We've been trying not to get in the way of Fresno's 'feel-good' exercise in begging for Walmart's 'Fighting Hunger Together' contest. But, it's difficult to watch the various media outlets get excited about coming in first in something after coming in last in so many other lists. The article below describes our collective frustration. The writer has seen the light and connected the dots which has been our mission all along, trying to get the people of the Valley to also connect the dots. Why are so many people unemployed? Why are so many people homeless? Why did the east-to-west electoral landslide in November end at the California border? Why do the police, firefighters, teachers, prison guards, public employees, private employees not see the connection between our problems and elected officials and water?
We know it's difficult to ask elected officials to turn on the pumps when so many are pumping water out of their own back yards, but until we get our ag water problem solved we will continue to be in this unemployed mess. The rain has allowed us to take our focus off the water problem for the time-being, but it is still the problem that needs to be solved. So, go ahead and win the Walmart contest, get the million dollars, feed the hungry for as far as it goes, then get back to solving the real problem that has led to all this. At the end of the article below we also reprint some 'reader comments' from people who have connected the dots. Why can't other Californians see what they see?
Manmade Famine In America
Dec 30, 2010
It seems inconceivable, but people in America are going hungry en masse due to a famine caused by political authorities. Fresno, California is not yet a sister city of Kiev, Ukraine, but the two cities, capitals of rich agricultural regions, share a history of mass hunger caused by central governments indifferent to the suffering of their people, in the pursuit of ideological goals. Investor's Business Daily explains:
Fresno is the agricultural capital of America. More food per acre in more variety can be grown in the fertile Central Valley surrounding this community than on any other land in America - perhaps in the world.
Yet far from being a paradise, Fresno is starting to resemble Zimbabwe or 1930s Ukraine, a victim of a famine machine that is entirely man-made, not by red communists this time, but by greens.
State and federal officials, driven by the agenda of environmental extremists, have made it extremely difficult for the valley's farms, introducing costly environmental regulations and cutting off critical water supplies to save the Delta smelt, a bait fish. It's all driving the economy to collapse.
In the southwest part of the Central Valley, water allotments as low as 10% of normal have created a visible dust bowl. The knock-on effect can be seen in cities like Fresno, where November's unemployment among the packers, cannery workers and professional fields that make agriculture productive stands at 16.9%.
So bad is the economy, due to federal water restrictions, that almost a quarter of local families are going hungry in Fresno:
Local newspapers and Fresno County officials are trying to rally Facebook users to vote for Fresno in a corporate contest sponsored by Wal-Mart for $1 million in charity food donations for the hungry. Fresno, a city of 505,000, has taken the national lead because 24.1% of Fresno's families are going hungry.
The destruction of the agricultural economy of America's most productive region is yet another example of federal policies literally destroying America's productive capacity. To be sure, the Fresno famine is not causing mass starvation, merely hunger. But this is America, and destroying jobs and agricultural capacity is a shameful initiative of government.
Dec 30, 09:06 AM
Come on, it's not America, it's California. They voted and passed every crazy hippie law and elected these criminals to office. You reap what you sow. Now is the time for the people to fix it, not try and win a handout contest. The entitled class just wants to sit back and wait for the handout, where as real Americans would be doing something about it.
Dec 30, 10:56 AM
Let 'em starve. It sounds hard-hearted, but perhaps if they taste the fruit of their wrongheaded votes for long enough, they might just learn to put their check marks in the proper box(es) the next time. Or not taste the fruit, as the case may be. People need to understand and be fully aware that actions have consequences. The are free and can vote for these moonbats who will intentionally starve them, but when the effulence hits the fan because of their actions, they are going to suffer. Let them suffer and feel their consequences sans a bail out from clear thinking voters. You can lead a horse to water...
Dec 30, 10:19 AM
Hey Kaliforia .... You are getting what you voted for.