Friday, August 18, 2006

Allen vs. property rights?

The backbone of the GOP vote in Virginia is the Shenandoah Valley. So why on earth is Senator Allen pushing a yuppie land-grab plan that would undermine property rights in the Valley? From the NCPPR:
Nearly one year after the U.S. Supreme Court's shocking Kelo v. New London decision touched off a firestorm of bipartisan support for stronger property rights protections, some anti-property rights groups are receiving support from a surprising source: Senator George Allen (R-VA).
Senator Allen is the chief sponsor of legislation that would create a massive federal "National Heritage Area" that would stretch from Charlottesville, VA, through Frederick County, MD, and end in Gettysburg, PA. Such areas are best described as
heavily regulated corridors where property rights may be strictly curtailed.
Allen's bill would deputize special interest groups -- many with clear anti-property rights agendas -- and federal employees to oversee land use policy in the corridor.
"Senator Allen often describes himself as a 'Jeffersonian' conservative, which he defines as someone who doesn't like 'nanny, meddling, restrictive, burdensome government,'" said Peyton Knight, director of environmental and regulatory affairs at the National Center.
"However, if you fail to support your rhetoric with substance, you're all hat and no cattle."
To me, Allen's support for this elitist, tree-hugging, anti-"sprawl" agenda is just the latest indication that the Senator is surrounded by the kind of GOP establishment advisors whose first instinct is to triangulate, whose second instinct is to pander, and whose third instinct is to sellout.

If Allen doesn't repudiate this, he's toast. As embarassing as the "macaca" incident was, he can win without the kind of voters who care about silly stuff like that. However, he can't win without conservatives, and he can't win without the Valley.


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