California Water Oppression & “Fact-Checking”: More #FakeNews

Conservatives are exposing California water fascism and Liberals are pretending to refute them.

The debate over California water regulation is a perfect example of the Liberal playbook.

The major method that Liberals use to defend their policies is pretending to be the arbiters of what is true. They claim to be independent fact-checkers on the internet (Snopes.com) or as part of the mainstream media. This is proof that Liberals are blinded by arrogance because anyone can see through this ploy. As a result Liberals convince each other that they are right and undermine themselves in the eyes of the public. That’s why Donald Trump won and why Liberals have to circulate fairy tales about evil Russian Facebook ads.

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Inez Feltscher Stepman reports at The Federalist, “Yes, California Has Effectively Banned Showering And Doing Laundry On The Same Day.”

The latest in Facebook-policed “fake news” is a claim echoing through the conservative Twittersphere, including from my own account, that two bills outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown signed impose such draconian water use standards that fines could be imposed for taking a shower and running laundry on the same day. Snopes rated these assertions as “mostly false,” and Facebook flagged stories about them as fake news.

But Snopes, Facebook, and others purporting to “fact check” conservative frustrations with the law are the ones misleading about its effects. The way these allegedly neutral fact-checkers present repackaged liberal assumptions as hard fact is a great illustration of how the Left pulls off the kind of logical ju-jitsu that allows them to label conservative arguments as fake news in order to dismiss them.

In this particular case, none of these “debunking” articles actually dispute the three most crucial facts: there is a daily per-person 55-gallon limit ratcheting down to 50 gallons over the course of a decade, fines will be imposed upon violation, and, for at least some users, a reasonable-length shower and running the wash will put them over. In fact, most of the articles in question actually confirm these three vital points, usually squashed into a final paragraph that contradicts the headline. Nevertheless, they conclude that conservatives are spreading false information.

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For starters, they point out that the $1,000 per day ($10,000 a day during drought) fines are levied on water providers, not directly on individuals.

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If you think water companies will eat thousands of dollars of […] fines without passing them on to consumers in the form of higher water costs, company fines for violators, or hard-usage cutoff caps, I have an infrastructure project to sell you in Brooklyn. But regardless of where you fall on economic theory questions, this is an arguable assumption, not an indisputable fact.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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