Step 1 - Build golf course
Step 2 - Surrounding properties values increase
Step 3 - More tax revenue collected by MOA
A well-known rhetorical technique is "reductio ad absurdum" to show how a premise leads to a ridiculous outcome. MARY SOMMERS here seems to apply the opposite technique, looking back from an absurd outcome to find the grander absurdity that drives it. I suppose there must be another fancy name in Latin, but don't ask me.
When done well as it was here, it has a satisfying and pointed ironic elegance.
Of course, as Mary notes, this is also the technique used to construct conspiracy theories. Which means we ALL NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON MARY.
Cartunium ad nauseum.