This is not satire though you will find it hard to believe.
The Thurston County Commissioners in collusion with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have created a novel method of stealing money from new homeowners in far-left Washington State. According to public documents, Thurston County staff has proposed a new gopher tax, up to $42,000 for new homeowners who might consider building a home on or near land that might be inhabited by a rodent called the Mazama Pocket Gopher.
It’s likely to pass later this year and if it does, some of the money, after the elite get their cut, will be transferred to an out-of-state organization.
Pocket gophers are considered pest rodents throughout most of the United States where they live. In the left’s eyes, that’s worth more than a home owner.
In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife classified three species of Mezama Pocket Gophers as threatened, putting them under absurd and far-reaching protections.
Environmental crazies are using The Endangered Species Act of 1973 to bully private land owners, local and state governments. It’s also serving as an ATM for them.
The Mazama Pocket Gophers are so well-protected that if a farmer has land that could be inhabited by one of them, he must follow stringent regulations. There doesn’t even have to be a gopher on it.
Landowners wishing to develop their property must first determine whether their soil is suitable gopher habitat.
“If so, inspectors must make multiple site reviews between June 1 and October 31, when gophers are most active, to determine whether any gophers are present,” wrote reporter Michael McGrady for The Heartland Institute.
If inspectors determine gophers could be present on a landowner’s property, the landowner is then required to take significant steps to protect the gophers from any potential harm.
To give you an example of how this affects people, take the case of Steve and Deborah McLain, who have been trying to build a home on their land for over a year. A single mound of dirt on 8 acres that might have been a home for gophers put a halt to building.
The rich go on their merry way, but, as usual, the left-wing nut jobs are killing the poor and middle class.