California’s Central Valley: Zimbabwe West?

posted at 10:07 am on December 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Until recently, California’s Central Valley was one of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions.  Not only did it feed itself, the state of California, and the entire country, it also produced exports to other nations.  That kind of enterprise employed a lot of people in Central California, from farm hands to wholesalers, and created a high standard of living.

That continued right up to the moment that the federal government got more concerned over the Delta smelt, a small, inedible fish, than feeding people.  A court order cut off water deliveries for seven months out of the year to the Central Valley at the same time a drought hit, and the combination turned a once-fertile breadbasket to the world into a Dust Bowl — or as Investors Business Daily suggests, a government-initiated agricultural disaster on the same order as Zimbabwe today or Ukraine in the 1930s.   Monica Showalter reports that the region that once fed the world now faces widespread hunger as a result:

Local newspapers and Fresno County officials are trying to rally Facebook users to vote for Fresno in a corporate contest sponsored by Wal-Mart for $1 million in charity food donations for the hungry. Fresno, a city of 505,000, has taken the national lead because 24.1% of Fresno’s families are going hungry.

Civic spirit is good, but something big is wrong here. Fresno is the agricultural capital of America. More food per acre in more variety can be grown in the fertile Central Valley surrounding this community than on any other land in America — perhaps in the world.

Yet far from being a paradise, Fresno is starting to resemble Zimbabwe or 1930s Ukraine, a victim of a famine machine that is entirely man-made, not by red communists this time, but by greens.

State and federal officials, driven by the agenda of environmental extremists, have made it extremely difficult for the valley’s farms, introducing costly environmental regulations and cutting off critical water supplies to save the Delta smelt, a bait fish. It’s all driving the economy to collapse.

In the southwest part of the Central Valley, water allotments as low as 10% of normal have created a visible dust bowl. The knock-on effect can be seen in cities like Fresno, where November’s unemployment among the packers, cannery workers and professional fields that make agriculture productive stands at 16.9%.

It isn’t just Fresno, although it appears to have taken the worst of the crisis.  Besides Fresno, four other Central Valley cities got listed in the bottom ten of MarketWatch’s 2010 survey on the worst places to do business in the US.  Fresno came in dead last at 102 on the list.

The collapse has another element to it for Californians as well.  The state has a huge budget shortfall, currently estimated around $26 billion, and cannot afford to expand safety-net programs to help the Central Valley.  One reason the budget hole is so large is because of the lack of revenue from normally-robust agricultural production in that region.  Instead of being a net revenue producer, the Central Valley threatens to become a sinkhole of welfare spending that will hasten the bankruptcy of the nation’s largest state, and an economy that would normally rank among the top 10 in the world if considered as a nation unto itself.

This is entirely the result of federal government intervention in agriculture, which might be understandable if it was intended to help agriculture.  Instead, it comes as a hostile act to both the people of the region and Americans as a whole.  Thanks to the collapse of the Central Valley, food prices will increase as we have to import more from countries with much less strict environmental controls, which is merely an inconvenience.  The starvation that has begun is more than an inconvenience — it is a national embarrassment, and a moral outrage.


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::yawn::

If it were up to you guys, we’d lose species daily. Sure, the delta smelt is easy to latch onto as some sort of useless creature, but they’re a leading indicator of habitat destruction; first, the smelt, next, the salmon. You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

What an idiot.. This situation has nothing to do with a stupid fish your moron. Jeez…

Keemo on December 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM

You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Right! We can only remove the human species!

darwin on December 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Thanks to the collapse of the Central Valley, food prices will increase as we have to import more from countries with much less strict environmental controls, which is merely an inconvenience. The starvation that has begun is more than an inconvenience — it is a national embarrassment, and a moral outrage.

This is all done according to the liberal plans of global ‘wealth redistribution’.

Hate them, no despise them with all your might. They are indeed the enemy.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2010 at 4:31 PM

You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Right! We can only remove the human species!

darwin on December 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Ernie plans on being one of the survivors.

Snort!

Yoop on December 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

California cannot be saved as long as:
1. Conservatives keep telling the truth about what is wrong with California and listing the hard, unpopular things have to be done to fix it.
2. Liberals continue to lie about how things are not really that bad and how just a little more socialism and spending can easily fix it.

