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.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.
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.
Monday, September 20, 2010
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.