“Affordable housing”

One of the best euphemisms for welfare is “affordable housing.” This is a scam in which liberal governments convince themselves that people have a right to live in an area that they can’t possibly afford to live in.

Once again, a Northern Virginia (unofficial motto: “We’re just as liberal as D.C. but much whiter”) government body is in an uproar over plans to have so-called affordable housing in the McLean, Virginia area known as Tysons Corner.

As reported by the Washington Examiner,

The [Fairfax County] board requires 20 percent of any residential development in Tysons to be set aside for affordable housing, which in one of the nation’s wealthiest counties means housing for residents who earn between $50,000 and $120,000 a year.

People do have some right to shelter. But where is it written that people have the “right” to live in any particular place? So-called affordable housing is just welfare translated into rent or mortgage subsidies paid for by taxpayers.

To place such housing in the middle of an affluent (i.e. expensive) area just aggravates the situation in which middle-class taxpayers in, for example, Springfield, must have some of their taxes go to support welfare clients who get to live in McLean.

I myself would love to live on Central Park South in Manhattan. Darn, just can’t afford it. Why don’t I insist that it is my right to have that multi-million dollar view out my apartment window?

Because it makes no economic sense to expect that kind of subsidy. When I lived in New York City, I lived in the Bronx. Because that’s what we could afford. Gosh, I had to actually take public transportation to get to school and work. As could those who somehow need to go to McLean but can’t afford to actually live there.

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