I am surprised with how many comments seem intent on killing the messenger
rather than justifying for the monument. It seems everyone already recognized
what a monumental mistake it was.Whatever your political bent, and
whatever any of the others said or didn't say, Mike Lee was compelling in
arguing against the seeming endlessly stretching rubber-band of the Antiquities
Act to justify an imperious executive order. Like it or not, it is only
reasonable that one executive order can overturn another.If the
monument designation had been ratified by a vote of the Legislative Branch,
instead of unilateral measure of the Executive alone, it would be a much
stronger argument. As it stands, there is no rational argument that one
signature cannot cancel a previous one.
Conservative Think tank gets paid millions to tell Bishop and Chaffy what they
want to hearTry it, a judge will laugh them out of court
I don't think Trump should rescind it. Rather reduce the size to a tiny
fraction of the original (2 sq miles) in honor of the small minded president who
Why would a conservative think tank care about Bears Ears? They go outside long
enough to walk to their cars and that's about it, in most cases.Of
all those opposed to the Monument, none of them have come up with legitimate
sources showing any sort of profitable amount of minerals or oil/coal deposits
in the area so exactly what jobs are going to be lost?Arches, Zion, The
Grand Canyon & the Tetons were all once monuments and what they have in
common with Bears Ears is that the locals opposed naming them as monuments.Now, look at the jobs those places have actually created. Anyone
opposing Bears Ears based on jobs is simply in a bubble.
They need a tank to think?
John Yoo is the lawyer from the Bush administration who gave legal clearance for
the military to administer water-boarding. Anything John Yoo comes
up with henceforth when it comes to "executive powers" should be
regarded with a great deal of skepticism.
It would seem that these partisan conservative think tanks are so fatuous as not
to be able to see beyond their their present day greed. Some one needs to alert
them to the fact that there is a tomorrow and future generations that need to be
considered, planned for and resources preserved for.
So, Bored to the point . . . , please define "federal overreach." It
seems to me it's federal overreach when the government does something you
don't approve of, like designating a national monument or prohibiting
same-sex marriage. But if you approve of it, it's just the government doing
its job.The same logic goes for Supreme Court justices interpreting
the Constitution. If they interpret it in a way you like, then they are being
true to the Constitution. If their interpretation sticks in your craw, then they
are "activist" justices, stepping beyond their constitutional bounds.
I find it funny. President Obama creates Bear's Ear.... Federal
overreach.Trump takes it away... Not Federal overreach.People are funny. They are so narrow minded about politics. If it's my
side its okay. If it's your side it's wrong.Right is
right... wrong is wrong.I believe the people of Utah should vote on
this. Yes / No .... straight up vote. I personally favor the
designation. Our country has plenty of oil sources. We don't need to
destroy uniquely beautiful lands to appease a few wealthy people behind the
My prediction; Trump will try it, the lawsuits follow, after spending much
money, the courts will say no to Trump again.
Conservative think tank as in Shark tank? LOL!
He probably does have the power to do this, but I believe even Mr. Trump can see
the mischief this might cause after the Democrats return to power. (But
don't get me wrong, I'm all in favor of whatever mischief the
Democrats might cause.)
The thing to remember about think tanks is that they are directed to come up
with rationale on almost anything imaginable. If you want justification for
rescinding a law, they will find a reason. It doesn't mean that it will
work. It is just an argument to support something that they and their patrons
want. There is no legal force behind their opinions. What they recommend may be
extremely convoluted and circuitous in the final analysis, but it takes them
where they want to go.When Dick Cheney wanted to use torture in
Iraq, he had his lawyers and conservative think tanks come up with a reason it
should be legal. Similarly, taking away a national monument designation is part
of that effort to make these lands available to developers who want to make a
buck at the people's expense.
Why is it that when I read the words "conservative think tank," I always
dismiss whatever follows as sheer nonsense? Experience, I suppose.
So... according to the lobbyists at the aei, the next Democratic POTUS has the
blessing of the aei to undo all the voodoo the re-Publicans have done/are
doing/will continue to do to Americans.Will the same aei lobbyists
suddenly have a change of heart when the next Democratic POTUS begins to undo
the re-Publican voodoo?Quien sabe?
I've been down there since this announcement in December. I've never
seen so many people there. Hard to see how this announcement is going to
"protect" the area. Visitation is skyrocketing!
Our Republican representatives continue to live in a bubble. Americans want
this land protected and they failed to do it through legislative actions. Now
they go out and find a couple of right wing groups who tell them what they want
to hear. Surprised?
Conservative think tanks thought that Bishop was seriously working on a plan
too.Conservative think tanks are usually wrong, because ideology is
used to guide, instead of thinking.
Think tank? The American Enterprise Institute is a conservative lobbying group
that will write a report with any conclusion that people pay them to conclude.
They'd come out with a report that stated that elephants were really
liberal aliens if you paid them enough.
Rescinding Bear Ears will just be the latest addition to the lists of promises
to Native Americans that the US Government has broken.
What is made by the pen of one, can be unmade by the pen of one.
"Conservative think tank concludes Trump can rescind Bears Ears
Monument"Imagine our collective surprise.
This is a terrible idea.