Americans For Prosperity’s Insane Ad Against Popular Housing Bill Is Insane

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LEPROCHAUNS. WARLOCKS. LEPERS. BUMBLEBEES. CRACK POTS.The New Jersey legislature is pushing a bill that “would establish a temporary agency, the New Jersey Foreclosure Relief Corp.,” which “would acquire houses in foreclosure and make them available to towns, non-profit groups, or private investors as low- and moderate-income housing.” The corporation would be similar to the RTC, which helped clean up the mess left behind by the savings and loans crisis; and this proposal has the backing of the “state League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Builders Association, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, the New Jersey Bankers Association, and other groups not often found lined up together.” Sounds good. What’s the problem? There isn’t one… but according to this lovely ad from Dave & Chuck Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity, this bill will FORCE DRUG ADDICTS, EX-CONS, SEX OFFENDERS AND HOMELESS MONSTERS INTO YOUR NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE, TO KILL YOU.

Watch this horrifying ad about all the homeless drug addict ex-cons (wink wink) scaring the nice old white men in the neighborhood, which will happen because of this evil bill backed by everyone:

But wait, it’s a specific amendment to this bill that makes it so awful — it would allow those foreclosed properties to be made available to “special needs” people. We just can’t have that.

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If philosophy is at the heart of the debate, the advertising thrust aims elsewhere. The TV spot zeroes in on an amendment to allow state agencies to acquire foreclosed properties for use as halfway houses, assisted living centers and other facilities for “special needs” populations.

In the language of the bills, that “means individuals with mental illness, physical or developmental disabilities, victims of domestic violence, ex-offenders, youth aging out of foster care, disabled and homeless veterans, individuals and households who are homeless, individuals with AIDS/HIV, and individuals in other emerging special-needs groups identified by state agencies. Individuals shall be at least 18 years of age if not part of a household.”

So that’s how Americans for Prosperity is going out of its way to screw over the disadvantaged for no real reason other than mean-spiritedness today, at least.

[NJ Spotlight via Digby]

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139 comments

      1. DaRooster

        Come on… he can't fit in the house next door… plus the helicopter can't fly him up the stairs.

        1. actor212

          This is why I've invented the Harkkonen 5000, a fully independent self-transport system to gently float you up your own stairways in your very own house.

          (The EPA has not issued the proper permits for emissions from the internal combustion engine enclosed therein. Read the prospectus. Side effects of the Harkkonen 5000 include dizziness, blue lips and an overwhelming urge to shave Sting from the neck down)

      1. Toomush_Infer

        As I was sitting in my chair
        I saw the bottom wasn't there,
        Nor legs, nor back. But I just sat
        ignoring little things like that….

        Thanks! I'd forgotten these…..

    1. tessiee

      I'm a lot more worried about me going to live next to the homeless, but whatever.

  1. actor212

    As a homeless sex addict, I just want to say it will be really nice to get that piece of property overlooking Gov. Christie's spread.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      It describes a whole lot of people's neighborhoods. It is just that with this law the old white dude would know there are people with problems down the street, rather than being able to act like these issues don't exist in "good" areas of town.

  2. hagajim

    Should Americans for Prosperity rename their organization Americans of Prosperity and we don't want none of your ilk around here? What a bunch of viscious, mean fuckers. Lets not do anything to help anyone except our rich buddies and then play the poors off against one another – fucking dicks!

  3. anniegetyerfun

    Oh, Christ, my entire neighborhood is composed of mentally ill hoarders and drug addicts. Most of them come from money, too, which is why they can afford to live in a 2,500 sq foot home in a decent part of Seattle. Yes, rich people, too, can be fucking crazy. Put that in your Koch and smoke it, AFP.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        Eastlake. If I lived in the CD, at least I would have affordable food nearby.

          1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

            You see, that is why I live down in Tacoma, keep away from the criminals, drug users and vagrants and anarchist that are Seattle.

          2. BigSkullF*ckingDog

            Mukilteo and Puyallup exist only to let us make fun of newcomers who mispronounce them.

