Saturday, January 30, 2010


“The Water Pirates” video highlights one of the central policy issues facing both federal panels and the state: the expanding practice of private individuals selling subsidized federal water for huge profits to non-farm users such as real estate developers. “Unfortunately, Sen. Feinstein and others appear eager to expand this harmful practice,” said Collins.
“The NAS panel came about after Mr. Resnick asked Senator Feinstein to request the review and earmark $750,000 in taxpayer funds to make it happen,” according to Collins. “While the panel heard an earful from invited agribusiness representatives and southern California water agency officials in support of stripping protections for fish in order to increase water exports south of the Delta, the NAS inexplicably failed to invite a single representative from California’s quarter-billion dollar salmon fishing industry or from the Delta’s many farming communities.”

The Water Pirates is the first of many videos that explain why it is critical to defeat the water bond that will be on Californias November ballot. The $11 billion dollar measure is a pork-filled, naked power grab that will enrich a small group of wealthy powerful interests at the expense of an already bankrupt California - and thats just for starters. If it passes, it will kill The Delta and be the end for the biggest and most important estuary in North and South America, San Francisco Bay.

Stop the water pirates! They are working hard to make publicly owned water their privately owned asset. Its happening now and the pirates need to be stopped! Watch and share this video. Vote NO on the water bond. Together, we can make what is wrong, right again. 

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.