Skip to comments.Overreach Prevents Obama From Solving Problems
Posted on 02/18/2014 5:05:58 AM PST by Kaslin
There are many reasons President Barack Obama's presidency has proven so ineffectual even by its own standards -- boosting economic growth, improving health care, preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, enhancing America's world reputation. One reason is that Obama is the most ideologically rigid president in American history. He believes in all the wrong ideas, and holds to them with mulish tenacity.
But there's a second reason that was on vivid display the past few days -- overweening arrogance. This president has no patience with attempting to solve the actual problems that afflict the people he was elected to serve. That's small beer. A great, world historical figure like himself cannot be tending to trivial matters, like whether Healthcare.gov will actually work, or whether there might be something the federal government can do to alleviate the effects of drought in California. Valerie Jarrett, the close aide who has been intimate with both Obamas for many years and is considered by many to be the most influential adviser in the White House, once described him as " ... Somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy ... He's been bored to death his whole life. He's just too talented to do what ordinary people do." Or what ordinary politicians do, apparently.
Consider the California drought. It has been a very dry year for the state of California. So severe have drought conditions become that farmers in the Central Valley, which provides one-third of the nation's fruits and vegetables, have cut back their planting by 25 percent. An estimated 600,000 acres of farmland will lie fallow this year for lack of water.
Water has always been a relatively scarce resource in California, and previous droughts have created hardship. This may well be the most rainless winter in more than 100 years. But the farmers and ranchers of California have long relied on irrigation, not just rain, for their crops, and as National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke explains, the pumps that supply the Central Valley have been dramatically curtailed for the sake of a small fish called the delta smelt. The Natural Resources Defense Council won a case against the California water system, arguing that the pumps that extract water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and send it south were "sucking in and shredding an unacceptable number of smelt." Since the Endangered Species Act covers the smelt, the pumps had to be dialed down.
Other than performing a rain dance, there is little politicians can do right now to coax water from the skies. But they can do something about hundreds of billions of gallons of water that are not pumping for the sake a 3-inch fish that may not even be endangered.
The Endangered Species Act permits a special committee to review cases in which protection of species might be outweighed by other considerations. The president could call for the committee to convene. He could instruct the director of the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the evidence (there were allegations of zealotry on the part of the bureaucrats). Or he could endorse legislation proposed by George Radanovich, R-Calif., that would fund a fish hatchery to replace any smelt killed by the pumps.
Instead, the president traveled to Fresno, Calif., in order to sermonize about climate change. When ordinary folks point to, say, the coldest winter in decades and wonder about warming, they are silenced with a great chorus of "weather is not climate" from the usual keepers of conventional wisdom. It doesn't often work the other way. The president lectured: "We have to be clear: A changing climate means that weather-related disasters like droughts, wildfires, storms, floods are potentially going to be costlier and they're going to be harsher ... scientific evidence shows that a changing climate is going to make them more intense."
This bit of opportunism was too much for Justin Gillis of The New York Times (yes, The New York Times). "While a trend of increasing drought that may be linked to global warming has been documented in some regions," he wrote, " ... there is no scientific consensus yet that it is a worldwide phenomenon. Nor is there definitive evidence that it is causing California's problems." In fact, Gillis wrote, many believe that global warming should make California wetter, not drier.
Millions of California's poorest will be out of work as farms lie fallow. Poverty will increase. Farmers will tap wells that may run dry, with consequences for the long-term viability of the world's most fecund farmland. Prices of fruits and vegetables (so encouraged by Mrs. Obama) will rise.
These are the small problems of small people. The "too talented" president is made for bigger things.
Drought aside, the water has been manipulated.
Back in ‘12 we visited the valley and were frankly amazed at the size and diversity of the farms. They were smaller than those in Texas, but there is great diversity. One crop here, another there, side by side.
There were also the green farms next to a brown orchard. It was obvious the water was cut off and all the trees died.
Barack Obama the lying tyrant has been President far too long
Californias water storage and transportation system designed by federal and state governments includes 1,200 miles of canals and nearly 50 reservoirs that provide water to about 22 million people and irrigate about four million acres of land throughout the state.
In May 2007, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that increased amounts of water had to be re-allocated towards protecting the Delta smelt a three-inch fish on the Endangered Species List.
Because of this ruling, in 2009 and 2010 more than 300 billion gallons (or 1 million acre-feet) of water were diverted away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay eventually going out into the Pacific Ocean.
Man Made Drought
One day was too long.
“He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do”
No, he’s just a psychopath
Some call him simply ignorant. Most of what Obama does shows a lack of understanding how government really works and lack of brain power on his part. This may be explained by the massive scar on the right side of Obama's scalp, indicating illness or an event requiring brain surgery.
Mouth writing checks your butt can’t cover.
Hitting the limit of the Peter Principle, then going several steps beyond.
Never learning the job, even after repeated attempts by others to mentor the training and exercise of the requirements for its successful execution.
Habitual lying. Call it it prevarication, or misstatement, or dissembling, or whatever, but it is still lying. Even when the truth serves much better.
Ignorance, they say, is bliss
Talented, psychopathic, potato, potahto.
He’s jumped over the Peter Principle. Where’re in undiscovered country.
1. The talent for getting elected with absolutely no ability to handle or even comprehend the job he was elected to do, and
2. The ability to lie
He was annointed as the magic black man who would end all the country's problems simply because he was black (this is the frequently seen Hollywood myth of the wise black man frequently played by Morgan Freeman). Unfortunately it is just a myth and relies on black magic. 0 believes it of course. I've never even heard of a person who thinks more highly of himself than 0, but he's an empty shell with no more understanding of the complex problems of 330,000,000 people living in one country than a college sophmore.
No wonder he keeps her around. Good toadies and lickspittle's are hard to find.
He’s not there to fix any problems. He’s there to CREATE them—to his own ends.
There—explained it all.
Not where I work.
We will have no shortage of water on the east coast with all this snow.
Obama was raised by idiots and he doesn’t have the sense to come in out of the rain!
“Valerie Jarrett, the close aide who has been intimate with both Obamas for many years and is considered by many to be the most influential adviser in the White House, once described him as “ ... Somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy ... He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.” Or what ordinary politicians do, apparently.”
This would be hilarious if not so sickening. The translation is, “This stumblebum is the perfect puppet, he does what I tell him to do and imagines that he is brilliant, he lacks the brains to pour water from a boot if I told him to turn it upside down and read the directions that I had printed on the heel especially for him.”
He KNOWS the saying is "Two steps forward; one back".
He's failing to step back each time.
A narcissistic sociopath, to be exact.
It takes 20 years for a pecan tree to be mature enough to produce pecans. I don’t know how long an almond tree takes to make almonds, but it can’t be good that the state that produces 80 percent of the worlds almonds is allowing those almond trees to die. You can’t just replace them overnight.