Friday, April 03, 2015

The biggest difference between Texas and California is that Texas elites take responsibility for the growth their policies attract.

While the Cali elites are just a tad narcicisstic...just a smidgen.
California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography.
We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people. Second, the mandated restrictions will bring home another truth as lawns die, pools empty, and boutique gardens shrivel in the coastal corridor from La Jolla to Berkeley: the very idea of a 20-million-person corridor along the narrow, scenic Pacific Ocean and adjoining foothills is just as unnatural as “big” agriculture’s Westside farming. The weather, climate, lifestyle, views, and culture of coastal living may all be spectacular, but the arid Los Angeles and  San Francisco Bay-area megalopolises must rely on massive water transfers from the Sierra Nevada, Northern California, or out-of-state sources to support their unnatural ecosystems.
But the good news is that as the preeners experience the torments of their choices, their self pitying shrieks will help a new generation learn that true responsibility means more than sorting your trash and driving a Prius.
IBD points out that the one thing that would solve the problem - market pricing for water - is the one thing that will not be tried. God bless liberals for their expensive but salutary lessons.
No, this is not a new era. It's still the era of limited thinking. It's the Soviet way of dealing with scarcity.
Being "progressive" means exhibiting Soviet levels of stupidity. Da, comrade, da.

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