          3. Wile E. Quixote

            Hey, you forgot about Sequim, and forgetting about Sequim is like forgetting about Poland.

          4. BigSkullF*ckingDog

            I forgot sequim. And I'm a product of sequim high school. Go figure.

          5. Wile E. Quixote

            Fucking Mukilteo, if they don't want you to go through town at 120 then why is the main drag named "Mukilteo Speedway", a name which is not only misleading but would also be an awesome name for an R.E.O. Speedwagon tribute band.

          6. Wile E. Quixote

            I'll have you know that I have it on good authority that those anarchists who were causing all of the trouble yesterday were from Portland.

          7. Toomush_Infer

            Yeaaaa – I used to live on J Street – great view, but the cops would drive by in double pairs (two cars, two pigs per) just to feel safe….

          8. drrty_martini

            I tell my coworkers in Seattle that Tacoma still is a haven of gang warfare and awful smells. I don't want them coming down here and messing the place up.

  4. DaRooster

    But if you give a homeless guy a house who are you going to turn your face and ignore when walking down the street?

    1. tessiee

      Also, if the homeless guy is in a house, does he still count as a homeless guy, or do we have to think up something new to call him?

    1. FakaktaSouth

      If only Lee Atwater's disease had been contagious, he could've wiped out SO MUCH of what became our biggest problems. That would have been so much more helpful than creating the model for all evil politics everywhere now.

    2. SpiderCrab

      When you're as wealthy as a Kochsucker, you imagine you're immortal. It's quite a high.

    3. Advn2rgirl

      Crap. Now I have to quell my burning hot hatred of that sorry sumbitch, just because he had an end of life epiphany and tried to redeem himself on his deathbed. And here I thought brain cancer couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Free up a vacancy in my "special place in hell" file. Thanks a lot.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        End of life epiphsny? More like, "I'm Protestant, I can get back to Heaven for five minutes of piety after a life of impropriety".

  5. Serolf_Divad

    Yeah, much better to let those building lie vacant than for the state to buy them and actually use them for something. After all, everyone knows an abandoned home is like one big Viagra pill for adjacent home values.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Really, would you rather have a derelict home falling apart next to you, or some special needs people? Won't someone think of the home values!

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya

    So that’s how Americans for Prosperity is going out of its way to screw over the disadvantaged for no real reason other than mean-spiritedness today, at least.

    That's what jerb-creatin' is all about, Jim.
    ~

  7. randcoolcatdaddy

    Do we know the names and addresses of the people who paid for this ad so I might leave some homeless drug addicts or bags of poop on their front doorstep?

  8. MissTaken

    As long as there's no college students playing their loud Justin Beiber music and smoking the marijuana cigarettes while having the sex.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      Agreed. I'm OK with the reefer and the sex, but if those little bastards start playing Justin Bieber I'm going to put my Nautilus 804s right by the window, crank up the Sunfire and put In God We Trust, Inc on an endless loop until they get their minds right.

    2. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Always best to smoke the Mary Jane before sex, otherwise you could get burned on sensitive areas. Experience talking here.

  9. starfanglednut

    Oh, this is so much fun. I just finished my last paper of the semester, and can now hang out on wonkette in the middle of the afternoon. Wheeeeeeeeeee!

    1. DustBowlBlues

      And I'm just putting off doing some real work, so thanks for reminding me that I haven't done shit today and am hanging out on wonkette anyway.

  10. Geminisunmars

    Here in usually somewhat less benighted Denver the city council is considering a proposal that would make it illegal for someone to "camp" in the city. We don't want no homeless folks camping around us. Off to jail with them.

  11. ZHollows

    Well, I'm sure no "special needs" people would want to live next to that grumpy old man in the advertisement anyway. That guy just wreaks of worst neighbor ever!

    1. tessiee

      No, no.
      Knock them down, like Bank of America did to the foreclosed houses in Detroit, then get a tax credit because you've "converted" them into "farms".
      Oh, how I wish I were making that up.

