Democrat Vs. Democrat


Barbara Boxer favors fish over Californians. Diane Feinstein favors Californians over fish.

That is the takeaway from The Hill story “Senate Dem blocks own bill over California drought language”:

“Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer was expecting to score one final legislative victory with a major water resources package just before the holidays. But the California Democrat instead got what she would consider a lump of coal: a last-minute policy rider that is now causing her to block her own bill. “It breaks my heart,” Boxer said during a lengthy and impassioned floor speech on Friday. “Here I am, standing up, making a big fuss over my own bill, saying vote no. It’s really painful for me to have to filibuster my own bill.” At issue is the last-minute inclusion of controversial California drought language in a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) successfully slipped in long-desired language to provide drought relief to central and southern California. It would temporarily relax environmental standards and instruct federal officials to divert more water to farms and other users in the federal water infrastructure in the Golden State.”

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Barbara Boxer has torpedoed more legislation than she’s helped pass during her four terms in the Senate. Before retiring for good (literally), the Bay Area Democrat is trying to sink a water bill that could provide modest relief to farmers in California’s parched Central Valley. Congress plans to vote this week on bipartisan legislation that would authorize a variety of water projects including port dredging, reservoirs, fish hatcheries, lake recreation and wetlands restoration. The package also includes $120 million to fix Flint, Michigan’s corroded pipes and other aging municipal water systems. Yet Ms. Boxer has blown a gasket over a rider inserted by House Republicans and her Democratic colleague Dianne Feinstein that would direct the Departments of Interior and Commerce to operate the pumps in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at the maximum levels allowed by law. “There is no place for that as long as I am breathing,” Ms. Boxer declared.”

From the Los Angeles Times:

“When she spoke on the Senate floor hours later, Feinstein laid out why she supports the plan, calling it “the result of three years of painstaking public work.” “California is home… to more than 40 million people, and our major water infrastructure hasn’t been significantly changed in the past 50 years when we had 16 million,” Feinstein said. “We must modernize the system, both infrastructure and operational flexibility, or I fear we risk eventually becoming a desert state.”The final language includes chunks of a bill Feinstein introduced in February, which was considered twice by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee but never made it to the full Senate. Feinstein has called it one of the most difficult bills she has ever worked on.“We have addressed, to the best of our ability and on and on and on, concerns raised by environmentalists, water districts, federal and state agencies and the [agriculture] sector,” she said. “I believe that these provisions will place California on a long-term path to drought resiliency.””

What with Boxer retiring from the U.S. Senate, she has nothing to lose politically by favoring fish over Californians.

In her speech in favor of the fish, Boxer states, “There is no place for that [operating pumps at maximum levels allowed by law ] as long as I am breathing.”

In that case, Boxer should star in a new movie.

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  • yetanotherjohn

    Keep it up dems and in the future you may see the 50+ electoral college votes of California go to the GOP.

    • jim_m

      That won’t happen. There are far too many imbeciles in California to allow that. These idiots are expecting that they can adopt every moronic “green” policy and that the rest of the nation will pick up the slack for them.

      I’m holding out hope that they will secede and then we can watch them spiral down into a socialist hell making Venezuela look wealthy.

      • yetanotherjohn

        The number of states that would never turn away from the dems, the entire south, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc. teaches me to never say never. Even a flat worm will earn to turn away from pain. If the dems continue to value their virtue signaling over people, eventually they will cause enough pain to turn any state away from them.

        • Brett Buck

          Everybody forgets, we were electing Republicans for governor for years, even Schwarzenegger pretty recently. And also recalled the Democrat machine politician, career corruptocrat, and empty suit Gray Davis. It’s definitely not hopeless, particularly if Trump actually follows through with illegal immigration.

          • jim_m

            Schwarzenegger is evidence only of the electorate’s willingness to vote for a celebrity, not that there are any conservative leanings in California.

        • jim_m

          I will go on record saying that the average flat worm has better sense than the average California liberal. The problem is that the majority of Californians see virtue signalling as more important than just about anything else.

          • Retired military

            I saw where a woman in California was running Goat Yoga lessons. People could interact with goats (I assume not sexually but with Calif you never know) while they did their yoga.

    • Rdm42

      They keep it up, and California will no longer have fifty electoral votes to give.

      • yetanotherjohn

        True, but even at their presently greater emigration rate being greater than their immigration, they will be a large state for a while.

        • Rdm42

          If the water situation gets any worse than it already is then the exit rate is likely to accelerate.

        • jim_m

          Which is why they are seeking to give illegals the ability to vote and to count them in the census.

    • Constitution First

      Hard to believe why any businesses continue to stay…

  • Paul Hooson

    More proof positive that two Jewish women will not always agree on everything. Diane Feinstein has the more conservative instincts of the pair. As the former San Francisco mayor, she was certainly more socially conservative than most of her citizens. In San Francisco, Donald Trump only garnered just 9.23% of the vote in California’s most liberal city.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      I used to really dislike Trump, but you keep giving me more and more reasons to support the guy.

      • Heh! (as regards Trump.)

        As regards California’s Senatrix, another key to understanding them is where they have their offices in state.

        Senator Feinsten (a native Californian) has her offices in San Francisco’s Financial District.

        Senator Boxer (of Brooklyn, NY) has hers in Oakland’s Jack London Square.

        The rest of the state can apparently go bugger off.

    • PBunyan

      ” In San Francisco, Donald Trump only garnered just 9.23% of the vote in California’s most liberal city.”

      Important fact to remember: In any democrat controlled city the number of votes reported do not in any way reflect the actual number of legal votes cast by legal America citizens

      The number of votes reported for the democrat are usually 300-600% greater than the actual number of legal votes cast and the number of votes reported for the Republican are usually 20-30% of the actual legal votes cast.