LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27, 2015 – Los Angeles is currently experiencing an extreme drought that has consumed the rest of the state of California to the point where counties have been forced to drastically cut back on water usage. If Los Angeles County weren’t located in the middle of a desert, it would be understandable that the city is currently scrambling to figure out what to do to ease the crisis. But the city is in a desert and always has been. So the current response is a little disconcerting.
On top of that, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the L.A. Department of Water and Power, a thoroughly corrupt government agency, is contemplating levying “substantial” fines against Angelenos who use too much water and is also threatening to publicly release their names in an effort to shame them.
As the Times points out, this represents a clear violation of the California Public Records Act, which is supposed to stop this kind of thing.
Why is the DWP doing this? Well, the money from fines is, of course, the primary reason. This department, like its big brothers the EPA, IRS and VA at the federal level, has operated in accordance with Mafia-style tactics for years without any repercussions.
Another, more nefarious, reason for the current action is that this is likely an effort to shift the blame away from the actual perpetrators of this water crisis and point the accusatory finger at wealthy citizens who are allegedly wasting too much water.
The media claims this is the worst California drought in 1,200 years, or maybe 500 years. They aren’t sure, but it’s been a lot of years. Unfortunately, the notion that we can accurately say how severe a drought was in the ninth century during a time when humans still thought the world was flat is patently absurd. Right off the bat, that sounds ridiculous to any normal person. But for argument’s sake, let’s just say that’s the case.
It doesn’t matter.
Being prepared for the weather is one of the basic functions of government.
And California failed miserably.
By California, I specifically mean the Democratic Party and the environmentalists they pander to.
From The Daily Signal:
California’s drought is largely a man-made crisis. It is caused by a series of policies—some from the past, many ongoing—which has prioritized environmental demands above the basic provision of water resources to the public. More than half of the state’s water resources simply flow out the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.
The environmentalists who have stood in the way of water storage measures are partially to blame. But the Democrats who enabled them should bear the brunt of the criticism.
Democrats have controlled California since 1970. Almost every single year since then, Republicans have tried to push legislation that would strengthen and expand water storage capabilities. Democrats have blocked them every time over claims that the environment was at risk.
California’s problems are not about water shortage, but rather about water mismanagement and liberal incompetence in Sacramento. The state gets enough rain and snowfall each year to cover 200 million acres under a foot of water. However, clearly they don’t have a handle on this resource. Why? Because the vast majority of California’s dams and water systems were built before 1980. Thirty-five years ago. Against the backdrop of an ever-growing population. That is textbook mismanagement and lack of preparedness.
Fast-forward to today. Democrats are still holding up Republican efforts to address the drought. Worse, they are being led by the same guy who was leading them decades ago, Gov. Jerry Brown. It’s almost as if they don’t really want to fix the problem…
Yes, rainfall has been low in recent years, maybe even historically low. But that was bound to happen in this desert climate. Yet for decades the government has been collecting billions of dollars in tax revenue that was supposed to prepare for times like these and wasting it on other things.
On top of all this, that same government is now threatening to publicly shame wealthy landowners who don’t honor arbitrary rules they have imposed to shift the responsibility off of their conscience to others.
That’s simply wrong, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.