Adapting Your HOME to "Healthy Housing" - but who can afford it?
"Advancing Healthy Housing: [Obama's] Strategy for Action."
By Berit ~ February 14, 2013
The blurred picture above was taken through a not-so-clear glass wall in Istanbul's harbor during the 1996 UN Conference on Human Habitats. Yet it may look somewhat familiar. After all, similar condominium complexes are spreading throughout the world -- including America. This particular illustration is just a miniature Chinese model among hundreds of others on display in one of the massive piers at Istanbul's harbor.
Its small contribution to The UN Conference on Human Habitats (Habitat II) gives us a glimpse of the planned housing for the New World Order. No doubt our American leaders have noticed that most old towns and communities are fast becoming incompatible with their new rules, plans and government education. They don't fit the new visions of spiritual compromise. Nor would they be welcome in the pluralistic community centers envisioned by the leaders of Habitat ll. After all, uncompromising Christians would disrupt the envisioned solidarity.
Obama's view of government controlled housing fits right into this picture of a new global solidarity. A recent article titled "Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing:"
"Under the broad banner of 'health,' the federal government not only is telling Americans what to eat, it's also telling us to make our homes safer. This week, the Obama administration released a 'bold new vision for addressing the nation's health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home.' The project has a name: 'Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action.'
"'People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home,' the announcement said....
"According to the Obama administration, the health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated with both subsidized and privately owned homes cost billions of dollars. The new strategy 'unifies' federal efforts to advance healthy housing -- 'demonstrating the connection between housing conditions and residents’ health.'...
"Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses.... as well as lost productivity in the labor force.
"The federal partners pushing healthy housing include the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Surgeon General, and Energy Department."
Who hasn't faced chipped paint, broken pipes and water leaks on their property? But these problems don't require government interference! Besides, who would pay the huge cost of examining each house and fixing it to comply with Obama's new rules for home owners?
Will our individual freedoms be smothered by the bureaucratic regulations pushed by elite globalists who want to use and control us as if we were cattle?
Those are big questions with daunting and expensive "answers." The first step to a "government solution" might simply be to create and publish threats that undermine the traditional American freedom to build a home and live in it. The full scope of the costly dictatorial regulations will appear later.
The 1996 UN Conference on Human Habitats (Habitat II)
Thinking back to that conference, I remember a conversation I overheard at an airport back in 1996. I was flying home from Istanbul's Habitat II and had just landed in New York. I sat down to wait for my next flight.
Moments later another passenger from the same flight sat down right in front of me. Soon a second man -- apparently from the UN headquarters or Washington D.C.-- came rushing in and took the chair next to him. It didn't take long to discover that both men were government insiders who had planned a brief airport conference to discuss the latest steps toward mandatory housing and community standards across America. Apparently, they didn't notice me.
I pulled out my pen and paper and began taking notes. (Inexperienced but eager to learn, I had attended the conferences as a "registered reporter" representing a Christian radio station) As the two men discussed the new plans for housing and community life, I pondered their schemes. They certainly illustrated what I had learned during the last two weeks.
They planned to replace cars (at least for ordinary citizens) with commuter trains. This new form of rapid transit would stop at each community center along its way. No need for cars! The shopping area would be near the station. The walk or bicycle ride back to their compact condominium would be relatively short. But not too short to provide the daily exercise the new health care system would demand.
The two men made several references to "Bill" Richardson, who would soon be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Apparently, he had some useful ideas to add to the growing vision of "managed" human habitats and transportation.
Today, the Obama administration is building on decades-old government blueprints for transformation. For example, our 1999 article on The UN Plan for Your Mental Health includes a section on "HEALTHY CITIES and COMMUNITIES."
"The Healthy Cities project was launched by WHO [The World Health Organization] in the early eighties. Its web site explains its purpose: 'The Healthy Cities Project helps change the ways in which individuals, communities, private and voluntary organizations and local governments think about, understand and make decisions about health.'
"Today, its guidelines are followed by leaders across America -- whether they use the label "Healthy City" or not. Remember Dr. Satcher's report at the 1998 Healthy People Consortium:
"Healthy City and Healthy Community' initiatives are being pursued throughout the country.... Healthy People 2010 is the United States' contribution to the World Health Organization's call to the nations of the world to renew their commitment to health for all."
