Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Don's Tuesday Column

         THE WAY I SEE IT   by Don Polson  Red Bluff Daily News   2/21/2017

                   Priorities of “Mud State” elite

Regarding the Oroville dam disaster, it’s been noted that three environmental groups called for reinforcing, or “armoring,” the area below the concrete lip of the emergency spillway about 12 years ago. Their concern for the now evident erosion of earthen hillside was correct.
Others have pointed to reluctance by state agencies, contracted users and owners of the reservoir to authorize what would have been relatively inexpensive fixes at the time. Engineers in and out of government certainly had the expertise to raise red flags about the apparently minor flaws in the main spillway; said flaws then spiraled out of control under the inundation of massive—but hardly unprecedented—releases.
Less well covered have been some larger issues of fiscal incompetence and ideological blindness, beyond the shortsighted denial of needed maintenance. It’s a stark reminder that when the political class—almost entirely Democratic in this case—all hold their hands and proclaim that human-caused, global warming-induced drought conditions are with us for the foreseeable future, nature may have the temerity to disagree. Why fix unneeded spillways?
When environmentally inclined leaders, also all Democrats, give lip service to the blindingly obvious need for more water storage, and drag their budgetary feet to the point that no-brainer projects like Sites reservoir seem unachievable, you know you are witnessing massive self-delusion. Only ideological arrogance can explain how Gov. Jerry Brown—son of Gov. Pat Brown who saw the need and built such common sense infrastructure as the Oroville dam and numerous other projects, highways, bridges and canals—never put Oroville dam maintenance into any requests for infrastructure spending.
Not when Jerry Brown ran for governor; not when he submitted requests to the Trump administration for spending projects (He did ask for unneeded funds for Folsom dam); and certainly not while charging ahead on the nearly-$100 billion fool’s errand of a high-speed train, while a reported $25 billion is spent every year on illegal immigrants’ welfare, health care and schooling. Rational, long-term priorities for a growing, prosperous state like California (if only a desire to grow and prosper) would seem to obviously include maintaining and expanding transportation, power and water storage projects.
However, the “less is more,” “small is beautiful” earth-worshiping fanatics running Sacramento—many of whom live in secure enclaves in the elite, wealthy coastal corridor—have deluded themselves that their only obligation is to maintain the tax structure that fills the trough of funds to redistribute to needy, favored groups. Think of immigrants and poor urban-dwellers whose votes then secure the cycle of political dominance for the Democrats.
John Schroeder, who posts at HughHewitt.com, pointed to the complexity of “the plethora of agencies and authorities, bureaus, boards and districts that have battled each other for more than a century now. It is about to get much worse…the finger pointing is now beginning in earnest…Ron Stork, policy director of Friends of the River, said state water officials told him privately at the time that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and other water contractors that buy Oroville’s water did not want to pay the additional costs.” Finger pointed.
“This last election was, for the rest of the nation, a ‘throw the bums out’ election. So fed up has the nation been…that they just decided to throw a bomb in the mess and clean up. California, for whatever cockamamie reason decided to stay the course. Hillary’s much ballyhooed ‘popular vote win,’ came virtually entirely from the Golden State—which should probably be called the ‘Mud State.’”
Other notable items: The Democrat/media party faithful have worked themselves into a froth over innocuous contacts, such as they were, between Trump’s now-resigned intell chief, Mike Flynn, and the Russian ambassador. Their short, hypocritical memories must have forgotten such infamous events as citizen John Kerry contacting our North Vietnamese enemies in Paris prior to the cessation of hostilities in that war. That would be the same John Kerry who later lied to Congress and all of America about phony atrocities committed by our soldiers in combat.
In “When The Democrats Do It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal,” Kate of smalldeadanimals.com posted a memo from Soviet archives, dated December 1, 1976. It noted favorably that Jimmy Carter’s representative, Averill Harriman, having met with Carter in Plains, GA, conveyed messages to ambassador A.F. Dobrynin, who received them on behalf of Soviet leader L.I. Brezhnev. “The ‘President-elect’ (Carter’s current title) has authorized Harriman to convey the following answer for transmission to L.I. Brezhnev (the text of which he held)…” You can read about Carter’s secret 1976 USSR contacts at http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/
Then-Senator “Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections” (Sean Davis, 3/10/2015, TheFederalist.com). Two years ago, outraged liberals called it treasonous for Congressional Republicans to “inform the leaders of Iran that any nuclear deal with the United States that failed Senate approval” was dead in 2017. “If these progressives want to know what actual treason looks like, they should consult liberal lion Ted Kennedy, who not only allegedly sent secret messages to the Soviets in the midst of the cold war, he also begged them to intervene in a U.S. presidential election in order to unseat President Ronald Reagan.”

In “Obama’s Secret Communications With Mullahs Undermined American Foreign Policy,” J. Hinderaker describes the despicable way Obama conspired with Iran’s leaders to undercut President Bush’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. I dare call that “treason.”

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