Stanley Kurtz's newest book fills in the middle tier of President Obama's three-tiered plan to redistribute American wealth.
The first tier, taking their "fair share" of taxes from the rich, received early attention in the '08 campaign. It surfaced with notoriety in candidate Obama's street conversation with Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher. It's since become the linchpin for the president's and the Democrats' continuous engagement in class warfare.
Kurtz's new book, entitled Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, warns that Obama, driven by a community organizer's disdain for "white flight" from poor urban neighborhoods to suburbia, has aligned with like-minded community organizers -- e.g., Mike Kruglik and Kruglik's organization "Building One America" -- in a move to redistribute wealth from the suburbs to the inner city.
In a National Review online article, Kurtz wrote:
Obama is a longtime supporter of "regionalism," the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation. To this end, the president has already put programs in place designed to push the country toward a sweeping social transformation in a possible second term. The goal: income equalization via a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities.
Obama's plans to undercut the political and economic independence of America's suburbs reach back decades. The community organizers who trained him in the mid-1980s blamed the plight of cities on taxpayer "flight" to suburbia. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Obama's mentors at the Gamaliel Foundation (a community-organizing network Obama helped found) formally dedicated their efforts to the budding fight against suburban "sprawl." From his positions on the boards of a couple of left-leaning Chicago foundations, Obama channeled substantial financial support to these efforts. On entering politics, he served as a dedicated ally of his mentors' anti-suburban activism.
"Regional" redistribution -- the middle tier of Obama's three-tiered scheme for redistribution -- is about taking from the middle-class suburbs and giving to the poor inner city.
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.
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