While the headline may a be a little bit misleading, it is actually the bureaucratic machine of the Tarrant Regional Water District, which apparently expects private property owners to sacrifice their land for the greater good when completing the construction of a municipal water pipeline. Sounds familiar, right?
Empower Texans.com shares the saga of 43 citizens in Mansfield, a suburb to the Southwest of Dallas, who were subject to wayward and onerous actions of the water district in failing to weigh any reasonable action of compromise while attempting to establish an aggressive policy of eminent domain in pushing for the construction of the pipeline. Of course, beleaguered residents faced the frustrating task of dealing with subversion on all levels from a municipality and tax payers continue to absorb the cost of a flawed and inefficient project marked by prolonged legal battles. If that is not enough to warrant a public outrage, certain members of the Dallas City Council have become the obnoxious mouthpiece for ill-fated example of public works project gone bad.
The Empower Texans.com write-up also reports that ranch owner Monty Bennett is currently the figurehead for the misplaced dismay of the council. Bennett, who is apparently wealthy, has fought the plans for the pipeline in going directly through his property in a heavyweight legal fight with the city and water district. Not surprisingly, the council is placing the blame squarely on Bennett for creating the current mess of an impasse that haunts the future of the project. Councilwoman Sandy Greyson completely overstepped her bounds as an elected official when she called out Bennett in a disturbingly entertaining and impassioned rant which contains all the necessary ingredients supporting the idea that less government is probably a better alternative.
Watch: Overbearing Councilwoman Fails To Grasp The Basic Ideals of Private Property Ownership And Rights
In her best impression of placing 45th in the run to become prom queen, Greyson clearly shows her ignorance when failing to acknowledge that the city failed to attempt any semblance of negotiation with Bennett, before immediately jumping head first into the shark infested legal waters (she could pass for a relative of Nancy Pelosi). She also displays a dangerous perspective when separating the wealthy ranch owner from a group which she deems “ordinary people.” Is the councilwoman insinuating that the rich are expected to be perpetually altruistic, and simply relinquish their assets and land to the public upon request?
Epilogue: In a Chernobyl-type fallout of completely mismanaged project an all levels, the city has to settle with Bennett out of court, there is no pipeline, and prospects for a new project involve extensive surveys and environmental studies on the tab of the tax payer in order to find an alternate route for the proposed water supply line.
Read the Empower Texans.com article here.