I just arrived in Ventura after an 8-hour drive which took me down I-5 on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Suffice it to say that I was viscerally moved by the utter desolation – miles of once fertile fields are now dry and riddled with sagebrush, orchards are dead and dying and uprooted, signs are everywhere blaming Congress for creating a new dustbowl in what once was the nation’s breadbasket. The sight was particularly shocking to me because I remember what the place once looked like: prosperous, productive, green and alive. Now it is a virtual desert, unemployment is around 40%, and whole towns are blowing away with the dust. Why this destruction? Why? It isn’t just the drought. The drought is over in California. No, the south San Joaquin Valley’s economy is devastated because so-called “environmentalists”, who must truly be man-hating mental cases, deemed a tiny fish called the “delta smelt” more important than civilization and the welfare of human beings. The pumping of irrigation water was stopped by court-order to preserve water levels in the delta for the sake of this little fish.