Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

posted at 2:30 pm on February 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve called the judicially-imposed drought in California’s Central Valley “the Dust Bowl Congress created” through its creation of the Endangered Species Act, invoked in this case by the Delta smelt, a fish that’s not suitable for eating.  Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish.  Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act:

Nunes’ Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act goes to a vote in the House Wednesday and if it passes, it will guarantee that water the farmers paid for finally gets to the parched Central Valley. It will put an end to the sorry stream of shriveled vineyards, blackened almond groves and unemployed farm workers standing in alms lines for bagged carrots from China.

The insanity of the current policies against some of America’s most productive farmers in one of the world’s richest farm belts is largely the work leftist politicians from the wealthy enclaves of the San Francisco Bay Area. This group has exerted its political muscle on the less politically powerful region that produces more than half the fruits and vegetables consumed in the U.S. — with $26 billion in annual sales.

“The bill restores the flow of water and establishes a framework for meaningful environmental improvements. It is a repudiation of the left’s assault on rural communities, which began with the decimation of the West’s timber industry and now is focused on Central Valley agriculture,” Nunes told IBD.

The stand-alone bill, H.R. 1837, marks the first time Central Valley water shortages and the federal role in creating them will be considered directly in Congress.

That in itself is a damning indictment of the federal government, whose laws have created the disaster in California.  This first came to light more than two years ago, when Sean Hannity featured it on his national television show.  The delay in addressing it makes the financial situation worse with each passing day for farmers in the Valley, and for workers who now have to subsist on government handouts rather than earnings from productive jobs.

If Barack Obama has his way, though, that situation will continue indefinitely.  Late yesterday, the White House announced that Obama would veto Nunes’ bill because — I am not making this up — it would “unravel decades of work” on California water regulations … decades of work that brought California’s Central Valley to its current destruction:

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act because the bill would unravel decades of work to forge consensus, solutions, and settlements that equitably address some of California’s most complex water challenges.

H.R. 1837 would undermine five years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan.  It would codify 20-year old, outdated science as the basis for managing California’s water resources, resulting in inequitable treatment of one group of water users over another.  And, contrary to 100 years of reclamation law that exhibits congressional deference to State water law, the bill would preempt California water law.

The bill also would reject the long-standing principle that beneficiaries should pay both the cost of developing water supplies and of mitigating any resulting development impacts, and would exacerbate current water shortages by repealing water pricing reforms that provide incentives for contractors to conserve water supplies.

Finally, H.R. 1837 would repeal the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement, which the Congress enacted to resolve 18 years of contentious litigation.  Repeal of the settlement agreement would likely result in the resumption of costly litigation, creating an uncertain future for river restoration and water delivery operations for all water users on the San Joaquin River.

The Administration strongly supports efforts to provide a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the overall quality of the Bay-Delta environment.  The Administration has taken great strides toward achieving these co-equal goals through a coordinated Federal Action Plan, which has strengthened collaboration between Federal agencies and the State of California while achieving solid results.  Unfortunately, H.R. 1837 would undermine these efforts and the progress that has been made.  For this reason, were the Congress to pass H.R. 1837, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Well, let’s take a look at California’s Central Valley and see what “five years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan” has produced:

As for Obama’s stirring defense of federalism, the courts have already ruled that federal law — the Endangered Species Act — trumps California water law.  That’s the reason why a federal judge turned off the water spigots more than two years ago, and why California can’t get them turned back on.  If Obama was really concerned about federalism, he’d propose a repeal of the Endangered Species Act, which would also resolve this disaster.  Instead, Obama threatens to veto any attempt by Congress to fix what federal law has already broken.

Hopefully, Nunes’ bill gets clear sailing through Congress and Obama gets his bluff called.  If he wants to run as the Dust Bowl President in November, I say let him do it.

Update: I forgot the link to Investors Business Daily — my apologies!


