Biden has recently taken aim at American suburbs via the reconciliation infrastructure package, which also proves one of Trump’s former predictions correct.
During one of his 2020 campaign rallies, Trump proclaimed that Biden is interested in setting up “low-cost housing in the suburbs,” which would entail “ruining” and “abolishing” the suburbs. Trump also noted that the process had already started and had been ongoing “for years.”
At the time, Biden refuted Trump’s claim, arguing that Trump was merely “trying to scare” since numerous suburbanites had opted to vote for Biden instead of Trump, at least based upon the most recent data suggestions at the time.
However, Democrats have decided to federalize various local zoning laws as part of the infrastructure reconciliation package, which will displace single family homes through the construction of low-income, high-rise apartments. This construction will have a significant impact on suburbs that already vote purple.
Specifically, the infrastructure reconciliation package will begin the imminent destruction of the suburbs using a “HOMES Act” measure within the package. This measure will place the federal government in charge of zoning laws handled in the past by local officials, which will significantly alter local demographics, including in purple voting districts.
Moreover, the infrastructure reconciliation package also includes provisions for local governments that do not comply with the federalized zoning guidelines. An absence of compliance can include “ordinances that ban apartment buildings from certain residential areas or set a minimum lot size for a single family home.” Should an absence of compliance occur, the Department of House and Urban Development (HUD) will eliminate funding to the city, specifically the funding that was used by the city in the past in order to maintain its extant low-income housing options.
In addition, the infrastructure reconciliation package also includes other consequences for cities that opt to keep their local zoning laws by eschewing the federalization of these laws in an attempt to buck governmental overreach. Specifically, the package contains provisions to block these states from receiving any form of transportation grants “of any kind” funded by taxpayers “if they refuse to allow high-rise apartments throughout their high density zoning in their suburbs.”
States are critically reliant upon federal transportation funding in order to fix issues with local highways and streets.
Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media appears very much in favor of the radical-left’s plan.
For instance, USA Today eviscerated the “American dream” that generally includes “a house with a white picket fence,” as well as “a big backyard for a Fourth of July barbecue.” Instead, USA Today advocated “multifamily zoning,” which is presumably necessary to fight back against “racial injustice,” “climate change,” and the country’s “growing affordable housing crisis.”
The infrastructure reconciliation package is currently facing negotiations amongst various members of Congress. However, Biden and the far-left Democrats apparently wish to pass the package through reconciliation, which would not be impacted by the Republican filibuster.
This particular reconciliation package is widely rumored to cost anywhere from $4T to $10T, which is nearly three times the projected tax revenues of the United States in 2021, per data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).