was a regrettable idea? Lame argument. Congress gets on board because of broad
support for Parks. GSENM will also become a Park as well. I'm all for public
input. Citizens overwhelmingly support Monument and Park designations, except
in the podunk villages nearest them. So you have input in, say, Saint George,
and Salt Lake and Phoenix and LA and Washington DC. And guess what, its a
democracy, so the 1800 boohooers in Saint George are overidden. Thats how it
actually is. Polls constantly show this. Zogby: 71% of Americans say MORE than
10% of US land should be Wilderness". Good luck Utah. It's not your land
anyway, and you're WAY outnumbered.
"Secretive"? Because somebody leaked a report -- not a "plan" or a "land grab"
or anything else -- now the Obama administration is "secretive"? Give me a break
-- and keep your editorializing on the editorial page, Lee.Much too
much ado about nothing, folks. Your conspiracy theories are laughable.
Congressional approval of monuments is required in Wyoming and Alaska. In both
cases the President's gross abuse of the Antiquities Act prompted Congressional
action. In Wyoming, FDR declared a monument that tripled the size of the
Jackson Hole (Grand Teton) National Monument. Congress passed an act undoing
FDR's action; he vetoed it. Congress couldn't muster a super majority to
override the veto. Five years later they turned the whole mess into the Grand
Teton National Park, and required Congressional approval, not of all future
monuments, but only those in Wyoming. Jimmy Carter created 57 million acres of
monuments in Alaska, including one monument that was over 10 million acres. A
couple of years later Congress designated 57 million acres of Alaskan Wilderness
and required Congressional approval of any Alaskan monument over 5,000 acres.Congress is hesitant to modify the Antiquities Act because it likes the
President to have the power to settle land issues when our Senators and
Representatives lack the guts to. Congress grumbles about the President's
actions, but later endorses them by giving the area(s) some Congressional
designation.Anyway, that's been the pattern.
should be blaming Bill Clinton instead of their recent excuse of "district
split" for their budget mismanagement.
The plans would have been firmed up and quickly foisted upon us if they hadn't