Past Features

May 4, 2015

The Forbidden Truth
Progressives Led California -- Backwards
Victor Davis Hanson -- Real Clear Politics -- May 4, 2015  
An Ironic Drought in California   
 
   The present four-year California drought is not novel --- even if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change.
    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells --- like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and 1987-92 --- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures.
    What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought --- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early 1990s. Much of the growth is due to massive and recent immigration.
    A record one in four current Californians was not born in the United States, according to the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. Whatever one's view on immigration, it is ironic to encourage millions of newcomers to settle in the state without first making commensurately liberal investments for them in water supplies and infrastructure. [...]
    A final irony is that the beneficiaries of these man-made canals and dams neither allowed more water storage for others nor are willing to divert their own privileged water transfers to facilitate their own dreams of fish restoration. Nature may soon get back to normal -- but will California?

Only haters are thirsty
Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
    I wasn't thinking about a drought when I supported Proposition 187 twenty-two years ago --- I was thinking about the rule of law. The state was being overwhelmed by law breakers. We were importing poverty.
    The people of California voted for Proposition 187 --- overwhelmingly. Had it been implemented, California would not have the problems it faces today. It was not implemented because it was killed by progressives --- illegally.
    But who will tell the truth about what really happened in California --- the L.A. Times? ABC, CBS, NBC? They will not because they share in the guilt for the progressive mess that California is in today. Taking a hint from the past, it is possible that people who complain about the lack of water in California will soon be accused of being part of a hate group.

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