The political-economy of water (and other diversions)
Biting the hand that feeds you and water rights.At some point please talk about how a number of government employees and academics feel that they are paid 'by the taxpayers' but do not make the connection that if businesses, who create the income for the taxpayers, suffer too badly then there are not taxpayers to pay the government supported salaries. I have met very few government employees who connect successful businesses to their own salaries.Any insights would help. It seems that this disconnect impacts water discussions strongly. For instance, you can't rebuild a dam if you have driven the tax generating businesses out of the area, e.g. Russia.
Eric - excellent point. The trouble -- to me -- is not that they fail to recognize the source of their salaries, but that they fail to earn their salaries :)I may put up a post on killing golden geese, but it's peripheral to water, IMO...
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