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I can think of no better demonstration of the philosophy of government under the Obama regime than this:
There's a green side-effect to the 2005 DoD Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round that's wrapping up this year. Defense employees are moving from older, less energy-efficient buildings into new facilities that have to meet minimum standards for green construction.
Although BRAC involves the closure of bases, the realignment component has required the erecting of new buildings across the country, and military services managing the construction of those facilities have mandated that new construction meets the LEED Silver benchmark.
One example of the greener buildings springing up around the country under BRAC is northern Virginia's Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, which expects to be ready for patients this August with a LEED Silver rating.
"One of the first things people notice about the new hospital is these odd-looking structures at the top of the buildings, they're curved, sort of concave structures," said Don Carr, a spokesman at Fort Belvoir. "Those catch rainwater. That rainwater will be used by the hospital for all its non-potable purposes, like landscaping, cooling systems and so-forth."
Sounds super neat-o, doesn't it? I can hardly wait to get a look at the price tag! I'm sure it was a steal. Most government projects are, you know?
So why do I say that this is a perfect demonstration of the Obama years? Some on the left might actually agree with me at this point and say, "Of course it is! Greener buildings, making us and the environment better off! That's exactly what he is doing." Yeah.
No, I'm talking a little bit more of the symbolism revealed in this later paragraph:
"It will be the third largest building in the government inventory, and it's the largest LEED Silver building in the country," said Travis Edwards, another base spokesman. "It's 2.3 million square feet, and you can fit the Statue of Liberty in the atrium. It's a huge building, and it uses very little energy."
A massively large government building that could swallow up the Statue of Liberty in just its lobby. As I look at Mr. Obama's efforts to expand the government sector at the expense of the private sector, thus growing the power of the state over the power of the individual, I can't think of a more appropriate symbol.
Government swallowing up liberty: the Obama monument!