Here in America we live in a land of plenty. Our land is so rich that it only takes water to create bountiful harvests for our holiday tables. When we sit down to feast on that last Thursday in November it is important to gives thanks for the valuable abundance produced by the people of our state.
With the drought affecting the west side of the Central Valley, farmers are trying to survive with their remaining crops on the east side. Those who are not fortunate enough to have east side water, are dried up right out of business. Now, with new releases from the Friant Dam, east side groves have become the next target of environmental extremists trying to destroy our land.
Before new water restrictions are imposed, it is important to see some of the benefits to our economy provided by our agricultural sector. This is where it all starts. This is where our food comes from. Harvest time in Central California, means jobs, but only if you had water for your crop.
Jeremy Freitas of Freitas Farms describes harvest time in the walnut groves of his family’s agricultural business.
When we water walnuts we create a win win situation. The crops produced increase wealth for many families who work our land.
These are good people. Hard working Americans who dedicate themselves to feeding the world. And, as Jeremy describes, after the machine harvest the remaining nuts are shared with neighbors and friends throughout the community.
These are the people who make our country free. These are the people who make our country great. These are the people who create jobs with water. Without water, walnuts will wither. Jobs then disappear. One small grove generates employment for many workers, vendors, truckers, and corporations.
Our farming community is the most ecologically sound segment of our society. The people here do everything known to man to preserve our environment and maximize the sun’s energy. They generate more energy with their crops than any solar panel or windmill in existence. The food grown here increases output at every stage of production. Farmers are masters at capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into carbohydrates and proteins.
Here Jeremy shows us a silage corn field that produces feed for dairy cattle. The milks and butters necessary for holiday cooking come from corn-fed dairy cows.
There is an art to this science. Everything is measured. It is essential to follow efficient practices in order to maximize the farm’s output. Free market competition forces the family farmer to keep his land well-ordered. Every inch of land is maximized for greatest efficiency.
So how many ears of corn do you get from each stalk? Six to seven-foot tall stalks 6 inches apart fill thousands of acres of corn fields across our country. Imagine how many ears are needed just to fill our movie theaters with popcorn.
Any environmentalist who supports diverting water away from the farmers is not an environmentalist at all. They are complete hypocrites who are eliminating green jobs and increasing the costs of our food production. In addition the dust storms are increasing air pollution. Dry fields are brown, wet fields are green.
There is a science to irrigating such large acres of land. Jeremy describes the irrigation systems for a tomato field in the west side of the Central Valley.
These irrigation systems require engineers to design the equipment, vendors to supply the sprinkler heads and pipes, and farmers to operate, maintain and monitor them. All jobs that come from the wealth of the land as it uses water to produce its increase.
But the jobs do not stop there as the crop must be harvested and brought to market. How is that done? Once again Jeremy described the next step in the process that uses water to produce jobs and food for all of California’s families.
If you want to keep our country great. If you want our state to increase jobs. If you want to keep your freedoms. Get involved. The government of California is still adopting policies to reduce water supplies, drive up water rates, increase our debt, expand government power over our free markets, drive up energy costs, and develop an environmental police state.
The new water bill that has come out of Sacramento and was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger this past week is filled with flaws. It is proof that bipartisan compromise just creates an endless bureaucracy determined to raise taxes, increase deficits, reduce supplies of basic necessities like water and electricity, and develop a new environmental police state eager to impose fines and penalties for those who just want to survive. The Governor has failed to stand up for the people. His attempt to appease his opponents has only created more unelected officials who answer to no one but special interests.
This bill adds $11.1 billion of debt to our state, reduces water supplies, increases rates, and dismantles hydroelectric dams across the Northwest. California’s electric rates will rise along with the water rates. This bill flies in the face of economic common sense.
It is time to stop this nonsense. It is time for California to elect a Governor who is one of the people. Someone who will represent the people and not the special interests. Someone who will oppose environmentalists who devalue human life. Someone who will bring our jobs back, our farms back, and our freedoms back. In 2010 California will say good-by to the Terminator. This time he won’t be back.