RE: NANFA-- Fish rules criticized, praised at Oregon hearing

Downs, Chris (
Fri, 28 Jan 2000 14:03:50 -0600

>>Okay, right. I am adamantly oppossed to the government confiscation of
private property.

>Has the gov't confiscated privtate property in the past to protect a

As has been pointed out, the government cannot legally confiscate the
property without fair compensation. So instead of buying the property, some
government agencies restrict land use such that the land has only a small
fraction of its value. If you buy a beachfront property that's perfect to
build a home upon and *then* the government says you cannot build there,
then what's the value of the land? Should the landowner be compensated?
It's a hot topic now both in legislatures and the courts.

>Or is this more of an issue of the feds telling private property owners
they can or cannot do to their property?

I guess there's a difference. If you destroy the value of property without
"taking" it, I would say the difference is trivial.

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