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Schwarzenegger creates new endangered species: Californians!

Once again Arnold Schwarzenegger proves he is the epitome of style over substance ...

Standing alongside of the San Luis Reservoir and leading the chant “We need water! We need water.” As the radical left environmentalists attempt to cripple California’s economy by using our own laws against us. Perhaps to decimate the hard-working taxpaying public in favor of illegal aliens with a tendency to vote for liberal socialist democrats as soon as the lefty-in-chief figures out how to grant them amnesty?

According to Representative Nunes’ press release …

“Congressman Devin Nunes called on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to resign due to the Governor’s failure to respond to the ongoing California water crisis.”

“San Joaquin Valley communities are drying up and they are dying.  Communities have withered away, families have been left with nothing and people are literally starving.”

“The Governor’s remarks today were little more than lip service; a rehash of what he has said on the subject for years.  By ducking the issue of Delta pumps, he demonstrated not only a total lack of understanding but a callous disregard for our communities.”

When a government can’t provide the people access to a reliable supply of water, it has failed.  This government has utterly failed and Governor Schwarzenegger should resign from office.” 

And according to the close-by Sacramento Bee  … 

“Nunes said he was none too thrilled by Schwarzenegger's speech Friday at the San Luis Reservoir outside Los Banos at a California March for Water rally. The governor spoke about his efforts to seek permanent solutions to the state's water problems, including new dams and a conveyance that can transfer water around the Delta without harming endangered species.”

Perhaps the Governor does not realize that Southern California is built in a desert, where population has outstripped water resources and the major players in the water business are making a quick buck on the suffering of Californians. We need water now and that few of us can even begin to think about saving a small fish known as the Delta Smelt over human beings. Especially when the fish-related conservation programs are more about grants, funding and employment than they are about science – as the ecological purpose of the Delta Smelt is still in question. For more on the subject of the Delta Smelt and California water, check out my blog entry “There comes a time to tell the environmental leftists  NO!

“Schwarzenegger led chants of "We need water! We need water!" He told the crowd he has been working on the problems for the last five years to ‘create a water infrastructure that is for 38 million people rather than 18 million people.’"

On this I call bullshit. There is no way that the State can withstand reduced water availability while dams and conveyances are built. Something that will cost the state billions whereas turning a value or flipping a switch to start a pump is extremely cost effective.

“But Nunes said he wanted to hear the governor promise to seek a federal waiver of the Endangered Species Act so Delta water pumps can transfer their full capacity of water to the San Joaquin Valley now. Environmental restrictions and drought conditions have curtailed water deliveries this year, and unemployment has approached 40 percent in some farming towns like Mendota.”

Nunes said Schwarzenegger should resign because he has "utterly failed."

Like DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano who has re-termed “terrorist attacks” as “man made disasters,” this is exactly what this is: a man-made disaster; or in Nunes’ words: “a man-made drought.”

" ‘He's had five, six years in office to figure this water situation out, and he hasn't done it,’ Nunes said by phone. ‘Then he shows up to the San Joaquin Valley today and says nothing. You've got to turn the pumps on in the Delta, and we have to go back to historic levels. This is not a drought like it's being portrayed in the news. This is a man-made drought.’"

It’s all in the definition and the timing …

As a long-time listener to Schwarzenegger’s speeches, I have no doubts that when he says he is seeking a permanent solution, he means a solution that will guarantee his safe exit from the Governorship and move him into his next position – possibly cozying up with his liberal democrat supporters to being the next environmental guru.  I wonder if Schwarzenegger, who has never won an Oscar, is thinking “If that girly-man Al Gore can get an Oscar with his little film, boy I can really do great things.”

Doing your homework the easy way …

For those of you who require a short introduction to water politics in California, you might want to watch Jack Nicholson in Chinatown.

“JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply.” <Source>

The characters Hollis Mulwray and Noah Cross are both references to the chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, William Mulholland (1855-1935) — the name Hollis Mulwray is partially an anagram for Mulholland. The name Noah is a reference to a flood — to suggest the conflict between good and evil in Mulholland. Mulholland was the designer and engineer for the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which brought water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles. The dam Cross and the city want to build is opposed by Mulwray for reasons of engineering and safety. Mulwray says he will not make the same mistake as when he built a previous dam, which broke resulting in the deaths of hundreds. This is a direct reference to the St. Francis Dam disaster. The dam was personally inspected by Mulholland himself before it catastrophically failed the next morning on March 12, 1928. More than 450 people, many of them school children died that day and the town of Santa Paula was buried. The incident effectively ended Mulholland's career and he died in 1935.” <Source>

Perhaps Schwarzenegger can impress on his Obama friends, including relative ailing Ted Kennedy, to mitigate the EPA’s damage to the State of California. No – that’s impossible, because Schwarzenegger continues to do his own environmental damage with his loony ideas based on speculative global warming theories.

In any event, take care of yourself and your family first. Be well and be safe.

-- steve

Reference Links:

Congressman Devin Nunes Calls for Schwarzenegger Resignation|Nunes California 21st District

Capitol Alert: Rep. Devin Nunes to Schwarzenegger: Resign


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