As you remember, the water to the San Joaquin valley was shut off in December 2008…
This tremendous sacrifice was absolutely necessary, at least according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Obama administration. A valuable endangered species, the Delta Smelt, was being threatened by the diversion of water into the valley. Local salmon and steelhead were threatened, as well.
The overwhelming menace to the Pacific ecosystem was so extreme that no amount of pleading from California politicians such as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger or Senator Dianne Feinstein could persuade Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, or President Obama to turn the water back on. On this, they had to take a principled stand. What courage these brave men possessed to steadfastly defend such a sensitive moral and ethical issue. Our natural resources and environmental sanctity must rightly outweigh the lives of 40,000 citizens and 12% of the nation’s food supply. (emphasis mine)
McClatchy gives us a glimpse of life in the Central Valley of California a year ago.
The customer seemed interested in a black blouse offered for $1 at the thrift store. But instead of buying it, she set it on the front counter.
Maybe tomorrow, she told the cashier, she would have the money. Or the next day. But not now.
“That is the way people are now,” said the cashier, Alicia Reyes, as she watched the middle-aged woman walk out of the store. “They just come in here and look. They just come in here to kill the time. And then they take off.”
Welcome to life in Mendota — the unemployment capital of California. With a 41 percent jobless rate, the town’s social fabric is tearing at the seams. Alcoholism and crime are on the rise. To save money, some mothers wash and re-use disposable diapers. Unemployed men with nothing to do wander the streets and sit on benches.
The irony is obvious: In a large swath of the nation’s most productive farming region, many struggle to fill their own cupboards.
Congressional Democrats were aware of the plight of the Central Valley’s farmers and citizens at least a year ago, but the Delta Smelt was more important, echoes of The Pontiff of Global Warming and destroying manbearpig reverberated from Congress and the Obama Administration’s refusals to turn the water back on. What if this 3 inch minnow went extinct! It was all about saving the earth, that MUST be our priority! Surely you can see that the environment, our Gaia, is much more important than a small areas citizens, we must all tighten our belts, they just have to tighten there’s a little more.
This latest move by the soulless, moral-less Democrat Party is even more odious than the Louisiana Purchase or the Cornhusker Kickback. Those were bribes to individual politicians to improve their standing in their States, disgusting enough but nothing we didn’t expect from the Chicago Way of conducting politics. But to suddenly decide that the suffering of the American Citizens of the California Central Valley is important enough to risk a three inch minnow, after leaving them to suffer for two years, all to buy two “Yes” votes to help force Obamacare down our throats is a new low for the Democrat Party.
If turning the water on NOW is the right thing to do, wasn’t it the right thing to do two years ago? If it was the right thing to do two years ago, why didn’t you do it then? Is doing the RIGHT THING all the time too much for the American People to ask ?
I’ve heard that The Dustbowl Blues can be fatal, especially in November.
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