They $nuggled up and got in bed

clip_image002…Actually Arizona leaders … Governor … State Legislature … Attorney General did HELP … they just chose NOT to HELP Arizona citizens and taxpayers …

They $nuggled up and got in bed and  helped bank$ters … mortgage broker$ … Realtor$ …

DRANK WAY TOO MUCH OF GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE’S “KOOL-AID”

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NOW IF YOU FIND THIS ACCEPTABLE YOU HAVE DRANK WAY TOO MUCH OF GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE’S “KOOL-AID” 

UNDERSTANDALE … YES…

ACCEPTABLE … HELL … NO…

PROME ME WRONG

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As I began reading this article I quite quickly found myself wondering when I would read that immortal line from Casablanca where Claude Rains notes … “round up the usual suspects

…Without question there are a number of individuals who have been sanctioned and anointed as WATER AUTHORITY and whose viewpoints … observations … evaluations … opinions are quite consistently utilized by corporate owned Arizona media … like the Arizona Republic … as representative of how Arizona citizens feel or should feel about water issues.

It is not just this newspaper which finds it easier to quote those affiliated with academia … or the CAP … or the legal profession. What I find consistently the most interesting is how the opinion … observation … knowledge of the Arizona’s “man/women-in-the-street” is summarily and categorically ignored and denied.   

And actually it is quite understandable as Arizona’s “man/women-in-the-street” has consistently been ignored and denied by all Arizona governmental regulatory bodies … Az Dept of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) … Az Dept Water Resources (ADWR) … OWAC/Onsite Wastewater Advisory Committee sponsored by ADEQ … ACDEHSA/Arizona County Directors of Environmental Health Services Association and their selected OTAG committee … CAP/Central Arizona Project and SRP/Salt River Project policy development boards … to name but a few …

Each of these entities consistently deny legitimate opportunity to the public to have voice and obtain answers. .  To achieve substantive input from “us” … requires those above cited entities actually engage in legitimate public education and outreach … which for them is an activity in which they choose not to engage in as it is time consuming … messy … requires constant and consistent engagement … and is therefore costly.   The deck has been stacked and a game is played often using the euphemistically entitled Arizona Open Meeting Laws as the instrument to obviate authentic citizen input.   And believe me, these entities are skilled in manipulating Az Open Meeting laws to their benefit and to our detriment.

And let’s face it … it’s cheaper for them to treat us as mushrooms … “keep us in the dark and feed us bullshit”… as hey, they have their “authority” figures to quote and to cite and hold over our head should anyone dare challenge them. 

And moreover for years they have been selectively feeding us their “kool-aid” and in a rather religious fashion we have been drinking it … smacking our lips and saying nothing.   It’s a good bet that as a group “we” are not going to ask “challenging” questions and if someone should dare … they quickly realize they stand alone … naked … in full view open to ridicule … not a situation for the faint of heart.  I have been there and believe me it’s daunting. 

So here’s my question…?   How does Arizona achieve … obtain … solve WATER issues without genuine input and/or authentic “buy-in” from those without whose acceptance a sustainable water solution is NOT remotely possible…?

My assessment is that of the entities named there is not one willing to engage in providing full disclosure and transparency to Arizona citizens on all their water action and activities and to be open to input and questions from Arizona citizens… prove me wrong…?