70/30 Marxism

You don’t think you’d like to live under Marxism?  Well, how about just a tiny taste of it?

Let’s envision some super-smart city planners who’ve determined that cities are only healthy if they consist of at least 70% owner-occupied homes, and no more than 30% renter-occupied.

So they establish what they call a 70/30 rule. Any residential block found to have less than 70% owner-occupied homes is deemed to be “unhealthy.” The solution? License all landlords in the city.  If any block falls below the 70/30 rule, then no more homes can be rented on that block. If some poor homeowner is facing foreclosure and tries to rent out his home to save it….”Well, screw ’em.” He can’t get a landlord’s license and he’ll just have to let his house go into foreclosure.

On the other hand, if people who’ve been hit hard by the housing crisis can’t find a house to rent, even though there are thousands of vacant homes in the city, “Well, screw ’em.”

Come to think of it, maybe the 70/30 rule will force more homes into foreclosure. Then those homes can be sold dirt-cheap to former renters. Sure, it’ll slash tax revenues and drive a number of cities into bankruptcy. But it must be a good thing because it’s “redistributing wealth.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s exactly what’s happening in Minnesota in towns like Winona, and Mankato.

The Institute for Justice has filed a lawsuit.  They say it blatantly unconsitutional. But Marxism is all about social experimentation, isn’t it?

Ward Lucas, author of Neighbors At War! The Creepy Case About Your Homeowners Association 

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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