An interesting editorial from the Provincetown Journal's fine writer, Froma Harrop, on why the Republican rich really, deep down, do like lots of government regulations---where they live and vacation that is. (right, Mitt and Ann Romney at their vacation retreat in New Hampshire.)
There are places in the United States, especially back east, where it is so difficult to access the local open areas--those localized control areas--that even so much as drinking an open can of soda pop along a beach trail is considered a violation of some small-town, big dollar municipal code and worthy of a fine.
Thank goodness for some states, like Oregon, which has a Land Use Commission and many state parks and beaches to be open to the public, with less onerous regulations. How long this lasts in an era of falling revenue for government-held public lands and recreation sites in the West is a good question.
Most Americans likely have ,as I have, run up accidentally into a "gated communities" where even stopping and asking directions is considered an act of willful disobedience. And one dares not tread a foot inside such a place unless invited.
Yet where did the money come from for these people to wall themselves off from the rest of us?
From the article: "New Englanders fanned across the country extracting riches from other regions. They did mining, oil drilling, railroad building. How their activities harmed these other environments was, in most cases, the last thing on their minds. They made sure that their kids attended prized schools back East and that they themselves would not spend their summers near an open pit mine in southern Arizona. They came home to the fresher breezes and charming villages of the Northeast. And the rich from other regions joined them for the summer party.
"It's one thing to pollute other areas. It's another to despoil where one goes for recreation. It's animal nature not to dirty one's own nest."
This is one more indicator about one of the advantages of big business: if you own a empire as the Koch Brothers and others do, you can make your money in a place where your company fights against environmental regulations. And then you live far away in another part of the state or nation or globe, far enough away in fact for the results of your extraction-and-pollution schemes to have no effect on you or your family. More here: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_froma_harrop/where_they_play_rich_conservatives_like_zoning