WEALTHY CALIFORNIANS ARE REVOLTING
THE REAL FACE OF ENTITLEMENT: IT’S ALL ABOUT FREEDOM!
“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.”
“I think we are being overly penalized, and we’re certainly being overly scrutinized by the world.”
“It angers me because people aren’t looking at the overall picture. What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our houses on four acres?”
“I call it the war on suburbia.”
“California used to be the land of opportunity and freedom. It’s slowly becoming the land of one group telling everybody else how they think everybody should live their lives.”
“They’ll have to pry [my watering hose] from my cold, dead hands.”
These are a few quotes from residents of uber-rich Rancho Santa Fe, CA., a community of 3,100 with a median income of $189,000 annually that appeared in a recent Washington Post article.
California’s strict new water use regulations require that Rancho Santa Fe reduce overall water consumption by 36%.
In April, water consumption INCREASED by 9%.
And this, folks, is the real face of entitlement, not some Cadillac driving Momma or lobster eating SNAP recipient.
If you are of a certain age, you will recall the Reagan Era, “Cadillac-Driving Welfare Queen” an image that has guided welfare public policy initiatives for decades. Or, if you are too young to have experienced the Reagan Revolution, you will surely recall the “Food Stamp, Lobster Eating Surfer Dude” SNAP recipient Fox and the right wing made such a fuss over not so long ago. These two examples represent a thirty-year continuum of defining what’s wrong with America - the Nanny State, Welfare Moochers, 47 Percenters – as a result of liberal policies regarding Entitlements according to conservatives.
But in the face of California’s worst water crisis since the state California Water Resources Control Board was created in 1949, rich Rancho Santa Fe folks feel entitled to use water as they see fit. “After all,” says one resident, “we pay significant property taxes based on where we live, and, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”
Now that, folks, is the bald face of true entitlement. Not even a disdainful nod to folks in California who might actually be suffering from the water use restrictions as they comply with the new requirements. No. And trust me, it's not gonna happen. This is precisely how the rich think.
God forbid we should ever have a war here in America. You can bet your asses that these folks will be on the first jets out of here. Just like the Royal Saudi Family the day after 9-11.