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Derp.

carbon_footprint on February 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Victor Davis Hanson writes about this issue quite often from a first-hand perspective. He owns a vineyard out in that area (I think its the same area), Ed might know.

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

workers who now have to subsist on government handouts rather than earnings from productive jobs

A feature, not a bug.

CurtZHP on February 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Oh yeah! Happy Blogger Appreciation Day!

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

If Obama was really concerned about federalism, he’d propose a repeal of the Endangered Species Act, which would also resolve this disaster.

That’s exactly the point. Barky has many concerns, but none have to do with what’s best for American citizens.

indyvet on February 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

“Why can’t all those people live in the big city like we do? Well…I mean not in our neighborhoods, but somewhere.”

-limo lib

Bishop on February 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

They’ll vote for him anyway.

portlandon on February 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Yet another Obama economic policy decision. Wonder how many jobs this will create. Prosperity is just around the corner, and a chicken in every pot.

Tommy_G on February 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

The dust bowl saves the Delta smelt.
The dust bowl saves the children from Delta smelt hurting food.
The dust bowl makes for pretty dusty scenery.
It is an honor to be the dust bowl President!!

LoganSix on February 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I’m curious as to how the smelt numbers affect the fishing industry downstream.

John the Libertarian on February 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Sounds like an excellent topic to be discussed by the GOP candidates. But, they don’t have time,…too busy trying to out conservative each other.

a capella on February 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Shouldn’t we be contacting our congress critters? This could be overridden!

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Why not put the Keystone Pipeline through the man-made desert there?

profitsbeard on February 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

It’s doesn’t matter. The state’s a lock for us – screw the rest of them.

-Axelrod.

CorporatePiggy on February 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Of course he will

Double down president

Idiot

cmsinaz on February 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Shock me, shock me, shock me. Obama playing God, again?

It is estimated that 99.9% of all species that have ever existed are now extinct.

Explain to me why we need an inedible smelt?

Fallon on February 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

A smart Republican candidate would use the fact that this issue is driving the state’s high unemployment to his advantage and put CA in play this November. Sadly, I doubt any of them are that smart.

Wingo on February 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I’m betting that the same out-of-work farmers and laborers are Democrats and voted for Obama, Pelosi and Feinstein. They asked for insanity…they got it. As tragic as it is, leftist government has to hit some people personally before they care. But then, that is the indifference to the typical Democrat voter. Even more tragic, the same clueless idiots will probably vote for Obama again.

cajunpatriot on February 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Obozo has nothing to fear. Dingy Hairy will never let it see the light of day, let alone get to the floor for a vote.

belad on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Wetlands and the Army Core of Engineers muight be another lively topic.

a capella on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The environmentalists are the greatest threat to our prosperity since the Cold War.

Charlemagne on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

When we drive to Disneyland in I-5, it looks exactly like that photo most of the way down–hundreds of miles of death.

Javahog on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

So how many local species are now endangered because their environment has dried up..?

affenhauer on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

You can’t expect a Communist to veto legislation that seeks to alter the inevitable path to Utopia – based upon the combined effect of several Five Year Plans.

Communists always have a Five Year Plan, or Plans, and the course to Utopia will never be altered.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Spot on portlandon

Yes they will

cmsinaz on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

“Eat your peas,California.”

-King Barry Obamseys III

portlandon on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

If it creates too much dust, won’t the EPA tell them to knock it off?

rw on February 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hopefully, Nunes’ bill gets clear sailing through Congress and Obama gets his bluff called. If he wants to run as the Dust Bowl President in November, I say let him do it.

Obama might actually hold on this, under the idea that it really doesn’t matter what he does to the Central Valley, as long as he continues to satisfy the liberal voters in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas.

Those people really don’t give a damn if the Central Valley dries up and blows away, and they think the Produce Fairy brings all the organic foods to Trader Joe’s anyway. Unless the bill creates food shortages outside California that could threaten his standing in swing states, Obama is more likely to chicken out on the Keystone Pipeline action, if gas prices keep climbing or hang in the $4-$5 range over the summer.

jon1979 on February 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Barky has many concerns, but none have to do with what’s best for American citizens.

