I have commented on President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) act many times, often in the context of denouncing The Virginian Pilot’s support for regionalism in Hampton Roads. Cooperation among local governments is probably a good thing in many ways, but it can also become subversive, especially under the transactional influence of a central government that hand out monies.
Kurtz focuses in this piece mainly on the tax-and-spending consequences of AFFH, and its role in current political dramas, but to grasp the full implications of AFFH, it pays to follow the links to Kurtz’s early work on the act. Imagine being told you can’t live in an apartment you can afford, which is convenient to your job, and which you happen to like, because you have the wrong skin color. That’s one of the devils that live in the details of the AFFH act.