Ben Carson Needs to Straighten out HUD

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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It appears that the leftist group, ThinkProgress, is not happy with a certain U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, Richard Leon.

So upset that they posted a lengthy article this past Friday entitled, “This federal judge keeps delaying a case to give Ben Carson time to kill civil rights protections.”

Leftists know that Carson, Trump’s Director of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is no fan of government intervention and overreach, and they are worried that he may scale back the abuses of the previous administration. Naturally they didn’t describe it this way. They, like all leftists, believe government has every right and full authority to tell us how to live our lives.

In the “Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Discriminatory Effects Standard; Final Rule” (15 February, 2013), Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (Fair Housing Act or Act), prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.”

Yet, “Even today, many racial minorities and people with disabilities still face discrimination in the housing market, according to the Urban Institute,” writes ThinkProgress. read more

The Feds to Regulate Homeless Shelters

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Earlier this week ThinkProgress gleefully announced  some really great news as they reported on yet another usurpation of the Constitution by the Obama administration. This time it’s Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD – which constitutionally shouldn’t exist) turn to impose illegal regulations.

Their target is homeless shelters. Yes – homeless shelters – many of which are not even run by state or local governments, but by religious charities.

It seems homeless shelters all across these United States are discriminating against a certain group of people. I wonder if you can guess which group? I’ll give you a hint – even two.

Hints: It’s all the rage today and Bruce Jenner. You are correct. ThinkProgress is reporting that our federal government wants to protect “transgender individuals from discrimination by homeless shelters. The thought of ensuring that transgender people can find shelter if they need it has enraged many conservatives.”

Has it really? We evil conservatives are angry over homeless transgenders and wish to bar their entrance to homeless shelters. Really? read more

Lean and Mean Government

from: RedState

In the Army we have an expression for an operation that is so big and unwieldy that it has no purpose other than perpetuating itself: “a self-licking ice cream cone.”

By way of Amanda Carpenter in Senator Jim DeMint’s office we discover that after some half century of hard work, federal housing programs have finally reached that state.

According to the GAO, the federal government runs 160 separate housing programs.

Where are they all?

Well, HUD runs the majority of the programs, 91. The United States Department of Agriculture, which also administers farming aid and the nation’s food stamp program, offers 18 different types of housing assistance as well. The Internal Revenue Service has 14 programs. The Department of Treasury offers 8 programs; the Department of Veterans Affairs 7; the Department of Labor 2; Federal Home Loan Banks 3.

Each of these programs has its own bureaucracy, its own advocates, and its own sub-bureaucracy at the state and local level. While they might actually produce something worthwhile, their main function is keeping the people who administer the programs employed.

But the wonder, from a governance point of view, is not that the federal government has 160 housing programs but that it has any housing programs. Housing is it, a quintessentially local program that needs no federal intervention and where federal rules and money have done incredible damage to our social fabric. Public housing has teamed up with cash payments to indigents to create a wide variety of social pathologies that are now endemic.

This is a major challenge confronting Mr. Romney should he win election. It isn’t enough to make government more efficient. What is needed is to divest the federal government of all but its core functions.