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The Demsí lame-duck land grab
michelle malkin ^ | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 12/15/2010 5:18:42 PM PST by Ron C.

Environmentalists hate sprawl — except when it comes to the size of their expansive pet legislation on Capitol Hill.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at michellemalkin.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: government; ripoff
This bill includes (from the article):

– 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.

This insult to the American taxpayer should be STOPPED BY OUTRAGED AMERICANS!

Here's a bit more from the article.

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.

This jumbo green goodie bag would be a threat to financial security for untold numbers of workers in the demonized mining, logging and construction industries already reeling from economic hardship.

Call your reps and complain long and loudly... or forever zip your lip about being an 'activist.'

1 posted on 12/15/2010 5:18:43 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Bump


2 posted on 12/15/2010 5:22:29 PM PST by NorwegianViking
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To: Ron C.

(2006, WP)

Congress will convene on Tuesday for what some fear will be the lamest of lame-duck sessions, and GOP leaders have decided to take a minimalist approach before turning over the reins of power to the Democrats. Rather than a final surge of legislative activity, Congress will probably wrap up things after a single, short week of work. They have even decided to punt decisions on annual government spending measures to the Democrats next year.

“There is a lot of battle fatigue among members, probably on both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), usually a reliable conservative firebrand. “Contrary to popular belief, members of Congress are human beings. They have a certain shelf life and a certain amount of energy to be drawn on. We’re tired.”

Anguished over the Democrats’ victory on Nov. 7 and the tumult that has followed, GOP lawmakers want to get out of town. One senior Senate Republican aide called hopes for substantive legislation “delusional.”

Much of the problem is as prosaic as office space, GOP aides said. Lawmakers were forced to vacate their offices on Friday, and few of them want to hang around Washington with no place to sit. Retiring House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) got angry during a meeting of committee chairmen, demanding to know how he was supposed to complete work on the business tax extension bill without an office, according to one GOP aide present in the meeting.


3 posted on 12/15/2010 5:23:58 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: Ron C.
I forgot to emphasize this:

The bill would create:

"... an “illegal immigrant superhighway” off-limits to border security enforcement. In New Mexico!

Arizona is the Mexican super-highway for drugs and illegals, now add another state!

When are we going to scream, ENOUGH!

4 posted on 12/15/2010 5:28:21 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: roses of sharon
Congress will convene on Tuesday for what some fear will be the lamest of lame-duck sessions, and GOP leaders have decided to take a minimalist approach before turning over the reins of power to the Democrats. Rather than a final surge of legislative activity, Congress will probably wrap up things after a single, short week of work. They have even decided to punt decisions on annual government spending measures to the Democrats next year. “There is a lot of battle fatigue among members, probably on both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), usually a reliable conservative firebrand. “Contrary to popular belief, members of Congress are human beings. They have a certain shelf life and a certain amount of energy to be drawn on. We’re tired.” Anguished over the Democrats’ victory on Nov. 7 and the tumult that has followed, GOP lawmakers want to get out of town. One senior Senate Republican aide called hopes for substantive legislation “delusional.” Much of the problem is as prosaic as office space, GOP aides said. Lawmakers were forced to vacate their offices on Friday, and few of them want to hang around Washington with no place to sit. Retiring House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) got angry during a meeting of committee chairmen, demanding to know how he was supposed to complete work on the business tax extension bill without an office, according to one GOP aide present in the meeting.

How was 2006 like this, but 2010 is nothing but major THROATSHOVING JAMDOWNS?

5 posted on 12/15/2010 5:28:47 PM PST by Lazamataz (Only 21 days of Democrat fascism left!)
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To: Ron C.

lame Ducks should get the same treatment as lame Horses.

just sayin’.


6 posted on 12/15/2010 5:29:40 PM PST by left that other site (Your MiQ-MaQ Paddy Wacky Bass-Playing Biker Buddy(El Kabong))
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To: Ron C.

7 posted on 12/15/2010 5:31:26 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: Ron C.

Add this to the biggest lies: “Elections have consequences.”


8 posted on 12/15/2010 5:31:45 PM PST by clintonh8r ("Let them eat lobster cake." Michele Antoinette, vacation #6.)
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To: roses of sharon
"Lawmakers were forced to vacate their offices on Friday, and few of them want to hang around Washington with no place to sit."

Want to bet that Democrats won't be faced with such a problem THIS TIME?

The problem here is that Democrats are nasty, and will do ANYTHING to take a bigger bite out of the pocket-books of Americans. Republicans just aren't mean enough... unfortunately.

9 posted on 12/15/2010 5:34:13 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: clintonh8r
Add this to the biggest lies: “Elections have consequences.”

Yeah... this time we are still facing the consequences of the Obama election - and any consequences of the just past mid-term won't come into play until after this congress ends next year, with the defeated Dems finally going home after they've wreaked all the havoc they possibly could.

10 posted on 12/15/2010 5:39:15 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; Domestic Church; rightly_dividing; combat_boots; bronxville; cripplecreek; Gipper08; ..


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11 posted on 12/15/2010 5:39:55 PM PST by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: All

Can any of these actions be repealed when the new Congress is sworn in???


12 posted on 12/15/2010 5:40:41 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: paulycy

HA! TV stations/networks, etc., won’t let a Republican anywhere near a microphone or a camera - until the Dims wreak as much havoc as they possibly can!


13 posted on 12/15/2010 5:41:53 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.
When are we going to scream, ENOUGH!

