Small Farm water ‘subsidy’

By From page A7 | August 15, 2014


In response to several recent letters decrying small farm water rates, I’d like to issue a challenge.

Let’s agree that government policies selectively benefit certain people. The mortgage interest deduction benefits folks who buy nice, big, new houses, as well as all parties involved in the real estate business. Solar subsidies benefit people who put panels on those houses so they can be comfortable all summer without outrageous power bills. Electric car subsidies benefit people who want to save the planet and lord it over the rest of us. And finally, massive taxpayer subsidies benefit current and former CalSTRS and CalPERS employees, who receive generous pensions and benefits which most reasonable people agree will create financial havoc in California and across the nation within 10 years.

All these subsidized groups are following the rules as they were established and as they exist. Personally, I own my house, I don’t have a solar system or an electric car, and I never have and will not in the future receive a pension other than Social Security. I’ve planted an edible landscape over the last 24 years that includes pecans, apples, pears, cherries, plums, kiwis, various citrus, boysenberries, raspberries, blueberries, feijoa, jujube and other food-bearing shrubs and trees, as well as herbs and annuals. I maintain my garden myself, which is part of the reason that I’m perfectly healthy and able to subsidize the health care of less outdoorsy folks. The fresh, organic food probably helps too.

Needless to say, I’m a Small Farm Rate customer. Although I have no olive tress, I sympathize with the demonized folks who do, who were just following the rules.

Check yourself: What “subsidies” do you benefit from, that I pay for?


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