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  • The slow creep of government regulation over the rights of American landowners has lulls and pauses, but is always crawling forward — never back.

And that is precisely what happened in the aforementioned Sackett case. (Mike and Chantell Sackett began building on waterfront property at Priest Lake, Idaho, in 2007. Their lot, less than a single acre, was declared by the EPA as a “wetland without a federal permit.” EPA issued a compliance order directing the Sacketts to restore the site to its previous condition. The Sacketts took their fight against EPA's compliance order to the Supreme Court. Despite the might of the EPA, the Sacketts were sure if the Supreme Court would take a look at the merits of their case, the simple truth would win out — and it did. )

Regardless of the outcome of the Hunter case, Moore takes a dim view of the future for U.S. landowners. “Forget about your property rights — they almost don’t exist. In the early part of American history, we relied on constitutional constraints. Government just didn’t go and interfere in … private business. That has eroded dramatically in the last 100 years in America.”

See below for a Reason video on the Hunter farm case:



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Discuss this Blog Entry 3

on Sep 4, 2013

Hello, author, are you really rooted in Reality?

"After neighbors complained, " ... so, "the regulatory Gestapo" are "Us"??

This is a sad tirade against a phantom paranoia. Regulations are in place because Citizens have requested them or have forced the need for them, not because 'government' is looking to create them over Popular protest.
We do not know the complete Facts in this alleged case. But, typically, county officials cannot "move the goalposts", and, if they do, there is recourse. Most animal situations, IF they were allowed by statute to begin with, are entitled to "grandfathering", especially on parcels 5+ acres.

The 'government' is US. So, maybe the answer is for Citizens to turn out to Vote?

Buck6 (not verified)
on Sep 4, 2013

Dear tgsherer;

Really ! I mean "Really" I can only assume that you work for the Press and are looking for feedback by stating such absurdities and general opposits of the article. No one in there right or is it Left mind would make a statement. You must work for the county them.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2013


I don't know what fantasy land you live in, but take a look around. Government regulation is gutting all different forms of industry. Here in California, small companies and businesses (what drive this country) are being regulated clear out of the state. I won't even begin to discuss property rights, or lack there of that are coming into effect around here. People like yourself are what is wrong with this country.

As for the article, couldn't the family farm in Michigan utilize any part of the Michigan Right to Farm Act of 1981?

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