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- Regulating ourselves to death
- Erosion of property rights
- 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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