The delta smelt wars: man v. 3 inch fish


Promoted by redneck hippie because it sheds light on the Dustbowl Democrats and the drought caused by the Obama regime

Here he is:


Quite a little controversial guy although he doesn’t know it. A couple of years ago the enviro-nuts had a little hissy fit and got the powers-that-be to divert 300 billion gallons of water from San Joaquin farmers in California to protect this little sucker. Yea, I suppose he is pretty tasty. I’ve eaten smelt myself however it is the belief of this writer that the welfare of people should be placed above a fish.

So now Doc Hastings, Chair of the House Natural Resources Department intends to even the odds and shine a spotlight on the plight of farmers and others affected by this little guy’s “protection.” Although the water being diverted is “fresh” the email I received today from Rep. Hastings (R-WA) contained some “salient” information.

Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a field hearing in Fresno, CA on “Creating Jobs by Overcoming Man-Made Drought: Time for Congress to Listen and Act.” At the hearing, Members heard first-hand from local individuals and groups who have been directly impacted by this water diversion. Points made were:

  • This man-made drought has cost thousands of jobs, causing 40 percent unemployment in some communities, and has fallowed more than 150,000 acres of fertile farmland.
  • Even though California has experienced near record precipitation this year, some farmers will still only receive 75 percent of their water supply. Witnesses and Members at the hearing warned that long-term solutions and increased water storage are needed in order to avoid devastating job losses in the future when there aren’t record amounts of precipitation.
  • Witnesses at the hearing also stressed the social and economic impacts caused by a lack of water. Dayatra Latin from the Community Food Bank described the “endless” lines of people seeking food assistance in 2009 when communities faced record high unemployment.

Several notable quotes:

“There is no time to waste on reversing the plight of the San Joaquin Valley. The deliberate diversions by the federal government of over 200 billion gallons of water away from the breadbasket of America cost tens of thousands of farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment rates in the region, fallowed more than 150,000 acres of the most fertile farmland in our nation, and forced up the price of groceries across the country. The facts we gather from this hearing will be instrumental as we begin the process to rescind government policies at the root of the San Joaquin Valley’s misery.” – Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04).

“If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere. The San Joaquin Valley situation of the last two years should be a warning to us all that we cannot stand by for history to repeat itself. While Mother Nature has helped temporarily rescue this region with historic precipitation, a regulatory drought could re-appear if the rain and snow predictably disappear.” – Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04).

While the Obama Administration and the Pelosi Congress have done little to help the plight of San Joaquin Valley farmers, Republican Members of the Subcommittee vowed to take action to address the regulations that have caused this man-made drought. I especially love this comment, about “Dustbowl Democrats”:

“Today we had the opportunity to hear from people who have been victims of the man-made drought in the San Joaquin Valley. The days of senseless cruelty inflicted by valley Dustbowl Democrats and California’s two Senators is over. The House and Senate must act now. The time for studying and talking is over. Republicans in the House will take bold actions soon to restore water and prosperity to the valley. Senators Boxer and Feinstein must do the same.” –Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-21).

Bravo, Committee!!

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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April 11, 2011 7:28 pm

This is very important to not forget the hardships that are being placed on folks in San Joaquin Valley. Remember that the federal government and not the weather has deprived them of the water they need. Thanks for posting this one.

Kenny Solomon
April 11, 2011 8:19 pm

Good work Carol. Keep on top of this and hound Doc and his staff until Sunstein up ‘n admits everything. Boxer and Feinstein are gonna fight tooth and nail to keep the administration agenda in place. Watch out for exec orders too. They really don’t give a damn about The Constitution, State’s Rights and the law of the land. I also remember doing a few entries on the “nudge” given that cute lil’ fishy over at Ban Central Station last year (May, July and December – I have ’em all saved), with some folks thinking I was a tad over… Read more »

redneck hippie
April 11, 2011 8:36 pm

These enviro-lunatics are a plague on our fair land. Keep stickin’ it to ’em, LIO.

April 11, 2011 8:50 pm

The destruction of the food production capability in the San Joaquin Valley was deliberate. It’s the bowl of rice or the stick mentality by some elected and appointed officials. If you want to eat or live, do as we say. Otherwise, it’s the stick for you. The unholy desire to control all aspects of our lives for our own good because We, the American People have been deemed too fracking stupid to do it ourselves. After how many centuries of daily self governance, we suddenly were somehow infected with the ‘Doh, which way did the rabbit go down the hole… Read more »

April 11, 2011 11:04 pm

It never fails to astonish me how much abuse the elected officials of California can lay upon the people there and still they take it. They run that state into the ground and still people reelect them.

April 12, 2011 8:40 am

It’s even more sinister and direct than just rabid environmentalism. It’s out of the old Clinton playbook (a la the tobacco lawsuits), called defunding the enemy (= Republicans), raised to a new level of destruction by Rahm and -0- in this Administration. If your state, region or city went red in Nov 2008, you are on their destruction list. Ask the people of Tennessee who flooded away while -0- vacationed, or the offshore rig workers from south Louisiana who were literally shut down & are unemployed now, or the manned space program engineers at NASA in Houston whose program has… Read more »

April 12, 2011 10:48 pm

I suppose it would be considered really radical to, oh, maybe, *abolish the EPA, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior and a couple hundred other federal entities, eliminate 800 federal judges and let the freakin’ states decide how to manage what goes on within their sovereign borders. So I won’t mention it.