Alarming articles in Forbes and National Review Online show how President Obama has declared a clandestine war on suburbanites, whom he despises, and is stealthily putting means in place to eradicate suburbs by merging them and their wealth with the cities during his second term.
According to scholar and commentator Stanley Kurtz, who wrote both articles:
President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them…. Obama is a longtime supporter of…the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation….a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities.
Kurtz is the author of Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. “(I)n the eyes of the leftist community organizers who trained Obama, suburbs are instruments of bigotry and greed—a way of selfishly refusing to share tax money with the urban poor,” he wrote. Obama adopted this view early on, and he has never wavered from this ideological commitment, as a review of his actions in office goes to show….The community organizers who trained (Obama) blamed the plight of cities on taxpayer flight to suburbia….”
Suburbs are for sellouts: That is a large and overlooked theme of Obama’s famous memoir, ‘Dreams from My Father.’ Few have noticed the little digs at suburban ‘sprawl’ throughout the book….’Dreams’ actually begins with the tale of an African American couple who’ve come to question their move from city to suburb–the implication clearly being that the city is the moral choice….Recalling (communist and Obama mentor Frank Marshall) Davis’s admonition to reject the standard path to success, ‘the American way and all that shit,’ Obama left Occidental’s suburban campus for Columbia University, ‘in the heart of a true city’….(Later) Obama joined up with a clutch of leftist community organizers who attributed the troubles of Chicago’s inner cities to the very existence of suburbs.
In pursuit of regionalism, “the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities…the president has already put programs in place designed to push the country toward a sweeping social transformation.”
(Obama) has been advancing this ambitious plan quietly…. (His efforts to discourage driving) are justified by reference to fears of global warming. Leaders of the crusade against ‘sprawl’ very consciously use environmental concerns as a cover for their redistributive schemes….The centerpiece of the Obama administration’s anti-suburban plans is a little-known and seemingly modest program called the Sustainable Communities Initiative. The ‘regional planning grants’ funded under this initiative—many of them in battleground states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio—are set to recommend redistributive policies, as well as transportation and development plans, designed to undercut America’s suburbs….In light of Obama’s unbroken history of collaboration with his organizing mentors on this anti-suburban project, and his proven willingness to impose ambitious policy agendas on the country through heavy-handed regulation, this project seems likely to advance.
Obama will win his war on suburbanites only IF he is elected to a second term, but “Political experts left and right agree: the coming election will be decided by America’s suburbanites.” Let us hope and pray that the election is decided by informed suburbanites.