25 Jun 2006 On Heritage Areas
Peyton Knight has a column on TownHall.com in which he examines the newly-proposed “Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.”
National Heritage Areas often are marketed as the kinds of things everyone whould be for, but Peyton points out that it may not be neither wise nor fair to appropriate federal tax dollars to pre-selected groups of individuals to empower them to lobby local officials to enact policies they and their federal sponsors favor.
At best, these Heritage Areas are equivalent to earmarks. At worst, they are anti-democratic, anti-federalism and anti-Bill of Rights.