by Gary Boatwright, Sat Feb 11, 2006 at 05:35:12 AM EST
The Environment just became a major issue for the 2006 election. In an incredibly blatant bait and switch, Bush has inserted orders to the Forest Service to engage in the largest sale of federal land since Teddy Roosevelt established our national forest system.
Large Sale of Forest Planned: The White House wants to help pay for rural roads and schools by auctioning 300,000 acres of what it considers non-vital parcels.
The Bush administration Friday laid out plans to sell off more than $1 billion in public lands over the next decade
, including 85,000 acres of national forest land in California.
Most of the proceeds would help pay for rural schools and roads, making up for a federal subsidy that has been eliminated from President Bush's 2007 budget.
Congress must approve the plans, which several experts said would amount to the largest land sale of its kind since President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service in 1905 and created the modern national forest system.
"This is a fire sale of public lands. It is utterly unprecedented," said Char Miller, professor of environmental history at Trinity University in Houston, who has written extensively about the Forest Service. "It signals that the lands and the agency that manages them are in deep trouble. For the American public, it is an awful way to understand that it no longer controls its public land."
by populistamerica, Thu Feb 09, 2006 at 07:22:06 AM EST
The courts will judge Bush? Yeah -- well, no, not so much. The majority of the Supreme Court -- the controlling group of fascist thugs who shredded the Constitution to set up the Bush-Cheney Illegitimacy and its unconstitutional power grab in January 2001, who shredded federalism and legal equity with "Raich" in 2005, and who shredded "eminent domain" in 2005 so that predator elitists all over the world can have any US property they want -- are incompetent to judge anything. And they're the ones who will keep Bush safe from any lower federal bench judgment.
by LindainCincinnati, Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 01:00:58 PM EST
Do you know what time it is Mr. Bush?
We know you said you don't give him much thought, but WE DO.
by Phoenix Woman, Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 08:55:46 AM EST
While we were all distracted by Alito, Bush crammed his Social Security privatization plan into the budget bill he sent to Congress on Monday:
Read it and gag.
Heads up, people! This cannot stand.
Time to mobilize!
by glendenb, Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 10:26:45 AM EST
I was listening to the Evita Soundtrack and there was a line that struck me as particulary apt for responding to almost everything George W. Bush says. It's in the beginning as Che is recapping Evita's governing days and he says, "She didn't say much but she said it loud."
I think variations on this work for beginning almost any response to George W. Bush. For instance, a domestic policy speech - we respond by saying, "What you have to admire about George W. Bush is the way he doesn't say much but he sure says it loud. This was another call for tax cuts for millionaires and corporations. Those are the only ideas he's got about domestic policy." Or a foreign affairs speech. "Well, of course he talked about terrorism. He doesn't say much about actually uniting the world against terrorists because he doesn't have much to say. That's why he keeps using the megaphone of the Whitehouse to repeat himself."
Just a thought.