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Land Grab.

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April 2010

Sausage Making and Health Care Reform
“Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.”
John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) American Poet
Poet Saxe summed up the legislative situation pretty well, especially with respect to the recently passed health care reform legislation. It was one long, messy process. So much so, we all might prefer sausage making to lawmaking. When it comes to health care reform, not all of the ingredients are known and we certainly don’t know whether the American consumer will want to buy the product when it is finally available. At this stage of the game, sausage makers are gaining new respect and lawmakers are at a new low.
Sadly, one result of this process is that partisan tensions in Washington are at an all time high. Neither side seems willing or trustful enough to work with the opposing party. Like kids at the local school playground, we might have to call a “time out” and send everyone to their rooms in hopes that civility will return and members of Congress can begin to work for the common good. Short of this, we all stand to suffer.
Omnibus Public Lands Bill and More!
Last month, we reported on the Monumental Problem the Department of the Interior had when the disclosure of a confidential document revealed that the Administration was considering the designation of a whole slate of new monument areas. The leaked document was dismissed by the Secretary of the Interior as merely the work of a “brainstorming session” within the Bureau of Land Management. It now seems the little brainstorming session has morphed into something else and Administration’s caterpillar is about to spread its’ wings.
On March 26, 2010, the Obama Administration announced its decision to hold a White House Conference on April 16th called: America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The conference has been billed as an opportunity to collect ideas from all over the country on new initiatives that could be undertaken by the Administration to connect the American people to America’s great outdoors. Normally when a White House Conference is announced, a detailed agenda is also distributed, but not in this case. Specifics about this conference coming from the Administration have been sketchy to say the least.
Due to the diligent work of a very good journalist, more details about the conference have come to light. A March 29th special bulletin of the Public Lands News reported the following: “If and when the initiative is fleshed out, insiders (we assume this means sources within the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture) believe it could include:
  • The designation of a number of national monuments on BLM land
  • Full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Revitalization of the National Park System in time for its 100th Anniversary in 2016
  • An omnibus public lands and parks bill
  • All of the above”
Jim Coffin, editor and publisher of Public Lands News went on to write that the “source of the billions of dollars to accomplish such ambitious goals….has not been identified publicly.” Coffin speculated that the money might come from off shore oil and gas royalties since Secretary Salazar has previously identified such royalties as a new source of revenue, especially if royalty revenues are increased.
Well, guess what happened on March 31, 2010, two days after Jim Coffin’s article? President Obama announced a major initiative to authorize new off shore drilling for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. The pieces of the puzzle are beginning to come together. First, we had the internal work at BLM preparing lists of action items that were later described as the results of a mere brainstorming session by some faceless government workers. Second, we have the announcement of a major White House Conference focusing on public lands, and finally, a potential funding mechanism to support such expansion efforts becomes known when the President unveils a new policy authorizing expanded off shore oil and gas exploration.
Okay, you say, why should you care and what is the rush all about? You should care because this initiative might be so huge that it will be difficult to sort out the full scope of the proposal. Remember, the Congress just passed a 2300 page health care bill even though Members of Congress didn’t know all the details of the reform package. The answer to the “what’s the rush” question is easy. The Obama Administration is reading the same political polls as everyone else. Predictions are that the Democratic Party will have slimmer margins when the new Congress convenes after the November elections. Therefore, the rush is to get this package through the Congress while they still have the votes!
We are hoping that good things will come out of this White House Conference, but we also believe in Ronald Reagan’s mantra: trust but verify.
These next few months are shaping up to be very interesting. We will keep you posted and we hope you stay engaged.
Forest Service Planning Rule
The process of collaboration on the proposed Forest Service planning rule has begun. The first two days of meetings in Washington were called the Science Forum. Then the next two days were the National Roundtable meetings. Other sessions will occur throughout the country this month and next.
These are important sessions since they will set the tone for the future management of our National Forests. For example, one issue that received quite a bit of attention during the course of the Science Forum was the need to elevate “recreation” as an area of focus under the rule. This was one of ARRA’s main criticisms of the Notice of Intent, so it was heartening to hear others say that this was an omission that needed to be addressed.
One of the themes I heard during the first day of the National Roundtable session was that our national policies are sometimes disconnected from the realities that exist at the local level. The forests in the eastern part of the U.S. are very different from those in the west. Gateway communities face different challenges than those communities totally dependent upon the harvesting of forest resources. In other words, one size doesn’t fit all. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a national rule. It does mean, however, that we need a rule that is flexible and accommodating to a variety of needs ranging from timber harvests, to grazing, to mining, to recreation and to tourism.
The rule will only be as good as the input provided in these sessions. Therefore, it is critical that the Forest Service hear from those of you who care about recreational access, especially for motorized recreation. The ARRA website has a listing of the upcoming meetings. Be engaged and make a difference. Do your part to help shape the new planning rule for our National Forests. The future is yours to control.
Sincerely,
Larry E. Smith
Executive Director
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)
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Ok OCR, am reading that the admistration might be pulling another 70s/80s move where we are cut out from using public and national lands again? Its very hard for me to understand the political mumbo jumbo. But trying to keep hammering shit down our throats is scarring the hell outta me. LOVE MY COUNTRY.....BUT FEAR MY GOVERNEMNT!!!!!
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Sooner this administration is cut off at the knees by balancing powers in Congress the sooner we can get back to running America instead of a Government takeover of every part of life(sound familiar to anyone who studies history). The Government now owns or controls 51% of American economy. November is a vote that will determine America's survival or death.
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This should help you understand.
Notes from obummers book, "my fathers dream'...
stroll about a third of the way down.

http://prestopundit.wordpress.com/20...ers-socialist/
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and sadly with all that information available people and the media continue to tell half truths and whole lies to sell a completely different image. Balance or shift control of Congress and his march to Socialism will come to a crashing and befitting halt. Hopefully this experience will wake up Americans to research our leaders and no longer have faith in the Media as a whole. Depending on the channel or the print the story is biased one way or another. It is only through sifting multiple reports from varying "news" outlets can one even find the truth.

As Americans we need to demand more, criticize more, and hold accountable ALL representatives in every position of government from our city mayor all the way to the top on both sides of the aisle.

Right now we have a government set apart from us and is not "governing" for us.

RONALD REAGAN, FMR. U.S. PRESIDENT: Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.
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In the past a person could just stay to him or her ownself and not be overly affraid of the government. Its not that way any more. Its not just the government, but the judical system, the law enforcement system and every other damn system has went freakn crazy for the last 10 years or so. They all need to be reigned in an reminded your NOT GOD!!!!!, they obviously need to be removed form the position of authority and reminded that your no better than the next. Just my 2cents.
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Let's not turn this into a partisan thing, it's the bureaucrats who are not even elected and stay in place when parties change who are behind this.

Bureaucracy at it's finest, unelected officials who answer to noone but themselves, these so called "civil servants" who's only aim in life is to keep their phony-baloney jobs and create more for their cronies.
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This should help you understand.
Notes from obummers book, "my fathers dream'...
stroll about a third of the way down.

http://prestopundit.wordpress.com/20...ers-socialist/
Reading that scared the holy hell outta me, if those silly sumbitchs think they are going to take the family acrage out in West Liberty Ia, he's got a rude awakening. Hes as squirley as his father.
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