Editorial: Reagan's famous quote never as true as Obama's visit to Drought Dry California
Sure, things like the slow-High-Speed-Train and public pensions are hot topics in California but the water supply is the most important issue in California today. I see from news reports the the President of the United States has seen this a good time to come to California for something other then collecting campaign donation checks. But the words spoken by former President Ronald Reagan rang loud and true: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
We all like the look of a golf course and some of us even use them, but there is no doubt that they are one of the most extravagant uses of water. The cost of watering turf has caused many sports field to be replaced with artificial turf. Irrigated agriculture and grassy fields will be hard hit this summer as the very limited resource of water is directed away from growing plants and grasses to houeshold and municipal needs.
So here we have the Leader of the Free World in desert-dry So Cal, during one of the worst modern recorded droughts on records, and what is he doing about it?
From Time magazine:
On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Annenberg, which features a nine-hole course that is played like 18 holes. The following day he golfed at billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s 19-hole Porcupine Creek. On Presidents’ Day, Obama hit the links at Sunnylands once again.