Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Army Corps of Engineers picked a swell time to buy land

Government can't manage what it has. But it wants more. 

Now the Army Corps of Engineers seeks to acquire additional river land in the Midwest.

The move has some people fearing the worst when it comes to government intent.

The Kansas City Star notes the offer to buy had "unfortunate timing":

A copy of the letter, obtained by The Star, showed the Army Corps offering to buy private land along the Missouri River for a wildlife conservation project. The letter was dated June 6, when floodwaters were beginning to rise.

Kansas City's KMBC TV also carried a report where land owners air suspicions of the timing.

A corps spokesman told KMBC: "We clearly understand this may appear insensitive to some folks who are fighting the flood. It should not have gone out at this time, but it did."

Prior to revelations about the pitch to buy river lands, the corps' performance in regards to this year's record flooding had already been called into question.

Earlier this week, American Thinker had a piece entitled "The Purposeful Flooding of America's Heartland" which called into  question  whether the corps deliberately held off in making timely releases from upstream reservoirs that might have lessened the impact of this year's floods.

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