Feinstein offers pact with water devil

April 27, 2012

By Wayne Lusvardi

Yesterday U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., responded to a Republican-backed water bill stalled in the U.S. Senate with a deal that might end up as a pact with the water devil for farmers and water agencies.

Feinstein included provisions in an amended Senate Appropriations agriculture and energy bill to possibly provide more certainty of water supplies for Central Valley farmers.

Feinstein also surprisingly dangled the carrot of an expedited federal review for approval of the proposed Sites Reservoir in Colusa County. Water for the Sites Reservoir would be diverted from the Sacramento River.

Stalled House Bill Would Repeal Feinstein’s 2009 Water Bill

The House bill that is stalled in the U.S. Senate, H.R. 1837 by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia., would have repealed Feinstein’s 2009 San Joaquin River Restoration Act, H.R. 146.

Feinstein’s 2009 bill took water allocations from farmers and transferred them to commercial fishing, recreational and real estate interests in northern California under the guise of environmental restoration.

Her 2009 bill also required future renewal of agricultural water contracts to go through an environmental review process. That would be like farmers and water agencies having to deal with the water devil by having to pay for contrived environmental mitigations payouts to so-called “stakeholders.”

The Apparent Deal at Hand

What is apparently on the bargaining table now is a trade of expedited federal review of a new proposed water storage reservoir and possible greater certainty of farm water in return for keeping the provisions of Feinstein’s 2009 bill intact. As it is often said, the devil is in the details.

Feinstein’s amendments to the Senate’s appropriations bill would:

* Provide for a six-month study by the Department of the Interior on ways to bring about additional farm water deliveries;

* “Urge” the Department of Interior to “facilitate and expedite” transfers of federal Central Valley Project water to farmers; and

* Expedite the Federal review for the new proposed Sites Reservoir.

A Deal with the Devil? 

The critical question with such a deal: Is it a pact made with the Water Devil — a bargain done for present gain without regard to future cost or consequences?

Would farmers and water agencies be willing to incur huge future environmental liabilities on the flimsy promise that federal agencies would comply with being “urged” to fast-track water transfers and review of a new proposed reservoir?  Why would federal agencies need “urging” to fast track review of a new dam when California only has a half-year of water storage capacity in its present water system?  Wouldn’t California’s thin water storage capacity be enough of an emergency to rush reviews?

And what would prevent such guarantees included in an agricultural and energy bill from being easily overturned? What would hold both parties to their part of the bargain in the long term?  California water history indicates that water deals obtained by “force and/or fraud” are bound to unravel while those obtained by “consent of the governed” are more lasting.

And why would farmers and water agencies be willing to deal with the Water Devil of environmental reviews of their water contract renewals when the outcome of the Department of Interior study six months down the road is uncertain?

Even Democratic Congressman Jim Costa of agricultural Fresno is cited as a backer of the “more aggressive House proposal,” HR 1837, rather than Feinstein’s deal.  However, Costa also said Feinstein’s deal was “helpful.”

Nunes said he would not reject Feinstein’s deal on its face but wanted greater assurances.

Maybe a deal can be struck now that negotiations have been re-opened.  But it is an election year for Feinstein. And that may mean floating up a deal for farmers and water agencies that is meant to buy votes.  Feinstein’s deal would not repeal her one-sided 2009 water bill that was ramrodded through Congress by force and fraud instead of consent of the governed.

‘Force, Fraud or Consent of the Governed?’

The Sacramento Bee described the pending Senate agricultural and energy appropriations bill as a “must pass” piece of legislation to keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation funded for 2013.  The 2013 fiscal year begins July 1.

It appears that Feinstein is back to the devilish use of “force and fraud” rather than obtaining the “consent of the governed.”  But there still is a small window of time to cut a deal for mutual benefit.

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  1. Rob McMillin
    Rob McMillin 27 April, 2012, 10:28

    California water history indicates that water deals obtained by “force and/or fraud” are bound to unravel while those obtained by “consent of the governed” are more lasting.

    The Owens River still largely empties into Los Angeles, no?