Well for sure none of them have to do with what’s best for Californians, who are absolutely guaranteed to march in lockstep down to the polls and vote for him come November regardless of what he does.

Fabozz on February 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

…is largely the work leftist politicians from the wealthy enclaves of the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Francisco relies on a far flung system of water diversion to fulfill its needs. I’m sure no species have been impacted at all, which is a good thing because it would be a shame if something were to happen to their water supply.

forest on February 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Democrats don’t like RICH farmers.

Californians will vote for Democrats.

albill on February 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

The Endangered Species Act has been nothing but a blatant attack on private property rights since the beginning. In fact, it’s had the opposite effect as intended. If a land owner sees an endangered species, covered by the act, on his property, it’s better to wipe out the species before it can be an encumbrance on his land’s title.

The Endangered Species Act has made millions of dollars in real estate essentially worthless because no one wants to buy land they can’t do anything with, which sticks the owners with unsaleable worthless land, for the benefit of an animal that may or may not actually be there.

Meric1837 on February 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Even smarter would be Republicans tying this disaster to rising food prices across the U.S. and increasing reliance on produce from Mexico and even from China. And it has already been proven now that the science behind the original cutoff of water was flawed.

rockmom on February 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

But I thought The Boy King’s objective was to get as many people as possible dependent on gov’t handouts. He’s doing a damn good job, by the way. Who needs productive people, anyway? Oh yeah, they’re the ones who pay the taxes that make gov’t handouts possible. Never mind.

Mean Granny on February 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Why not put the Keystone Pipeline through the man-made desert there?

profitsbeard on February 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

And endanger the California Dust Mite? Are you mad????

DamnCat on February 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Sounds like the Stalinist war on the Kulaks – American style.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Late yesterday, the White House announced that Obama would veto Nunes’ bill

So any of the Rs called Obama Hussein Odinga an anti-American POTUS yet ?
What more is needed now to convince them ?

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Does this include Salinas? I just remember that general are when we lived out there, driving in and around Salinas, smelling garlic growing. Such a shame, no matter where it is.

ellifint on February 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM

“Why can’t all those people live in the big city like we do? Well…I mean not in our neighborhoods, but somewhere.”

-limo lib

Bishop on February 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Don’t worry, most have “self-deported” back to Mexico … and all those smart politicians and journalists and academics said it couldn’t be done.

ShainS on February 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Nation, you mean very little to me so I’ll take away your energy.

California, you mean very little to me so I’ll take away your water.

Border states, you mean very little to me so I’ll take away your security.

Border agents, you mean very little to me so I’ll fund your deaths.

Unions, you mean everything to me so I’ll give you billions.

-Barack Obama

Weight of Glory on February 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Harry Reid will never let the bill reach the Senate floor.

JPeterman on February 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

And the people of California will still vote for his majesty come November.

JennM111 on February 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I love how the scum lefties like Oakland claim feeding people is important and that’s why they will sell their souls over horse sheet climate change

But never have an answer when asked why the lefty primates take a breadbasket and destroy it

These effers need curbstompings

Sonosam on February 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

That area typically votes republican does it not?

HumpBot Salvation on February 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

From the minds that brought you the Volt, $6 gasoline, Fast & Furious and Solyndra…

Another reason NOT to move to California…

Of course this begs the question: How likely is it that California Electoral College votes will still go to Obama regardless?

BlaxPac on February 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

And it should be

Currently inedible smelts

Sonosam on February 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I live in the SF Bay area, and occasionally travel I5 south to Bakersfield on the way to Las Vegas. The picture Ed included really doesn’t do the destruction justice: you have miles and miles of orchards and vineyards straddling I5 that have been reduced to brown, scrub-choked wasteland, not to mention all the processing and packaging plants that are shut down and rusting. Unemployment in the area is somewhere north of 25%, crime rates have skyrocketed, property values have plummeted. It’s to the point where there’s a significant problem with thieves stealing the copper wire out of utility poles and boxes for sale as scrap. It’s not exaggeration to say that it feels vaguely post-apocalyptic, like something out of Mad Max.

