Washington Post- Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water.
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,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”
Yuhas lives in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Rancho Santa Fe, a bucolic Southern California hamlet of ranches, gated communities and country clubs that guzzles five times more water per capita than the statewide average. In April, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) called for a 25 percent reduction in water use, consumption in Rancho Santa Fe went up by 9 percent.
Up Next on 'Life Swap': Watch as a bunch of pretentious west coasters die of thirst looking for the 'Smart Water' in the refrigerator of a shanty in El Segundo, while a bunch of poor people do snow angels in their 5 acres of dead grass at 'The Oaks'. Jesus, if these people think this is bad, just wait until they find out we are about 3 months out from drinking poop water. It will have Orange County looking like a scene from 'Escape From LA'. Too bad Kurt Russell isn't on his way to save their lawns.
Talk about lifestyles of the rich and shameless. You know what, I am not even mad at these self righteous dicks for being upset about their yards. You get used to certain luxuries and it's hard to stray too far from them. Sure, some people just need clean drinking water and a shower to live comfortably, but some people are used to emerald green lawns and pristine fairways. However, maybe saying so out loud isn't the best idea. That really shows the kind of disconnect from reality that's on display here. It's one thing to check the calendar and say to yourself "this water shortage better not mess up my tee time next month". It's a whole different story to actively seek out a news outlet and let your feelings be known. Part of me feels like this guy was standing at the gate giving a Braveheart-esque speech and trying to rally the troops. "They can take our lives, but they'll never take our carefully cultivated gardens!" Like he actually expected people to read this and sympathize with him. Next thing you know he'll be eating a filet mignon in the middle of Africa and throwing it on the ground because it's overcooked. It's okay to be upset, but maybe it's best to internalize that anger. Your level of superficiality depends on what you can afford, but that doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be on display. Only in California could the middle class be the most discriminated against minority. Sure, we'll treat you as an equal if you are a celebrity transgender, but make less than 6 figures a year and we are taking your ability to bathe and hydrate. Basic human rights be damned.
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