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  2. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 27 April, 2012, 10:42

    This Feinstein woman reminds me of Isabella of Castille. She has an outer exterior that some love. But when you peel off the layers of the onion the evil witch starts to emerge. By the time the scam is uncovered in this ‘water pact’ the Queen will be serving her next and hopefully last term. If she is elected again at age 86 she will have to govern from a bed in a home for the aged. If dementia sets in her decisions and judgment will improve tho. 😉

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  3. Wayne Lusvardi
    Wayne Lusvardi 27 April, 2012, 11:06

    Reply to Rob:

    The infamous William Mulholland water grab of the Owens River water actually was not entirely done by force but more by fraud. LA DWP used shill land buyers to acquire land and water rights at going market values. Those were voluntary transactions. Where the fraud came in was not disclosing who the buyer was and that there was a higher and better use for the water downstream in Los Angeles. Suggest reading Gary Libecap’s “Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West’s First Great Water Transfer.”

    When Owens Valley farmers found out about the water grab they responded with force – dynamiting some water pumps. William Mulholland responded by sending an ad hoc army with shotguns to protect water facilities.

    The conceptual framework of “force, fraud or consent of the governed” is borrowed from political thinker Thomas Hobbs who wrote the book “The Leviathan.” This conceptual framework explains much of California water wars.

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  4. queeg
    queeg 27 April, 2012, 11:29

    The abusive disrespect for our political leaders is deeply hurtful and sucks the creative air out of this site!

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  5. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 27 April, 2012, 11:33

    Disrepecting political leaders is as American as apple pie.

    Go suck on a rotten lemon.

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  6. Bob
    Bob 27 April, 2012, 17:34

    [email protected] is the devil.

    And she will never die and be in the Imperial Senate forever.

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  7. queeg
    queeg 28 April, 2012, 09:45

    Someday everybody will be old, fat, crusty and cast off by the young as a miserable insignificant…..

    That time is coming…..repent!

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  8. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 28 April, 2012, 10:17

    Old, fat, crusty people who willfully engage in organized plunder, invasions of other countries based on false premises which results in the murder and dislocations of millions of innocent humans, and in-house scams from which they personally profit at the expense of those whom they claim to represent are deserving of and have earned every milligram of scorn that we can shower upon them. Pile on!!!! 😀

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  9. queeg
    queeg 28 April, 2012, 11:12

    Making a beater out of Feinstein only makes her a martyr or a nostalgic political icon by the LEFTIES!

    She will run and win…

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  10. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 28 April, 2012, 11:31

    “Making a beater out of Feinstein only makes her a martyr or a nostalgic political icon by the LEFTIES”

    No it doesn’t. My posts will have no effect whatsoever on the election outcome. My objective is to ridicule Crimestein for the damage and destruction she has helped perpetuate on civilization and on the good of mankind.

    If you have the hots for DiFi just come out of the closet and admit it! 😀

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  11. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 28 April, 2012, 21:43

    I love Sen Feinstein. What’s not to like???

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  12. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 28 April, 2012, 22:45

    “I love Sen Feinstein. What’s not to like???”

    Let’s start with her Lucille Ball hair-do.

    Good Christ. Jump in the time machine and hit the fast forward button!

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  13. Ted
    Ted 29 April, 2012, 10:31

    Her hair do? really? I think it looks great? Whats the matter with you beezy? Are you batting for the other team again??

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  14. queeg
    queeg 29 April, 2012, 12:42

    Bad hair…..see Dick Cheney….Karl Rove…..Bill O’Reily….James Carville…..your political heros!!!”

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  15. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 April, 2012, 14:15

    My heroes???

    On what planet?

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  16. queeg
    queeg 29 April, 2012, 14:25

    Dark Utopia!

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  17. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 April, 2012, 15:07

    Where the hell does Feinstein go to get her hair done? An Amish-Mennonite salon in Pennsylvania? Let your hair down, DiFi! Take a jump into the 21st century!!! Why can’t you act like an old-world politician when it comes to spending our tax dollars?? You waste our money like a 16 Y/O teenage female with her dad’s no-limit credit card at Bee-Bees.

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  18. Ted Steele, Prosecutor
    Ted Steele, Prosecutor 29 April, 2012, 17:28

    Your obsession with this US Senator’s hair is just about your speed.

    You, for instance have accomplished…well…exactly…ah…er….well…..ZERO with your sad life.

    She is a United States Senator.

    The People rest.

