October 2017 Newsletter
We're told that water is awesome; that it's precious - life giving. The source of all life.
All this is true.
And it's also true that those who can control the water will have the potential power to enslave those who don''t . . .
Dying of thirst is a terrible option!
In asking for statehood, early Texas settlers decided that the state would own all the state’s surface water and landowners would own the groundwater beneath the surface of their land. They based their decision on laws defining principles of private property ownership. (This, of course, was back when men were men; before government consisted of hand-outs in exchange for control.)
As has been reported in various sources, citing present usage, Texas has a 1500-year supply of groundwater, which doesn’t include recharge, construction of new surface reservoirs, the discovery of new aquifers, improved techniques of desalination, new pumping and irrigation techniques. So, why are so many legislators (and others) trying so hard to control that which belongs to the landowners?
Surely, it couldn't be a scheme to take this private property of others for their own use – without paying for it?
For years, Rural/Urban Resources has warned that control of groundwater is not about the groundwater, but about ways to control the owners of it.
Socialism does not work in strange and mysterious ways.
This session of the Texas Legislature burdened voters with over 6,000 new laws and new administrative policies. Most designed for control of some phase of our lives, including private property – especially, groundwater.
Every session of the state Legislature adds a little more control, not only over the landowner’s privately-owned groundwater, but over our lives and everyone’s private property.
To paraphrase Will Rogers: Taxpayers are spending a lot of money on government, but we’re getting more government than we want – or need.
Guidelines. Ethics, and such things – In our American system, government is to benefit the citizens who are paying the costs of it. If so, then the agencies and offices of government should owe their highest duty and highest allegiance to those citizens.
The difference between how government is supposed to work and the reality of how it is actually working is the battleground today.
But lawmakers keep passing laws and giving friendly winks to the administrative agencies that they’ve created, and keep giving additional power. And these lawmakers surely know that these agencies expand and enlarge the scope of their activities on behalf of themselves and their creator (government) to the detriment of those they are supposed to benefit and serve.
The way the game is played, the taxpayer is the sheep. And in Texas, we’re sheared every two years.
We’re farmed by the elite (the politicians and those who buy them), generally sheared every quarter and, especially, on April 15th. Then, our wool is distributed to the elite and a few of their close friends, and to those who have been assured by the elites that they are victims – who, in turn, keep the elites and their friends elected and in power.
Every demagogue needs those who can be convinced that they are preyed upon or are unfairly treated because of sex, race, religion, skin color or some other stupidity. Demagogues divide these victims into classes of the deprived, and offer a dependence that leads to enslavement. Its been going on for so long that, every year, more and more of us are forced to become tools of the state.
So, something is wrong.
Think about it: We now have more government – on all levels – in the United States than we’ve ever had. But government keeps growing and adding to the debt, simply because voters won’t demand that they cut spending.
Like most voters, we can find a lot of things to spend our money on … there’s always a yearning for something … so, think what we could find if we were using someone else’s money.
Of course, there are so many blockheads in government that it should be legal to carry a chainsaw.
It takes very little government to govern good people, but bad people cannot be governed at all.
If government can make society smooth-running and crime-free, why do we have so much unrest and so much crime?
If our state-mandated education system is making us smarter and more intelligent, why do we have so many supposedly educated people believing and saying and doing dumb things? Why is there so little self-respect by those who trash our streets; who cannot respect the flag of the nation that made them rich; who gripe about their gender or sexual preferences and want special consideration or preference because of it; who believe art is found in tattoo parlors; who want respect but are unwilling to earn it; who willfully and blindly destroy the property of others; and those who shout down and attack anyone with an opinion different than their own?
If government could solve our problems, why hasn’t it done so? Why is it creating a more and more divisive society?
Why is it that the more problems government tries to solve, the more problems we seem to have?
Why are those in government treating those of us outside of government as social outcasts and outlaws?
If government is so great, so effective, WHY are so many more laws needed in every session of a legislative body?
We have so many laws now that we cannot obey them all.
...forgive our rant, but folks, we’ve got to start thinking before it’s too late.
A reminder to our readers: Groundwater in our NE Texas aquifers moves from one aquifer to another, each feeding the other.
Some in state water planning circles ignore this fact. But groundwater travels the same path as surface water, from a high point to a lower point. An example is the Nacatoch Aquifer, which runs on an underground route from NE Arkansas southwest into NE Texas.
Rain falling in the mountains of Arkansas and the hills of Oklahoma makes it way underground to our local aquifers (Blossom, Woodbine, Trinity, Antlers, Puluxy, etc), adding greatly to their potential recharge capabilities. The total potential amounts are unknown, as these aquifers generally stay full in our East Texas area, which limits full recharge capabilities: You can’t add water to a full pot.
For more information on our East Texas privately-owned groundwater resources, just e-mail or call us.
Remember: Your comments are always welcomed.