We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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The American economy started to decline well before President Obama came into office, it goes back to Bush Sr.
When corporate executes were given the go-ahead to shutter American industry and send jobs outside your country and then bankers were allowed to take tax dollars for bail outs, they started driving in the first nails in the US economic coffin.
Everyone after him just picked up another nail and kept banging away.
Obama is simply performing the eulogy.
Karl Horst (Germany)
There's been a steady trend of local ordinances becoming more restrictive and downright onerous. If you haven't tried to develop any property lately, particularly commercially, you'd probably be shocked at what's in your local code.
Zoning ordinances keep being added that empower the municipality to micromanage or block the use of your land in every way imaginable. And the backward nature of zoning has always bothered me. If your use isn't specifically permitted, then it's prohibited and you have to go beg the local officials for permission to use your land.
Storm water management regulation has exploded over the past 15 years. Even for small projects, long approvals, professions design work, large, expensive basins etc are required now. On top of that, the new fad is to also require maintenance agreements and bonding for the controls. And expensive pain in the ass that should only be needed for very large projects with big parking lots etc.
And Land Development or Site Plan approval process is likewise a time consuming, expensive playground for government busybodies. Constantly expanding regulation there too.
I always cringe when I hear conservatives say we need to transfer power from the federal to local and state governments. In my view all levels of government have too much power and are prone to abusing it.
It isn't just commercial. We have been battling the city to use and sell our acreage for large lot housing and have hit everything you mentioned above, retention ponds included. The have virtually blocked us from selling our land as they don't want it, just ask the surrounding subdivisions. They like to look out and see our trees even though most would be saved but. Not exactly a free country anymore.
It is the present American mentality which is quickly destroying the country.
In Korea, where we spent part of the fall, the country decides it wants to do something, isolates the problems that have to be addressed, comes up with solutions to the problems, and then does the project.
In America, people spend 10 years going through an administrative process debating why the project should NOT be done, rather than how it CAN be done. So by the end of the process, either (most likely) it isn't done, or costs 10 times as much as it would have if it had been done in a timely manner, or is obsolete by the time it is done.
In large part this is due to environmentalists inserting the "precautionary principle" into all areas of law. It presumes any action must have some negative result unless the proponent can demonstrate that it does not. With the precautionary principle a permit applicant must demonstrate with clear and convincing evidence that its project will not have any adverse effects. In other words, if there is any conceivable possibility the project could cause a harm we must err on the side of caution and not allow it to be built. This requires the applicant to prove a negative, a logical fallacy and an impossible and never-ending task. "Well, did you consider that the project might cause the moon to change its orbit?" "Well, wouldn't there be a negative effect on the brown-banded tsetse fly in the next county because you could be affecting its migration patterns?" And so on and so forth.
The "precautionary principle" used to be known as the logical fallacy of "Argument from Ignorance." Now it is ingrained in many of the nation's laws as the standard that must be met before the action will be permitted. It basically chills or kills all development or innovation.
As a result, America is falling further and further behind much of the rest of the developed/developing world, as economic opportunity, development and innovation go elsewhere.