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Federal government exercising too much control

American farmers are standing in food lines in California. California is the nation’s largest agricultural state, but some of the farmers out there cannot even feed their own families.

In the affected area, the unemployment rate is from 14 percent to 40 percent. What brought this on?

A drought that began in March and continues today is the cause of all the misery and chaos. But, these guys have irrigation canals throughout the area that were built by their ancestors. These canals have served them well for generations.

So, what happened?

The federal government happened, that’s what.

To be precise, a bureaucrat working at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a “biological opinion,” which eventually imposed water reductions on the San Joaquin Valley and environs to protect the Delta Smelt, a 2-inch bait fish.

The federal government simply shut off the water from the reservoirs and the farmers are standing in food lines. Change you can believe in.

In addition to this, the federal government is illegally expanding its powers over its citizens once again through the Clean Waters Act. Soon the federal government will claim sovereignty over not just navigable waters, but “all United States waters.” This means even the irrigation ponds and smallest streams our farmers use to irrigate their crops are in jeopardy of federal tyranny.

The government is totally out of control.  The only way to stop it is to change every available politician in November 2010.

Tim RogersJakin, Ga.