President Obama promised to seek $1 billion from Congress to aid Californians in the drought-stricken state, according to a Fox News report. The aid is to be used to help communities manage the effects of climate change.
Climate change, however, does not cause drought but rather enabled a political opportunity. Lack of rainfall is a common natural occurrence in California. What is not natural but common in California is diverting waters away from agricultural areas that need it the most, thus disabling an important industry and ensuring dependence on government for its workers.
The aid package includes limiting water to the most severely stricken areas where California’s agriculture grows food crops for the country. The aid package will serve the food banks that feed the affected families. What these families need is the water. While free food is nice, water would help the farmers grow their own food and help themselves.
But that’s not how our government helps. It is better to put once productive farmers out of work and enter them onto the rolls of the needy. It is better to remove their independence by taking away what water there is. It is better to grow dependence on the government dole. It is better to rid the nation of the entrepreneurs who produce our food.
Even Governor Brown is party to that unworkable approach. He declared California’s drought emergency on January 17. Together, the governor and president put California’s most productive people out of work, instead of funding large national water projects such as NEWTAP to bring water to California from where it’s abundant.
Our nation has an abundance of important resources, including waters that flood the plains states in spring. Simply put, why not build a national water pipeline to carry floodwaters from the mid-west to the arid southwest? Instead, the money that could fund such beneficial national projects is lost in the bureaucracy of big government while doing little to solve the problem.