Drought: the United States’ Domestic Terrorist

PolitiChicks.comAlthough the terror attacks in Paris have garnered a ton of media attention and comments from presidential candidates, one issue is failing to be addressed: the severity of the California drought. The water crisis is being talked about on a daily basis by those who are directly impacted, like farmers and ranchers, yet the mainstream media, as a whole, has ignored the epidemic.

For those of us who live in California, our lives have drastically changed. People in the Central Valley have had their wells dried up, meaning they cannot shower, wash their clothes and dishes, let alone have water to drink. The government has had to step in and provide water tanks just so these folks can survive. Instead of pumping water from their wells, they’re relying on the government to bring them water, week after week, with no end in sight.

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While President Obama and presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle focus on foreign threats, they’re failing to look in their own backyard, at the domestic terrorist known as the California drought.

This drought has the ability to kill the nation’s largest economy – and it’s doing just that.

California is the largest crop producer in the nation and it’s dwindling at a rapid rate. That doesn’t just impact California; it impacts the nation.

Why isn’t there more of an emphasis on building adequate water infrastructure? Instead of capturing water during wet seasons – especially now that El Nino is expected to bring torrential rains – our government would rather have people rely on them for the most basic need for human survival: water.

But wait.

The EPA is giving out grant funding left and right to “study” the drought. What’s there to study? It’s hot. There’s little water. People are struggling to get by. And no, I’m not talking about the struggle of not having a lush, green grass for your kids and dogs to play in. This epidemic is about the government’s lack of planning turning into real life catastrophes for many Californians.

While it’s important to address the war on terror, it’s also important to address issues that are taking place right here at home. The most drastic issue Congress needs to address is how to manage groundwater and build infrastructure that will keep future droughts further at bay.

The California drought isn’t taking place because of climate change. It’s happening because our government has failed to act in the best interested of its people. Our government, who is responsible for water utilities, is more interested in making profits than providing a service.

It’s time to kill this domestic terrorist before it kills us.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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