The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Dec 6, 2007

Tapped-Out

Yesterday's Albuquerque Journal did a somewhat short story in the Metro section about Councilor Cadigan and his designs to use the Water Authority to control growth. We've been concerned about this exact misuse of water and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority since it was stupidly created by the legislature and Governor Bill some 4 years ago (ABQ Journal - Subscription).

The excuse used at the time was that the city and county weren't playing nice in the aquifer; and perhaps they weren't. Frankly, we don't really care because just like many of the drugs advertised on TV, the cure is far worse than the disease.
(Sidebar)
The Water Authority was the brain child of none other than accused crook Manny Aragon. That by itself should give you pause, but the real problem with the authority is that it's not directly accountable to the public.
(End Sidebar)
The stated goal of Senate Bill 887 (2003 legislative session) was to force the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to communicate better by creating a board consisting of 3 county commissioners, 3 city councilors, and a representative appointed by the mayor of Albuquerque. This board has complete control over the life blood of the city and county and now Cadigan wants to use the board's authority to stop growth in the city.
Albuquerque City Councilor Michael Cadigan is calling for the city-county Water Authority to flex its muscles to control development.

Cadigan, who is also a member of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board, said the board should block service to some new developments, even if water availability isn't the issue [Emphasis Added].

The Water Authority ought to look at all growth issues— including the impacts a development would have on schools and traffic— before giving the go-ahead for water service.

"The water supply is the teeth of urban planning," [Emphasis Added]he said.

City and county governments can only tell a developer how to build, Cadigan said, not if it can build. But developers "don't have a constitutional right to water," he said.
Look, if Comrade Cadigan gets his way the Water Authority will end up more powerful than either the city or county governments that gave life to this socialist Frankenstein. The neo-socialist underpinnings of his statements are simply terrifying for anyone who believes that government's first obligation is to protect freedom - our freedom.

Worse yet, it won't just be water that is tapped-out it'll be jobs, housing (especially affordable housing), opportunity, innovation, and all of the things that make a community and a city great - all of the things that are only present when a community is growing.

4 comments:

Defender said...

Water is the new gold of the west, that almost goes with saying. In my work I currently am supporting no less that 15 major water projects up and down the 1-25 corridor from El Paso to Laramie. The total tab of these projects is somewhere around 350 mil. Is it any wonder that the state and cities wanted a big piece of the action. He who contols the water controls the area. A common siege tactic in the days of knights and horses.

This is a turd that needs badly to be stomped on early in it's infancy. I very highly recommend that those concerned get ahold of the legislation that created this monster and understand very well the consequences. Did you know that the water authority directly affects not only Albuquerque but has power over the entire state in some degree or another. Like I said, Study the legislation, this is one turd that slipped in under the radar..................

Anonymous said...

Is everyone in public office power hungry? Water, of course, is a valuable commodity. However, Albuquerque and the state will grow in population. Planning is a necessity, but to try to stop growth is an exercise in futility.

Anonymous said...

Cadigan is right on this issue. Take a step back and evaluate the whole process then move forward.

Dr Valles said...

Councilor Cadigan's Socialist Agenda is costing the citizens of Albuquerque millions of dollars. Previously, the City had to pay over 7 million dollars in a settlement, as a result of the Councilor's actions. Now the citizens are looking at paying another 8.2 million . We cannot afford to have this scum-bag "acting" as a paid public servant. He seems to be in the pocket of the "radical-environmental-left"