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Obama Administration Makes Attempt to Seize Millions of Acres Across America
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:50 pm | By Caitlin Blaney

Republicans in Congress have recently become more vocal against some of the irrational policies of the Obama Administration, and Senator Jim DeMint (R – SC) is no exception. His op-ed appeared in the Washington Times on Tuesday calling for the White House to stop the incessant land-grabs across the nation. Senator DeMint argues that, aside from bringing large areas of land under federal control for no apparent reason, the land-grab actually takes potential jobs out of the market. Much of the land targeted for government takeover holds great oil and natural gas resources which could provide jobs in the energy industry and a flow of resources from our own American supply. Once those lands become “monuments”, access to those natural resources is limited and in the hands of the federal government. The Senator emphasizes the severity of the government land takeover, saying “This is a nationwide problem. The government currently owns 650 million acres, or 29 percent of the nation's total land.”

What’s worse, the government made two attempts to snatch property in 2009 through two separate bills: The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 and The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA). The Omnibus bill included over 100 different land grab bills. Though theProperty Rights Alliance and 111 other organizations banded together to send a letter to the House of Representatives expressing extreme displeasure with the Omnibus, the bill was passed in May, 2009. The NREPA had every intention of seizing nearly 24 million acres of land in the American west and northwest, however, NREPA never made it out of the House subcommittee.

The government offers little explanation for the land-grab frenzy, but there are plenty of reasons to oppose it. First and foremost, it is unconstitutional for the government to simply take land from states without compensation. Second, government-controlled land takes away opportunities for development, particularly when it comes to accessing much needed resources. The land designated as “monument” space could have created dozens of employment opportunities – opportunities which will go wasted under the thumb of the federal government.

Senator DeMint sponsored an amendment to stop President Obama from turning the designated lands into “monuments”, but it was shot down in the Senate 58-38.

The ability of the White House to simply snatch land from under the feet of the American people comes from the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Act was initially intended to set aside small portions of land for monuments and national parks, but has since been abused by lawmakers to control large quantities of property.

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This is just part of the \"USSR of America\" in the Making, it controls energy, and people. This Islamic Chairman Obama, his Marxist Obamanation Administration and the Marxist (Progressive) Controlled Congress are rushing to impose very means of \"Controlling Everyone and Everything\" before the elections this year and in 2012 over take them, hopefully with a change in Government from Marxism back to Our Constitutional America - even then it will be a long SLUG to Correct all the damage they have already done.
TSGT Uvin A. Clough JR., USAF, RET. / San Diego, CA March 8, 2010 8:32 am

This doesn't surprise me as I never voted for him and his side kick Nancy scare the heck out of me. And whats with the Tzars he gave power to. When do we call anyone a Tzar we aren't in Russia.
Janet A Reese / Roseville, Ca March 19, 2010 19:15 pm

It's just the communism working silently from inside. He who thought they were gone with their defeat by the allies is dreaming. They've been stealthly penetrating into all instances all over the world since the end of World War II. And now as new generations are not aware what communism really is, their "work" is garnering momentum. Their modus operandis is that of those agricultural pesticides called "systemic action". Once they get into the body they want to destroy (in this case is Democracy), they reach the whole body using the very "veins" that feeds it, eating from inside to the final destruction. Ps: The approval by the Congress of the Health Care Bill is just another example...
Marcio R. Ferraz / Brazil March 22, 2010 22:49 pm

Your article says "the government offers little explanation for the land-grab", however if you expect to be taken serious you need to include the rational of the opposing view, even if to you it is insufficient. Otherwise your story has no context and does not belong in the 'News' section of any site even if your not a news organization
Ian / Brooklyn March 25, 2010 25:08 pm

