Sunday, March 27, 2011

And Oscar Is Always A Fun Read

The Beer:  A California Common (think "Anchor Steam").  I now have two bottled, two in kegs and two fermenting plus one mead that I'll be worrying about in 6 months.

The Bicycle:  Just tired of being cold.  I am hoping before the end of the week.  First ride with the kids in the neighborhood is supposed to be next Sunday.

The VRWC:  Oscar nearly gives me as much material as Derrick Jackson...and Oscar's local!

Here's the world according to Oscar:

Waukesha County and its cities, towns and villages are overwhelmingly white - on purpose.

I know what you're thinking.  Of course it's true.  All those illiterate racists out there in Oconomowoc, Elm Grove, Sussex, Okauchee....Teabaggers, no doubt.  Those big meanies won't build "affordable housing".

The formula is breathtakingly simple. If you don't give low-income people a place to live, they won't move in next door, in the same census tract or even in the same town.

Another flawed premise by our friend Oscar.  No one has a "right" to live in a particular location.  Everyone has a right to live in a place they can afford.  No one has any obligation to  build a home someone else can afford.  Hey...I want to live in Beverly Hills.  Hook that one up, Oscar.  Whaddaya say.  Let's get some affordable housing in Beverly.  Swimmin' pools, movie stars.

No, it's not about uncontrollable residential patterns. It's about very controlled residential patterns, controlled in recognition that, if someone builds it - low-income, multifamily housing - poor folks will come. But if you do build it, make it housing for the non-hip-hop listening elderly.

Oscar....I don't care, bubba.  I have a number of orthodox Jews in my neighborhood.  Don't they qualify as a minority?  There's a Black family just up the street and others within a short distance.  If we are a bunch of racist thugs here in Ozaukee County, why are they here?  Let's think about this Oscar...oh...they can AFFORD to live here.

This complaint describes a county - Waukesha - that disburses federal funds to its municipalities without the required good faith effort to ascertain whether the recipients of that money are making housing accessible and affordable.

Problem found.  Taking federal money.  Came with strings, did it?  The smart money is on giving up the Federal money.  Then we can see how many non-whites we get out there, eh Oscar?

"On purpose" can involve action and inaction, a mindless continuation of a status quo seemingly built into suburban government DNA.

You are wrong here, Oscar.  "On purpose" by definition requires action.

None of it sounds racist on the surface. But the effects either betray the intent or render it moot.
We've all known this for years, the names the complaint names coming as no surprise at all: New Berlin, Brookfield, the Village of Menomonee Falls, even the City of Waukesha. HUD will investigate and try to bring the parties together.
I wish it luck. That's because when it comes to how we live, "together" is the last word that comes to mind for metro Milwaukee.


Saw that coming from a mile away.

Oscar, you are nothing but a two-bit race-baiter.  People who can afford the 'burbs live in the 'burbs.  And the 'burbs have a right to keep Gabrini Green out of their midst.

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