JUNE 22, 2011
The Obama Administration is celebrating the second anniversary of its imaginative program to bring “social equity” to underserved communities by bragging that three federal agencies have doled out more than $2.5 billion in “assistance.”The taxpayer dollars help low-income communities improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. At least that’s how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes it in apress release. Keep in mind that this is the same agency that has spent enormous sums to bring “environmental justice” to poor communities.While related to that mission, this particular project—known as Partnership for Sustainable Communities—is separately funded (with taxpayer money of course) and aims to promote “equitable development” while addressing the “challenges of climate change.” To accomplish this, communities must create and maintain “economic and environmental health” by, among other things “promoting social equity.”This is clearly another publicly funded, Obama Administration program that aims to redistribute wealth. There are too many to name here, but follow Judicial Watch’s investigations to see some of the outrageous projects that this administration is funding with tax dollars. Obama even created the first-ever White House Rural Council to promote economic prosperity and qualify of life for the poor.The Partnership for Sustainable Communities has distributed huge chunks of cash to more than 200 rural communities in dozens of states. Most of the money has come via grants from the EPA, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). Obama’s HUD secretary, Shaun Donovan, calls it an “unprecedented effort to helpAmerica’s rural, urban and suburban communities realize their visions for building more livable, walkable and environmentally sustainable regions.”
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