The powers that be - mainly in the form of the courts - have also been doing "water monopoly empire" style attacks on (Republican-voting) agricultural areas, notably California's central valley. (The fed did it to Oregon's Klamath Valley, too.)
They cut off the water of the "rebellious province": Stop providing irrigation water from other sources, block access to to rivers or pumping of ground water. The land dries out, the crops die (especially long-term stuff like orchards!), the land goes to dryland seasonal grasses and weeds (which then burn and may take out buildings with them), then eventually dries enough that it blows away as dust.
In the modern case it doesn't directly starve the people out - but it does wreck their income, after which they may have to abandon their property to find work and living space elsewhere, or perhaps lose their land to foreclosure.
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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."
That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.
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