I’m a longtime fan of VDH. Read Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power for some insight into his historical insight.
Now, after this latest Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times—The Oroville Dam disaster is yet another example of California’s decline—I guess it’s time for me to read Mexifornia: A State of Becoming.
His short piece is just so damn Word, that I’m hesitant to quote anything or issue a TL;DR. But…
Yet the California Water Project and federal Central Valley Project have been comatose for a half-century — despite the recent drought. […]
…California is eating its seed corn.
State lawmakers spend their time obsessing over minutia: a prohibition against free grocery bags and rules against disturbing bobcats. When they do turn their attention to development, they tend to pick projects that serve urban rather than rural populations — for example, that boondoggle of a bullet train whose costs keep climbing even as the project falls years behind schedule.
The crisis at Oroville is a third act in the state’s history: One majestic generation built great dams, a second enjoyed them while they aged, and a third fiddles as they now erode.
Just go read the whole thing. A brilliant indictment on what are the general priorities on the left, now and for decades—since the 60’s.
…You know, it was difficult the other night, while following the news, to consciously suppress feelings of “just desserts,” as there was substantial fear that the damn could breach within the hour and an evacuation of upwards of 180,000 people was ordered and roads out of the low-lying areas were clogged in typical California fashion.
Thank God nothing of the sort happened. That is not the best way to learn lessons. The best way is to communicate how bad it could have been and to raise a little prayer to Karma for its cosmic patience, this time.
Go enjoy the whole thing.