Senator Demint: White House Land Grab


 

Before we get into the meat of Obama’s latest power grab….These little fun facts appear near the end of Senator DeMint’s commentary:

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

and

The government owns more than 80 percent of the land in Nevada…..

Did you know that?  Neither did I.  And Obama apparently believes the government needs more of it. 

What’s next?  Does Obama take my home because some beetle and his little bug family were uprooted and sent across the road?

(Illustration: Federal land grab by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.)

From Senator DeMint in Washington Times Commentary:

You’d think the Obama administration is busy enough controlling the banks, insurance companies and automakers, but thanks to whistleblowers at the Department of the Interior, we now learn they’re planning to increase their control over energy-rich land in the West.

A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job- creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that’s essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers.

President Obama could enact the plans in this memo with just the stroke of a pen, without any input from the communities affected by it.

Of course, this land grab by Obama is, of course, justified as a way to protect precious wildlife species and the environment. 

Yea, right, and I have some land to sell you in Utah…no …wait…the government owns it.

The document lists 14 properties that, according to the document, “might be good candidates” for Mr. Obama to nab through presidential proclamation. Apparently, Washington bureaucrats believe it’s more important to preserve grass and rocks for birdwatchers and backpackers than to keep these local economies thriving…..

…….It says all kinds of animals would be better off by doing so, like the coyotes, badgers, grouse, chickens and lizards. But giving the chickens more room to roost is no reason for the government to override states’ rights.

Of course, when outed about their questionable plans, the Obama administration claims this new found list of properties consists merely of a “brainstorming session”….you know…move on…nothing to see here:

Administration officials claim the document is merely the product of a brainstorming session, but anyone who reads this memo can see that it is a wish list for the environmentalist left. It discusses, in detail, what kinds of animal populations would benefit from limiting human activity in those areas.

Are there other reasons Obama would do this?  Of course there are — continue his assault on domestic energy production:

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.

Where?

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.”

DeMint warns and informs that his attempt to stop it in the Senate was defeated:

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.

I have an idea….

I think Americans need to seize some land of our own — the White House.   We own it…its ours.    And the current occupants need to be booted pronto because they and their policies have placed our freedoms on the “endangered” list and well on the path to extinction!

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