As I sat waiting for Governor O’Malley to deliver the State of the State address this week I thought I knew what to expect. This was my ninth State of the State and you expect the Governor to give a “the glass is half full” assessment of the State’s financial situation and to take credit for all things good and ignore all things bad.
What neither I nor any of my rural friends foresaw was the Governor’s
suggestion that the State of Maryland implement a prohibition on any future septic systems being built in new housing developments.
The arrogance of such a proclamation can hardly be ignored. In this country we have a tradition of private property ownership. We stole this property from its native inhabitants fair and square and now that we own it, it has been ours to use and develop as we see fit.
Our Constitution and our laws promise to protect us from having our property taken without due process of law.
When a person purchases land in a rural area to farm or just to hold onto for future development they have made an investment that they expect will be protected by their government, not taken by it.
If the Governor is going to give a green light to the Enviro-socialist to begin proposing legislation and regulations which will invade the personal property rights and decrease the investment value of privately help property, then the government should be prepared to pay just compensation for this “taking”, as required by the Constitution.
The democratic majority living in their overcrowded urban cities have long ago replaced their woods, grass and fields with asphalt and concrete. They have built water treatment facilities to manage the necessity of dealing with the sewage they create and forgotten the utility of septic systems.
It seems very disingenuous of the urban areas to argue that those on septic systems are somehow responsible for all the problems with the health of the Chesapeake Bay. When a septic system fails, the homeowner knows it, very quickly, and is forced to address the issue and fix the system or the house fails to function as a modern home. Thus, a broken septic system is likely to discharge little which would actually effect the bay or other waterways.
On the other hand, several times a year we hear about the large urban waste water treatment plants inadvertently dumping hundreds of thousands or millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Bay or its tributaries.
Any one of the large spills by the urban plants would out volume all the broken septic systems in the State for spillage into the Bay. Yet, I see no emergency regulations to save the bay from this urban public wastewater treatment abuse.
What I do see, in addition to the lack of respect for private property rights, is that the large urban areas acting as though the rural areas of Maryland exist for nothing more than as a weekend destination.
The Maryland Rural areas wishes, as to growing and prospering, how they deem it appropriate, are clearly irrelevant to the urban politician. The Governor and the Legislature of Maryland treat the rural counties as children who just don’t know what is good for them. What the urban politicians view as benevolent oversight, we see as tyranny.