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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