Most California voters are swayed by the latest TV sound bite that tells them how they are going to get something for nothing. The Media says all the voter has to do is just keep those evil Republicans out of power.

I love living in California but I believe it is past the tipping point. I keep telling myself I should sell my California Bonds and leave but I’m still sitting here like a mouse hypnotized by a swaying cobra.

Uniblogger on December 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Uniblogger on December 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Just do remember what happens to places that restrict your ability to get: guns, ammo and food.

CA has gone after the first two and now wants the trifecta.

Best rent a larder outside of the State and have a place to flee to, at least.

ajacksonian on December 30, 2010 at 4:50 PM

first, the smelt, next, the salmon. You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Your argument would make possibly sense if there were any salmon in the San Joaquin! Instead, we have a situation which a trash fish which is famous for being a weak survivor. Sure it has some value to have around, but sadly for it, not as much value as actual agricultural production.

If California ever does get a bailout, Congress should impose an oversight commission to get rid of all the impractical regulations and rulings so that they can pay back the loans. Just like the Chinese will eventually do to the US.

pedestrian on December 30, 2010 at 5:10 PM

The process by which the EPA or its California equivalent declares species as “threatened” or “endangered” is subject to the same malicious manipulation by true believing tree huggers that led to climategate. In my own state, the local green police still list as “threatened” or “endangered” a number of species that have been found thriving in every single county in the state. These people are hell bent on driving civilization back to prehistoric hunter-gatherer times.

cool breeze on December 30, 2010 at 5:20 PM

We have an area that is easily within pipeline distance of the ocean.

We have nuclear power, which is easily capable of running all the desalination plants needed to drown 100 Central Valleys.

The deliberate shutdown of one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world is nothing less than a crime against humanity!!

And there is no evidence that the smelt will actually be in danger of extinction…and no evidence that even if they were, there would be any problem for anything else. Extinction is a necessary natural process: the Darwin-worshipers would know this if they really understood half of what they are talking about.

landlines on December 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM

The dirty secret of the manufactured were crises in California regards that local governments and municipalities are the largest polluters in California. An example? The UC Berkeley study finds that the city of Stockton, California has such a poor water treatment facility, that authority must release solids into the Sacramento delta upon receiving ½-inch rain per hour in a 24-hour period. Such instances or replicated throughout the state because such authorities approve for their districts what they will not tolerate from private business and individual accounts. The onus of any species depletion is mostly on these municipalities and organizations within the State of California, and Federal government agencies that will not enforce equally those laws in statutes already on the books.

The flow of water to the Sacramento Delta system is extremely complicated, but when thoroughly examined, one understands that in this Central Valley situation, those who are actually downstream from the pollution are the ones said causing the problem. Until the California environmental quality act (CEQA, also known as the California Environmental Bill of Rights, which allows species such as the delta smelt to have the same legal standing as humans) are vacated, this denial of Natural Law and Rights shall continue. Below you will find information regarding an effort to bring such legislation before the people of California as a plebiscite initiative. But before that, please find Congressmen Devin Nunes’ excellent primer on California Central Valley water issues.

http://nunes.house.gov/_files/DistortedWater_lowquality00.pdf
http://www.waterforfighting.org/waterforfighting/pages/index.html

jfshaughnessy on December 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM

::yawn::

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

The once greatest state in the union with one of the worlds most fertile agricultural regions as been turned into bankrupt, gang infested, trash-strewn dust-bowl with some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the nation by liberals run amuck and ernesto yawns.

You are a pompous arrogant jerk.

I was born there, raised there, started my first business there, and lived there for 50 years. I loved that state … was proud to be a “native”.

And now you and your kind have destroyed the place. Turned it into a national embarrassment, a socialistic welfare sinkhole populated by illegals who bitch in Spanish about how much they hate this county while purchasing their 60″ flatscreen with their state-issued credit card.

I tired posting this a couple of times, but there were to many foul words describing how feel about what you and your kind have done to California so just know this: While you find the destruction of my once-proud home a boring matter, I don’t, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure you and your slimy kind are voted out of power, stay out of power, and never again have the opportunity wreck havoc the way you have in California.

