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Friday, November 9

Why did Bush veto the "Water Resources Development Act" ?

Here's some great background on this from Rick PerlsteinApocalypse Now - The Drought

Really makes you wonder how this is going to play out here. As Rick points out: "But what most interests me is this strange specter of a resource war between American states. It reveals the conservative contempt for the notion of a federal government—the notion of a shared national community—at its most absurd. States rights Ă¼ber alles! Even if it means robbing Peter to pay Paul. Or rather, robbing Tennessee—a state where at least one town has literally run out of water—to hydrate Georgia."

"It strikes me that when one part of the country is suffering a catastrophe, the federal treasury should be there to provide the safety net—or, if you prefer, safety reservoir. Here's an idea: congress could pass an, I don't know, "Water Resources Development Act," or some such socialist scheme. Congressmen, deliberating together, could introduce their constituents' various water resources needs, and democratically and methodically arriving at a shared national parceling out of resources to solve them, at a cost of, say, $177 per American family.

Oh, wait. That's just what they did......."

So WHY VETO IT?

I think I know. What if w really did buy that
ranch in Paraguay?

Remember all that talk about this last year?

He's probably waiting to suprise us all!
He's just securing our future water supply - right?

The news circulating the continent about plans to buy 98,840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, near the Triple Frontier (Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay) is the talk of the town in these countries.

Although official sources have not confirmed the information that is already public, the land is reportedly located in Paso de Patria, near Bolivian gas reserves and the Guarani indigenous water region, within the Triple Border.

and.......

he's even thought ahead because the land is located "a few short miles from the US Mariscal Estigarribia Military Base".

always looking out for US

"Argentinean Adolfo Perez Esquivel warned that the real war will be fought not for oil, but for water, and recalled that Acuifero GuaranĂ­ is one of the largest underground water reserves in South America, running beneath Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (larger than Texas and California together)."

So, you see -- fight about it over there so we don't have to fight about it here.

Makes you wonder....

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