What farmers want from McCarthy

The Visalia Times-Delta has it:

“The short term answer to the water crisis, farmers say, is to loosen environmental regulations.

“… Allow water to flow from where it is to where it isn’t,” Everett said.

“In the long term, all farmers polled said that major investments must be made in the state’s water infrastructure. And McCarthy, they said, should do his best to secure federal dollars to help.”

All those south-Valley conservatives who hate big government want new House Majority Leader/Valley congressman Kevin McCarthy to grab water for them. High-speed rail – that’s eminent domain, big government at its worst! But to “loosen” state environmental regulations, or build reservoirs and canals — which also require eminent domain — go for it, Uncle Sam! Usurp away!

Actually, the party politics and ideology just fogs things up. This is about money seeking water. Money that will cross party lines and ignore the seperation of powers. Money seeking to excessively export this region’s water and put the hurt on the Delta despite laws, regulations and environmental sanity. How far McCarthy will go to abet the money remains to be seen.

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