Poll: Government Threat to Rights

For the first time since I remember, the American people get it:

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

Now, if they will only start voting differently because of it.

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Who’s Land Is It?

Imagine buying a few acres outside of town but not being allowed to build a house on it. There is a growing trend of implementing just that sort of regulation, according to a post at The Antiplanner:

“Only those who need property for growing crops or keeping animals and livestock not allowed in urban areas should be allowed to build homes in rural areas,” writes a reader of the Oregon Statesman-Journal. Though the Census Bureau does not keep track of exurbanites, many demographers believe that exurbia is the fastest-growing part of America. Naturally, anti-sprawl forces want to stop this growth.

Back in 1995, Newsweek observed that, in Holland, “a businessman seeking to live on a farm and drive into the city to work would have to request permission from the government — and he might not get it.” The magazine suggested that the U.S. should have similar rules.

Read it all. The Antiplanner is a brand new blog by one who professes to “seeks the repeal of all federal and state planning laws and the closure of all state and local planning departments.” Damn fine idea.

Hat Tip to non-blogging Liberty Larry.


Posted January 2nd, 2007 Filed in Property Rights