I wish I had your faith in gov't agencies and the way that gov't regulations get carried out in real life.
But I can't go there, because I live in California, where a wildflower can shut down a 3-generation family farm and force them to sell off in order to meet their monthly bills. "What harm," you would ask, "could it do to have gov't protect a simple flower which is dying out?"
So I KNOW the very real danger of having the gov't own ANYTHING. So did the men who wrote the Constitution, who had just endured being subject to a gov't system which claimed general ownership, and disregarded the welfare of the inhabitants.
Think: if the gov't owned that lake, they could require you to move away to protect it from possible sewage run-off, or cigarette smoke drifting into the nostrils of the native waterfowl.
Don't underestimate environmental activists. They have already accomplished far more ridiculous
at 4:49 PM on Jul. 29, 2009