Monday, March 06, 2006

Where is Al Gore when you need him

Ok, no one needs a policy wonk, and Gore still is about the wonkiest. They put people to sleep. Unfortunately, I have a bit of Al Gore in me, or hopefully some Newt Gingrich. He was a little more lively than Gore.

The point of all that is that the media is not paying a lot of attention to the issues in this race. They treat it like a sporting event. In fact, they generally need to count your money or take a poll to know who is winning. Then they tell you the score. Too often the media example of fairness is to do a he said, he said routine. You have heard it all before. Quote Pombo, then quote an environmentalist. Quote Barbara Lee, then quote Pombo.

What they don't do often enough is to ask whether either is telling the truth, which one it might be or whether any of it makes any sense.

In the latest series of photo ops for Arnold, Lady Diane and Tricky Dicky Pombo, we hear about how much is needed to repair the levees. Well, here are some very basic questions that they (the politicians, or the media) are not answering, or even asking.

Is CalFed doing anything good for the citizens of California, or is Lady Diane's favorite project too hot to handle?

Is building more housing the best use for delta land?

What should be done about the natural functional of a flood plain.. conveying water down stream and replenishing ground water? We know Delta Tracts are sinking (technical term is subsidence for the policy wonks among you).

What will be the effect of Climate Change (can't call it global warming any more. too emotional)? What if the melting of the Antarctic Ice Shelves really raises the sea level by six meters (20 feet) as some scientists are suggeting?

Question for Pombo: How high should those levess be built? If you can't answer that one, then maybe you can move your family into one of the new, below sea level tracts just to show your confidence in it all working out OK and not ending up like New Orleans.

And, for a change on this list. I'll toss a kudo to Pombo if he gets the USS Iowa docked in Stockton. It should be great for emergency housing when the next big levee breaks.

Oh, yeah. I keep forgetting Policy issues put people to sleep and only Al Gore can talk about the Internet and "positive directional climate change."


Blogger Matt said...

Delta: Keep up the good work. I really appreciate your posts.

9:33 PM, March 06, 2006  
Anonymous jbmendel said...

I'm with Matt on this one, way to go.

10:15 PM, March 06, 2006  
Anonymous Fiat Lux said...

Delta - great post.

While it may not elicit a flame war of comments between McNerneyites and Filsonistas, anyone who reads it will come away edified.

Can't wait till June 7, when the Pombozos descend on this blog to attack our new Democratic nominee. Who knows? Maybe the light of your posts will convert them from the dark side? :-)

That said, save and re-post some of these gems in June. Your blog entries will no doubt be just as relevant then as now.

12:08 AM, March 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Cato needs to start a blog of his letters to the editor. Check out his smackdown of the Modesto Bee editors yesterday:
*Unconvinced about Pombo trip*

Your defense of Rep. Pombo's vacation outing was well-done (Feb. 24, Opinions), but I'm not convinced. A couple of points:

1. RVers don't do seven parks in 12 days. They do seven things at one park for a week and then move on.

2. RVers don't spend $1,500 on food and incidentals. The whole point of taking a recreational vehicle is to spend as little money as possible on food and incidentals.

3. The "quintessential American family vacation" never included personal tours of a park with your own ranger, meeting with any park superintendent or having a powwow with tribal elders.

It is embarrassing to watch politicians dance around the truth. It is even more disconcerting when the press obligingly dances with them. You can do better.



1:36 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger A. Citizen said...

Say what you will, snark as you feel fit but I believe that Al Gore is the most qualified, progressive candidate the Democrats could run.

Why do you think the ReThugs told so many lies about him?

Very simply, because he has the knowledge and the perspective to rein in the reign of the Corporate Slave State.

So yeah, I'd be happy if Al Gore ran. He'd make a great president.

6:33 PM, March 08, 2006  

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