I’m Not a Lawyer, and I Don’t Play One on TV

27 09 2016

Washington, D.C.

However, I do have the ability to read fine print.  And when it comes to this story, some lawyers, (cough cough, Glenn Reynolds, cough cough), don’t seem to be able to do that.

Politico:

Obama takes on zoning laws in bid to build more housing, spur growth

The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole.

Glenn Reynolds’s reaction?

White House Bucks Gentry Liberals On Zoning.

Not so fast.

The devil is in the fine print and the weasel words.  I have already quoted one of them, that is “calling.”  The rest of the article is the same way — All Obama did was issue a bunch of suggestions.  He’s suggesting that core cities do these things.  Meanwhile, he is wielding the power of the Federal government to force suburbs to build apartments, accept Section 8, and on the sly recruit single black women with children in urban areas.  And we all know what that is and what that means.

When there is a disparity between rhetoric and action, I go with the action.

 

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