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HUD’s “Detroit 2020” Initiative: Nationwide Housing Projects Slated

The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shawn Donovan has proposed a nationwide system of housing projects. The program would supplement and eventually replace the failing real estate market, which tanked due to predatory lending and speculation. The new housing system would be based on the projects that shelter the inhabitants of inner cities, particularly the needy population of Detroit.  The nationwide projects would be slated for completion by the year 2020.

Being dubbed by its Democrat supporters as “Detroit 2020,” the HUD program would establish fair and equal living standards for all families. Americans would be encouraged to limit their family size due to pre-fab housing specifications, with tax credits for those who comply with the Child Fairness Act (CFA). The CFA is an accompanying provision in the legislation intended to limit environmental damage from excess offspring.

The housing projects would fulfill a huge demand for shelter following the 2008 real estate crash.  The ensuing recession left many without jobs and places to live or holding underwater mortgages.  Rent gouging has prompted a fiery reaction among the most vulnerable, leading to the “Rent is Too Damn High” party.

Detroit 2020 would remedy such problems, and then some. No longer would neighbors suffer from the “grass is greener” effect, being forced to look across the street at a lush and immaculate lawn leading to a beautiful two-story house with all the fancy accompaniments. In the future, Americans will barely notice housing, since it will all be made of cream yellow pre-fab construction; and thus, easily modified, replaced, or torn down.

House Democrats seem keen on funding the nationwide housing projects, which would provide much-needed shelter to key constituents. The initiative would solve a nagging problem that perpetually confronts the nation: homelessness.

“This initiative could easily have been called Baltimore 2020, or South Central LA 2020,” said Stemy Foyer of Maryland. “The Democrat Party is here to guarantee that all Americans have a right to housing, and this initiative would go a long way towards honoring that obligation to our citizens.”

Republicans are not so keen to support the measure, as it would lead to government control over housing and a dependency mentality.

“It is time that all Americans get off the federal plantation,” said Representative Alan West of Florida, one of the few black Republicans. “Promoting an environment where citizens can get meaningful jobs and take responsibility for themselves and their families is something we conservatives stand for.”

“Alan West is just a racist,” responded Deborah Weiserstein-Shultz, the DNC Chairwoman. “Who could oppose free housing for all but a race-baiting lapdog of the rich? As we speak, the Republicans are conducting a War on the Homeless, and it is high time that our system of exploiting the poor comes to an end. The Democrats therefore stand behind the Detroit 2020 initiative.”

Others were more temperate in their remarks. Dr. Jeffrey Joiner, an analyst with the non-partisan Brooks Institute, had high praise for the Democrats’ plan.

“What the Democrat Party actually proposes is to  take action about our nation’s problems, instead of resorting to petty, partisan obstructionism or a weak, hands-off, ‘let the market decide’ approach. The market is what got us into this mess to begin with. We don’t need to cut funding for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, we need to increase their operating budgets five-fold.  Half-measures of introducing democratic solutions to our country’s problems in a corporate-dominated environment will only lead to disastrous results, due to our system’s tendency to reward greed.”

The nationwide housing project is estimated to run at roughly $5 trillion over the next eight years.  The Democrats plan to fund the effort by taxing corporations at a higher rate and by making the progressive income tax rate even more progressive.

“If the bill passes, the days of Americans’ vulnerability to the real estate market and dependency on vulture capitalists for shelter could be over,” said House minority leader Nancy Palosi. “Housing would become a universal right, just like healthcare.”

Author’s note: The above is satire. It is a fictionalized account intended to elucidate certain ideas and principles by taking them to absurd lengths. It is not intended to be taken literally.

Kyle Becker blogs at RogueGovernment, and can be followed on Twitter as @RogueOperator1. He writes freelance for several publications, including American Thinker and BeatObamaPac, and is a regular commentator on the late night talk show TB-TV.

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  1. You’ve got to be kidding! Didn’t Chicago try this in the 70’s? Didn’t those “projects” turn out to be hell holes for all the Blacks who lived there? Now, most of them are abandoned, and the rest are crack houses run by either the Black Mafia, or Crips and Bloods, or both. Based on what they were supposed to have been, they would have been nice places to live had they been built for anyone else other than Blacks on Welfare. But since they were built for Blacks on Welfare what happened to them, happened. Now it’s one giant ghetto. And the liberals want to try it again for the same people?

    Like I said, You’ve got to be kidding!!

  2. My God!! You’ve really got to be kidding??!! There are provisions for living in these projects, that the inhabitants adhere to the Child Fairness Act??? What’s fair about having eight kids and the mother is drawing Welfare and Food Stamps on all of them, and the older females have illegitimate children herself and is drawing Welfare herself and on each kid they have. They’re like rats, breeding with whomever comes along. And the government thinks that Blacks, called “the needy population of Detroit”, are going to stop breeding in order to not violate the housing design of so many kids per square footage. Is that how the government is going to stop Blacks from having as many illegitimate kids as they possibly can? Obama is at fault here because he’s the one who repealed, over rode, or whatever it’s called when he signed a Executive Order right after taking office removing the “Welfare Reform Act” which limited Black’s having babies due to giving the money for just the first two and that was it, no matter how many more they had they got no more money for them. That’s the way it should have been done a long time ago. But Obama thought the law was “racist”, so he got rid of it right off as soon as he took office!

    These projects will be nothing but breeding bins for whoever lives in them, and it will be for the “right” to “Fair and Equal Housing” for all families. Really?? Is that the governments idea of where to put everyone who looses their home is to put them in a project so that they have access to “fair and equal” housing.

    What I want to know is “equal” to who, or whom? White people? Since White people have decent living conditions the government thinks that their idea of what would be “fair and equal” to a White person’s home would be PROJECTS??

    Why don’t Democrats let the private sector create jobs so that those Blacks who want a better life for themselves could work for it and buy their own home and then they would be like “everyone else”, not White people, and would learn what it’s like to have self esteem! This failed idea the liberals have come up with is nothing but caging the animals to get them off the street.

  3. Even though this is satire, it rings absolutely true as what the Socialist follow right down the line when it comes to what the government believes is best for the people. At the bottom of the article is absolutely true as to how and what these people think. They really do think that way. If Nancy Pelosi hadn’t had her hands full with the health care bill, she would have probably come up with a bill like this. The players in the article are the very ones who we hear every day say the very things they are claimed to have said in the article. Pelosi does believe that “fair housing” is a right. Hoyer does believe the tax payers should pay for taking care of the so-called “poor”. And Republican’s would rightfully, would oppose something that costs to much money for laws, which are not laws because they don’t agree with the Constitution, they are “decrees” look the word up and you will agree. But Democrat spending would go in this direction in the drop of a hat.

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