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Fish vs Farmers

May 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Last night, Hannity featured the running battle between the California Delta Smelt and the central valley farmers.  See the story here. This was an opinion piece, so temper your expectations of a fair and balanced presentation.

The story features a hot reporter (hot with a capital H), standing in a dry irrigation canal, and showed lines of jobless farmers. However, it was only focused on the recent decision to stop pumping water out of the delta.

Stopping the water pumps because of the Delta Smelt is the equivalent to convicting Al Capone on tax evasion. There is a lot more going on than a battle between a 2 inch minnow and central valley farmers. The water exports kill salmon, ruining commercial fishing in California, and killing those jobs.  The water system designed in 1968 for irrigation simply does not work now.  This is not just another environmentalists vs jobs story.

This is another indictment of the failed California government. A government that is totally focused on re-election and spending our money.  A government that has the highest state income tax and the highest sales tax (they literally take it coming and going), yet still needs to borrow from future lotto winnings.

Ah, but I digress. Even though it missed the larger picture, the Fox News story illuminated the very real human impact of the water consumers.

Tags: Conservation

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt // May 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Gotta love Fox. Babes and total bullshit.

  • 2 Tom corkrum // May 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I wish I could still live in California, but I don’t envy/miss your politics.

  • 3 planettrout // May 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I will be turning off the lights on my way out…

    PT/TB

  • 4 John LeJeune // May 31, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Oh wait! FOX is always reporting fir and balances stories. Just ask Bill.

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