COMMENTARY | President Obama ventured to California’s Central Valley and, since even he could not imagine that George W. Bush could control the weather, pronounced that the drought afflicting that once lush farmland was caused by “climate change.”
But, as Hot Air points out, the lack of water that has driven Central Valley farmers to the point of extinction was man-made, as a result of a desire by a judge to save a bait fish, the delta smelt, from that same fate, thus closing the flow of irrigated water to the region. The water that could alleviate the plight of the farmers is being poured into the Pacific Ocean instead. Indeed the president has threatened to veto measures passed in the House to alleviate the situation and get the water flowing again. He has certainly not leaned on the Senate where the measure is being held up.
That makes the president either the most duplicitous president since Nixon or the most forgetful president ever. The first possibility is annoying. The second is frightening.
Considering the president’s record of prevarication (“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”) one is tempted to go with the first possibility. But Obama must also have a supreme contempt for the intelligence of the farmers and other people he was addressing. They know perfectly well that it isn’t global warming that has turned their farms into deserts. It is a government policy that favors the fate of an obscure bait fish over their ability to live by growing food.
Don’t expect, by the way, Calfornia’s Democratic congressional delegation to look after the interests of the farmers. They are solely in the pockets of the environmentalists, who dominate the politics of that state’s heavily populated coasts. As far as they and the president are concerned, California’s farmers can eat dust.