Posted by: Debby Durkee | December 20, 2010

Democrats’ land grab.

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Democrats’ land grab.

Michelle Malkin says don’t rest on your laurels, Republicans. There’s a land grab proposal on Harry Reid’s table which Malkin dubs the Omnibus Lands Bill. It would leave vast swaths of the American wilderness off limits to mining, forestry and fishing, while giving the EPA sweeping authority over state permitting plans. You always have to watch what the left hand of this administration is doing while the right hand is doing something else. “Green” is the new red. Don’t ever forget that.

In a last-ditch lame duck push, eco-lobbyists have been furiously pressuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to pass a monstrous 327-page omnibus government lands bill crammed with more than 120 separate measures to lock up vast swaths of wilderness areas. Despite the time crunch, Senate Democrats in search of 60 votes are working behind the scenes to buy off green Republicans. House Democrats would then need a two-thirds majority to fast-track the bill to the White House before the GOP takes over on Jan. 5.

Yes, the hurdles are high. But with Reid and company now vowing to work straight through Christmas into the new year (when politicians know Americans are preoccupied with the holidays), anything is possible. The Constitution is no obstacle to these power grabbers. Neither is a ticking clock.

Earlier this month, Reid assigned worker bees on three Senate committees — Energy and Natural Resources, Commerce, and Environment and Public Works — to draw up their public lands wish list. All behind closed doors, of course. House Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., rightly dubbed it a “Frankenstein omnibus of bills” and pointed out that the legislation “includes dozens of bills that have never passed a single committee, either chamber of Congress, or even been the subject of a hearing.”

Here’s what’s included:

–         A stalled land transfer and gravel mining ban in Reid’s home state of Nevada.

–         The designation of the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness in Oregon as a federally protected wilderness where logging and road development would be prohibited.

–         Multiple watershed and scenic river designations that limit economic activity and threaten private property rights.

–         The creation of massive new national monument boundaries and wilderness areas along the southern border opposed by ranchers, farmers, local officials and citizens.

One New Mexico activist, Marita Noon, said the federal plans to usurp nearly a half-million acres in her state would result in an “illegal immigrant superhighway” off-limits to border security enforcement. Security analyst Dana Joel Gattuso pointed to a recent General Accounting Office report on how environmental permitting rules and land-use regulations have hampered policing efforts at all but three stations along the border.

Ken Salazar’s Interior Department, with full support from our president, has already locked up drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, increased regulatory burdens on New England fisheries, and along with Energy Secretary Carol Browner, has sewed up the number of oil and gas leases approved in the Western states. At a time when we would like to be self-sufficient as far as energy is concerned and with unemployment at continually high levels – these anti-Americans running our government are tying Gulliver down. It’s time to shake these chains, and we certainly don’t need anymore chains on our economy provided by government and environmentalists’ overreach. Read all of Malkin here:

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/12/15/omnibus-double-whammy-the-dems-lame-duck-land-grabs/

You can watch Malkin discussing this with Sean Hannity here: http://www.therightscoop.com/michelle-malkin-exposes-massive-land-grab-in-omnibus-land-bill

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  1. It’s just too bad that we didn’t get rid of ” Dingy ” Harry last November. Oh well we will put up with ” old Dingy ” for 6 more years.


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