It’s really heartbreaking. Fifteen years ago when I first came out to California the whole area was green and productive.

Centerfire on February 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

They’ll vote for him anyway.

portlandon on February 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

You have that right!
And Charlemagne included JugEars family…

The environmentalists are the greatest threat to our prosperity since the Cold War.

Charlemagne on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Both are Basturds!

KOOLAID2 on February 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

What better way to starve and control the masses? Destroy US food production and control the distribution through high gas prices. Please, no one tell me Obama’s not doing this on purpose. He set out to destroy this country and he’s doing it…and we’re about to put a candidate with the depth of a Ken doll up against this monster.

God help us.

Portia46 on February 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Explain to me why we need an inedible smelt?

Fallon on February 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Goes great with arugula?

profitsbeard on February 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

And the REALLY FUNNY PART is that those idiots in the Central Valley vote heavily Democratic.

GarandFan on February 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

They’ll vote for him anyway.

portlandon on February 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Not the farmers and residents who are affected. The Republicans will win overwhelmingly in the Central Valley. Unfortunately their votes will be no match for the numbers out of L.A. and S.F.

aunursa on February 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Must save Gaia. We are all just earthworms.

RobertMN on February 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Oh…. LOOK!

… Another issue to campaign on and attack Obowma with.

There’s also a shinny ball in the corner next to a condum…

… Guess which one the GOP candidates will choose?

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

workers who now have to subsist on government handouts rather than earnings from productive jobs

A feature, not a bug.

CurtZHP on February 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Indeed. That should be, and probably is, Obama’s mission statement.

BigWyo on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

For those who think Mitt=obama do you think Mitt would veto this if it came to his desk?

ldbgcoleman on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Why can’t this fish be re-introduced elsewhere and this area be rejuvenated? Surely this cannot be the only place it can survive in this big country.

jeanie on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I’d say import the Delta Smelt to Pelosi’s district and the Bay area and turn the water off. Occupy protesters don’t take a bath anyway and once Pelosi’s vineyards start dying off she’ll be the first to get Obama to turn the water back on.

TulsAmerican on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

This is what Californians have voted for.

I care because…?

MNHawk on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Of course this begs the question: How likely is it that California Electoral College votes will still go to Obama regardless?

BlaxPac on February 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Obama could dump the nation’s nuclear waste throughout California (instead of inside the mountain in Yucca Valley, NV) and still win here by a comfortable margin … oops, better not give him any ideas!

ShainS on February 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The Administration strongly supports efforts to provide a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the overall quality of the Bay-Delta environment.

So WHAT exactly are those efforts the Administration has made or plans to make ???
You know to provide a more reliable water supply
….. liars all of them
**spit**

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

If it creates too much dust, won’t the EPA tell them to knock it off?

rw on February 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Um no, that’s not the way it works. See, dust caused by the result of non-productive INACTIVITY is ok. It is dust caused by productive ACTIVITY that is bad and must be stopped at all cost. Rest assured, this is an EPA approved dust bowl.

climbnjump on February 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I’m betting that the same out-of-work farmers and laborers are Democrats and voted for Obama, Pelosi and Feinstein. They asked for insanity…they got it. As tragic as it is, leftist government has to hit some people personally before they care. But then, that is the indifference to the typical Democrat voter. Even more tragic, the same clueless idiots will probably vote for Obama again.

cajunpatriot on February 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Bad bet. That region is conservative for the most part, main reason liberals have cut off the water. The ONLY reason, actually, all a deliberate effort to put a squeeze on conservative voters.

riddick on February 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The house can pass a bill but it will not get past the senate.

jake49 on February 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I’ll note, also, that the administrations statement on HR1837 is pretty much a verbatim copy of a San Jose Mercury News editorial that ran a couple of weeks ago. Pure talking points.