Never. The roots of the Tree of Liberty died in the drought.

14 posted on 12/15/2010 5:42:09 PM PST by Clint Williams ( America -- a great idea, didn't last: get out while you can.)
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To: jackibutterfly

Repeal? LOL - when has that EVER been accomplished with any significance?


15 posted on 12/15/2010 5:43:38 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Clint Williams
"The roots of the Tree of Liberty died in the drought."

Sadly I think you're right...

16 posted on 12/15/2010 5:47:12 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Takingliberty.us

Watch it.

This is what they are doing.


17 posted on 12/15/2010 5:50:34 PM PST by Captain7seas (FIRE JANE LUBCHENCO FROM NOAA)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Just one more America-destroying piece of crap legislation the Dimbulbs are going to try to jam through on their way out the door.


18 posted on 12/15/2010 5:56:31 PM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: Ron C.

I’ve told people for YEARS this is how Reid works.

And when the NRA types and the RINO’s started whinging about how kicking out Reid might not be the best idea, I told them that this is the sort of thing that Reid does - in the late of night, he does land grabs and water grabs.

EVERY SESSION OF CONGRESS.

The RINO’s, of course, are perfectly happy with more land grabs.


19 posted on 12/15/2010 5:58:56 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Captain7seas

Yup - I know... but, 90% of American’s haven’t a clue, and I doubt that if they did, they wouldn’t do anything other than head for the nearest bar or theater.


20 posted on 12/15/2010 6:06:30 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: NVDave
I still think that Reid lost the election - but fraud saved it for him.

Perhaps I'm wrong, especially in light of the massive vote-buying machine that exists for every elected Congressional member... they spend NINETY PERCENT OF THEIR TIME ON CONSTITUENT SERVICES (i.e., pulling government bulldogs off their backs - virtually guaranteeing re-election.)

21 posted on 12/15/2010 6:10:33 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

U.N. Agenda 21 - reporting for duty!


22 posted on 12/15/2010 6:11:45 PM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Lazamataz

Laz - methinks that until the newly elected can get on-board the ‘jambdowns’ will continue to the last possible second... meaning, of course, that the remaining RINO’s love it too much to do a damned thing about it... other than open their mouths to slurp up the lard.


23 posted on 12/15/2010 6:48:13 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

The ONLY example I can recall was the seatbelt interlock law.

As soon as congress learned the auto makers were not building models exempting congress members from the edict, the edict was repealed.

A few other things have expired due to “Sunset” clauses.

I do not include Alcohol Prohibition as it took a constitutional amendment to amend.


24 posted on 12/15/2010 6:53:12 PM PST by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: broken_arrow1; All
Agenda 21 indeed - on steroids.

Creators finally posted it... click the link.

25 posted on 12/15/2010 6:55:46 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Agenda 21

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZPuM8HQ_Rs


26 posted on 12/15/2010 7:03:27 PM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Loyal Sedition
LOL - tag.. "To the right of Attila The Hun"

Wish we had 10 million like that - horsed, armed and charging up and down the halls of congress, and up and down the street of DC until 95 percent of the population had been driven completely and permanently out of town.

I think more than half the US military would join in... without being asked to assist.

The remaining 5% would be enough to man Congress and eliminate the rest of the thieving government - first on the chopping-block, the IRS - then all other federal agencies (with the sole exception of the Border Patrol) to follow within hours.

Ah... well, It's fun to dream...

27 posted on 12/15/2010 7:07:40 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: broken_arrow1
Thanks for that link!

Toooo many have forgotten, or didn't care to begin with.

Ah - meant to highlight this too:

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."

Dirty bastard leftists care nothing about the rules - they break them daily, with no oversight by media whatsoever - other than cheering them on at every opportunity.

28 posted on 12/15/2010 7:17:16 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: roses of sharon; maica
We’re tired.”

I called about 15 congressmen's offices back in 2006 to ask what they planned to do in the weeks after the election. Every one of the people I got on the phone said, in so many words, nothing. I was so frustrated with the give-up Republicans. What a difference now.

I'll bet no outgoing Dem is giving up his office space until January.

29 posted on 12/15/2010 7:20:47 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: Ron C.

“I still think that Reid lost the election - but fraud saved it for him.”

That’s precisely what I think also.


30 posted on 12/15/2010 8:02:14 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Freee-dame

I’ll bet no outgoing Dem is giving up his office space until January.

&&&&

The ol’ “But That’s Different” reaction. I wonder how many of the newly elected Republicans are hiring superannuated staff of defeated democrats? They did a lot of that in the 1994 change of party majority in the House of Representatives.


31 posted on 12/16/2010 5:03:12 AM PST by maica
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To: Ron C.

ping to forward


32 posted on 12/16/2010 5:47:32 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: Ron C.
It seems the democrats rule over the weak stupid though arrogant rino republicans. This bill gets past, I am through with the rino republican party, a party of worthless self serving liberals who hate God and family and country as badly as the whore left.
It is time for a New third conservative party in this dying nation, only conservative politicians chosen by the only conservatives (no crossover voting that profited only communist democrats and no liberal republicans allowed in the door and they can all go the hell they so richly deserve.
33 posted on 12/16/2010 7:41:15 AM PST by kindred (Come, Lord Jesus, rule and reign over all thine enemies from Zion, the chosen nation.)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Ron C. From the 15th:
...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.

34 posted on 12/17/2010 8:36:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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