Central Valley a “dust bowl” under Obama & Jerry Brown

A once thriving region in California’s central belt often referred to as the “breadbasket of the world,” has morphed into a federal government-created Dust Bowl not unlike the drought so many of our ancestors fled nearly a century ago.  And while an assortment of farmers continue to produce a remarkable crop, much of the brown, fallow land now sports large signs accusing the feds of favoring fish bait over the lives and livelihoods of millions of humans.
The response from our illustrious leaders? A sound as quiet as the idle equipment lined up from Stockton to Fresno and many parts beyond. In fact, Barry and Jerry have presided over unprecedented poverty, unemployment and foreclosures in the Central Valley and neither appears to have the slightest clue how to fix it. Looking at a recent Field Poll reflecting Obama’s abysmal approval ratings in California, one might assume that voters would be just as confident in Ben & Jerry or Tom & Jerry overseeing the world’s eighth largest economy (and falling).

Obama in particular has had ample time to demonstrate he can go beyond his Community Organizer skills and positively affect the economy. But blaming others while pursuing wealth-confiscation has evidently consumed all of his time (outside of golf and fundraising).

Meanwhile it is understandable why The Economist and others refer to California’s central valley as “the Appalachia of the west.”  US Census data reveals that nearly a quarter of all people residing in the San Joaquin Valley live below the poverty level. Perhaps this is one reason why the region is the most displeased among respondents with Obama according to the aforementioned Field Poll, with fully 56% of central California residents not appreciating the president’s lack of achievement as an alleged chief executive.

Despite the horrendous economic conditions in California, Brown seems to escape the voters’ ire – so far. A state of affairs likely assisted by the savvy career politician limiting his public employee labor union genuflecting to behind closed doors. Should the state’s unemployed ever use their free time to peruse Jerry’s campaign contribution list, they may make the obvious connection between him and the unions’ wholesale destruction of the once golden state.
The Obama/Brown team has a similarly dismal record with respect to unemployment as California’s double-digit-and-rising 12.1% was once again begrudgingly reported by the duo’s fan magazine, The LA Times. While this is the country’s second highest unemployment rate, it pales in comparison to central valley counties’ rates in the teens with some approaching 20%. While residents crowd the unemployment lines, both Brown and Obama, in a typical display of serial stupidity, seek additional taxes on those who otherwise might afford to employ them.

And finally, in another all-too-common barometer of the economy, foreclosure rates as reported by RealtyTrac identify the biggest contributors to California’s ranking as third highest in the nation, with the central valley counties of Madera, Merced, Fresno, Kings and Tulare “leading” the way in housing loss.

The palpable thirst for water and jobs in the once-bountiful central valley is a modern day tragedy that the current leadership has demonstrated a woeful ineptitude to address. There is no amount of irony for San Joaquin Valley residents as we watch the First Lady, Michelle Obama, traipse out each spring to plant her White House garden, in order to teach all of us rubes that we should grow our own cilantro, tomatillos, hot peppers, lettuces including red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic; spinach, chard, collards and black kale, as well as berries and other choice crops. Why what a novel idea! Of course, the Obama’s little garden is a lush green paradise demonstrating no visible lack of water, with legions of taxpayer-funded White House employees to tend to it.
If only millions of real people beyond photo op acreage warranted such largesse.