California’s water crisis is not “news.” Reports of this looming disaster have been developing since early 2009, and even as far back as September of last year the Wall Street Journal noted that Washington was engaging in a “green war against San Joaquin Valley farmers.” Perhaps most interestingly, Congress has the authority to intervene and override the policies and “opinions” of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but it has refused to take up the matter. And this has awakened many Californians to the reality that their federal government is not only failing to serve their interests, but is also actively working against them.
So, were you to travel through Central California today, you’d see lots of brown, and not-so-vividly-green crops along the sides of the highways, because farmers are trying to grow them with a fraction of the water that they actually need. And you’d also see lots of interesting signs along the highways, signs that read “Congress Created Dustbowl” and “Obama, Boxer Created Water Crisis.” And depending on what region of the San Joaquin Valley you might be in, you may see the names of Democrat Representatives Jim Costa or Dennis Cardoza added to the list of Obama-Boxer culprits.
One might hope that enabling American farms to continue producing would be a non-partisan matter, something that both Republicans and Democrats could support. But that just isn’t so, with the Obama Democrats in charge.
They’ve been focused on serving Barack Obama, and ensuring that his dreams of stimulus programs and bailouts and healthcare and financial system take-overs and “hope” and “change” and “transforming America ” come to full fruition. And in the process of serving Barack Obama, they have empowered a radical ideology in Washington that places the perceived needs and interests of “the environment” over and above the real needs and interests of human beings.
Across the country, Americans have been off-put by President Obama’s repeated “bowing” before foreign heads of state, his unwillingness to say that there is anything “exceptional” about America , and his refusal to acknowledge that “radical Islam” is a deadly threat. In a similar way, the outrage of Central Californians is reaching a boiling point as they face the painful reality that their President and congressional representatives cannot decisively and collectively take a stand in favor of prosperity, and productivity.
This is why, in the San Joaquin Valley , Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is polling out ahead of Senator Barbara Boxer by 21 percentage points (statewide Fiorina is leading Boxer by 5 percentage points).
But the war on prosperity and productivity is not merely a problem for farmers. It impacts all Americans, whether they know it or not.
May we all be awakened – just as the farmers of California .
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.