In America property rights have plummeted in the first decade and a half of the 21st century. No surprise then that the economy has also weakened during those years since property rights are a critical factor in creating a strong economy.
Key policies that have undermined property rights in America include excessive use of conservation easements and the Antiquities Act. These two property rights stealing tactics take more and more rural land out of private ownership and into the public domain (where little if any taxes are collected, the land is often poorly monitored, and the land and mineral resources below the ground will never be allowed to add to the economic prosperity of future generations).
Meanwhile property values in the suburbs will plummet once policies like Affirmatively Forwarding Fair Housing and other even more egregious regulations force low-income residents out of their neighborhoods and into the suburbs. Please follow these links to learn more about the destruction of our property rights and economy.
The EPA has been busy intimidating the property owners of America for decades. There power will only increase exponentially if the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS), which will federalize all the water in America, is allowed to stand.
What would you do if the EPA showed up on your property and told you that you had not properly permitted your pond and you would be fined up to $37,500/day unless you filled it back in? Oh, yeh, you have several small children and a wife, all who need a roof over their head and three meals a day. Would you do the right thing and fight the EPA, since you know that you filed all the necessary permits in advance of building your pond? To learn more about how the brave Johnson family of Fort Bridger, Wyoming fought back and won against the federal environmental hammer known as the EPA, click on this link.
As if attempting to take control of all of the water in the United States through the Water of the United States Rule (WOTUS) wasn’t bad enough, now the Lefties are pushing to seize control of large portions of the oceans. To read the details of this latest abuse of property rights, click on this link.
The goal of the Wildlands Project is to remove the citizens of America from the rural lands leaving the majority of the land for the sole use of the wild animals. Currently, the federal government owns more than half of the land in a dozen of our Western states, and is attempting to establish control over more in order to create massive belts of land extending from Mexico north up into Canada and Alaska for the sole use of wildlife. One way to justify the taking of more land is through the creation of, or extension of, national parks. Surely this is a reasonable and more importantly a legal thing for our federal government to do. After all, none of us grew up in a time when national parks did not exist. It is almost unimaginable that their existence could be challenged-or is it?
Please watch this fabulous video by Kris Anne Hall, constitutional lawyer, to learn the reality of the constitutional limits placed on the federal government in regards to land ownership. To watch this video, please click on this link.
Few things will give a fascist government power like preventing the ownership of property by the citizen. The Progressives on the Left are out to destroy property rights. They would argue that only the federal government can manage and protect the land effectively. Who cares that by controlling the state’s land the Feds destroy state sovereignty and deny the state’s the ability to use their own resources to reduce the tax burden on their citizens. To learn how Utah is fighting back against the Federal government’s overreach click on this link.
As you know, the Federal Government, through the Water of the U.S. rule (an extension of the Clean Water Act of 1972) is trying to federalize, take control of, all the water in the United States. As you also know, a group of states led by North Dakota was successful in putting a halt to the effort (at least until further study is done). The question to be asked is the regulation halted in all 50 states or just in the states included in the North Dakota lead law suit? To learn the answer to this question, click on this link.
New Septic System Regulations Advance the Wildlands Project
The author of this newsletter lives in Ohio. On January 1, 2015 a new set of septic system regulations were enacted. These regulations apply to the estimated 660,000 homes in Ohio which have a septic system. The regulations are being pushed down stream by the EPA, to the Ohio EPA, written by the Ohio Health Board who then mandated the regulations be implemented by the each of the county’s health boards. Notice these are all unelected boards. This leaves your local elected officials impotent on the side-lines unavailable to provide interventions for their citizens.
The county health departments in Ohio now have the right, without any proof of a septic issue, to come onto your property unannounced. If you refuse, the sheriff will be called. The rules authorize county health boards to order homeowners to fix or replace failing septic systems and to turn the order over to the county prosecutor for enforcement if it’s ignored. Homeowners charged with creating a public nuisance could face civil fines of up to $100 a day and daily criminal fines of up to $1,000. Continue reading
The author of this newsletter firmly believes her readers understand the Wildlands Project, and likely are not too concerned if its name has been changed. This article is being included for three different reasons.
First, the article leads with a very good explanation of why, even if Bambi had a massive amount of land on which to roam, the country folks still must be relocated to town.
Second, the article goes on to provide evidence that in 1998 a state government agency tried to get a local government to close its own roads to force its own citizen’s into town.”
The third reason the article is valuable because it ends with,
“So if you live in a rural area, pay attention to some of the policies that are being carried out by local government agencies. You should be especially suspicious of anything that is done in the name of environmentalism.”
To read this article, please click on this link.
The EPA is pushing a new rule called the Waters of the United States which would expand the definition of a navigable water to include almost any water feature on a property including ditches that are dry the vast majority of the year. If this rule goes into effect the federal government has in effect nationalized/taken control of all water in the United State (and in many cases the land that borders the water).
These waters are usually under the jurisdiction of the states. No surprise that various groupings of states challenged the EPA in court. The first of the articles on this subject discusses the only lawsuit that successfully put a stop to the implementation of the rule, at least until further studies are conducted. To read more about which group of states was successful, click on this link.
The second article discusses whether the states that were unsuccessful in their challenge of the Waters of the United States rule, will be protected from, or obligated to abide by, the rule. To learn more click on this link.