And I’m not the only one, ernesto. November was just the beginning. Believe it. As people watch California continue to slide down the toilet into the ceaspool you’ve created, they’re going to come to the inevitable conclusion that the only way to save it (and the nation) is to fish it out and flush you and liberalism instead.

Rod on December 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I am sorry for the errors above. I do not see well some days, and thought I’d thoroughly checked things after entry with a headset

jfshaughnessy on December 30, 2010 at 5:53 PM

You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Why not ……. natural selection has been doing it for millions (if not billions) of years.

We are actually interfering with the process of natural selection by artificially enabling the survival of an ill-adapted species. Sort of like what gun control has done to the ill-adapted species known as “liberal”.

oldfiveanddimer on December 30, 2010 at 6:02 PM

When I read stories like this, I wonder why Atlas Shrugged is listed in the fiction section.

PackerBronco on December 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Bingo. That has occurred to me time and time again, and not just with Kalifornia. Rand saw it coming.

iurockhead on December 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

+1000 (I’ve already dropped out, as you might guess from my handle).

Who is John Galt on December 30, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Rod at 5:49
+++

GaltBlvnAtty on December 30, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Yeah.

And they just elected Moonbeam and a slew of Dems to run the place.

Zimbabwe’s got a brighter future than California right about now…

SuperCool on December 30, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Rod at 5:49
+++

GaltBlvnAtty on December 30, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Ditto.

How anyone could look at California and not see a) what a tragedy it is, and that b) this is the path the rest of the country will take if our current leadership is not checked…well, not surprising ernesto yawns.

Missy on December 30, 2010 at 6:57 PM

If I were Governor of California I would open the taps and post state police there to ensure they stay open. As Jackson said, Chief Justice Marshall has made his ruling, let him enforce it.

Until the EPA and environmental laws are put in their proper place there will be no sustainable growth or prosperity for the US.

LifeTrek on December 30, 2010 at 7:05 PM

It’s worth noting that this nonsense began under the Bush administration and under a GOP Congress.
Neither lifted a finger even though the negative effect on the local economy was apparent years ago.
People there are going to start dynamiting dams if something isn’t done.

Curmudgeon on December 30, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Actually, this problem STARTED under the Brown administration of the late 70′s. And what Brown did was dynamite many dams. He did it with the missguided idea of saving the environment. What happens now, and is happening this very day, is that the runoff from major storms goes right to the ocean!

Freddy on December 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I’ve got in-laws in the central valley, in the Merced region. I totally concur with what’s being said about how the valley’s being converted into a desert. When we visited in October, we were disgusted not only to see the dried up farms but the empty shopping malls south of San Jose that have closed up due to lack of population. And some areas are frightening to drive through, due to the amount of crime that has increased in the state. This was not the valley of my husband’s youth; nor even the valley I got to know when he and I began our relationship in the late seventies. It’s disgusting what has been allowed to happen.

As for why Californians are stuck on stupid when it comes to voting in the Democraps every single time, I can tell you basically the reason is the goodies. Hubbie and I argued ’til we were blue in the face with his family when we were down there in October that voting Democrap would just give them the same results. But nooooo–as uniblogger puts it:

Most California voters are swayed by the latest TV sound bite that tells them how they are going to get something for nothing. The Media says all the voter has to do is just keep those evil Republicans out of power.

Uniblogger on December 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

My niece in law sat there and whined to me how she heard the Republicans were going to take away the government cheese and milk for the poor (and yes, she is on welfare, as are several of my in-laws) so she had no hope but to vote Democrap. And all the lies the MSM told them about Meg Whitman, they swallowed like candy. They let the lame stream media feed them lies and don’t bother to look elsewhere for the truth. And don’t get them started on how stupid Palin is and how Reagan actually had Alzheimer’s even while he was the governor (that really burns me up). And this family is former Air Force (hubbie’s dad served).

You get enough people on the government teat, and they will kill conservatives and Republicans to stay on it.

