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Water Cooler 08/23/18 Open Thread; Why The Trump Administration Is So Very Important;

Trump Administration Tells California “Stop Wasting Farmer’s Water”

Hosanna and hallelujah, he has weighed in on California’s war against the people that provide it food.  For the people who haven’t been following this, California has had a combination of policies consisting of not very benign neglect and outright persecution when it comes to water management. The not benign neglect has consisted of not building reservoirs or any large water projects while their population has grown tremendously. The outright persecution consists of flushing fresh water into the sea in an attempt to help fish species, which actually did nothing to help the fish.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke directed staff to draft a plan within 15 days that would “maximize water supply deliveries” to farmers south of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, The Sacramento Bee reported.

California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is holding public hearings Tuesday on a proposal that would divert less water from the San Joaquin River for use in farms and roughly 3 million households. The SWRCB wants to increase the amount of water flowing from the river into the ocean in order to help fish populations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta recover from historically low numbers.

“The State of California is now proposing additional unacceptable restrictions that further reduce the Department’s ability to deliver water to Federal contractors,” Zinke wrote in an Aug. 17 memo to department staff, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Further limiting Californian’s use of the water would force thousands to look for a supply underground, straining the state’s already depleted aquifers, critics of the state’s plan say.

Environmentalists oppose the secretary’s plan.

Environmentalists and agriculture interests have fought over the appropriate use for water in the San Joaquin River. Farmers argue that the water is needed for irrigation and to sate California’s high demand for water. Environmentalists say diverting water from flowing into the delta is harming stocks of fish, particularly the endangered delta smelt.

—The Daily Caller

This state is currently building an unneeded  and unwanted high speed rail at a currently estimated cost north of 70 billion, while having to institute water rationing. It’s certainly a sad situation where the state institutions can’t even acknowledge the needs of their citizens and have allowed themselves to be captured by people pushing junk science. It’s even worse when the federal government has to step into what should be a local matter and say NO!.

Thankfully the Trump administration is willing to do what’s needed and rein in the insanity which is something the last three administrations haven’t been willing to do. Which is indeed why this administration is so important, and something that should be remembered anytime there is an urge to snicker at the president’s foibles. There is no doubt that Hillary or Elizabeth Warren or Berni Sanders, or any of the rogues gallery from the left would have happily seen the farms go up in a dustbowl, and rubbed their hands at all the people that would now be dependent on welfare and foodstamps.

Something to remember the next time some liberal hipster promotes socialism because the “people” can’t make their own decisions. Just ask, “Oh you mean decisions like  California’s water management ?”

 


Workers Hardest Hit By Recession Joining In Recovery

The unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma fell to 5.1 percent in July, the Labor Department reported Friday, the lowest since the government began collecting data on such workers in 1992. At the economy’s nadir in the summer of 2009, the unemployment rate for high school dropouts hit 15.6 percent, more than three times the peak unemployment rate for college graduates.

Buffeted by technological change and seemingly out of place in an economy where skills and credentials are in ever more demand, this cohort struggled while more educated workers scored jobs and promotions and rose on the economic ladder.

—The New York Times

Does anything more need to be said about an administration that believes in giving a hand up instead of a hand out ? To my mind the combination of unemployment and having to accept public charity has been the great driver of the left. It leaves people vulnerable to the lies of charlatans and hateful towards a system that looks rigged against them. It provides the space for “intellectuals” to say things like this from The Atlantic “a Brookings scholar argues that the upper-middle class has enriched itself and harmed economic mobility. The method being by sending their children to the best schools they can, and making certain their neighborhoods are nicely kept, the dastards.

Now we are entering into a period where people who were dependent are becoming self sufficient and what’s more TAX PAYERS. It’s no wonder the left doesn’t like the president, the last thing their padrons want is their peons getting away from them.


Quote Of The Day

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.

—Robert A. Heinlein

Particularly applicable. It looks like our country was scheduled for some bad luck, with any luck we may yet be able to avoid it.



Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread