Top Republicans on Friday accused President Obama of a “surreptitious land grab” after the administration claimed more than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada, designating the land as new national monuments.
Mr. Obama formally designated the land Friday afternoon.
“One of the great legacies of this incredible country … is our national parks and national monuments. It is something that we pass on from generation to generation,” the president said in brief comments in the Oval Office.
With the move, Mr. Obama has established or expanded 19 national monuments, taking 260 million acres of land and placing it under the control of the federal government. Critics say the administration simply wants to expand government control across the country.
“This surreptitious land grab reveals that the Obama Administration will stop at nothing to lock up more and more land, with the stroke of a pen. I condemn this shameful power move, which makes states and citizens fearful that the federal government can invade at any time to seize more lands like bandits in the night,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.
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“How this decree impacts people and their livelihoods — including public safety, water rights, economic development, recreation and grazing — should be handled by Congress before a designation, not after the fact. Once again, the Obama administration has put politics above people. Now, Congress is left to fix the mess made by the White House,” Mr. Bishop said.
It is now 6:53 P.M. CST here in Deep East Texas, and I just now found this email, and have steam coming out my ears!!!! I will be on the phone tomorrow raising H E Double Hockey Sticks! The Park Service can't keep the older parks maintained as it is because there is no money. This came up during Bush's administration. Water rights and grazing rights are a big deal here, and just imagine the water rights problem in California, who is busy protecting the Delta Smelt! In the meantime, their farmers can't plant their land, so prices of fruits and vegetables go up.
Just wait until the Communist Obama-loving Democrats put up a statue of him on that confiscated land in Texas. Won't that make you feel better? (sarcasm)
Think what you will, but the word is reserved not preserved, for the Chinese and Russians and UN.
Oh no we are in trouble if Congress has to fix it
It will get to a point where we won't have any place to live besides demorats designated areas, all of nature will be given the land that we worked so hard for. According to the demogoons all other creatures have more rights then we do. They are working on it with the wildlife preservation laws.
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH... That's all we here from these lawless moves by 0bama from congress. We have YET to see ANYTHING they have done to reverse IT!
The States are at fault for permitting this unconstitutional land-grabbing. No principle or spine. And so goes our liberty and the sovereignty of the States and People.
Somewhere there is a bullet with this bastard's name on it. I long for the day the two are introduced.
I don't play well with communists, muslims, liberals or democrats.
This is the Left's devious plan to pay back some of the debt to the Chinese. I wonder how they plan to gift wrap all of it?
Impeach this communist before he can do any further damage to this country. If Congress needs some guts (for lack of the word I would prefer to use), we can send some up to them. John Cornyn better be on this for the State of Texas. He is just a hair away from the wrath of all of Texas for his voting record.
Funny how it matches up with Agenda 21...Semper Fi Nam 66-67