Oppression for a Cause
When you go in for building permits from King County, you are not working with people that have any sense of customer service and certainly no accountability. You are trapped in their Byzantine system and forced to acquire from their monopoly a necessary input prior to constructing your home. The staffers in these offices are not interested in economic development and especially not interested in helping families. Their reviews of you permitting applications are based almost exclusively on the supposed “environmental impact” of your planned construction. Safety, sound planning, and all the rest have little to do with it now.
Environmental issues, within reason, should be considered as part of the permitting process. Nobody wants to see a river rerouted or every tree in sight ripped down. Nor do we want to see poisons dumped into salmon spawning areas or a complete disregard for water run-off and erosion. But, the county’s environmental concerns have gone way beyond that. These days, staffers go bird watching on a property and charge an hourly rate to do so that is well over $100.
It shows an increasing degree of government based on animosity towards citizens. Not just a disregard for property rights, but the fundamental objection to the entire concept of property rights. As with most things in King County and Seattle, politicians and bureaucrats seem to actually believe that your money is not really yours, and that they can and should use their positions of power and as gatekeepers to siphon as much wealth from you as possible. They are not likely to give you a permit, but will charge thousands of dollars in the process, and later happily tax you for the propert that you cannot use when permits are denied.
“Progressivism,” as it is expressed in the Northwest, has very little connection to it’s past. It has lost any interest in actually helping people, except those that can be made completely dependent on government. The rest, workers and people in the middle class, are viewed with disdain, seen as the source of “the problem,” an unlimited source of extorted funds, and a large group in need of behavior modification.
Some balance is desperately needed. But, the Seattle Borg continues to vote for their oppressors. The Borg remind me of convicts who have lived so long in prison that they describe themselves as fully “institutionalized” and actually seek to avoid their release. Freedom and responsibility scares them.
Even still, I have to believe that something will eventually break the back of the Borg. I don’t know what it will be. Perhaps the multiple new tax proposals for projects such as Sims’ plan to give everyone a bus, and Nickels’ “bridging the gap” with the lie that transportation money is not available, even though it is clearly in the budget but city’s abundant tax revenues have been deliberately moved away from transportation projects. The gas tax was raised astronomically as a supposed "final fix." Now we see that politicians are calling on more money for activities that any reasonable person would think surely must be within the existing budget.
Perhaps they will finally go too far. Well, it’s something to hope for anyway.
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