Friday, June 19, 2015

Rancho Santa Fe to drought: "Let them drink sweat!"

Anyone who lives in California knows we are experiencing a rather severe drought. Governor Jerry Brown has enacted some restrictions on water usages for all Californians, hoping to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water consumption. Which was his first mistake, expecting the rich to have to submit to restrictions like they were the soon-to-be-dehydrated commoners or something. Well the community of Rancho Santa Fe (a wealthy suburb of San Diego) sure should showed him and the rest of the state about daring to ask them to share in the responsibility of conserving dwindling resources:

Yuhas lives in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Rancho Santa Fe, a bucolic Southern California hamlet of ranches, gated communities and country clubs that guzzles five times more water per capita than the statewide average. In April, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) called for a 25 percent reduction in water use, consumption in Rancho Santa Fe went up by 9 percent.

Well, I'm sure there's a very good reason why these rich people needs to be big water hogs during a state water crisis. Mainly that they are better than us. One of the leisure-class idiots pretty much says directly:

People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”
Well water is a essential necessity of life for all humans and we're in danger of running out of it, but who cares about that when (horror of horrors) there are lawn that might have to look less-than verdant. The poor will just have to start drinking their own urine or something because these people should be able to waste water we're running out of however they see fit if it prevents them from having to suffer such indignities an un-manicured golf course and non-functioning fountain. (And incidentally, dude, water is a community resource that we all share, particularly since Southern California get it from other regions, like up north. Unless the pool is stock with truck-fulls of Evian or something.) Maybe we're being too unfair. I mean, haven't these well-off people suffered enough:

It angers me because people aren’t looking at the overall picture,” Butler said. “What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our house on four acres?”

Um...yeah? On no, four acres of dirt!  Someone call Amnesty International on her behalf. At this point, even the corpse of Marie Antoinette is shaking her (severed) head at their selfishness and and gross sense of entitlement.

That's the issue right there for people such as this: the notion that for the wealthy, Their privileges should be treated as rights. After all:

“You could put 20 houses on my property, and they’d have families of at least four. In my house, there is only two of us,” Butler said. So “they’d be using a hell of a lot more water than we’re using.”
See? The Rancho-Santa-Fe-exchange-rate is twenty families of four ate worth one woman's lawn. (By the way, she's lying. Acres of grass uses up more water than people and we'd get more function and productivity to boot.) If everyone else had to struggle harder so they won't be inconvenienced, the so be it. The fact that the state is experiencing a drought is not registering with the gated-community class because this is something that affects ALL of California and having to share in the collective responsibility to preserve a resource we ALL need to utilize conflicts with their humongous sense of entitlement. It means having consideration for others and, yes sharing a fate with "those people." Furthermore that means acknowledging that that the inflated sense of power their money usually gives doesn't twist the very elements and Mother Nature to their whims, which must be perplexing to people who aren't used to being told "no."

Rancho Santa Fe to drought: "Don't you know who I am?"
Drought's response: "Don't give a damn. Eventually I'll affect you too."

Edited to add a few snippets of entitled ridiculousness too juicy to avoid commentary. For instance, if we check back through the article we find that equally-rich Yorba Linda is also filled with aqua-douches:
Barbre sits on the 37-member board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a huge water wholesaler serving 17 million customers. He is fond of referring to his watering hose with Charlton Heston’s famous quote about guns: “They’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands

Something tells me this guy has a habit of having his "hose" in his "cold dead hands" a lot. (And as if his hose would ever be held by anyone other than some underpaid and undocumented immigrant.)

But Rancho Santa Fe is not to be outdone in thoughtless self-centerness:
“I’m a conservative, so this is strange, but I defend Barbra Streisand’s right to have a green lawn,” said Yuhas, who splits his time between Rancho Santa Fe and Los Angeles. “When we bought, we didn’t plan on getting a place that looks like we’re living in an African savanna.”
Oh no! We mustn't have that might look like black people live there! I mean who'da thought that moving into a hot dry climate would be like savanna? We're rich! That means we can defy nature and climatology, right?

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