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By arienc (registered) | Posted June 22, 2009 at 12:46:15

A Smith > When people own property, they take care of it, because they stand to lose money if they don't. When government owns land, there is far less reason to be vigilant in taking care of it, because there is no monetary incentive to do so. As I said before, it actually pays government to not be vigilant in protecting land/water from pollution, because they can then use that as a reason to ask for more money from the taxpayers.

Tell me, Mr. Smith...what corporation or group of individuals should be given the right to look after this asset and charge us for the privilege? Should it not be the responsibility of us, the citizens, to protect the resources upon which we base our survival?

Perhaps the issue here is to create the proper incentive for the group of individuals who are charged with the responsibility of looking after our collective water resources (the government) to do what they're supposed to do.

However we as citizens have failed to do our jobs in maintaining checks and balances on our representatives. We have been brainwashed to believe that only liberals and conservatives (with the odd NDPer thrown in there) can gain enough public support govern our affairs. We listen to their rhetoric, and are not even surprised when we get the same old thing regardless of party affiliation.

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