Perhaps the most underestimated force for “not good” are the local politicians and the unelected officials on various local committees. Just think of the power local zoning boards have over your life. In my neighborhood, I need to get the “permission” of a bunch of do-gooders if I am to put up a storage shed in my yard. If certain home renovations are in order, I must first announce this to my neighbors so that they have time to comment. And if tomorrow night the zoning commission has a bad night’s sleep, they can make all kinds of arbitrary decisions that in effect render me propertyless on my own property. A full-book is in order to discuss this.
In this week’s edition you can see two things. First, you can see just how wild free-market capitalism in the U.S. really works. Just look at the hubris of the two sides. Proponents argue, “the town needs a car wash.” Like anyone knows what the towns need. Did Brighton need internet lines back in 1993? Of course not, nobody had the internet or modems, so what use would those silly, ugly lines be? In a world where thousands of people have varying tastes and information, and where people were tolerably free, the way to test out what a town “needs” is to simply allow people to make their own decisions about how to best use their property. But god forbid supporters of the idea ever resort to such base ideas to defend their arguments. Look at how the proponents need to convince people that opening a particular business is a good idea:
The proposed development will increase tax revenues, create jobs and improve the property …
So that’s it. If you can raise revenues for the looters, then the project is a good idea! As an aside, note that these statements are made without any analysis whatever. OK, so what is the second lesson from this car wash issue? It is far worse. The town planning board was proposing to extort the car wash owner in exchange for granting him the right to do with his property what he wishes to do with his property.
If the board approves the car wash — which would be the first in Brighton — Daniele would have to pay the town $50,000 as part of a package of incentives. Daniele also must aggressively seek approval from the state Department of Transportation to maintain a median on Monroe Avenue near the site, and provide car-wash service for town-owned vehicles.
If people are wondering why New York State is an economic graveyard, and all we see are the red lights on moving trucks, this episode is but one illustration. Who in their right mind would even try to become an entrepreneur here? Who has the resources to fight just to have a simple car-wash built? Imagine what one would have to go through if they had grander ideas? Incidentally, the family who is proposing to build this car wash is one of the most successful entrepreneurial families in the area. Maybe the board is upset because they do not send their kids to the government schools, and envision future battles against un-indoctrinated thinking beings?If anyone wonders why I am not a good neighbor, the above story is why. These looters run every thing about where we live (and where you live too). While all of us are swept up with Hope and Change and Stupidity in DC, the real looters are doing just fine right underfoot, with no media spotlight, no think-tank researching what they are doing, no citizen groups making them accountable, nothing. It must come to an end.
After another Brighton Town Board meeting without a decision on a proposed car wash at the corner of Monroe Avenue and Clover Street developer Anthony Daniele has had enough.
Daniele said he put the property up for sale Thursday morning, a day after the board postponed taking action. He feels the board is likely to vote down the project despite the Daniele family, who own the nearby Mario’s restaurant, having invested about $150,000 in the project already.
“We’re exhausted mentally, physically and financially from having to deal with the town of Brighton,” Daniele said.