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Mariposa Daily News 2012

Congressman Tom McClintock's Speech On the House Floor About the Fiscal Cliff (Video)

Saving Who We Can
House Chamber, Washington D.C.
December 20, 2012

The debate over the fiscal cliff has become so hyperbolic that we’re losing touch with common sense.  

Contrary to many accounts, there is no bill before the Congress that proposes raising taxes on millionaires, or anybody else.  There is a LAW that takes effect on January 1st that will raise taxes on millionaires -- and small businesses filing as millionaires – and everybody else.  And there is a bill that would spare everybody else from those tax increases that is before us today.  

The President says he wants to protect everybody except those greedy millionaires and billionaires.  That’s precisely what this bill does, but he vows to veto it.    

The truth is, he wants to sock everybody making over $200,000.  That includes 1.3 million struggling small businesses filing under subchapter S, earning 84 percent of net small business income.  That’s precisely the income they use to produce 2/3 of the jobs in our economy.  

The Congressional Budget Office warns that Mr. Obama’s “eat the rich” crusade will actually result in throwing 200,000 middle class families out of work.   Ernst and Young estimates 700,000 lost jobs.

But House Republicans now have a choice: we can try to save as many Americans from these ruinous tax increases as the President will permit; or we can end up at an impasse that assures taxes go up on everyone.

Let us pass this bill.  If that doesn’t work, then let’s pass whatever level the President will agree to.  It’s not as if we haven’t warned him.

Some of my fellow conservatives say that sparing most people from these tax increases is tantamount to raising them on others.         

But if a lifeguard sees ten swimmers drowning off his beach and he can only save nine of them, it doesn’t mean that he’s drowned the tenth.  

And no lifeguard would be worth a damn if he said: “My principle is that nobody should drown off my beach, and if I can’t save all then I won’t save any.”

As Americans watch as hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs are sacrificed on the ideological altar of Obamanomics next year -- I think the country will be a lot sadder and a lot wiser.    

But until then, let’s save who we can.

California Department of Fish and Game Completes 2012 Fish Tagging Program

Return Tags for Recognition and Possible Monetary Reward

December 20, 2012 - The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has completed its annual sturgeon tagging program in Bay Area waters. The tagging operation is used to help manage California’s green and white sturgeon populations.

The tags are white plastic disks that are smaller than a dime. Anyone who catches a DFG tagged fish is encouraged to return the tag. DFG pays a reward for the return of certain tags, and those tags are clearly labeled.  Additional details about the tagging program can be found here:

Information received from anglers about tagged sturgeon complements the details submitted on sturgeon fishing report cards as well as data from party boats, creel surveys, surveys for juvenile sturgeon and various special studies.

“Protecting the white sturgeon fishery and the sturgeon populations requires research, management and enforcement,” said DFG Program Manager Marty Gingras.

This year’s sturgeon tagging efforts were led by DFG Environmental Scientist Mike Harris and the crew of the research vessels Striper II and New Alosa.  The Striper II was constructed in 1966 and has been used several decades for this purpose.

Working in Suisun and San Pablo bays from Aug. 1 to Oct. 30, the crews tagged 170 white sturgeon and 13 green sturgeon, and collected information on nearly as many sturgeon that were either too small or too large to tag.

Sturgeon can live more than 100 years and weigh over 500 pounds, but anglers most-often catch sturgeon 3-4 feet in length.  The Sacramento-San Joaquin river system is the southern-most spawning grounds for both white sturgeon and green sturgeon.  The sturgeon fishery in California was once closed for decades due to overfishing.

Commercial harvest of white sturgeon is not now allowed.  Recreational harvest of white sturgeon is now regulated by size limit, a daily bag limit and an annual bag limit.  Green sturgeon is a threatened species and neither commercial or recreational harvest of those fish is now allowed.

Serialized tags are provided with each sturgeon fishing report card to help enforce the annual bag limit.  To enable law enforcement to cross-reference the tag with a particular card, anglers must permanently fix a tag to each kept white sturgeon until the fish is processed for consumption.

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