I hate the Great Society. It was neither.

theotherone on December 30, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Please “Like” this if you’re on Facebook. Walmart will give $1 mil in food to the community with the most “likes” and it’s turning into a war with Salt Lake City. They are using macros to win right now. 24.1% of families in Fresno can’t afford regular meals thanks to the regulations Ed wrote about above. The national average is 9%. PLEASE, help this community!
http://fightinghunger.walmart.com/city/Fresno-CA

NTWR on December 30, 2010 at 8:21 PM

If California goes belly up, it by their own hand, NO bailouts, the rest of the Nation is not responsable, and it is an example to any other state that wishes to follow their standard. They have the means to survive, yet they want to sit on their hands and force the rest of the Country to help them out? Not only no, but Hell no!

M-14 2go on December 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

It’s absolutely unbelievable, that the Federal government would allow this (heck CA has like >50 house seats) or that the State of CA would allow the Feds to do this is crazy.

whbates on December 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Go talk to our two senatorettes. They’re firmly behind the efforts to save this “endangered” species (it’s all about the salmon, dontcha know).

I’ve read the central valley could feed the world. It would be a diet rich in soy, I imagine, but even so, that’s really something when you think about it. So what are we doing instead? Taking it from desert dust bowl to desert dust bowl in how many generations?

Victor Davis Hansen, a fifth generation valley farmer, has written eloquently on the subject many times.

SukieTawdry on December 30, 2010 at 9:09 PM

You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PMWhy not ……. natural selection has been doing it for millions (if not billions) of years.

We are actually interfering with the process of natural selection by artificially enabling the survival of an ill-adapted species. Sort of like what gun control has done to the ill-adapted species known as “liberal”.

oldfiveanddimer on December 30, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Bingo. I’ve made this argument many times, but the enviros can’t even entertain the possibility that their interference might actually do environmental harm.

Ernesto, what is natural selection all about if not the ability to adapt to changed conditions? And if humans are the impetus for those changed conditions, so what. Aren’t we at the top of the chain, the culmination of the evolutionary process? Seems to me we’re expected to change conditions.

Judicious stewardship of our environment is one thing. Doing harm to our species in favor of a delta smelt, or even a salmon, is quite another.

SukieTawdry on December 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM

There’s a simple solution; break California up into several states.

JavelinaBomb on December 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

California today…a glimpse at what Aztlán of the future will be.

coldwarrior on December 30, 2010 at 10:04 PM

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Do you have a sense of shame?

Inanemergencydial on December 30, 2010 at 10:14 PM

::yawn::

If it were up to you guys, we’d lose species daily. Sure, the delta smelt is easy to latch onto as some sort of useless creature, but they’re a leading indicator of habitat destruction; first, the smelt, next, the salmon. You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Actually the delta smelt should have/would have gone extinct naturally a long time ago. They are far too susceptible to changes in temperature for one thing. They really serve no natural purpose. The only fish they are food for are bass, which are an invasive species in that area. There are many other species that would replace them as a food source. It is man’s interference which keeps the natural process of elimination of a weaker species from happening. If you are worried about fish, worry about the Great Lakes instead.

Deanna on December 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Judicious stewardship of our environment is one thing.
SukieTawdry on December 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Bullsh*t. Judicious stewardship of our environment is simply not on your radar. You are a flat out liar if you expect me to believe for a second that you are both a republican and a supporter of “judicious stewardship” of our environment. Just stop.

See, I’m willing to accept the consequences should we decide not to destroy whole habitats in the interest of bringing water to places that had none. Bring the people to the places that can handle them, not the other way around. Screw all of this infrastructure and habitat destruction in the name of more suburbs. Your area is short on water? Move! Its the free market way.

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Who needs food from this stinking valley anyway?

I’m mean we’ve got old people to grind up to give us Soylent Green sandwiches/crackers and they get that pretty movie thingy to watch as their dying.

And when the U.N. runs out of old people we can grind up some of those other “weeds” that Margaret Sanger talked about.

We gots free Obamacare, we got free mortgages, and we’ll get the Soylent crackers………and we got OBAMA’S STASH………….

