Fish Versus People

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    California farmers are laying off in ever increasing numbers. Many will be bankrupt and out of business soon. In one of the most fertile areas in the nation farm acreage the size of Connecticut is laying fallow or the crops are already dead. This is not so much due to the drought but because of Federal protections on certain kinds of Smelt and Salmon the authorities refuse to release the water. The farmers are particularly blaming the current congress and president Obama for not taking action even though their congressional representatives have tried unsuccessfully to bring up the issue in session.

    Calif. farmers say feds make drought worse - USATODAY.com
     
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    There is no situation however desperately bad that the government cannot make it worse.
     
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    The government already made it worse.
     
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    They knew about the problem two years ago. This is obviously a situation where they just kept passing the problem onto the next guy. I am sure Washington state and Oregon will have to bail them out and then are rates go up even though we can self maintain.
     
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    Corn is just a tad to small for me. Come (no pun intended) to think of it, smelt is too.
     
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    Farmers crying at the government because it's not going to go against nature and dump the reserves and threaten the fish stock in the process.

    Until we reach a food crisis, I have little sympathy for them. Cantaloupe can be grown further up the river, and nobody's stopping them from moving. Otherwise they chose this line of work knowing full well droughts happen.
     
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    I don't think they actually grow corn in that region after I looked it up, hence the deletion.
     
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    Actually the primary crop is almonds, one of the largest areas that supplies almonds to the nation.
    Hope you don't like almonds.
     
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    I don't know the particulars about this specific situation, but in general terms I do think the PETA-type radicals are just goofy.

    Species come and species go - it's called natural selection. If you think sending a child to bed hungry just to prop up some failing species is acceptable, I could not disagree more.
     
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    California is a world model of how not to govern.
     

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