The Presidency: The Real Deficit Is Water

The Real Deficit Is Water

The ranchers out around Hays, Kans., who, like 40 million other Americans, watched the television epic Lonesome Dove, figured that the great Texas- Montana cattle drive came right over their broad land. If that fantasy were turned into fact, then in all probability the tough old trail bosses Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call drove their herd across the Smoky Hill and Saline rivers and pushed north to beat the merciless winters they knew were in store for them.

The western Kansas ranchers claim a certain kinship with those fictional adventurers because they too have been brutalized by the great weathers of...

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