Maryland Environment Secretary Robert Summers displays the arrogance typical of Democrats in the Baltimore – DC corridor. We shouldn’t be surprised that an elitist, “limousine liberal” like Summers thinks that $8,000 is a “modest” sum and that no hard working Maryland citizen should resent ponying up to install a new septic system so that the Chesapeake Bay MIGHT become a tiny bit cleaner.
A career academician and political appointee, Summers has spent his adult life spending other people’s money. It shouldn’t be a great surprise that Summers takes the attitude that no cost is too great to reach some rationalistic ideal. Of course, it also means that he gets to continue to spend YOUR hard earned money.
Delegate Smigiel hits the nail right on the head:
In closing Secretary Summers said that these costs are not more than those on public water systems are already paying. I doubt that anyone on public systems are being forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars to have a child or parent move into their home. The Secretary leaves out of his equation the fact that Septic System owners also pay through out the life of their systems the cost of cleaning and maintaining them.
The Secretary never addresses the taking issue, nor does he attempt to justify the heavy handed tactics of circumventing the legislature other than to say, we believe we can pass regulations without the legislature.
If there was ever any doubt that Gov. Martin O’Malley and his minions have declared war on rural Maryland, the legally questionable tactics of O’Malley appointees like Secretary Summers should leave no doubt.