- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2013

At this point, if you had not already realized that big money is behind climate-change mania and that mania is not in your best interest, maybe you should reconsider. Who has been on the receiving end of the myriad government loans, tax incentives and outright payoffs in the name of saving the planet? Al Gore is a multimillionaire at this point. Has any of Mr. Gore’s ill-gotten largesse trickled down to you yet?

“Stack and Pack” is yet another ploy to artificially control demand and thereby increase the wealth of the “haves” at the expense of the “have-nots,” or should I say the politically manipulated and vanishing middle class.

Restricting supply is a common tactic for urban planners. Forcing urban density and restricting the development of single-family homes was in fact one of the principal causes of the real estate bubble that burst in 2008. Randal O’Toole made a case for this idea in “American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership.” If you look at the real estate landscape in 2008, you’ll see the biggest blowouts in price occurred in those areas where building was most restricted. California is at the top of the list of states that suffered the largest declines in home prices in 2008. Houston would represent the opposite end of the spectrum.

Urban planning as a social-engineering tool has resulted in so much human misery in the 20th century (think Detroit), you would think what is left of the middle class would finally wake up and reject it.

SAMUEL BURKEEN

Reston