The Death of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company: How Obama is Murdering the American Economy, One Small Business at a Time

Over-educated tourists often make a pilgrimage to Cannery Row, lined with rows of defunct canneries, but named after John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row. The novel with its eccentric characters exists, the real life canneries are gone.

Not only have the sardine canneries of Cannery Row closed, but little noticed, the last sardine cannery in America closed this year, with the end of Stinson Seafood in Eastern Maine.

In 1950, Stinson Seafood used to pack 384 million cans. But environmentalists succeeded in their regulatory eco-jihad. Sharp cuts in the amount of fish that fishermen were allowed to catch made the business unviable. The eco-parasites won. American workers lost.

Now Obama has succeeded in shutting down the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, the last oyster cannery in California. Most of its workers are Latinos and the incident is yet another example of how the left gives welfare to minorities with one hand while taking away jobs with the other.

The environmentalists hailed the destruction of a 100 year old cannery.  “A heartfelt salute to Secretary Salazar for his wisdom and statesmanship in choosing long-term public good over short-term private interests,” said Sylvia Earle. But of course Salazar and his boss, Barack Hussein Obama, chose the private good of his eco-cronies over the public good of a functioning economy.

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which produced 40 percent of California’s oysters, did its best to win over environmentalists, touting its sustainability and its ecological commitments, but that was no use, because you cannot negotiate with or win over fanatics, whether they are Salafist Jihadists, Bolsheviks or Environmentalists, whose only goal is to wipe all things that do not fit into their belief system and ideology off the face of the earth.

What novels like Cannery Row remind us is that the left once pretended to care about the working class, only to wage war on it and destroy it.

Just another day, with more Americans forced out of their jobs, in the Obamonomy.

  • James

    You need something here, "…Over-educated tourists of a certain ??? often make a pilgrimage to Cannery Row,…"

  • matt

    When will this end?? the porno industry and the condom factories are doing fine. America…this is going to get real bad.

  • Mary Sue

    Bowing to envirofascists is just another way to destroy business. Today it's an oyster cannery. Tomorrow, it could be your favorite baker.

  • Harriet

    For decades greed has won over protection of nature. Don't they realize that destroying nature will eventually destroy mankind? Greenfield sounds more like a greed encrusted bigot who thinks that protecting our environment is second to money making. This article is very biased and portrays hate of those trying to help regain some of our natural beauty. He probably doesn't believe in global warming either. Also, Mary Sue, although "envirofacists" is an interesting concoction of words, protecting our shorelines has nothing to do with fascism, it has to do with humanity returning to what is important.

    • PaulRevereNow

      So what's the first thing you do? Yep….play the good ol' race card. Greenfield's not a bigot, and never said or implied that protecting our environment should play second fiddle to a healthy economy. But if we don't have a healthy economy, we won't be able to enjoy our environment. But when was the last time you spoke out against the Chinese? THEY are destroying their environment, MUCH more so than anyone here in the USA; but I dont' hear any of you enviro-Nazis calling them out on it. And global warming is a strange issue, because for the most part, it doesn't exist. If it did, our east coast would already be under water. Protecting our shorelines SHOULDN"T have anything to do with fascism, but given the intolerant way that you and others like you think,, it does.

  • PaulRevereNow

    I'm reminded of the ending to the novel "Chesapeake," written by ultra liberal James Michener. The island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, that had been the home of the book's protagonists, for two hundred years, was gradually eroded by the waves, and swallowed up completely at the end. This, however, is symbolism, i.e. nature wins over man and man's tradition. But in reality, no one wins, because its crazy men–the environmentalists, that don't give a rats rear end about work, about tradition, about the future of the human race. They would prefer that we didn't have a future, as long as the earth itself remains 100 percent pristine.

    • Mary Sue

      Is it bad that I read "Chesapeake" as "Cheapskate"?

      • PaulRevereNow

        Is it bad that I read "Montreal" as "MondoWorld"?

        • Mary Sue

          hehe nope.

  • Michael Wierenga

    Perhaps a demonstration is in order to allow the Drakes Oyster Farm to remain in business and block as in filibuster the NPS in it's attempt at the government to run over the sovereign citizens. We have purchased product from these folks and have enjoyed them for years. We would like it to continue past when the government is brought into control by the People. Is someone out there capable of making this happen. Please reply. It would mean so much to all of us!

    • Mary Sue

      they may as well pull up stakes and go somewhere else, like Canada. That's their only option really. That locality has been usurped.

  • Michael Wierenga

    It would do you well to search and study up on Agenda 21. It will clarify this and other things that are happening today. It is well worth the short time it takes to do so. Please see…/un_agenda_21_coming_t...

    • Mary Sue

      your link is not working for some reason.

      • Michael Wierenga

        Type in Agenda 21 in your browser and you will see U.N. sites and you can go to American thinker and search Agenda 21. Thanks for your interest.

        • Marlene

          Glen Beck has written a novel called Agenda 21 where he shows a hypothetical result of this UN Agenda. The end of the book has footnotes and information that details just what Agenda 21is all about.

  • Enfant Terrible

    Your article does not include any background about the applicable laws that govern Point Reyes National Seashore that were first written back in 1962. Drake’s Bay Oyster Company was given notice several times of a period of years that their 40-year lease to operate in Drake’s Estero would expire in 2012 and not be renewed. DBOC’s owner, Kevin Lunny, chose to litigate the matter instead of relocating the business. If anyone is at fault for the loss of these 30 or so jobs, it’s Mr. Lunny. Finally, there are numerous oyster farms operating in nearby Tomales Bay, and a large oyster farm in Humboldt Bay to the north. DBOC was hardly the only “oyster cannery” in California, or even the biggest.