Saturday, February 21, 2009

Budgets and other deficits

But before I get into this new post, I will mention that if you go to the one from last weekend you will note that I updated it to include a before picture of the backyard in Elk Grove.

Today we will return to the scene of that "crime" and do even more damage to the weeds, weather permitting. And it does look like it will permit. With all of the rain we have received lately, I thought it would be well to indicate our thanks for this blessing as an answer to many prayers. If you haven't been following CA's budget problems lately, then you may not recognize this last Thursday as a red letter day, but that was the day that the State finally passed a budget for the next 18 months. It purportedly deals with the billions of dollars of deficit we have been facing, and will continue to face, but certain aspects of it require voter approval, and unfortunately this State is known for the voters wanting things and wanting others to pay for them.

But the budget deficit isn't the only deficit on our radar screen. I was unaware of how bad this was until last Summer when I flew over the fire area in Butte County and saw just how low the Oroville reservior was. And it is worse now. Here is a picture of the reservoir last Summer, and some drought links courtesy of the National Weather Service.

U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

U.S. Drought Monitor

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, reminds me of some scriptures on keeping the Sabbath.
    I saw a show on PBS about the Governator's plans for making California a model "green" state. That's gotta hurt some budgetarily (I'm pretty sure that's not a word). It is another one of those things that's a good idea when pursued appropriately, and in good time. But I suspect that "the time is far spent" and that legistating and enforcing unrealistic deadlines and regulations is not the answer.