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Salem Oregon to Residents: Economic Independence is a Privilege, Not a Right

Megan has a very well maintained 1920’s cottage in Salem Oregon.original

To become economically independent, she rents out a portion of it to guests for $65 a night through airbnb.com

So far, it’s been a win win for Megan and her guests.

She earns the extra income she needs to pay for her home and they get a nicely appointed, cost effective, and friendly place to stay the night.

Unfortunately, the city of Salem doesn’t see it that way.

Salem’s bureaucrats, like most of the bureaucrats running America’s cities, don’t view economic independence as a right.

They see economic independence as a privilege only they can grant.

Worse, in order to maintain their control over residents and protect existing businesses, the city has established rules that make renting a room nearly impossible.

Salem claims that Megan must:

  • Obtain a conditional use permit.
  • Present her plans in a public hearing.
  • Pay a nearly $3,000 licensing fee.

In other words, there’s no way Megan would rent her spare room if she had to get permission from Salem in this way.  It’s simply too hard and too expensive.

Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Salem isn’t the only city where the bureaucrats prevent Americans from exercising their right to pursue economic independence.

It’s going on nearly everywhere.

Fortunately, we can turn this around.

The first thing that needs to change is how cities deal with economic independence.  We need to bring this thinking into the 21th Century.

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Discussion — One Response

  • stimoceiver September 7, 2014 on 2:04 pm

    Collectivism at its finest.

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