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(Early) Monday Smackdown: Outsourced to Kevin Drum

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Why can't "fiscal conservatives" ever man up and take responsibility for their actions and their lives? When you try to starve the government, sometimes you succeed--and then things that need to be done don't get done. Shame on the LA Time for publishing this. Outsourced to Kevin Drum: Kevin Drum: Blame Oroville on "Fiscal Conservatives": "Victor Davis Hanson is a native Californian who hates California because it's become too brown and too liberal... ...Today he takes to the LA Times to use the Oroville Dam disaster as a way of riding all his usual hobbyhorses: The poor condition of the dam is almost too good a metaphor for the condition of the state as a whole; its possible failure is a reflection of California’s civic decline.... Necessary improvements to Oroville

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Why can't "fiscal conservatives" ever man up and take responsibility for their actions and their lives?

When you try to starve the government, sometimes you succeed--and then things that need to be done don't get done. Shame on the LA Time for publishing this.

Outsourced to Kevin Drum:

Kevin Drum: Blame Oroville on "Fiscal Conservatives": "Victor Davis Hanson is a native Californian who hates California because it's become too brown and too liberal...

...Today he takes to the LA Times to use the Oroville Dam disaster as a way of riding all his usual hobbyhorses:

The poor condition of the dam is almost too good a metaphor for the condition of the state as a whole; its possible failure is a reflection of California’s civic decline.... Necessary improvements to Oroville Dam, like reinforced concrete spillways, were never finished.... A new generation of Californians... had the luxury to envision the state’s existing water projects in a radically new light: as environmental errors.... The state—whose basket of income, sales and gas taxes is among the highest in the country—gradually shifted its priorities from the building and expansion of dams, reservoirs, aqueducts, bridges and highways to redistributionist social welfare programs, state employee pensions and an enormous penal archipelago...

LOL. The reason the Oroville Dam wasn't upgraded ten years ago is because all those salt-of-the-earth farmers that Davis admires didn't want to pay for the upgrades via higher water rates. Here's the San Jose Mercury News:

Environmentalists noted Friday that they had tried in 2005 to persuade the federal government to require the state to cover the emergency spillway with concrete. But the agency that was relicensing the dam, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, declined after opposition from the state Department of Water Resources and the State Water Contractors, a group of 27 water agencies who were concerned about the cost.

Hanson should have listened to his initial instincts: the Oroville Dam is too good a metaphor for the condition of the state as a whole

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Bradford DeLong
J. Bradford DeLong is Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was Deputy Assistant US Treasury Secretary during the Clinton Administration, where he was heavily involved in budget and trade negotiations. His role in designing the bailout of Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis placed him at the forefront of Latin America’s transformation into a region of open economies, and cemented his stature as a leading voice in economic-policy debates.

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