Private property, once the cornerstone of American freedom has become much less meaningful and is now largely controlled by government planners and unelected bureaucrats. All private property is subject to annual property taxes that make property owners little more than tenants. Is this the meaning of "pursuit of happiness" outlined by our founders? The number one target of communist planners and Marxist ideologues has always been the elimination of private property and the sustainability movement is the antithesis of private property protections. Regionalism and Councils of Government (COGs) are very effective ways of eliminating elected representative (accountable) government.