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Did Obama Buy California Congressmen's Votes with Water to the Central Valley?

Water in California is as valuable as gold. Since there isn't enough to go around, it has been rationed and supplied only to those whom the government believes need it the most. Unfortunately, the people who live in California's San Joaquin Valley have had their water turned off in order to protect a tiny fish called the delta smelt. As a result farm land that used to be prime agricultural land are now dust bowls. It devastated the economy as well, driving up the the unemployment rate in some areas to as high as 41 percent. Yet for months on end, President Obama said and did nothing to help the people in the Central Valley.

But now the president's health care reforms are on the ropes and the San Joaquin Valley's two blue-dog Democratic congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa have been reluctant to support the president's reforms. So imagine everyone's surprise when the Department of the Interior announced yesterday that it is dramatically increasing the water supply to the valley's parched lands. And what a coincidence, now the two California congressmen who were once "undecided" are being moved over into the "yes" column:

As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi's government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two supposedly "undecided" California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be "yes" votes.

The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs. The region has recently been starved for water and as a result unemployment has soared. Not surprisingly, Cardoza and Costa had a hand in the announcement:

"Typically, Reclamation would release the March allocation update around March 22nd, but moved up the announcement at the urging of Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and Congressmen Costa and Cardoza."("Interior Announces Increased Water Supply Allocations in California," U.S. Department of Interior news release, 3/16/10)

The sleazy vote buying and bribery are awful enough on their own because it debases our entire Republic and undermines the electorate's faith in their government. But this kind of corruption is a symptom of the larger issue, which is Barack Obama's frightening lack of conscience toward the American people who he is supposed to be serving. We have seen over and over again his callous disregard for the will of the American people. Poll after poll has shown the majority of the electorate is hostile to ObamaCare, yet he dismisses their opinions like he swishes away a fly.

But nowhere has his indifference been more obvious than with this apparent water deal. The once lush and fertile Central Valley has been a barren waste land for months and the president did nothing to help the restore the land or the people living there, who over the months have been made virtually destitute. They were invisible. That is, until he needed their congressmen's votes for his health care reform package. Only then did the valley finally get the water it desperately needed.


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Comments (24)

The sleazy vote bu... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:
The sleazy vote buying and bribery on its own is awful enough because it debases our entire Republic . . .

Maybe debasing the Republic is the whole point . . .

I thought Hydraulic Empires... (Below threshold)
ras:

I thought Hydraulic Empires were a thing of the past. Silly me.

"Only then did the valley f... (Below threshold)
Philip:

"Only then did the valley finally get the water it desperately needed"

Or worse. Did the administration have it planned all along? Obama is a dog. I hope he chokes on his own ball sack.

Silly Cardoza and Costa, Yo... (Below threshold)
Barack Hussein Obama:

Silly Cardoza and Costa, You did not see my hand behind my back with my fingers crossed.

I only told you what you wanted to hear so I could get your votes. Don't you know ALL my promises have expiration dates?

All my no growth flat earth enviro-marxist buddies will be laughing their butts off when I change my mind two days after I take over 20% of the nations economy with a stroke of my mighty Marxist pen.

Bwahahahahahahah

Mmmm mmmm mmmmm
Barack Hussein Obama!

Say it bitch!

"Did Obama Buy... (Below threshold)
914:

"Did Obama Buy California Congressmen's Votes with Water to the Central Valley?"


Does shit stink?

Probably the biggest irony ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Probably the biggest irony with this story is that some liberals are so unfathomably idiotic they'll actually believe it's a mere coincidence, whereas most of them are so facist they won't even care about the means to attain their desired endgame.

Unfortunately major damage ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Unfortunately major damage has already been done. Thousands of almond trees have been cut down that could not be watered. HEAR THAT AL GORE?

But those Central Valley people voted for him. So they better learn to live with it.

California water regulation... (Below threshold)
jim m:

California water regulations are as contorted as a Circ du Soleil performance and have less relevance to real life too.

Frankly the Californian's obeisance to the gods of environmentalism has contributed to their economic collapse so I can only wish a pox upon them.

We would do well to heed the lesson of California that following the greens and their insane environmental policies will lead us to the same place and few of us really want to go back to the 15th century.

What? How dare he disregar... (Below threshold)
BlueNight:

What? How dare he disregard the rights of the perilously endangered Delta Smelt for the inane purpose of killing off a few humans with his health care bill!?!?!

Does shit stink?... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Does shit stink?

Well, mine doesn't...

Is anyone amazed or shocked... (Below threshold)
Mary:

Is anyone amazed or shocked by the unrelenting bribery in Washington and across the entire Democratic spectrum? If they get the health care bill passed, they will suddenly reverse their decision on the water situation. They have used their power to kill the agriculture and now (when they need two votes) they are giving the water back.

