Unelected bureaucrats whose names we don't even know decided the fate of farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.
Dec 14, 2016
No legislator or congressman ever passed a law that said to turn off the pumps in California's Delta. It was a law called the Endangered Species Act that evolved into the policy of turning off the pumps to save smelt and salmon that were placed on the ESA list. So, something as important as farmers getting water to grow crops in the most productive area in the world was not even debated by lawmakers. Unelected bureaucrats whose names we don't even know decided the fate of farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.
The water bill just passed by the House and Senate was necessary to let the bureaucrats know their decisions were not being supported by lawmakers. The lawmakers are now telling the bureaucrats how to interpret the laws. How did it come to be that unelected bureaucrats were ever in a position to make such monumental decisions that we would like to think would be in the province of elected officials? How did it come to be that Nancy Pelosi's statement that we 'had to pass it to find out what's in it' actually makes sense?
There a book out that tries to explain all this. "The Bureaucrat Kings: The Origins and Underpinnings of America's Bureaucratic State" suggest that the bureaucratic infrastructure is the fourth branch of government where laws go to be interpreted, where these bureaucrats try to to find out what's in them. That's how a law intended to help endangered species ends up wiping out farming, and forces elected officials to pass new laws to clean up the mess.
The Bureaucrat Kings: The Origins and Underpinnings of America's Bureaucratic State
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