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Nathan Newman on May 22, 2006 - 2:04pm
Down in Ft. Lauderdale, community members have been organizing for a new affordable housing law that would require developers to contribute to a fund to held middle income families afford to live in the community. But rightwing Mayor Jim Naugle said people mistakenly think they're entitled to an affordable single-family house on a 40-hour work routine. They just need to work more hours:
I'm supposed to subsidize some schlock sitting on the sofa and drinking a beer, who won't work more than 40 hours a week?So this is where the rightwing wants to go: rolling back the whole New Deal, whether trying to gut social security last year and now condemning the forty-hour work week. What's amazing is how modest the Ft. Lauderdale proposal is. Developers are selling new homes for hundreds of thousands of dollars and the mayor is objecting to what is de facto a sales tax that would be used to create a small pool of affordable homes. But rightwing rhetoric is just out of control these days as the most modest reforms get compared to the "Communist Manifesto," in Mayor Naugle's words. Luckily,despite the Naugles of the world, there are organizations like Broward County's Housing Partnership which is pushing forward with common sense solutions to the crisis facing American families trying to afford a home.