It's no accident that the last three words, "health for all," sound like UNESCO's 1990 World Conference on Education for All (EFA). The latter introduced the same six education goals President Bush announced in 1991. EFA's counterpart in the health arena is WHO's Health for All (HFA). And, like Goals 2000, the US branch of UNESCO's outcome-based education system, "a Healthy City is defined in terms of process and outcome."
"WHO's Healthy Cities program works with America's Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities, whose members may or may not use the WHO labels. But they must all follow the Total Quality Management process which calls for continual monitoring of change and progress. They must also agree to:
- "measure our progress."
- "address the root causes of problems."
- "promote a broader definition of health that includes physical, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions."
- "focus on prevention, wellness and change incentives."
Like the above message, the recent article on "Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing" warns us that "Healthy Housing" involves five important government steps. And each step begs these questions: At what personal cost for the owner? How perfect must it be? Keep in mind, most private homes will at times face temporary challenges such as rats, mice, heavy rain... even a broken ventilation system.
- Establish healthy homes recommendations (homes should be dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, and well-maintained and thermally controlled);
- Encourage adoption of healthy homes recommendations (federal, state and local regulations);
- Create and support training and workforce development to address health hazards in housing (train people for new jobs in green energy and construction);
- Educate the public about healthy homes (advertising campaigns telling Americans how their homes ought to be)
- Support research that advances healthy housing in a cost-effective manner (taxpayer-funded grants to study the problem)."
Many homeowners who have cared for their homes through the decades are now unable to pay the added expenses of the countless "federal, state and local regulations!" Was this calamity planned? Does our government hide a more sinister plan that would be carried out when multitudes fail to pay the cost of expensive new regulations?
We don't know the answers, but our Lord does!
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’... But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow...." Matthew 6:31-34
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever." Philippians 4:19-2
A response from Teresa Morris: There are so many potentials for abusing this law.
1. The law could be used to destroy much (if not most) of America's middle class.
This could be a draconian law that destroys the housing of the middle class. If people can't afford to make all the changes that are needed to their homes in order to meet all of these regulations -- and they can't afford the pay the fines incurred because they don't meet those requirements -- then we could see multitudes lose their homes. And they wouldn't even be able to sell them, because in order to sell them, they would have to fix them up to meet those "healthy" standards before a sale would be legal.
So they could lose everything. They could lose their home, wind up in a cramped apartment, and have no income from the sale of their home. Presumably some government agency could take over such houses. Or perhaps the Chinese government or some other foreign investor would buy them up.
2. The law could be applied selectively.
Right now, hostile IRS audits are used as a political weapon against political dissidents. Well, the government could also have hostile "house audits" as a weapon against political dissidents. Either you shut up and cooperate, or else we will find bureaucratic ways to make you lose your home.
I am reminded of a story that my parents told me about Mayor Daly, who was the corrupt mayor of Chicago. His daughter got married. And before she was married, she went to one of the most exclusive stores in town and bought thousands of dollars worth of clothing on credit (a wedding dress, brides maids dresses, outfits to wear on her honeymoon, etc..) Naturally, the store sent her a bill for all of those clothes. And Mayor Daly told the head of the store, "There must be some mistake. Those clothes have been paid for." Well the man quite rightly said that the bill had not been paid.
The next day, an army of inspectors invaded that store, and went over it with a microscope. They found many, many violations (probably some real, and many either outright fabrications, or else stretching the truth to the point where it would barely be recognizable). And the store was required to pay a fortune in fines, and to spend a lot of money making changes to the store. At that point, the owner of the store told Mayor Daly that the clothing that his daughter had bought was paid in full. And immediately, all of those "infractions" were removed from the store. It didn't have to pay fines or make any changes to the store.
Well, that "healthy housing" law could be used in a similar way. Political dissidents could receive "hostile house audits" from the powers that be. In other words, either shut up, or else we will find ways to make you lose your home.
That could provide powerful political leverage that most people would not have enough backbone and/or money to be able to stand up to. And it could be applied to organizations and ministries, as well as to individuals.
1. Susan Jones, "Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing,'" http://cnsnews.com/news/article/mold-leaky-roof-obama-administration-says-all-americans-must-have-healthy-housing, February 8, 2013.
2. "UN Plan for Human Settlements," Report on the 1998 Healthy People Consortium.
3. David Satcher, National Healthy People Consortium Meeting, http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/pubs/HP2000/satchconsor.htm, 11-12-1998.
4. "The UN Plan for Your Mental Health," 1999.
For more information see: Brainwashing, "Mental Health" and Global Management