Because, hey, it’s not really yours anyway right? You just get to finance it and pay taxes on it.
I make it a general rule to avoid Maryland if possible. Aside from maybe the odd Navy football game. These taxes will only add to my general inclination to skip over the state.
When regulators get like this people lose respect for the regulators. Indeed people come to see the regulators as out and out enemies, which in many cases they are.
This is a man, I don’t care how ornery and defiant, who probably should never have seen a court, never mind a prison. And he’s been held in solitary confinement (as in he has spent time in solitary) since going to prison? (Prison prison.) That is nuts.
Cops are one thing. Winter in North Dakota is another thing altogether.
Funny, I was chastised by a social justice warrior for covering this story (even though we were generally positively disposed toward the protesters, though not totally) because my tone wasn’t I guess sufficiently PC. How shortsighted was that?
The North Dakota protests are an important story. It will be interesting to see what happens as winter descends on the upper plains. As I told an Occupy Wall Street person at a camp a few years ago,
Eminent domain abuse is widespread and it is fundamentally a challenge to private property rights, part of the legal bedrock of this country.
This fight is almost literally right in my back yard. Just down the road a couple of miles or so the “no pipeline” signs start popping up.
Is private property private or not? Just because a company is big and connected does that mean that it just gets to do whatever it wants if your property happens to be in their way?
I say no. Of course not.
Our current governor (and key Clinton ally it should be mentioned) disagrees with me.
Property rights and the rule of law are absolutely vital for the creation of wealth for all, but particularly for the world’s poor.
When even the poor, the least advantaged and often the least connected know that for even them a contract is a contract, that a deed is a deed, that what is theirs will remain theirs wealth can be created. People can begin the road out of poverty.
Economist Hernando de Soto has long made this case.
One of the points which we have made here is that despite the faith many American greens put in the government, it is governments which are often the worst abusers of the environment. We have argued that the state is the greatest environmental ravager of them all.
We have also argued that respect for property rights (something governments often have a hard time with) and unsubsidized markets can be key in environmental preservation and sustainability generally.
Why are our coastlines decimated when a hurricane hits the East Coast?
As we have said before, there is no group who has gotten a more rotten deal from the US government than the American Indians. And that deal continues to this day. Many American Indians live in the last pockets of the 3rd world in the United States. Under the direct watch of Washington bureaucrats of course. (Who are often paid nicely.)
“if you don’t like the way I’m livin’ just leave this long haired country boy alone.”
– Charlie Daniels
Some people just want to be left alone. They don’t ask for anything other than peace and independence. It is an interesting, and in my opinion pretty desirable version of the American dream. No bills. Few neighbors. Quiet nights filled with stars. Many of these hardy souls have found refuge in the American Southwest.
The EPA in many respects, and certainly in this case, is out of control. Truly, there seems a massive divergence between the sane, rational people out in America and the environmental agency in Washington DC which thinks crushing a private citizen under the wheel of the state is perfectly OK.
This is abuse. Actually it’s worse than that.
When a “bad” neighborhood turns desirable cities always seem to use eminent domain to chase the “undesirables” out. (You know, the people who actually live in a particular neighborhood.) Brooklyn Yard, Chicago, Detroit, Houston. Powerless, or nearly powerless people are easy prey and as such often feel the crush of City Hall.
But times are different. There’s an Internet now. And now these folks can get their stories out to the broader world.
Poor or rich people’s property rights must be respected.
A 30 years war against the Feds, and the guy was victorious. Good for him.