    2. Negropolis

      Otherwise known as Detroit. That entire city is now a Monument to Laissez Faire Capitalism. Seriously, the Michigan Central Station has to be one of the most internationally recognized buildings, these days.

      1. widestanceromance

        You know, Negropolis, it is a pity that we must be in differing time zones, because I don't get your replies until the following morning, but I always enjoy them.

  12. MissTaken

    Drug Addicts
    Ex Cons
    Sex Offenders
    Homeless

    ♫ These are the people in your neighborhood ♫

  13. sullivanst

    FSM forbid those with special needs have those needs met. Much safer to have them sleeping under a bridge with untreated psychopathy and growing resentment at society. What could possibly go wrong?

  14. DustBowlBlues

    The Cocks are representative for everything that is bad about this country and the reason no real reforms can ever happen.

    Hey, the shit I said above isn't the least bit snarky or funny, so I guess I'll log out for now. Buh-bye.

  15. SorosBot

    It could be worse; you could have corporate executives and other embodiments of pure evil moving next door.

  16. ThundercatHo

    I want to live somewhere that churches are banned for a 100 mile radius. That ought to cut down on the riff-raff.

  17. JustPixelz

    "DRUG ADDICTS, EX-CONS, SEX OFFENDERS AND HOMELESS MONSTERS"

    Paradoxically, I live with someone who matches that description now. And by "with" I mean "me".

    There's gonna be a lot of people being told to get off a lot of lawns.

    And yet those same people could buy one of those houses. We need to add protective covenants to the deeds of all houses so only the "right" people are allowed to buy.

  18. elviouslyqueer

    I love the ad's "STOP KILLING OUR STATE" finale. Because nothing says "good living" like moribund casinos and miles upon miles of petrochemical refineries.

    1. actor212

      Now now, Jersey has some positive qualities, too! I can name three:

      The cheapest gasoline in the nation

      The Watchung Mountains (not the mountains themselves, just the name. Watch-hung)

      And…that is to say…uhhhh….uhhhh, I mean, let's see…I can't. Can't think of the third one.

      Um, oops?

  19. Callyson

    No, assholes, it's not the state's purchasing of foreclosed houses that is driving down real estate prices, it's the fact that there are so many of them on the market but no one can buy them because even if they have a job the banks won't lend to anyone on Main Street that is driving down home prices.

    Christ.

    1. chicken_thief

      It's not like NJ real estate prices SHOULDN'T be driven down – freakin knock downs around where I work go for $500k.

  20. Baconzgood

    Who are the people in your neighborhood….in your neighborhood…in your neighborhood…in your neighborhooooood.

  21. Eve8Apples

    "The TV spot zeroes in on an amendment to allow state agencies to acquire foreclosed properties for use as halfway houses, assisted living centers and other facilities for “special needs” populations."

    Certainly our ailing grandparents and our special needs kids would be just as happy living under a bridge or in a cardboard box.

  22. Radiotherapy

    Build the Dang Fence!!1! No really, they make good neighbors.
    Especially when they pee on them.

  23. finallyhappy

    My son who has a disability will likely be moving into a property managed by our county and a non-profit housing group for low income people. This property has a lot stricter rules than a regular building(45 pages in the application!!!! and a background check) but it also has latinos, blahs and people with disabilities. So really, no actual criminals or druggies- except that we all know these sorts of people are born criminals.

  24. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    So, is there a neighborhood in New Jersey that doesn't have ex cons, addicts, individuals with mental illness, physical or developmental disabilities, victims of domestic violence, etc, in it already?

  25. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    individuals with mental illness, physical or developmental disabilities, victims of domestic violence, ex-offenders, youth aging out of foster care, disabled and homeless veterans, individuals and households who are homeless, individuals with AIDS/HIV, and individuals in other emerging special-needs groups identified by state agencies.

    Sound like living next to the Palin house in Alaska.

  26. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    So, why are the Koch's against this? Is it getting in their way of herding up these special needs people from the street so that they can start the Soylent corporation?

  27. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    This is why nobody is allowed to live in any of the houses in Detroit.

