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Forum Post: Can the government tell you how big your house has to be?

Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 3, 2012, 12:20 a.m. EST by mserfas (652) from Ashland, PA
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Hair shirts. Self flagellation. Windows system recovery. There are many ways across the ages in which people have chosen to punish themselves, and I suppose "Huckabee" on Fox News is not the worst. But achh, there are times.

Huckabee delivered a great, stirring speech about the importance of ownership for FREEDOM. That because we can own things, the government can't tell us what to do, like how many rooms our houses can have.

And of course, it's true ... if you're rich. A rich person like Huckabee can have a big house or a gy-normous one, and no one can say a thing about it.

But for the poor, rules and regulations on the size of home ownership and the number of people who can live in a house are universal. Trailer parks are not merely derided for bad taste - they're practically forbidden. Houses in many neighborhoods have to meet specific requirements on size and construction to drive up the cost. Such restrictions are not incidental; they are the most crucial laws in America. You could repeal free speech tomorrow, and a few of us civil libertarians would care - the normal people punch a clock and have to worry that if an Obama sticker is spied on their bumper in the employee lot that they will be fired without appeal. You could abolish Congress and who would be the wiser? But allow homeless people to register their kids for school under the wrong address? Never! Allow poor couples to join up and rent houses together in rich neighborhoods, flood the well-to-do districts with a lemming wave of their spawn - it would be raw and utter chaos! Banning people from owning a home of the wrong size or shape or description is the most fundamental thing Americans believe in.

Ownership is the basis of rights, sure --- for those who can afford them.



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[-] 1 points by MsStacy (1035) 10 years ago

You seem to oppose local zoning laws instituted by the local population. Your complaint is more with democracy then it is with the rich on this. My community is composed of small single family dwellings, three and a few two bedroom homes. The majority want a zoning law keeping it one family to one home.

There are also construction requirements in flood zones, hurricane zones, earthquake zones. The roof on a new house must meet construction codes to withstand winter snows. These laws may raise costs, but also save lives during a disaster, minimize destruction, and help keep insurance costs down.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 10 years ago

Most of those roofing laws are total bullshit. They dont raise the costs too much, but they dont do anything either. Its just political idiots looking for something to do.

[-] -1 points by funkytown (-374) 10 years ago

Well your post started off good but then it rapidly deteriorated. Zoning laws are not the invention of the 1%; quite the opposite - they are created by working class people behind closed doors as employees of local government. Even our local politicians are working class people. Should the rich land in our neighborhoods they are subject to the very same zoning or building requirements.

This is a "free" country, liberty includes the right to individual possessions... it was you yourself that opted to build in a code intensive locale.