Advisory: The editorial board of HNewsWire adopted the official policy to bypass many social media platforms. Some of these include: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Parler, and YouTube. We believe these companies are responsible for many of the spiritual ills our world faces today. In some cases, however, we have allowed our guest contributors to include content from their YouTube channel while we search for alternatives.
Rather than listening to and trying to work with Republicans, President Barack Obama governed through brute force. (Photo: Amanda Lucidon/The White House)
These were the infamous words President Barack Obama used to scold congressional Republicans just three days after his inauguration in 2009, foreshadowing how he would approach policymaking for the next eight years.
Rather than listening to and trying to work with Republicans, Obama governed through brute force—with his “pen and phone” more often than with the consent of Congress—guided by the dictates of his progressive ideology rather than the interests of the American people.
In virtually every policy area—from health care and immigration to the deployment of American troops and the accession to new international treaties—Obama ignored those who dared to dissent from his agenda and used whatever means necessary to accomplish his goals.
But Republicans should take care to avoid adopting the same high-handed, condescending governing style exhibited by Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress.
Instead of ignoring the concerns and preferences of the American people—and their elected officials at the state and local level—we should listen to and learn from them.
Rather than forcing diverse communities to abide by inflexible, burdensome rules and regulations devised by federal bureaucrats in Washington, we should empower local decision-makers to find solutions that address the unique needs of their families, neighborhoods, and businesses.
One of the areas of federal policy most in need of local empowerment is housing.
For instance, in 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which requires cities and towns across the country to audit their local housing policies.
If any aspect of a community’s housing and demographic patterns fails to meet the department’s expansive definition of “fair housing” under the fair housing rule, the local government must submit a plan to reorganize the community’s housing practices according to the preferences and priorities of the department’s bureaucrats.
Failure to comply will result in the department withholding Community Development Block Grants, federal grant money that local officials have traditionally been free to use as they see fit.
Proponents of the fair housing rule claim the rule establishes a collaborative process, with local government officials in the driver’s seat while the bureaucrats at the Department of Housing and Urban Development merely provide “support” and “guidance.”
But the track record of the fair housing rule proves the opposite.
Many local housing officials from across the country, including in Utah, have told the same story: The costs of complying with the fair housing rule stretch their already thin resources, add hundreds of hours of bureaucratic paperwork to their workloads, and eliminate their autonomy to determine the best ways to provide adequate low-cost housing to their community.
To provide some measure of relief to local public housing authorities, a group of Republicans in Congress has supported legislation to restrict the department from using federal funds to implement the fair housing rule.
The Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act is the latest iteration of this legislation, which I joined Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., to introduce last week.
For the past 18 months, with Obama holding the executive veto pen and unwilling to believe that his policies are unpopular, there was very little chance this bill would be signed into law.
But on Jan. 20, when Donald Trump is sworn into office, that will change, and I will do everything in my power to ensure its swift passage.
After all, elections have consequences.
All Original Content Copyright ©2017 hnewswire.com All Rights Reserved. “All Original Content Copyright ©2017 hnewswire.com All Rights Reserved. “hnewswire.com”, “hnewswire.com” the “hnewswire.com” logo, are Trademarks of the hnewswire.com – All Rights Reserved
The 127 Faith Foundation: We do not solicit donations from “those on disability, on a fixed income, or those who cannot afford to give.” Please Pray!
Or, make checks payable to:
The 127 Faith Foundation
PO Box 127
Pontotoc, TX 76869
The number of Orphans aging out of Child Protective Custody has grown at an alarming rate. The 127 Faith Foundation receives many requests each week to house them at our ranch. Our prayer is that the good people of our country will step up to the challenge and offer financial support for "the least among us." We need your help! StevieRay Hansen, Founder, The 127 Faith Foundation
About Public Health, CDC — Simply a Marketing Department for Big Pharma?… Force is now the only rule remaining, Big Tech and Satan Soldiers Has Full…Read More
After a federal judge threw out a lawsuit from Texas on Wednesday, the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers is now enforceable in…Read More
Are Viruses The Cause Or Effect Of Disease, Or Are They Even Real? There is Wide Scientific Consensus That a
Virus is Neither Living or Dead… As COVID19 is shown not to be an infectious and deadly viral pathogen, key flaws in the pandemic’s accepted…Read More
Study: ‘Virus’ is Identical to Normal Cell ‘Structures’ — Puts Another Nail in The Coffin For The Existence of Sars-Cov-2
Not Corona Viruses, and Satan Soldiers at CDC Among Others, Has Known This Fact Since at Least 2004… Fauci has a warped perception of reality.…Read More
Satan Soldier Fauci: “There Are Now Two Americas, The Vaccinated & The Unvaccinated” — America’s Favorite Chinese Lab Funding
Corona-virus Doomonger Doctor Anthony Fauci Announced Tuesday That There Are Now Two Americas, a Vaccinated America and an Unvaccinated america…. Mandatory Next Year, COVID-19 Vaccines…Read More
We make every effort to acknowledge sources used in our news articles. In a few cases, the sources were lost due to a technological glitch. If you believe we have not given sufficient credit for your source material, please contact us, and we will be more than happy to link to your article.