I know a lot of people lik... (Below threshold)

I know a lot of people like to say, "to hell with California." But the central valley and just about everywhere outside of LA and the Bay area and Sacramento are very conservative. The esteemed Victor Davis Hanson has a farm in the Fresno area. There are a lot of good people in this state that hate what Boxer, Feinstein, Pelosi, Cardoza and Costa are doing.

Where were these politicians when our border was invaded? When the water first got cut off by the enviro-marxists?
This whole process of political manuevering stinks to high heaven, and I pray we throw all the bums out, RINO's too!

Of course they're using bri... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Of course they're using bribery: the Senate bill, the proposed amendments, and the process are so repulsive it's the only way they can get Democrats to vote for it. It's also the reason why they're keeping the amendments secret: they don't want the American people to find out what the "Final Solution" to Medicare is going to look like. If the members of the House and the American people actually found out what is in the amendments, this piece of crap would never pass.

They're going to bribe and threaten members until they get enough votes, pass it in the dead of night, and move on. They have to move fast, before the American people can call their representatives and mobilize even more opposition.

If this were a reasonable bill, the Democrats wouldn't have to write the legislation in backrooms, keep it hidden from the American people, avoid honest debate, bribe members of Congress, and use illegal methods to pass it. This is legislation that Democrats are so ashamed of, they have to hide it from the people.

These two are not blue dogs... (Below threshold)
el juez:

These two are not blue dogs but lap dogs. Costa all the time was going to vote yes. Cardoza gave the impression he was no but is a yes man too. Costa vote was hailed in ads by the unions as great the country.
Neither met with their people during recess and Costa thinks he a solid D district he does not have to worry. It is owned by the Democratic Party. He talks tough but always folds as he is less than spineless other than that he is a fine person

"If this were a reasonab... (Below threshold)
914:

"If this were a reasonable bill, the Democrats wouldn't have to write the legislation in backrooms, keep it hidden from the American people, avoid honest debate, bribe members of Congress, and use illegal methods to pass it. This is legislation that Democrats are so ashamed of, they have to hide it from the people."

Yes, Barry has no clue whats in it or whom he's bribing with our money this week.

High Crimes and Misdemeanor... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Is it time yet?

Of course it's a bribe; and... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Of course it's a bribe; and not a very reliable one at that.

Once the health insurance bill is approved, Obama's Interior Department bureaucrats will find some excuse to change their minds and reverse the allocation. Obama will shrug his shoulders just like he did for the terrorists civilian trials and every other decision that is 'above his pay grade'.

Chicago methods at work.

Well DUH!... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Well DUH!

The people there are still ... (Below threshold)
timajin:

The people there are still invisible. It's not for the people he allowed the water to flow again, but for two individuals' votes on his bill. Those two sh*t heads should not be surprised when the water gets shut off in a few months.

The Democrat party is not interested in the people of this great nation, but in seizing power and as much power as they can. It must be stopped.

The question should be: "No... (Below threshold)

The question should be: "Now that Obama has determined that the votes of two Representatives can be had for the turn of a faucet, how long until the *next* time he needs a vote, and the faucet gets turned off until the *right* vote comes out of them."

Enjoy your puppet strings California, the President is fitting us all for a set with this bill.

There will be water availab... (Below threshold)
Swenly:

There will be water available since he stands by and allows Asian carp to invade and devastate the Great Lakes

I have been involved politi... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I have been involved politically since 1980 starting with the Reagan Revolution. Carter's ineptness woke me up and I couldn't sit idly by and just complain. I became active. Ran for the office of precinct chairman and won the seat and kept it for a few years. I also was an election judge and made sure everyone voted legally and was confident everytime I delivered the ballots after a very long day, they all were accurate.

Now I am living through an almost identical situation with Obama. The only good thing about Obama is a awakened a lot of sleeping citizens that were too busy working and raising their families to get too involved in politics. But now, they, and I, have no choice. If we don't get personally involved, we will lose what has always made this country great. The desire to achieve. My wife and I are using our time and money to make sure state and federal representatives perform in a way that keeps our country great. ww

For Obama to turn water on ... (Below threshold)
jazzman:

For Obama to turn water on as leverage is Evil. These are people who have lost jobs, lost their homes, small farms who have been in place for decades. Turning the water off was wrong. Using water as a bargaining chip-unbelievable. This is plain extortion. Any Politian playing these kind of games needs some good old fashion jail time. I'm disgusted!

Obama is linked to Schwarze... (Below threshold)

Obama is linked to Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger is linked to Fresno's Alan Autry. Fresno is at the core of the secret water diversion operation - 50 yrs into rebuilding cities on top of a secretly-replaced water system for the sole purpose of re-directing our water. The water shortage is permanent. Whether Obama is aware of the fraud behind this or being used as another puppet, is the question. www.myspace.com/marlalk4




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