OH BAHMA
OH BAHMA
OH BAHMA

PappyD61 on December 30, 2010 at 10:42 PM

ernesto seems to think that he is the arbiter of what is judicious.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 30, 2010 at 10:56 PM

That had to be satire…

Inanemergencydial on December 30, 2010 at 11:06 PM

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Do you have a sense of shame?

Inanemergencydial on December 30, 2010 at 10:14 PM

He does not. A sense of shame is incompatible with being a liberal.

Slowburn on December 31, 2010 at 12:13 AM

You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Be thankful for modern zoos ernesto. Between the 1st-world guzzlers and the Turd-World breed-like-rabbits peasantry, species are already being removed at a horrifying rate.

Dark-Star on December 31, 2010 at 12:32 AM

the Darwin-worshipers would know this if they really understood half of what they are talking about.

landlines on December 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Heh. Interesting. Never thought of this. While they push evolution in the class room, their policies not only keep it from happening in the natural realm – thereby perpetuating weaker species which could have evolved into something better. They do the same thing with their social policies – all their welfare and regulation keep those on welfare from being able to take care of themselves and take all innovation and possibility of advancement out of anything they regulate.

Hence, their “compassion” has brought us large swaths of a dependent population and shelves full of CFC ‘swirly’ light bulbs whose subsidized development would have been much better spent by the private sector on an idea the market proves better such as LEDs. The smelt are the swirly light bulbs and the welfare mom who thinks she can’t take care of herself. Thanks a lot liberals.

miConsevative on December 31, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Bullsh*t. Judicious stewardship of our environment is simply not on your radar. You are a flat out liar if you expect me to believe for a second that you are both a republican and a supporter of “judicious stewardship” of our environment. Just stop.

See, I’m willing to accept the consequences should we decide not to destroy whole habitats in the interest of bringing water to places that had none. Bring the people to the places that can handle them, not the other way around. Screw all of this infrastructure and habitat destruction in the name of more suburbs. Your area is short on water? Move! Its the free market way.

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM

I don’t give a crap what you think is on or not on my radar. And the subject is shutting down one of the most productive agricultural regions on earth in favor of a useless fish, not suburban sprawl, you little twerp.

SukieTawdry on December 31, 2010 at 1:29 AM

species are already being removed at a horrifying rate.

Name three things wrong with this statement in two fewer words.

Inanemergencydial on December 31, 2010 at 2:12 AM

The history of life on earth is a long line of species which are now extinct. The concept that we could interrupt this process by “saving” species which have failed to adapt to environmental changes is frankly silly.

The hard truth is that by the time most of these species make the “threatened” list, they are already on the way out, and the “endangered” ones have already lost the genetic diversity required to survive in the long term.

The economic costs of delaying the inevitable means less wealth is available for overall environmental care.

The ESA has long disproved itself as beneficial to anyone except environmental lawyers.

Adjoran on December 31, 2010 at 2:21 AM

species are already being removed at a horrifying rate.

Name three things wrong with this statement in two fewer words.

Name them!

BDavis on December 31, 2010 at 3:09 AM

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Where do you live, ernesto, and how old are you?

I live in MA. I’m 60.

Just a simple question, nothing more.

Rod on December 31, 2010 at 6:46 AM

Yet far from being a paradise, Fresno is starting to resemble Zimbabwe or 1930s Ukraine, a victim of a famine machine that is entirely man-made, not by red communists this time, but by greens.

Greens are Red Communists, or as I like to call them Red Greens.

jpmn on December 31, 2010 at 12:26 PM

unclesmrgol: Quite an article. It makes me wonder how our remaining farmers survive. Parts of our once-great state are third world. The government is failing to provide adequate police services, one of its specific and unquestioned obligations.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 31, 2010 at 2:40 PM

If it were up to you guys, we’d lose species daily. Sure, the delta smelt is easy to latch onto as some sort of useless creature, but they’re a leading indicator of habitat destruction; first, the smelt, next, the salmon. You can’t just go removing species!

I’m sure you, as a defender of holy Mother Earth, would be horrified to learn that the Delta Smelt is “endangered” precisely because of bass that was introduced to the area by Californians in the 19th century, not because of some eeeevil 20th century farmers that want to, you know, make a living at feeding people.

