Saturday, October 29, 2011

O'Malley's Statewide Growth Plan: Recipe for Disaster

I guess I'm a nut. Martin O'Malley has made it no secret that he wants to "diversify" heavy-Republican districts and unfortunately he's able to do this by public policy. It's all done in the name of a growth plan and saving the bay and curbing suburban sprawl. But don't you really think there are elements of deception and political manipulation?

The Baltimore Sun recently did a good job of painting a picture of rural and extended suburban dwellers as a bunch of lunatics, citing a guy that claims it's part of a United Nations doctrine to destroy American values. Furthermore, they seem to depicting the Carroll County Board of Commissioners as a group of bumpkin hillbillies knee-jerk reacting to our most honorable Governor's plans. You can read this article here, assuming you haven't already read 15 different articles on the Baltimore Sun this month. If you pay for an online subscription, you'll be okay.

As E.J. Pipkin mentioned, the state have severely limited construction on Eastern Shore based on sewer requirements claiming it to be in the best interests of cleaning the Chesapeake Bay. Since there is limited city water on the Eastern Shore, most new construction would require septic systems. However, the state is now restricting\prohibiting the construction of new septic systems saying that septic systems ruin the Bay.

Everyone knows that if they want to clean the bay they need to go after farmers and their overuse of nitrogen-based chemical fertilizer products, not banning of Republicans building houses that need septic systems on the Eastern Shore. And isn't it true that the majority of the Chesapeake Bay pollution comes from the waters crossing the farm fields of Central Pennsylvania, then meandering through the Susquehanna River? Oh, and another source of major pollution in Chesapeake Bay is the streets of Baltimore City, more commonly known as trash cans to city residents.

Now, our Celtic-rockin' Governor has a new plan to halt construction in the extended suburbs and rural areas with a push to concentrate all construction near existing development, such as the leftists Montgomery County area, Owings Mills, and White Marsh. So if you own land in a Republican County, like Carroll County, or you are a resident that doesn't want to live in an apartment\condominium\townhouse, the Maryland Democratic party is basically saying "F**K you."

The next weapon you should expect that state extortionists to use is the withholding of state money for education, transportation, and funding of social programs. By denying state money, the state will hope to crush the popular rebellion of freedom and bring them under the control of the government. Seriously, though. The state can deny money for programs by saying that it will provide funding if local jurisdictions follow strict development guidelines. By not following the guidelines, the local jurisdictions will not receive money.

The Federal government uses this hostile method all the time. It denied highway transportation dollars to states that refused to band gambling. Eventually Nevada told the Federal government where to go and built casinos and its own roads.

Am I a right-wing wacko for suspecting malicious intent in the state's efforts? I don't think so. We've seen a clear pattern in the O'Malley administration of hostility towards people that do not agree with their policies. I think he will d0 whatever it takes to crush the political diversity of the state. And that is a recipe for disaster.

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