King County, Washington: Private Property Rights Under Attack
Residents of King County, in the State of Washington, are outraged
over a proposed law that would likely be the most restrictive land
use regulation in the country. The proposed law is called the "65-10
Rule", which decrees that landowners must maintain 65 percent
of their property in a natural state and the owners would only be
allowed to build on 10 percent of their own property.
Such a proposal is a travesty. This law would trample private property
rights. Environmentalists and other supporters of the rule claim
personal property rights do not trump the rights of a larger community
to save the eco-system. The plan is reportedly strongly supported
by King County Executive Ron Sims who is running for governor of
the state of Washington.
Rush Limbaugh expressed outrage about the proposal on his talk
radio show: " … [T]he right to private property is as
fundamental to a free people and free nation and capitalism as is
any of the other [rights]. It may rank at the top."
The very fact that someone would even propose such a ridiculous
concept is a sign of the times. What happened to the Constitutional
prohibition against "takings"? Wasn’t this one of
the very reasons that the Founding Fathers of this country sought
independence. For those individuals who work long and hard to pay
off their mortgage, where is the reward, what kind of incentive
will there be to acquire and own private property? Surely this proposal
would not pass a Constitutional test. However, even the mere fact
that it has been proposed should be cause for concern.
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