Guess what, species die out all the time, with or without our help.

But of course, 20% unemployment and an unbearable, unsustainable burden on an effectively bankrupt state is totally worth it. Perhaps if we started calling the Delta Smelt “Republicans” (because as we all know, they both like nothing better than to starve children and old people) we could get your support.

TheMightyMonarch on December 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM

There is no fallow ground on the West side of the Central Valley. It’s all going to almonds. We grow 90% of the world’s commercial almonds and supply most of the world’s raisins.
Crops on the less furtile east side (high concentration of selenium), mostly cotton and mixed orchards etc. are definitely affected by the politics of (so called) species protection and that is a crime.
How many know the Delta Smelt fish is not native?

FireBlogger on December 31, 2010 at 3:01 PM

And yet the smelt levels have not increased one iota since turning off the water. So, we destroyed the valley economy for what?

Bad News for Smelt

PattyJ on December 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM

a moral outrage.

Indeed.

davidk on December 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Bring the people to the places that can handle them, not the other way around. Screw all of this infrastructure and habitat destruction in the name of more suburbs. Your area is short on water? Move! Its the free market way.

You want people to move? Turn off the welfare spigot and stop encouraging illegals to move here.

And where, pray tell, will hundreds of thousands of out-of-work agricultural workers move to where they will have negligible effect on the environment and where we can feed and employ them? How do you propose that we continue to feed seven billion people when the most agriculturally fertile place in the world is off-limits?

I suggest you unblock that part of your brain that prevents you from thinking logically.

TheMightyMonarch on December 31, 2010 at 7:19 PM

::yawn::

If it were up to you guys, we’d lose species daily. Sure, the delta smelt is easy to latch onto as some sort of useless creature, but they’re a leading indicator of habitat destruction; first, the smelt, next, the salmon. You can’t just go removing species!

ernesto

If I were you I’d get on the phone to God about that dinosaur thing.

Funny how you people always believe in evolution and survival of the fittest until a species actually falls victim to the rule.

Benaiah on December 31, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I suppose their thinking applies even within our species: Anyone who seems to be ahead could not possibly have gotten there by being more skilled, or harder working. In our specicies, being ahead of anyone else is a badge of dishonor, a position achieved by unfair advantage, or having taken advantage of others in the species.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 31, 2010 at 10:18 PM

I suppose their thinking applies even within our species: Anyone who seems to be ahead could not possibly have gotten there by being more skilled, or harder working. In our specicies, being ahead of anyone else is a badge of dishonor, a position achieved by unfair advantage, or having taken advantage of others in the species.

That is the essence of the argument of class envy/class warfare. No actually earns an advantage by working hard in school, business, life, etc. They must have cheated or taken advantage of someone or had it handed to them. They have no idea of the difference between income and wealth.

I’ll go a step further. Many of them cannot distinguish between the value of human life and other forms of life. It’s why they have very little problem with the termination of vulnerable life such as the pre-born, infants, the sick, the disabled and the elderly. There’s no coincidence that Hitler was a strong Darwinian (also an occultist, not a Christian as the Left would like to believe).

pdigaudio on January 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM

You know, I expect this from Obama and Co…they did this…but where is the outrage from Ahnold? Freakin’ Shame on him. He could have, should have, will one day answer for, not forcing this into the limelight. Obama couldn’t have stood up to the scrutiny…if Ahnold shone the spotlight.

Maybe Palin can attention on this?

Minorcan Maven on January 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM

::yawn::

If it were up to you guys, we’d lose species daily.

Oh my God, I can’t believe I actually read that. I want to believe it’s trolling/satire, but I know it’s not.

This just in: we do lose species daily. Every single day. Man has between little and nothing to do with most of them.

