Met Council in ‘1984’

To the editor:

You didn’t build that, government did! It was Orwell’s “1984” in real life and double speak in full force. We ordinary citizens had the privilege of attending a meeting of the Metropolitan Council held at the Eagan library on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The many local government planners, bureaucrats, and elected officials were busy collaborating with each other and setting forth their ideas on everything strategic. And everything, no matter how silly, was strategic. Of course, citizens were included in this ubiquitous strategic planning. It was reminiscent of reading Professor Bluhm’s volumes on democracy, in which everyone has a vote and a voice and accepts the granting of his or her liberty to bureaucrats and then thinks it was his or her decision.

The council has a five- or 10-year plan for all things. Why? Because local officials could never coordinate services among each other. We could never have city or county roads, sewers, or drinking water without Big Brother producing the reams and volumes of directives that the state and counties already mandate. As for cable Internet service, only the government could invent, control, distribute and tax this service properly.

Likewise, only the council can make all of the decisions regarding ground and air transportation. Free markets have always been the most efficacious and economical in accomplishing what consumers want, but now another layer of government proposes to replicate the USSR without all of the necessary deaths. Yes, the council understands how much costlier light rail is than any other form of transportation, but how are we to look European with ordinary, efficient buses?

It was easy to leave the gathering confused. After all, who would plan for more bike paths, parks and  government-run buildings; control our surface waters; or take credit for equity, local enterprises and commerce? And who would think of relocating populations so that more diversity would be more diverse? Never mind that no one has demonstrated that the mandatory resettling of minorities has ever improved their lives, as another recent study corroborates.

As the planners and collaborators of all these strategies say, “Now if the taxpayers would just pony up a sure revenue stream!”

Terry Yacono