Centerfire on February 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Obama could dump the nation’s nuclear waste throughout California (instead of inside the mountain in Yucca Valley, NV) and still win here by a comfortable margin … oops, better not give him any ideas!

ShainS on February 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I don’t see a downside… ;-)

affenhauer on February 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The depths to which Obama hates America seem without end.

Axion on February 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Why do you care about people who will vote democrat, whether you fix their problem or not?

lorien1973 on February 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I care because…?

MNHawk on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Because I paid $4 bucks for a small head of cabbage yesterday?

JPeterman on February 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Just remember that Presidebt 0bama is not a far left ideologue, just ask him.

jukin3 on February 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

“Eat your peas,California.”

-King Barry Obamseys III

portlandon on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Eat yes, grow, No.

kringeesmom on February 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I tell ‘ya, Obaama is going to get his azz kicked in November. There’s that much rage and pent-up anger at this administration out there.

jb34461 on February 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I dare any “liberal” to defend Obama or what the democrats have done to the Central Valley.

darwin on February 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

There he goes again.

totherightofthem on February 29, 2012 at 2:59 PM

CA economy stinks?

Well..he who smelt it…dealt it.

HumpBot Salvation on February 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

And yet, Obama is JUST FINE with killing one species to save another one:

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/02/29/obama-admin-moves-forward-with-plan-to-save-spotted-owl-by-shooting-its-rival/

The spotted owl won’t defend itself, and yet the Obama administration isn’t willing to LET NATURE WORK – they have to step in and impose Central Planning on Mother Nature -

I still haven’t figured out how these yabows manage to keep their heads from spinning off of their bodies….

TeresainFortWorth on February 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The drought in the Central Valley is caused by a lack of rainfall:

Fresno: Month to date 0.48 inches (normal 1.96 inches); season to date 3.43 inches (normal 7.81 inches)

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Bad bet. That region is conservative for the most part, main reason liberals have cut off the water. The ONLY reason, actually, all a deliberate effort to put a squeeze on conservative voters.

riddick on February 29, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Nah. They’re not smart enough to pull together that kind of conspiracy.

This involves two classes of jerks.

(1) The true-believer enviros, who genuinely think that the survival of a crappy little baitfish is worth destroying one of the most agriculturally-productive areas of the country and impoverishing hundreds of thousands, of not millions, of humans.

(2) The gentry liberals, who are willfully oblivious to the tradeoffs involved.

Centerfire on February 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

ShainS on February 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Considering that the PLA pretty much has a foothold in Long Beach, I won’t be too surprised if they’re using the waste to make glow in the dark toys for kids….

/s

BlaxPac on February 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Only in a liberals mind is it a good idea to withhold irrigation water in California while holding back snowmelt in the midwest to create peak floods during the spring rainy season to mimic river flooding long ago tamed by dams and reserviors.

We need a huge flush to occur in the federal g’ment.

DanMan on February 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

There has to be a way to repeal the grant of standing to these enviro-wacko groups like greenpeace and the sierra club. We’re financing our own demise through the grants to these nutjobs by the EPA.

HTH did they get standing to sue on behalf of gaia in the first place?

Lost in Jersey on February 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Let’s all sing along in our very best Sesame Street voices… Cooperation makes it happen, cooperation makes it work!

Maybe the farmers will be entertained while they think about their dead almond trees (which take years to bear nuts).

kringeesmom on February 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

The city of Stockton in California’s crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America’s most miserable city in a national magazine — twice.

The city of Stockton, Calif., has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation.

And now, officials say this river port city of 290,000 is on the brink of insolvency and could become the nation’s largest city to fall into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-29/stockton-california-bankruptcy/53296106/1
It must be one of those coincidence thingys they keep telling us about

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

The answer:

http://cabillofrights.org/

Shaughnessy on February 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Wow. I can’t take an more insanity – my heads going to explode.