Furthermore, that practical reality only one half of the skull shattering stupidity of this eco-religious thinking. The other is that there is no logical basis – neither moral, ethical, nor pragmatic – for protecting most species, much less uprooting human society to do so. That is to say:

a) There is no eco-goddess. According to Darwinian thought, a species is an accident. You might as well try to preserve an icicle or a tornado. According to Genesis, non-human life exists to serve man. No matter where you’re coming from, there’s no logical reason to cry over species except the real reason it’s done: reactionary nostalgia.

b) A species is not “life.” There is no noble or inherent value in dissimilarity or uniqueness, which is what a species is. You can value life over non-life, or higher or more aware life over lesser life, but there is no basis to value some small-brained fish that only has a thousand members, just because its exact DNA strand happens to be rare.

c) 99% of “endangered species” are protrayed as an entire genus or family. That is is the case here, where there are 15 species of smelt, populating our waters by the tens of millions. The loss of a specific color of smelt is not going to blow a hole in the food chain.

Sure, the delta smelt is easy to latch onto as some sort of useless creature, but they’re a leading indicator of habitat destruction; first, the smelt, next, the salmon.

Why in the name of all that is holy would we allow “the salmon” (which is an entire genus, not a species) to go extinct? They are, and I mean this with all seriousness, tasty.

HitNRun on January 1, 2011 at 6:59 PM

They are, and I mean this with all seriousness, tasty.

The best way to save an endangered species is to start eating it. If panda tasted like steak I’d guarantee you we’d have found a way to make the frigid little buggers procreate.

Believe me, the salmon is in no danger of going extinct, unless they decide as a species to stop being so damned delicious with a baked potato and a nice Pinot Grigio.

TheMightyMonarch on January 1, 2011 at 8:06 PM

HitNRun on January 1, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Funny that the one political party that pushes the theory of evolution so hard will not let one insignificant fish evolve out of existence.

This all happened because the liberals feared the insignificant fish was being drawn into irrigation pumps, and they probably were. With all the great technology in California, they were not able to come up with a pumping system that would not draw in a little fish?

slickwillie2001 on January 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Ernesto, you ignorant goat, the irrigation propellers have been stilled for three seasons. Has the smelt population shown any sign of rebound? No! Here read the facts.

There has never been scientific evidence to back up the claims made in this lawsuit. Note in the Delta fish report that bass populations hit a new low. They don’t go through irrigation impellers so the lefties don’t give a damn do they? The anti-capitalists used a totally unconnected environmental statistic about the smelt to attack the California economy and bankrupt conservative ranchers and farmers in the reddest part of the Not-So-Golden State. That they’re tormenting tens of thousands of farm worker families doesn’t mean crap to these ideologues. The ends justify the means.

You, cabron, are either a fellow Watermelon and know what you’re saying is a lie or you’re their useful idiot and drank their Kool-Aid. Get a clue.

rcl on January 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM

::yawn::
If it were up to you guys, we’d lose species daily. Sure, the delta smelt is easy to latch onto as some sort of useless creature, but they’re a leading indicator of habitat destruction; first, the smelt, next, the salmon. You can’t just go removing species!
ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Yes we can lose a species. It depends on
the situation. Humans are more important
than smelt, sonny. A heck a lot of food that might
have gone to feed the needy around the world
won’t be. If that helps.
Anyway people are more important but you
appear not to agree with that so just join PETA
and go live in the driest part of the valley and
put your money where your mouth is….

Sherman1864 on January 2, 2011 at 7:34 PM

It’s just another part of the master plan. More unemployed citizens turning to the government for help will be a reason for tax increases and further government debt. Food shortages will hasten the advent of government control of the food supply, which is helpful, if not necessary, in controlling a population. Diminishing food supplies helps to thin the population of humans, a dream of at least one of the current administration’s powerful unelected appointees.

maryo on January 2, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Watermelon Marxism strikes again.

True environmentalism is about conservation of natural resources. But when leftists pretend to be environmentalists, the goal is not the protection of nature, but the destruction of humanity. They work to create poverty and famine in the hope of duping their victims into blaming others for it. Creating crises that they then exploit to undermine liberal democracy and free market capitalism is the name of the game. They are evil and insane, but they are not stupid.

leereyno on January 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

If Ahhhnold had a spine, he’d take some CA NG troops and go turn those water pumps back on then dare anyone in Washington to do anything about it.
This is an abomination in addition to being extremely illegal. The Feds have no power to favor some fish over humans and the needs of the nation. We have got to purge Washington of the progressives or this will start happening in more places.

BackwardsBoy on January 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM

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