No, not money. But if you want a snippet that says more about the folly of the philosophy of something for nothing, here it is. If you want a snippet that says more about the folly of positive rights, here it is.
The subject is the Colorado River Basin and the rights to the river’s water. Suffice it to say, the southwestern states are dependent on this water and the river is running dry. One such region is southern Nevada and Las Vegas.
Patricia Mulroy was, until recently, the general manager of both the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District. Under her watch, Las Vegas funded an intake below what is known as the “dead pool” of Lake Mead, behind Hoover Dam; this is the level below which it is physically impossible for water to flow downstream for the benefit of Arizona and Southern California.
If the water line falls below this “dead pool” line, Las Vegas can still pump water due to this intake. And that brings us to the wonderful snippet (emphasis added):
“If Mead falls to nine hundred [feet above sea level],” Mulroy continued, “nothing goes downstream from Hoover Dam.” That would mean that the river’s two largest users, Arizona and California, would get nothing, and some of the most productive agricultural land in the country would turn back into desert. “But Southern Nevada will still be taking water out of the lake, because the new intake is at eight-sixty”—eight hundred and sixty feet above sea level, forty feet below the lowest Hoover intake. “That’s the reality,” she continued. “I don’t care what your water right is. If the lake goes that low, your water physically can’t get to you. You know? Frame that water right. Hang it up on your wall. Admire it. It’s useless.”
Maybe the Fed can just print some more; maybe the residents of Arizona and Southern California can “demand” their rights to more water.
Demand? From who?