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  19. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 April, 2012, 21:58

    From what I’ve seen for the last few years being a US Senator is nothing to be proud of. No more than being a harlot for the Mustang Ranch. Look at the mess they’ve gotten us into. Look at the National debt. Look at the wars. Look at all the lies. Look at our healthcare system. Look at our welfare system. Look at our retirement systems. Look at all the Wall Street fraud that our government allowed to happen. So there is NOTHING proud about being a state or national politician. I have more respect for prostitutes. At least when you hand over your money you know what you’re getting in return!!

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  20. Ted Steele, Prosecutor
    Ted Steele, Prosecutor 29 April, 2012, 22:17

    Beezyboob– no offense, (lol), all due respect, (lol), but you have a typical losers view of life! If you ever became a US Senator we’d never hear the end of it. But since you have never amounted to, well, ah…..er….anything, all you can do is tear down. The only way anything is going to be reformed, and re-formed is by good people being elected and doing the right thing. Just because you disagree with the politics, give credit to the honest effort.

    I hope this little talk has helped you, now straighten up troll.

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  21. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 April, 2012, 23:08

    First off, Teddy, you have no fing idea what I have or haven’t accomplished in life. I make you look like a complete sap on these boards – so I am going to assume that I have accomplished much more than you. That isn’t saying much – I know – but it’s more than you got! 🙂

    As I said – I have more respect for a street prostitute than I do for 99% of politicians. And I gave you the reason why. Because when a man forks over his money to a whore he knows what he gets in return. None of us can say the same about a politician.

    The political system in America is FUBAR, Teddy. It’s FUBAR. There is no “honest effort” and for you to claim so just reinforces the fact in my mind that you are a total and unadulterated imbecile.

    Good nite. 🙂

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  22. queeg
    queeg 30 April, 2012, 07:23

    Teddy is a straight up guy….sees things in people that are worth watching….

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  23. Ted Steele, Prosecutor
    Ted Steele, Prosecutor 30 April, 2012, 08:50

    Gracias Queegster– Beezyboob—- I am a fair judge of character. I have significant and fundamental experience gleening information about people from what they say and don’t say. Your posts over time have revealed alot about you, what those close to you (if anyone is) think about you and how difficult your life has been. Thanks to your constant and detailed verbose posts I know alot about you.

    You have accomplished very little.

    The kind of blowhardism you spew is a big tipoff little friend.

    Your friend- The Ted Steele System ™

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  24. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 April, 2012, 09:55

    Thanks for the free psychoanalysis, Teddy, although is sort of like a perverted roto-rooter man giving an unwary soul a free colon cleansing. Interesting thought, but most of us aren’t the least bit interested. I suppose Freud would love to be alive today and get some private time with you for a month or so. He could write a new best seller: “The Origins of Psycho-Babble and Pseudo-Intellect”.

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  25. Ted Steele, Prosecutor
    Ted Steele, Prosecutor 30 April, 2012, 15:54

    LOL— Beezyboob— That wasn’t “free psychoanalysis” —– It’s barter for the rent I owe you from camping out in your head!

    oh my.

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  26. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 April, 2012, 16:05

    You’d need a 20-digit combination to get into my head, Teddy. Besides, you strike me as the sort of guy who does more giving than getting. 🙂

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  27. Ted Steele, Prosecutor
    Ted Steele, Prosecutor 30 April, 2012, 18:22

    LOL Exhibit one: Your last post!

    The People rest!

    This is just too easy.

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  28. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 April, 2012, 18:51

    Do we have a first on CWD?

    A grand appearance from the linen closet? 🙂

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  29. Ted Steele, Prosecutor
    Ted Steele, Prosecutor 30 April, 2012, 20:24

    Not too sure what your last post means but it’s clear that you’re still thinking about me!

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  30. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 30 April, 2012, 22:25

    Teddy, are you sure you’re not skippy dog incognito? You know, the ex-cop turned brilliant college professor? No doubt he dazzles the naive pimply faced kids with his war stories of racing his buddies over to the donut shop to be first in line for the 2 for 1 special on jelly & cream Long Johns.

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  31. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 1 May, 2012, 07:42

    Can’t wait to get back here to see what I write, huh?

    It’s cozy up here in your tiny head…..mmmmmmm

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  32. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 1 May, 2012, 10:01

    “Can’t wait to get back here to see what I write, huh?”

    As he faithfully responds to my post.

    Good boy. Good boy. Roll over now. Play dead. Dance. Good boy. Here’s your treat…..another post for you to chew on….heh.

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