The following article was in the July 18 New York Post and was commented upon this morning on Fox and Friends. It describes a program that Obama has been working on for a long time. The commentary is my own and doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the Somerset County Tea Party Organization… George Hathaway
In our fight against the HUD grant, Together North Jersey, and Agenda 21 we identified this data collection as one of the creepier aspects of the whole deal. It was so outlandish that even many conservatives, and tea party people, couldn’t believe it. It is straight out of 1984. (I believe that Obama used Orwell as a template for many of his programs). In my Agenda 21 presentations I identified the Promise Neighborhoods proposal as one that would pull together all the data collected from Obamacare, Education Grants, Fair Housing legislation, Transportation Grants, and other programs. At that time it was merely a proposal that the Obama administration was favorably inclined to.
It has now become a reality in two respects.
The first is described below.
The second is Together North Jersey, which embraces and puts these concepts into the planning process. By virtue of the fact that most of our northern counties and cities have taken the HUD Grant associated with this program (Morris and Sussex counties are exceptions), they are bound to accept the planning outlined in the TNJ documents. The TNJ plan is minimally about economic development (and then only in designated areas) and mostly about social engineering. It will implement fair housing, equal education, public transportation for all and other Communistic programs. It will take away the local government’s ability to zone. It will restrict your ability to sell your home if you are too white. It will take away many of your property rights. It will restrict your ability to exercise those rights protected by the Bill of Rights.
Most importantly, the TNJ plan bypasses local, county and state governments and essentially puts academics and Washington bureaucrats in charge of you. While nothing is mandated directly by law, the Obama administration is using the regulatory system to control our lives. Our local, county, and state governments will have no say in what is done.
We have been living at the teat of the federal government for far too long. We are afraid to fight the system for fear that the system will stop the flow of money.
Now Obama is collecting information on us to ensure that we lose the ability to fight the system. Anyone or any group that speaks out (except for muslim terrorists) will be shut down, or worse. They are collecting the goods on us.
It is time for some tough love. It is not too late. We must stop the Agenda 21 programs. Not only must the data collection stop but so should the programs designed to destroy our freedom. We must insist that Congress defund these programs now. We must insist that the next President propose laws that shut these departments and programs down permanently. Then he/she should faithfully execute these laws…before we are rounded up and executed.
We must also insist that our local, county and state governments resist taking any more grants from the federal government. Without grants there are no strings. It may mean that we will have to make do on our own for a while. We may have to raise taxes and/or do without some programs. So be it. New Jersey has one of the largest economies in the world and we don’t have our own military to support. If other countries can do it why can’t we?
Somerset County is incredibly rich compared to most others in the US. We can make it on our own without support from the Feds. If we renounce future bribes we should be able to become free once again.
As I have said many times, in quoting the Hessian Caption Johan Ewald, it was freedom that motivated our rag tag army to defeat the most powerful army in the world. Yes, we had some help from the French but it was only after we showed our mettle. Captain Ewald spent a great deal of time in the area now covered by Somerset and Middlesex Counties. He knew the hearts of the Colonials better than we do now. And he knew that the British could not win because the Colonials wanted the rights that were granted to them by God and taken from them by King George.
We are the descendants of those people. It is our heritage. We have the God-given right to be free. We can’t let the Emperor Obama take it away from us.
There are two things we can do. First is insist that our local, county, and state governments get a backbone.
Second is to support one or more Constitutional Amendments that would rebalance the federal, state, and local powers. Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments are designed to do just that. The question is, can we get Congress to propose the amendments or do we need to rely on the people to do it without the concurrence of anyone in the Federal Government? Article V of the Constitution is designed for that contingency. Today the Convention of States program is trying to implement an Article V convention for the purposes of ensuring that the US Government has fiscal discipline, and transfers power back to the people. It will NOT meddle with those parts of the Constitution designed to keep us free. It can’t, since its stated purpose is freedom and fiscal responsibility.
There is no guarantee that the Feds will follow the Constitution as amended. They aren’t doing it now. But we must try. Otherwise we are doomed as a nation.
Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites.
This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make “disparate impact” cases against: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.
Big Brother Barack wants the databases operational before he leaves office, and much of the data in them will be posted online.