This is quite a pointed article. Like the comment above noted, it would at least make the article seem somewhat veritable if a straw man argument were presented. Instead you maintain that there was no rational reason given to preserve the land, when This land could be used for employment opportunities! That is a very weak argument indeed! Besides, why should employment \"opportunities\" be held superior to the future- and even the present! A big reason why we have such problems with employment is our misuse of land in the first place. Suburbia was encouraged by the construction of national highways (an act which could be considered much more communist than preserving land- opps! I meant \"seizing\"!), and the poor city planning of suburbia, duplicated across the entire nation, created a nation dependent on gasoline for their very existence. Another comment I would like to make is about how communism is viewed by many people, including some commenters, as a great evil. While I agree that in the end, a lot of communist precepts are over-idealistic and are bound to end in failure, don\'t let this belief become the wool you willingly let politicians cover your eyes with. It is always good to step back and consider what politicians are doing with a critical eye. But don\'t let articles like this one try to brainwash you. Trigger phrases such as \"seize\" \"land-grab frenzy\" and \"irrational policies\" are shortcuts to control you. Remember, they may have an agenda, just like the politicians, and one of the easiest ways they have maintained power in the last century in the continued fear of communism. Don\'t let them control you.
Mausolf / Detroit April 2, 2010 2:22 pm

What makes this administration\'s actions to federalize land any different than that of the President Buscheney - oops - George W. Bush administration? Huh? Oh, right... I forgot! Obama was elected as a Democrat (Communist-Socialist-Fascist), while Bush was elected as a Republican (i.e. an American - goodie two-shoes - free marketeer).
Bill / Philly April 4, 2010 4:08 pm

To Ian and Mausolf - the argument from the White House can be found in the article linked to Sen. DeMint's op-ed. In a nutshell, liberal environmentalists are using the Antiquities Act to protect animals. However, in an economy like the one we're facing, jobs are ultimately more important than protecting salamanders. The land the WH wants to protect has potential for energy use, which would be good for both long-term jobs in energy as well as reduced energy costs for the American people. For an overarching theme, the less government owns, the better,
Caitlin / Washington, DC April 5, 2010 5:12 pm

Good day, My great uncle "purchased" over 600 acres in the Klamath Basin in the late 1950's. A generation or two has passed and we still have family who live on the properties, including my mother and father. So what happens to them? They are visited by Guido the Russian pimp, that Obama is going to send to her door when she refuses to sell? Are the tree huggers going to rip out Highway 96 so no one can get to/from the town of Yreka? WTH did you stupid ass Libs do by electing this dumbass?!?
Valerie / Oregon May 10, 2010 10:23 pm

It is quite simple what isa going on, its called a corporate take over or as we call here in the UK a hostile bid. The top echellon around the world know only one thing and have Sterling and Dollar signs tatooed on the inside of their eyelids so they can sleep all knight looking at cash. Monsanto and any other that take out patents from an original strain are crooks and called mother nature their own for a vast profit which they do not want anyone else to have, its as simple as that. What we see today is the latest empire stealing anothers fortune and working anothers gain, its called greed on the ridiculous and will never ever stop as long as certain humans want what everybody else has.
Danny Boy / UK July 19, 2010 19:36 pm

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What are the possibilities America's being held the "sacrificial lamb", suppressed, oppressed, imperial subjugation? Destruction of our output of goods as we draw closer to MAYA 2012. There plenty of foreign economic wealth with the current strategies. Its as if we need to uncover the real meaning: America is on sale to cooperative developers being disastrous for America. "CHANGE" Are the American lambs being lead to the slaughter by December 2012 with "DECEPTION" and counterfeit prophecy? Stop persecuting your own. Its a valid article with good information. Theres a lot of articles out there with inaccurate information. One has to know if its propaganda, actively omitting, fabricating, and twisting fact to achieve desired effect. How? History..."circular time"
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Linda Pompo / St. Petersburg Florida September 12, 2013 12:40 pm

I don't agree with government land grabs especially considering the number of Americans that are homeless and living in extreme poverty. This article is crap. The stats are all wrong - "Overview of Land Use in the United States-The U.S. has 2.3 billion acres of land. However, 375 million acres are in Alaska and not suitable for agricultural production. The land area of the lower 48 states is approximately 1.9 billion acres."
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