Monday, September 20, 2010

Ah, the sweet irony of how Boxer's actions are coming back to bite her

If Barbara Boxer loses to Carly Fiorina this year, a major reason will be the advantage Fiorina may have in the Central Valley, the area of California that used to be the nation's supplier of one-fourth our vegetables and fruits but has been devastated by liberal policies that have destroyed the area all in the name of protecting a tiny fish known as the delta smelt. IBD describes how Boxer's environmental extremism may deliver the final blow to her time making policy in Washington.
The harshest blow of all was three years ago, when a federal judge was backed into mandating a full water shut-off in the southwest part of the valley in order to protect a three-inch bait fish known as the delta smelt.

Since then, farmers of the world's finest almonds, apricots, zucchini, carrots, peaches and grapes have had to wait like beggars for 5%, 30%, 60% allotments of critically necessary water — an impossible situation for farm planning, funding or hiring.

Democrats like Dennis Cardoza, another representative facing a tough election battle, rail against banks for not lending, but they pay little heed to the uncertain economic conditions that make lending impossible.

The result of this is an unemployment rate in Fresno of 16.2%. In smaller towns such as Mendota, which had been famous for its cantaloupes, 40% are out of work.

The problem is that Democrats have refused to waive the Endangered Species Act, something they could have done to save the valley but didn't. Instead they blamed a nonexistent drought.

"Boxer voted against an amendment, waiving it on the floor of the Senate, because she's always been against water for the valley," Nunes said. "Any way to take water away, she's for it."

Now it may be coming back to swallow her. The margin of victory in California's Senate race looks more and more like it will come from a Central Valley long used by Democrats to establish their environmental bona fides.

These days, their credibility — and Boxer's — looks as desiccated as the valley's dead, blackened vineyards.
All politicians like to talk about how they're out there protecting the small farmer. It's just that some politicians care more about the delta smelt than the small farmers providing the fruits and vegetables that Michelle Obama wants us to eat. What delicious irony it will be if Boxer's own actions against her constituents are what turn the tide against her in November.


tfhr said...

I can't remember where I read or heard this quote:

“Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy.”

Boxer will be asking for mercy soon but her disregard for the Central Valley and it's people will have sealed her fate.

pumping-irony said...

This is the kind of stuff you get when you have career politicians: nitwits who have no clue about how goods are produced or why companies hire employees, etc, etc. But they make policy and are SURPRISED when those policies cause problems and disruptions. Boxer blocks water to a farming area and is SURPRISED to find out they can't grow vegetables any more and people are out of work! "Wait", she says, "It can't be something I did... must be those evil banks refusing to lend money!" (Sounds a lot like Obama after his health care bill and his Cap and Trade bill and his stimulus bill, etc, etc!) These people are idiots, but what's worse is that they are arrogant idiots. That particular combination in so many of our "leadership" has brought many of us to the verge of rage.

Pat Patterson said...

But among the many Democrats that I do talk with, I'm a teacher where being conservative is slightly worse than admitting leprosy, they have no problem with making the Central Valley a Dust Bowl. Food appears in stores because the magic food fairies harvest and can it without any animals being hurt and then put on the shelves at Whole Foods.