The satisfactory rating for Delta comes from an inspection conducted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Delta Dam impounds the Mohawk River at the palisades, about four miles north of downtown Rome . . .New York State cannot inspect its own dam because the Feds say no?
The satisfactory rating for Hinckley, about 20 miles upstream from the Village of Herkimer, is based on assurances from the federal government. Even though the dam astride the West Canada Creek on the Oneida-Herkimer county line is owned by New York, state DEC inspectors were turned away when they showed up for a no-notice check on June 19, 2006. Blocking their access were guards for the New York State Power Authority, which operates electricity-generating stations downstream.
Read the story of how the DEC inspectors (who we pay to keep us safe) were given the runaround, and the response from the Federal authorities that was basically "trust us."
Sorry, trust must be earned.
Pursuant to Federal policies: (1) our industrial capacity has been exported offshore, (2) American companies and assets (including utilities and highways) are subject to foreign control, and (3) we are overrun with illegal aliens. It would seem no big deal for an enemy to collapse our financial markets and infrastructure, and take over -- from within.
NO, I do not feel safe. . . . and these are areas that are federal responsibility.
This is serious stuff folks . . . The Federal government can shove a power line in your back yard, make you spend millions on drinking water regulations to address issues that have never been a local problem, control what goes on in your classrooms -- but not do the things that only the Federal government can do to keep us safe.
What ever happened to the concept of a federal government with powers limited to those given in the Constitution, with all other powers reserved to the States and to the People?
We are well overdue for dusting off the concept of state's rights.