Let’s Give the Federal Lands to States That Want It Back
I say be careful what you ask for. It’s an old saying, but I’m an old guy.
Just finished reading this US News article with the longest title I’ve seen in years:
Republicans widely condemn the armed standoff by ranchers to reclaim federal land in eastern Oregon, but their goal of taking back some of Washington’s vast holdings in the West has gained traction in the GOP
DENVER (AP) — Republicans have widely condemned the armed standoff by a group of ranchers to reclaim federal land in eastern Oregon, but their goal of taking back some of Washington’s vast holdings in the West has gained traction in the GOP.
The decades-old idea could garner even more momentum should the party recapture the White House this year.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed preventing the federal government from owning more than 50 percent of the land in any state, which would require changes, for example, in Alaska, Nevada and other Western states.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has backed legislation to give states the ability to develop energy resources on federal land and told the Des Moines Register editorial board that “the federal government owns far too much land” in the West.
Both senators backed an amendment offered by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski last year that would make it easier for federal land to be returned to state control.
Meanwhile, an effort to force the federal government to hand over lands to the states has also gained momentum, with the Republican National Committee in 2014 issuing a resolution calling for Western states to reclaim the land. Republican legislatures in states such as Georgia and South Carolina have passed motions backing the concept, and several western states are studying the issue.
So let’s give it to them in the same way they approach every situation. All or nothing. I’ve learned a lot watching how the GOP deals with problems. Fix problems with ObamaCare? Naw. Abolish it. See some propaganda about Planned Parenthood? Defund them even though no state AG found problems. Climate Change? A lie and a sham.
Now we have the GOP jumping on the federal land grab that Y’all Quibble has brought to our attention by storming federal grounds with semi-automatic rifles, sniper gear and lots of ammo. Yeah, who needs the daily essentials when you have a warm gun and a willing buddy to cuddle up to. But I digress.
Personally, living in a state that supports these yokels with federal funds because their state is too poor to anti up their fair share, I tired of hearing about it. I say give it to them.
As long as they promise to be good shepherds of the land, protecting it against abuse and commercial rape, making sure it is open for all of us to enjoy, watching out for the animals in our biosphere local and migratory. What a deal for free land.
And one more thing. No federal funding.
Not for fires. Not for volcanoes. Not for earthquakes. Not for floods. Not for droughts. Not for mining clean ups. Not for any disasters.
And if they renege on this responsibility? We sue them. Just like the GOP likes to sue the Federal government.
Let the free market reign. Access fees charged to visitors from other states can certainly make up the federal tax losses. And if their fees are too high? I guess people will stop going to their states, and commercial businesses will have to make up the lost income by charging the locals more.
Wait a minute. Idaho looked into taking Federal Lands back according to the article with the long title:
But when Idaho contemplated a similar move, its own study found state control could be ruinously expensive because Idaho taxpayers would have to assume responsibility for fighting wildfires and cleaning up abandoned mines that are currently paid for by the federal government.
Nice to see someone appreciates my tax dollars.