The Livable Communities Act


By Ed Braddy

August 11, 2010

Is the American Dream getting smaller?  Are we defining down the tools of opportunity and the pleasures of prosperity?

President Obama’s flippant dismissal of American Exceptionalism last year stirred a lot of criticism because it suggested he did not believe the United States held a special place in the world.  It also suggested America’s unique history is, to the President, no big deal.

Now with fellow travelers exercising power at all levels of government, progressives can do more than just belittle the idea of American Exceptionalism.  They can enact policies to make America unexceptional — diminishing our quality of life and dampening opportunities for the next generation.  Of course, progressives claim their vision is better and argue, with exquisite preening, that such changes are needed for our own good.

While cap-and-trade grabs the most attention, equally threatening is the euphemistically clever “ Livable Communities Act .”  Masked with feel-good rhetoric and lofty concepts like “smart growth” and “sustainable development,” the Livable Communities Act is top-down central planning aimed at changing where we live and work and how we travel.  It will be overseen by bureaucrats in the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Transportation and implemented through local governments .

The Livable Communities Act exemplifies the progressive idea of strategic diminishment — success is measured by the reduction of certain outcomes from today’s standard.  This is different than reducing outputs such as carbon emissions and pollutants, which are already declining and can be better addressed with affordable technologies rather than social engineering.

But social engineering is at the heart of the Livable Communities Act where federal planners hope to reduce personal mobility as measured in vehicle miles traveled and shift housing patterns from single family homes in the suburbs to small apartments in cramped central cities.

In a country as large and diverse as ours, some people will prefer the live-work-travel arrangements prescribed for in the Livable Communities Act, which is based on the Smart Growth planning doctrine. However, the vast majority of Americans in red and blue states alike have long aspired to live in suburban homes with a car in the garage.

This quintessentially middle class version of the American Dream has long been derided by elites and environmentalists who recast suburbs as wasteful sprawl and liken automobile use to a destructive addiction. They want to de-legitimize this land use pattern, restrict automobile use and make suburban housing less affordable The Livable Communities Act is thus a hammer in the progressive toolbox.

Absent from their advocacy is any acknowledgment that cars and suburbia are not just expressions of freedom but indispensible contributors to our prosperity.  For example,automobiles enable us to access more goods and services, forcing businesses to compete by offering higher quality and lower costs.

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Czar Cass Sunstein thinks “nudging” Americans toward the end goal is pliable.

Some Progressives feel Americans just “need to be dragged to ” their oppressive goals.

Andy Stern says:  “We take names; we know where they live…..”


America; it is time to stand up against the Progressive “oppressive” agenda/goals….

Restoring HONOR rally in Washington,D.C. August 28, 2010.

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