all.
Thrush offers no inkling of this. He
writes, “the Trump administration is attempting to scale back federal efforts
to enforce fair housing laws,” as if the law is settled in favor of the radical
view of fair housing law the Obama administration adopted.
If anything, Carson’s HUD hasn’t been
aggressive enough in scaling back the work of its predecessor. Instead of
rescinding Obama’s AFFH rule, HUD has held it up and promised to “reinterpret”
Thus, when a spokesman for Carson’s
HUD says the agency actions about which Thrush and other leftists complain
represent no philosophical shift, but only the routine recalibration undertaken
from administration to administration, he is not, alas, being entirely
However one characterizes these
moves, they are the consequence of an election left-liberals lost. A lost
election is not, of course, a mandate to violate the law. However, the view of
the law that underlies the Carson “recalibration” is legally defensible and, in
my view, legally sound.