Pull Over The Side Of The Road And Let Me See Your House LicenseI can't put in to words what it meant to me, as a single mother, to find a house that I could afford to buy. A little "cracker" cottage sitting on the inlet, the house was built in 1923. As a housewarming present my parents replaced the existing front porch with a Victorian style porch and the Saturday after the closing, Dad brought over a keg and my friends all gathered to get the house ready to move in to. The women painted while the men went about cutting down a huge oak tree that looked like would come down on its own with one good shove. The mighty oak proved stronger than it looked. Good times.
If the Cap And Trade Bill passes, it seems that you will need an EPA-approved license before you can sell your house.
The Mind Numbed Robot is on the case, thanks to a reader who wrote this [big tip of the fedora to The Daley Gator]:
Beginning one year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, you won’t be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this “Cap & Trade” bill, passed by the House of Representatives. If it is also passed by the Senate, it will be the largest tax increase any of us has ever experienced.
The Congressional Budget Office (supposedly non-partisan) estimates that in just a few years the average cost to every family of four will be $6,800 per year. No one is excluded. However, once the lower classes feel the pinch in their wallets, you can be sure that these voters will get a tax refund (even if they pay no taxes at all) to offset this new cost. Thus, you Mr. And Mrs. Middle Class have to pay even more since additional tax dollars will be needed to bail out everyone else..
But wait. This awful bill (that no one in Congress has actually read) has many more surprises in it. Probably the worst one is this: A year from now you won’t be able to sell your house without some bureaucrat’s OK. Yes, you read that right.
The caveat (there always is a caveat) is that if you have enough money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can sell it. But, if not, then forget it. Even pre-fabricated homes (“mobile homes”) are included. In effect, this bill prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator.
As much as I love the house, it has become a burden. I completely underestimated what it would cost to maintain a house this old. Every day it is something else. The porch has seen too many hurricanes and is being redone next weekend. It is always something. Now that the kids have grown and gone and the dogs have died, it isn't the same and I am ready to move on.
A little over a year ago, a (possible) miracle occurred. The county rezoned my property as part of a revitalization plan. The house may not be worth squat but the 130 feet of waterfront land is. Of course we are smack in the middle of a housing bust and there isn't a whole lot of development going on. Which brings me (finally) to my point. Under the new EPA rules, I may need to bring my house into compliance, even though it will be torn down.
The EPA has outgrown its mandate. The department is injecting itself into every aspects of our lives. Now they are coming in to our homes. Private decisions made by and between private individuals are none of the government's concern. If the government can can enter our homes, what is left?
We cede our rights without realizing it because the government moves slowly and quite frankly, we don't pay much attention. But now the government has accelerated the pace. We need to stand up and tell the government that it's power ends at the edge of our property not inside our front door. It is time to start paying attention.
*Note to developers who may be reading-the time to make an offer is before the EPA puts its regulations in place and before the housing market comes back. Just saying.