By Ken Niemann and LibertyLady
Posing again as an attempt at “fairness,” Big Government, this time in the form of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has been urging the citizens of Ventura County to participate in local Fair Housing Community Workshops and asking residents what they would identify as “the housing and community development needs in (their) neighborhood.”
At the workshops, residents are encouraged through discussion and games to offer their opinions on such issues as the development of affordable housing, housing rehabilitation, infrastructure improvements, neighborhood services and community facilities.
By first ascertaining the “needs” around the county, HUD can then begin to decide how it wishes to allocate all the tax dollars they’ve collected from those very same communities. Here’s how the program works according to Ventura County’s Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice:
Through the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs, among other state and local programs, the jurisdictions of Ventura County work to provide a decent living environment for all.
Fair housing. Community development. Decent living environment. We’ve heard these buzzwords before. Libertarians understand all too well that this means nothing less than high taxes and monetary redistribution—the antithesis of prosperity—resulting in further damage to a chronically weakened economy, and thereby harming the very same low- and middle-income residents that government purports to serve.
On the other hand HUD, along with state and municipal agencies, understands that the community meeting is a very effective tool to get residents and “stakeholders” to unwittingly buy into government’s ever-growing tax-and-spend scheme. And let’s face it; the battle is half-won before the citizen/taxpayer even walks through the door. This is because of our unspoken assumption that the federal government actually has the right to steal people’s hard-earned money, hand it over to HUD, and charge the agency with returning a fraction of it to the state, county and local municipalities, which then have the opportunity to distribute it among their favored interests and causes. Meanwhile, the community has been led to believe that their input is actually useful.
Is there any wonder that the workshop facilitator keeps repeating as she solicits opinions on how the funds should be spent, “There’s never enough money to go around”? Of course not; in a shell game you never know where your money is hidden.