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California has for the Reality-based community long been a perfect reverse barometer. Anything the state does – do the opposite, and success and prosperity will surely ensue.
We like to juxtapose California and Texas. Two very large states with two very different approaches to the size, scope and sphere of influence of government.
Texas has a tiny government – and has since 2009 created so many jobs that without its tally President Barack Obama’s national job creation would be a net negative.
None of this seems to affect the President. He has spent much of his tenure actively attacking Texas – while nationalizing California policy.
Take illegal immigration. California has been long riddled with “sanctuary cities” – an innocuous term that means these outlaw outposts steadfastly refuse to enforce immigration laws. California Democrat Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown in 2013 signed legislation effectively rendering the entire state so lawless.
And keep in mind – we are constantly told by our Betters that unfettered immigration is the key to booming economic growth. California has for decades been the poster child for this policy – how’s that working?
Undaunted by Reality, President Obama is emulating Cali – repeatedly waving his scepter and waiving the law for millions of illegal aliens. King Amnesty – of Sanctuary Nation. California Majorus.
And then there’s something actually, truly vital to everything anyone does – water. Much like with economic growth, jobs and prosperity – California is facing shortages.
Sadly, this was all totally unnecessary. The result not of a dearth of precipitation – but decades of horrendous government policy.
Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement….
California has spent $18.7 billion on five water bonds since 2000. These bonds funded mostly open space acquisitions and landscaping projects that captured no new water and built no new reservoirs….
(T)he bond monies have been mostly squandered. Water bonds have been partly turned into a slush fund for the state Legislature to redistributeCap and Trade taxes among other activities.
Another green water project failure is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)’s $1 billion San Joaquin River Restoration Project. The project has been turned into a wealth redistribution scheme.…
Anti-economic development, socialism, cronyism-on-stilts, stunning government waste and radical environmentalism – hallmarks all of the Democrat Party. Both in California – and Washington, D.C.
You want to kneecap farmers? And make food exorbitantly more expensive? Turn farmers’ water into a weapon against them.
The issue is the EPA’s proposed changes to the Waters of the United States regulation. In March, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed new rules that would expand the agency’s regulatory authority on streams and wetlands that feed into major rivers and lakes.
The EPA says 60 percent of the nation’s streams and wetlands are not protected from pollution.
That actually means 60% of the nation’s streams and wetlands are protected from government. The EPA won’t stand for that.
Get that? If a California farmer is fortunate enough to actually get any water to his land – after his state government has spent billions rerouting it to things like the Delta Smelt – his federal government will call it a waterway and mandate he stop all farming.
President Obama takes California’s terrible water policy – and makes it even worse. And, of course, national.
Farmers rendered frozen in amber – and yet again in governments’ crosshairs.
And then we wonder why our growers have trouble making ends meet – and we have trouble affording food.
[Originally Published at RedState]