Is Ilhan Omar’s $1 Trillion “Homes for All” Program a Human Right?

Is Ilhan Omar’s $1 Trillion “Homes for All” Program a Human Right?

Another promise of free services has been proposed by Democrats this week. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced a $1 trillion “Homes for All Act” that, if passed, would create an “affordable” public housing program over a ten year period. Her controversial program would provide housing to anyone in the US who needs it, including illegal immigrants.

In a statement released by her office, Omar stated:

“Every American deserves a safe and stable place to live, but unfortunately, our current free-market housing system is not meeting the needs of working families.”

Omar’s described the legislation as a guaranteed human right that would include “12 million public and affordable housing units.”

She has not stated how her legislation would be funded.

Another Big Government Spending Program Labeled as a Human Right

Over the course of 2019, far-left Democrats have introduced massive big government spending programs:

  • The Green New Deal – estimated at $93 trillion by 2050.
  • Medicare for All – estimated at $52 trillion over ten years.
  • Elizabeth Warren’s student loan debt reduction and free college bill – estimated at $1.25 trillion over ten years.
  • Omar’s “Homes for All Act” – estimated at $1.2 trillion over ten years.

Merely glancing at the price tags makes one wonder whether these plans are well-intentioned or if they’re designed to bankrupt America?

Regardless, whether it’s Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Ilhan Omar, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, each progressive justifies the massive spending required for these programs by claiming that they are “human rights.”

In order to determine the validity of these massive, debt exploding, tax busting plans we must address the fundamental reasoning behind them; what is a “human right,” and do the above programs fall under that purview?

What Is the Difference Between Human Rights and Legal Rights?

Omar calls her plan to provide affordable housing a human right.

Is it really?

America’s historical origin is all about human rights. Emigrants ranging from the early pilgrims fleeing religious persecution to individuals moving to America from around the globe have been searching for hope and liberty. They sought refuge from oppressive monarchs and governments.

The truth is that respecting human rights is about relinquishing control, not enforcing it.

America has always defined human rights as “natural rights.” Natural rights are not dependent upon the government but are guaranteed by God. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson expressed it as the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Democrats are, in reality, referring to legal rights, which are dependent upon the government, create more controls, and can be revoked. If something can be changed, controlled, or revoked, it is not a human right. It’s a government given right.

For example, if the government gives someone free housing, then it can be taken away.

For proof of this, look at what is happening in Hong Kong and Iran. These countries are utilizing government-given rights that are being taken away as those governments exert more control. Citizens in those countries want what we have in America, and yet our Democratic friends want us to have what they have in those countries.

Human Rights Empower Liberty and Freedom — Not Entrapment and Dependency

It makes sense to provide safety nets for those who need it.

However, as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said in the DNC debate this week, Democrats must start thinking about how to bring hope and opportunity through wealth creation.

Thankfully, this more level-headed Democrat can see where this is heading.

By creating another big government program, Omar is promising a legal right that is dependent upon the government. The natural result is the government exerting more control over people’s lives while retaining the power to revoke this service at any time and for any reason.

Ultimately, human rights are provided by God, which empower liberty and freedom. Entrapment and dependency are the end results of “human rights” as defined by Democrats.

If Omar cares about people who need homes, then why not advocate for policies that unleash the economy and provide Americans with the means to seek opportunity if they so choose? Sounds like a much better option to me.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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