Fuquay Steve on February 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Trying to think of something to say that doesn’t involve expletives. No luck.

ConservativeLA on February 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I dare any “liberal” to defend Obama or what the democrats have done to the Central Valley.

darwin on February 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Interesting that lib4life hasn’t graced us with her presence…

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

And the REALLY FUNNY PART is that those idiots in the Central Valley vote heavily Democratic.

The Central Valley is very conservative – Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. But don’t let facts get in your way.

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Pink slips are the answer my friends

For the public sector of course

To the tune of 25% of the workforce

Sonosam on February 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Cutting off oil. Cutting off water. Air next?
Why does obama hate us Americans?

kurtzz3 on February 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I care because…?

MNHawk on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

“cuz St. Patty’s day is coming and $4 is a lot of cabbage for cabbage!

Buck_Nekkid on February 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

So how many local species are now endangered because their environment has dried up..?

affenhauer on February 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

You must stop cluttering up the really big, important issues with questions and observations that are founded in an objective reality.

cheeflo on February 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Not the farmers and residents who are affected. The Republicans will win overwhelmingly in the Central Valley. Unfortunately their votes will be no match for the numbers out of L.A. and S.F.

aunursa on February 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

This is true.

What’s sad is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Voters in Silicon Valley, in particular, aren’t hard-core lefty ideologues; there’s a crapload of independents who would be receptive to the right kind of Republican. Sure, it wouldn’t be a firebreathing conservative, but somebody well to the right of Scott Brown on fiscal issues could win here, if the state GOP could pull its head out of its hind-end.

Centerfire on February 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

These two quotes from the SAME RELEASE pretty much sums up the Obama administration:

And, contrary to 100 years of reclamation law that exhibits congressional deference to State water law, the bill would preempt California water law.

Finally, H.R. 1837 would repeal the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement, which the Congress enacted to resolve 18 years of contentious litigation.

In other words, when congress enacts something we want it is not allowed to ever change that no matter how badly and foolish what we did was.

Freddy on February 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Victor Davis Hanson writes about this issue quite often from a first-hand perspective. He owns a vineyard out in that area (I think its the same area), Ed might know.

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Here’s the article, brilliant and elloquent in only the way someone who is intimate with the facts could be.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/255320/two-californias-victor-davis-hanson

itsspideyman on February 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul should all give speeches from the Obama Dust Bowl during the California primary. This travesty will be on the national radar screen in no time. And this is a perfect issue for the Republicans to use to make common cause with the Hispanic bloc. Hispanic agricultural workers in CA are really suffering because of this horrific policy.

Mr. Arkadin on February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

This is what Californians have voted for.

I care because…?

MNHawk on February 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

You care because your state has brought us the likes of Sen. “I wear baby diapers” Al Franken, past gov “I took too many knocks to the head as a SEAL” Ventura, and current gov “worst Senator ever” Dayton. And let’s not forget your Soros backed Secretary of State, Mr. Ritchie.

Sure your House and Senate are currently controlled by conservatives, but that didn’t stop Dayton from vetoing the Voter ID bill which had the overwhelming support of Minnesotans including almost a majority of liberals.

Your state really isn’t safe from becoming a junior California.

climbnjump on February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

kurtzz3 on February 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM

When asked, the President replied:

Am I not Merciful?

Am I not MAGNIFICENT???

BlaxPac on February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Wife and I make the drive through the Central Valley a few times each year, the next trip being this weekend. It is a gut wrenching experience. Formerly magnificent fields of crops turned into dead trees and dust. We have taken our granddaughters along a couple of times so that they can learn about what government regulation can do, and they get it.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Unemployed people in the Central Valley means more workers for the high speed rail line!

This water thing isn’t about the fish. It’s about the people in the San Francisco area who are just crazed by the notion that someone else is getting their water.

MayBee on February 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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