Does this really sound like a free country to you? For those American liberals out there who are too blinded by their agenda to see what is already happening to "free countries" around them...take a long look at this article. And consider...is this really where you want America to be?
With the Supreme Court's recent decision to allow government seizure of property for increased tax revenue...we could be looking at a country that "sells out" and turns its back on the true principles America was founded on. Liberals mistakenly claim that "protection of minority from the will of the majority" applies to issues such as gay marriage and abortion (the Constitution say's nothing about the support of sexual deviance and murder) but look the other way when the Constitutional Protection REALLY does apply (protecting private property owners from Corporations, Government, or even other citizens...aka: $$$$$).
Don't think government can take away your right to own property or purchase additional property...it's already happening my friends. The question is...How long before we finally do something about it?!
UK Gov't May Outlaw Second Homes
By Kevin McCandless
June 24, 2005
London - With the age-old battle between town and country heating up once again, the British government moved closer this month towards banning ownership of second homes in popular rural areas.
Replying to a question in the House of Commons, Housing Minister Yvette Cooper said last week the government recognized that there was a "high level of concern" over rich outsiders buying second homes in scenic but impoverished parts of the countryside.
With reports that young people are being priced out of their own home towns in destinations such as the fabled Lake District, Cooper said a rural housing commission would begin next month to consider whether or not to impose sweeping controls.
"It is anticipated that the commission will consider whether there is any case for government intervention, through planning control or otherwise, on second homes," she said.
Speaking to the media this week, Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Conservative Party chairman of the Local Government Association, said that the idea of outlawing second homes in the countryside was ridiculous.
He said town councils already had the power to increase property taxes on part-time owners, and that was enough to deal with the problem.
"'The idea makes no sense at all," Bruce-Lockhart said. "It is interfering with the market. That rarely works, and it erodes personal liberty."
In 1999, then-Environmental Minister Michael Meacher suggested that local councils could be allowed to rezone selected neighborhoods to prohibit second homes. At the same time, he also admitted that he owned a second home in the country.
Currently, other members of the ruling Labor Party, including Cooper and Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, own homes in areas where the housing market has reportedly soared beyond the reach of middle-class buyers.
"Perhaps we need to zone land in terms of sustainable development," Meacher said. "That could exclude, in some cases, second homes and include affordable housing for people who need it."
Since 2000, the Department of Environment has done two large-scale studies over the future of the countryside that have also considered the issue of affordable housing.
However, countryside groups have complained that little concrete action has been taken.
Jane Hart, spokeswoman for the Rural Housing Trust, a non-profit group that campaigns for affordable homes in the countryside, said that conflict between outsiders and local would-be house owners has existed since the 1970s.
Where middle-class families once preferred to live in large cities, it's now considered fashionable to have a second home in the country.
"Once, it would have been considered desirable to live in a town or the city," Hart said. "Now ... to live in the country is a very desirable thing."
In 2004, a study conducted by Shelter, a housing and homelessness charity, found that second-home ownership had increased by 15 percent within the previous year, mostly as a result of the booming property market. In addition, house prices rose considerably quicker in rural areas than in London.
Yesterday, charity spokeswoman Helen Bird said that her group would take a wait-and-see attitude towards the new housing commission.
"Practical measures to reduce the number of second homes in rural areas are welcome," Bird said. "However, we would need to see much more detail on how the scheme being considered by the rural housing commission would work."