California's great central valley is a huge agricultural area, that produces a multitude of products. In fact, ag is likely the largest industry in the state.
However, in recent years the politicians of one particular party have conspired to kill off as much of it as they can, for reasons of their own, and in this case they have done major damage through the use of environmental regulations.
A local congressman, Devin Nunes, has introduced legislation that seeks to remedy that, but already President Obama is promising to veto it.
This sign I have actually seen with my own eyes during my travels through the valley. Notice the dead orchard behind it.
No matter what we do, this needed legislation is probably bottled up until such time as the Democrats in general and Obama in particular are ejected from office, but it is yet another example of the anti American, anti business, anti working man and woman policies of this political party.
From the article, we learn that...
... if it passes, it will guarantee that water the farmers paid for finally gets to the parched Central Valley. It will put an end to the sorry stream of shriveled vineyards, blackened almond groves and unemployed farm workers standing in alms lines for bagged carrots from China.
The insanity of the current policies against some of America’s most productive farmers in one of the world’s richest farm belts is largely the work leftist politicians from the wealthy enclaves of the San Francisco Bay Area. This group has exerted its political muscle on the less politically powerful region that produces more than half the fruits and vegetables consumed in the U.S. — with $26 billion in annual sales.
“The bill restores the flow of water and establishes a framework for meaningful environmental improvements. It is a repudiation of the left’s assault on rural communities, which began with the decimation of the West’s timber industry and now is focused on Central Valley agriculture,” Nunes told IBD.
The stand-alone bill, H.R. 1837, marks the first time Central Valley water shortages and the federal role in creating them will be considered directly in Congress.