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Wall Street Journal, by Roger Kimball

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Posted By:nhchemist, 1/15/2013 1:35:00 PM

Like many people whose houses were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, my family and I have been living in a rented house since the storm. Unlike some whose houses were totalled, we could have repaired things and been home toasting our tootsies by our own fireplace by now. What happened? Two things: zoning (as in "Twilight Zone") and FEMA. (Snip) Before you could get a building permit, however, you had to be approved by the Zoning Authority. And Zoning—citing FEMA regulations—would force you to bring the house "up to code,"

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Keep repeating, "I´m from the government and I´m here to help you."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 1/15/2013 1:51:05 PM     (No. 9118010)

Passive resistance is in order. We the people need to quit participating. We don´t abide by the silly rules. We don´t do as we are told. We resist passively. The goobernment can´t function if we the people don’t play by the goobernment´s rules.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chance_232, 1/15/2013 2:00:03 PM     (No. 9118030)

My hot water heater recently decided that it no longer wanted to contain the water, but prefered to dump it all over my garage floor. Thinking that this wouldnt be that big a deal, and knowing that hot water heaters are relatively inexpensive, I sought out quotes. I was informed that the city requires a 75$ permit and that the city requires the installation of an additional resevoir tank. If I have a contractor install it, a full quarter of the cost will either go to the government or be for additional items required by the government. If I do it myself, fully 1/2 of the cost will be due to government fees and mandates. I plan to replace the unit myself and not tell the city what Im doing.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: felton335, 1/15/2013 2:09:08 PM     (No. 9118058)



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Reply 4 - Posted by: felton335, 1/15/2013 2:14:47 PM     (No. 9118069)

Sorry, pushed the enter key too fast. I wanted to replace an old wooden patio using the same footprint but better material. The city planing dept told me it would cost $130 for a permit. When I went back a month later with all of the design plans and contractor information the price for the permit went up to $780. If you can do it and not tell the city, county, or any one else: DO IT!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: On fire, 1/15/2013 2:26:56 PM     (No. 9118089)

Lived in Denmark for 2 years where taxes on individuals & businesses were outrageous. As some here have noted - people will respond to ridiculous taxes with secret DIY projects or they begin a barter system and go underground. ( my wife can cut your family´s hair if you help us w some plumbing problems.).

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cleanhousein2012, 1/15/2013 3:18:10 PM     (No. 9118189)

Agenda 21 at your service. If you aren´t familiar with it, get familiar,and find out whether your local city is involved in ICLEI, which is how they teach your city Agenda 21´s strangulation techniques in the name of the "environment".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 1/15/2013 5:16:49 PM     (No. 9118511)

years ago went to out county building department to get an OK to put up a pole barn that i intended to park my boat under. I was informed that i could not do that as my property was under an acre (.96) and a pole barn could only be built on agricultural property, but i could build a car port. When i asked what i would have to change on the plans the nice agent suggested that erasing "Pole Barn" and writing in "Car Port" should do it....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: billa, 1/15/2013 9:57:49 PM     (No. 9118936)

Hey, didn´t the moron-in-chief during his hug fest with Christie during a press conference indicate that all red tape would be removed in returning people to their homes? Wha´ happen?

Those of you who decide to DIY repairs...I don´t blame you, but when you sell your home, those madatory inspections, assessments and appraisals are gonna cost a plenty in bringing up to code.

Or, consider doing what they do in France, Spain, Italy and Mexico...offer a "bonus" to the inspectors who have to sign off on the permits.

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