OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 :::

Giddy No Growthers

It is rather amusing to read the blogs, particularly those which say they are conservative, that are applauding the decision of Prince William County to just say no to new housing construction.

Usually, such draconian measures against growth are reserved to those localities that have the most Liberal of governing bodies (think Portland, Oregon or Boulder, Colorado). While my fellow bloggers may bemoan the conditions under which they live, and even go so far as to cast dark glances at those rascally RoVa politicians who simply refuse to open the taxpayers' collective veins to pave their corner of the Commonwealth, I would urge them to consider this:

Whenever a commodity is rationed, the market responds accordingly, either through higher prices or low-cost alternatives. Prince William's elected leaders ought to understand this and, surely, conservative bloggers ought to as well. Alas, this is not the case.

The county may do what it pleases (and I am sure they have anticipated the lawsuits which, no doubt, are already being considered. If not, then twice the shame on them). But in attempting to use land as a lever, they will do nothing more than hurt themselves.

Perhaps that is the only way they will learn. I doubt it. Economic illiteracy and incumbency do seem to be two sides of the same coin.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 12/06/2006 0 comments


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