  28. chicken_thief

    /no snark/

    Anyone know the current law in NJ re: low income housing? I'm under the belief that each municipality is already required by the state to furnish x amount of Section 8, etc. While this may be "in addition to", I can't imagine that the state is going to be up the mini-estates in Hunterdon County to convert to a half way houses.

    1. Chichikovovich

      In the late 80s / early 90s there was a State Supreme court decision called the "Mount Laurel" decision that required each municipality to set aside a certain amount of low income housing. I don't know if that still holds, or perhaps has been replaced by statute. (Sorry – too busy at the moment to look it up.)

  29. Guppy

    Americans for Prosperity

    Whose prosperity?

    homeless drug addict ex-cons

    Limbaugh? DeLay? Abramoff? Liddy?

  30. BerkeleyBear

    Well run group homes are hard to discern in a neighborhood. Maybe a couple more cars nearby for the staff, and an occasional transport van stop for an outing. But the whole idea of community placement is that the tenants are as much a part of the community as possible. Community integration is a demonstrable improvement over institutionalization for folks with mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse issues, and often leads to better long term outcomes and transition to even more independence. Even when it doesn't, it beats the hell out of being treated like a prisoner just because you need help to go to the store or cook or clean.

    But by all means, let's marginalize our fellow human beings because it might, in isolated cases, lead to problems for a home owner. Just like if the kid down the street starts dealing meth, or the meathead neighbor finally snaps and kills his wife, or the nice quiet couple turn out to be running a brothel in their rumpus room. Or any of the infinite number of shitty things that happen in so called "good neighborhoods" all over this country every damn day, and inevitably lead to someone on the news saying "I had no idea little Jimmy was a serial pedophile."

    Fucking goddamn AFP can go fuck itself, is what I'm saying.

  31. tessiee

    yeah, because homeless people NEVER squat in the empty foreclosed houses they have now, right?

  32. CapnFatback

    I had the bullshit filter turned on in YouTube. Here's how the ad read: "Imagine if the state bought the foreclosed home next to you and moved in black people!"

    Because homeless in the new blah.

  33. tessiee

    Ironically, the homeless guy has a job, although he doesn't realize it, and doesn't get paid anything for it: His job is to be a deterrent and terrify the rest of us into compliance.

  34. ttommyunger

    Looks like the Garden State is bringing in some really prize-winning assholes this season.

  35. Lazy Media

    Hey, halfway houses belong in neighborhoods with foreclosures, amirite, because if you didn't want to live next to a halfway house, your HOA would have made sure no shiftless, suddenly unemployed folk had bought houses there.

  36. poorgradstudent

    Putting aside the general potent dumbassery, you'd think people would WANT more mentally ill, sex offenders, and drug addicts in supervised living situations, rather than the super-non-socialist solution of "integrating them into the community" by setting them loose with no job training and at best maybe an occasional visit by an overworked social worker.

    For fuck's sake, what do they think living near a halfway house is like? Nobody's asking them to live next door to Arkham Asylum (although talk about a way to quickly build up some badass cred…).

  37. criminogenic

    Practically every night I'm a sex offender in the eyes of the Church so if this Ad. is true Hurrah! I look forward to more of my fellow offenders at the self serve checkout.

  38. Beowoof

    Well of course I don't want to live near those folks, which is why I would rather live in Vegas than on Wall Street.

  39. Jennyjen798

    Abandoned houses with absolutely no oversight (lolololbank owned) are the best places to set up crack houses! No overhead, no pesky landlords snooping around, and lots of people bummed cuz their local economy sucks. Kaching! Brb, selling dope in teh Jerz.

  40. Negropolis

    Shorter AFP: "You could be living next door to a blah person, tomorrow. And, to think, this is why you moved out of the city in the first place, amritie?"

    Nowhere to run, now baby…nowhere to hide…

    AFP are the fuckers who placed fake eviction notices on low-income homes in Southwest Detroit to protest the new, publically-developed bridge that is trying to get built…all out of spite because a Montgomery C. Burns-esque multi-millionaire wants to build his own bridge.

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