So civil-rights attorneys and urban activist groups will be able to exploit them to show patterns of “racial disparities” and “segregation,” even if no other evidence of discrimination exists.
The granddaddy of them all is the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing database, which the Department of Housing and Urban Development rolled out earlier this month to racially balance the nation, ZIP code by ZIP code. It will map every US neighborhood by four racial groups — white, Asian, black or African-American, and Hispanic/Latino — and publish “geospatial data” pinpointing racial imbalances.
The agency proposes using nonwhite populations of 50% or higher as the threshold for classifying segregated areas.
Federally funded cities deemed overly segregated will be pressured to change their zoning laws to allow construction of more subsidized housing in affluent areas in the suburbs, and relocate inner-city minorities to those predominantly white areas. HUD’s maps, which use dots to show the racial distribution or density in residential areas, will be used to select affordable-housing sites.
HUD plans to drill down to an even more granular level, detailing the proximity of black residents to transportation sites, good schools, parks and even supermarkets. If the agency’s social engineers rule the distance between blacks and these suburban “amenities” is too far, municipalities must find ways to close the gap or forfeit federal grant money and face possible lawsuits for housing discrimination.
Civil-rights groups will have access to the agency’s sophisticated mapping software, and will participate in city plans to re-engineer neighborhoods under new community outreach requirements.
“By opening this data to everybody, everyone in a community can weigh in,” Obama said. “If you want affordable housing nearby, now you’ll have the data you need to make your case.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, headed by former Congressional Black Caucus leader Mel Watt, is building its own database for racially balancing home loans. The so-called National Mortgage Database Project will compile 16 years of lending data, broken down by race, and hold everything from individual credit scores and employment records.
Mortgage contracts won’t be the only financial records vacuumed up by the database. According to federal documents, the repository will include “all credit lines,” from credit cards to student loans to car loans — anything reported to credit bureaus. This is even more information than the IRS collects.
The FHFA will also pry into your personal assets and debts and whether you have any bankruptcies. The agency even wants to know the square footage and lot size of your home, as well as your interest rate.
FHFA will share the info with Obama’s brainchild, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which acts more like a civil-rights agency, aggressively investigating lenders for racial bias.
The FHFA has offered no clear explanation as to why the government wants to sweep up so much sensitive information on Americans, other than stating it’s for “research” and “policymaking.”
However, CFPB Director Richard Cordray was more forthcoming, explaining in a recent talk to the radical California-based Greenlining Institute: “We will be better able to identify possible discriminatory lending patterns.”
CFPB is separately amassing a database to monitor ordinary citizens’ credit-card transactions. It hopes to vacuum up some 900 million credit-card accounts — all sorted by race — representing roughly 85% of the US credit-card market. Why? To sniff out “disparities” in interest rates, charge-offs and collections.
CFPB also just finalized a rule requiring all regulated banks to report data on minority hiring to an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. It will collect reams of employment data, broken down by race, to police diversity on Wall Street as part of yet another fishing expedition.
Through its mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection project, the Education Department is gathering information on student suspensions and expulsions, by race, from every public school district in the country. Districts that show disparities in discipline will be targeted for reform.
Those that don’t comply will be punished. Several already have been forced to revise their discipline policies, which has led to violent disruptions in classrooms.
Obama’s educrats want to know how many blacks versus whites are enrolled in gifted-and-talented and advanced placement classes.
Schools that show blacks and Latinos under-enrolled in such curricula, to an undefined “statistically significant degree,” could open themselves up to investigation and lawsuits by the department’s Civil Rights Office.
Count on a flood of private lawsuits to piggyback federal discrimination claims, as civil-rights lawyers use the new federal discipline data in their legal strategies against the supposedly racist US school system.
Even if no one has complained about discrimination, even if there is no other evidence of racism, the numbers themselves will “prove” that things are unfair.
Such databases have never before existed. Obama is presiding over the largest consolidation of personal data in US history. He is creating a diversity police state where government race cops and civil-rights lawyers will micromanage demographic outcomes in virtually every aspect of society.
The first black president, quite brilliantly, has built a quasi-reparations infrastructure perpetually fed by racial data that will outlast his administration.