It gets harder and harder to share the love with the Republican party. They no longer have anything unique to offer up to the U.S. public. They are the same old tune with slightly different words. GOP potentates are just as blatantly irresponsible and reckless with public money and resources as their Democratic counterparts.
Here at home is the perfect example. Florida established the highest budget in history during the recent session of the Republican controlled legislature. They began the year with a budget surplus of $1.2 billion. The house ignored watershed and springs legislation and instead spread the pork around to build a BMX super-cross track in the city of Oldsmar for $1.27 million. And just so all the pork peddlers got a piece of the big ham-bone, i.e., they earmarked $50K for improvements to a Hernando County Little League field, among other impertinent indulgences.
The Speaker of the House, “Boss Hog” Will Weatherford made sure that the home turf got its share of the spoils -- $10 million towards a performing arts center construction project at the Pasco County community college. Senate springs legislation that got the ax was a paltry 30 to 40 million dollar stab at a statewide disaster that gets closer to critical, unrecoverable, status with each day.
Water resource depletion and degradation of same, is not a new environmental event. Growing population by legislative fiat is, in fact, the root cause of sinking water levels in the Floridan Aquifer. Parallel damage is insidious, the more development, watershed alteration, and crap deposits in or near surface water systems, the more dangerous our springs and natural water systems become to humans and animal life.
Oh, and by the way, the more you puncture the supply and draw off ground water the less water that flows from already destroyed spring systems. The buzz word camouflage of “Minimum flows” is the ultimate scientific dodge and excuse for encouraging exploitation and catering to business interests that have no conscience when it comes to your natural resources or your children’s environmental health.
There are two great editorials out. Both appeared in The Citrus County Chronicle newspaper last week. The best was from Dan Hilliard, An Open Letter to Will Weatherford – May 9th. I know Dan personally and also serve with him on the board of directors of Withlacoochee Area Residents – WAR, Inc. The second was an editorial by the Chronicle’s publisher, Jerry Mulligan, the day before, May 8th.. Unfortunately, the Chronicle has blocked access to their online content without buying a subscription. New age version of Freedom of the Press. You gotta buy that freedom these days.
Once again, enuff said?