Tamarisk, Socialism Share Much in Common
While visiting Western Colorado’s Piceance (pronounced “pee-ahnce”) Basin last week, I learned about a small, non-native tree that reminds me of our socialism-focused federal government under President Barack Obama.
The Tamarisk (a.k.a., “Salt Cedar”) is, according to a Seed Magazine report:
- An invasive species introduced to the United States from Eurasia;
- A deep-rooted plant that aggressively obtains water from the soil and groundwater;
- Able to produce up to 500,000 seeds per year, crowding out native plants along rivers and creeks and reducing wildlife habitat; and
- Infesting all the major rivers, springs, ditches, and wetlands in ten states—including Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and California—and is rapidly expanding into others.
According to the same report, the plant is responsible for the annual loss of over 800 billion gallons of water -- an amount equal to the water needs of 20 million people or one million acres of irrigated farmland -- across the parched Southwestern United States.
In the Western U.S., the Tamarisk Coalition is dedicated to eradicating the plant.
Similarly, the socialism-focused federal government, on the other hand:
- Is an increasingly-invasive entity promoted in the United States by people like Saul Alinsky;
- Is a deep-pocketed entity that aggressively obtains exorbitant amounts of tax revenues from its citizens;
- Injects itself into all aspects of life in 50 states; and
- Wastes trillions of taxpayer dollars.
Across the nation, the American Tea Party Movement is dedicated to eradicating socialism.