Obama’s latest outrageous land grab takes in 1.6 million acres in Utah and Nevada. The U.S. government now owns 88.1% of Nevada alone. Under Barack Obama, the Antiquities Act is used to steal land that the federal government is not allowed to own constitutionally.
These federal government land grabs will never end until the people stand up and say it is to end. Only Marxists want the all-powerful government to own the land. This goes way beyond preservation.
The unilateral power of the Antiquities Act really needs to be examined by the Supreme Court given what we now know a statist president can do with it.
Utah had a balanced provision worked out to protect Bear’s Ears but, instead, Obama issued another fiat.
Obama has created 29 National Monuments and no other president has come close. The lame duck president is abusing the Act. It was never meant to be used as a tool for federal land grabs.
Fox News reporter Kevin Corke explained why this land grab is controversial:
“This latest move, however, is controversial. As you point out, a lot of people still fighting over the use of this land. We’re talking about the Bears Ears and Gold Beauty national monument, more than 1.6 million acres of land in southeastern Utah and a swath of Nevada Desert after years of political fight over the faith of those areas.”
“Let me just share a part of the president’s statement. It reads this way: ‘Following years of public input and various proposals to protect both of these areas, including legislation and a proposal from tribal governments in and around Utah, these monuments will protect places that a wide range of stakeholders all agree are worthy of protection.’”
“He goes on to add ‘We also have worked to insure that tribes and local communities can continue to access and benefit from these lands for generations to come.’”
“Needless to say, this is still a controversial issue because, as you obviously gleaned just from those words, Leland, there are a lot of people that don’t agree with setting aside all this land despite the fact that it may protect it from further development.”
Fox News anchor Leland Vittert asked Corke if Congress could do anything about this 11th land grab by the president and he responded:
“That’s the real complicated question. I’m going to give you sort of a simple answer and the answer is we don’t know.”
“Because as I mentioned earlier there is this thing known as the Antiquities Act. What that does is it basically gives the president unilateral power, some would argue, to set aside land for national monuments, but clearly it has yet to be challenged in court.”
“Now, that doesn’t mean it can’t be and it doesn’t mean it can’t be undone. We simply haven’t seen an occasion where that has actually happened.”
“Let me share just a bit of what Jason Chaffetz is saying about this. Of course, congressman out of the great State of Utah, clearly not very happy about what the President has decided to do. He says in a statement, ‘Look, after years of painstaking negotiations with a diverse coalition, Utah had a comprehensive, bipartisan solution on the table that would have protected the Bears Ears and provided a balanced solution.’”
“There is the words you want to focus on — a balanced solution. ‘Instead, the President’s midnight proclamation cherry-picked provisions of the Public Lands Initiative and disregarded the economic development and multi-use provisions necessary for a balanced compromise.’ Mike Lee, senator from Utah also tweeted this, Leland, he said ‘It’s an arrogant act by a lame duck president.’ In case you’re wondering, no, the fight apparently is not yet over. Back to you.”
Before the latest land grabs, this is what the federal land ownership looked like. They own the West.
How can we call our nation ‘free’ when the government is grabbing the land at every turn. They started with the West but they will not stop until they own it all and there will always be a ‘good reason’.
The federal government, specifically the Bureau of Land Management, is currently attempting to take over large swaths of private land on the Red River because they claim the boundary moved. This has gone on throughout the West.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is outraged and said it’s “a slap in the face to the people of Utah.”
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Obama had ruined a bipartisan compromise in the works. https://t.co/KNedb4V4ke
— surf penquin (@surfpenquin) December 29, 2016