And then there is the not-so-Smart Growth. The endless series of regulations that attempt to nudge/force the citizens to live “happily” cheek to jowl in urban areas. Stanley Kurtz is the author of Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. Mr. Kurtz does a great job in this 8 minute video explaining an Obama policy called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), which is expected to get approved in December of 2014, as well as other elements of smart growth. To learn more, click on this link.
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Good news, the Supreme Court got one right. The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that government easements used for railroad beds over public and private land in the West expired once the railroads went out of business, and the land must revert to its owners. That means that bike paths pushers cannot just assume that they can build bike paths along existing abandoned federally granted railways. They will need to purchase this land from the rightful owner.
However, even good news causes ripples. This ruling will no doubt cause a series of dominoes to fall. There will be more use of eminent domain, which in turn will cause more lawsuits, which in turn will cause the cost/mile for building a bike path to increase. The hope would be that all of this turmoil will convince the American people that, in most cases, bike paths are not feasible. If the American people figure that out, the federal government will have lost a key tool, bike paths, in their Agenda 21 toolkit. To learn more, click on this link.
It is often hard to tell if the left is amazingly brilliant or incredibly stupid. Obama Care is a colossal mess, so one would assume that idiots are involved, unless the goal is a mess from which Single Payer will result. This story shows this same kind of craziness. In Washington state because too many people are buying fuel efficient cars (Isn’t that what the left wants?), the money brought in from gas taxes has decreased (Oops, guess the left didn’t factor that in!). So now the state has to figure out how to still manage to get its hands into the pockets of those who own those pesky little fuel-efficient cars. To learn more, click on this link.