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Ed Driscoll

MSNBC.com: Better by a Dam Site

September 19th, 2011 - 9:00 am

Two networks in one! There’s certainly plenty of glee just underneath the surface of this report at MSNBC.com that “Largest dam removal aims to bring salmon back — Ceremony with tribal blessing marks beginning of effort on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula:”

In an emotional ceremony Saturday marked by a tribal blessing and the use of a large piece of earthmoving equipment with a golden bucket, crews began to set a river free.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and a couple hundred other people gathered on the Elwha River near Port Angeles for the ceremony, marking the beginning of the biggest dam removal project in the United States.

Two dams on the Elwha River inside Olympic National Park are slowly being removed, with the goal of restoring runs of six species of salmon.

The ceremony Saturday included drumming, singing, dancing and a blessing by Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe elder Ben Charles Sr.

Wow, all this reprimitivization and dam busting and totally hosing FDR and the New Deal-era of the TVA and the Hoover Dam sounds totally cool and awesome.

But it was just a few months ago that a non-journalist at MSNBC (at least according to her new colleague Al Sharpton) was telling us that the Hoover Dam was what America was all about:

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As I wrote back in May:

Maddow’s last sentence in the ad is this howler:

This is a project of national significance. We’ve got those projects on the menu right now. And we’ve got to figure out whether or not we are still a country that can think this big.

And the answer from the Obama administration, as Joel Kotkin noted at the Politico last fall is…No We Can’t!

When FDR commissioned projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, he literally brought light to darkened regions. The loyalty created by FDR and Truman built a base of support for liberalism that lasted for nearly a half-century.

Today’s liberals don’t show enthusiasm for airports or dams — or anything that may kick up some dirt. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Deanna Archuleta, for example, promised a Las Vegas audience: “You will never see another federal dam.”

Last year, Jonah Goldberg noted the environmentalist Catch-22 that has boxed-in the left. “Liberalism has become a cargo cult to the New Deal, but many of the achievements of the New Deal would be impossible now. Just try to get a Hoover Dam built today.”

Hey, I’m happy to see Rachel and GE give it the ol’ college try — but when the White House calls MSNBC, the person on the other end of the line isn’t going to be very happy with them.

Well, it depends on which version of MSNBC answers the call, I guess.

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