Obama Land Grab Will Harm Economy

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by pspr, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. pspr


    The government already owns 29% of the land. Obama wants more!


    By Sen. Jim DeMint

    Using the Antiquities Act, President Carter locked up more land than any other president had before him, taking more than 50 million acres in Alaska despite strong opposition from the state.

    President Clinton used the authority 22 times to prohibit hunting, recreational vehicles, mining, forestry and even grazing in 5.9 million acres scattered around the country. The law allowed him to single-handedly create 19 new national monuments and expand three others without consulting anyone.

    One of the monuments President Clinton created was the Grande Staircase-Escalante in Utah, where 135,000 acres of land were leased for oil and gas and about 65,000 barrels of oil were produced each year from five active wells. But, President Clinton put an end to developing those resources.

    President Obama could do the same in other energy-rich places unless Congress takes action. At least 13.5 million acres are already on his Department of Interior's real estate shopping list.

    This includes a 58,000-acre area in New Mexico. The memo said this should be done so the lesser prairie chicken and the sand dune lizard will be better protected. Are these animals going extinct? No. The bureaucrats wrote that the land should be locked up to "avoid the necessity of listing either of these species as threatened or endangered."

    In Nevada, the Obama administration might make another monument in the Heart of the Great Basin because it, supposedly, is a "center of climate change scientific research."

    In Colorado, the government is considering designating the Vermillion Basin as a monument because it is "currently under the threat of oil and gas development."

    Americans should be wary of any plans a president has to seize land from the states without their consent. Any new plans to take away states' freedom to use land as they see fit must be stopped.

    That's why I sponsored an amendment to block Mr. Obama from declaring any of the 14 lands listed in the memo as "monuments." Unfortunately, the Senate, led by Democrats, rejected it on Thursday evening by a vote of 58-38.

    It was particularly disappointing that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, voted against the amendment. The government owns more than 80 percent of the land in Nevada and the unemployment rate there is 12.8 percent. Surely it would help job prospects if more land were open for business.

    This is a nationwide problem. The government currently owns 650 million acres, or 29 percent of the nation's total land.

    Federal bureaucrats shouldn't be wasting time thinking up ways to acquire more, especially in the middle of a recession. Taking the nation's resources offline will stifle job creation and dry up tax revenues.

    If anything, the government should be selling land off, not locking more up. By voting against my amendment, the Democrats tacitly endorsed Mr. Obama's secret plan to close off millions more acres to commerce.

    If enacted, the plan would mean fewer jobs for Americans.

    The Democratic Congress refused to stop it, but one sure way Americans could help block it is if they decide some Democrats should lose their jobs on November
  2. the1


    One step closer to communism.
  3. Hopefully something like China.
  4. I think it is excellent move. With the world's population already too large and growing exponentially, the more land that we can set aside for wildlife the better.

    I don't understand how anybody could/would complain about our gov't preserving land for ALL of us.
  5. Because they want to make Obama look bad, they dont care about the issues really, infact if it was their party doing it then they would have been praising it too. :D
  6. "Some"? How about, "EVERY Dem who votes for the Obamacare/Tyranny Power Grab bill!

    Are the Dems so blinded by party loyalty that they'll endorse this Socialistic mad man's dreams of turning the USA into a Communist-like State?? :mad: