America's Worst Idea

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One of the aftershocks of the

One of the aftershocks of the Great Recession is that all the corporate interests which did not loot the American public as successfully as the Wall Street bankers are jealous and want to carve up everything the bankers did not. They are in a desperate hurry because even if the new president is as naïve as Barack Obama, Congress may well change hands and include some mature adult progressives. Voters should identify the members of congress who support the transfer of National Park lands to the states as felons and pirates to be voted out of office.

John McCarter 239 days ago

While true that Parks and

While true that Parks and other public lands are always in the gunsights of exploiters, it would have been worthwhile to look at the current proposals to protect more of the Grand Canyon and other valuable public lands through the Presidential use of the Antiquities Act to declare national monuments (see the op ed and ed in this weekend’s New York Times). It is good to cheer on the positive steps being proposed by such as Representative Grijalva.

Jeff Ingram. Tucson 243 days ago

Ruth, you assert that "It

Ruth, you assert that "It boggles [your] mind that so many people can support policies that are harmful to our national parks when 95% of people surveyed think the parks should be protected for current and future generations." I think at least part of the answer is suggested by Aaron Sorkin in The American President:

¶LEWIS: You have a deeper love of this country than any man I've ever known. And I want to know what it says to you that in the past seven weeks, 59% of Americans have begun to question your patriotism.
¶PRESIDENT: Look, if the people want to listen to-...
¶LEWIS: They don't have a choice! Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking!

¶In this case it's not that progressive, rational members of Congress aren't talking, in this case about the rights of living Americans as well as those not yet born. It's that the corporate media are controlling how much of each viewpoint, expressed by which voices, have a chance to hear.

Wayne Dickson 243 days ago

The author seems to admire

The author seems to admire the parks system yet calls it the worst idea. Strange.
The cartoon clears it up - the author wants the federal government to control vast swathes of land out west and doesn't want western states to allow development. The author doesn't distinguish between park land and enormous other lands controlled by DC, though. Perhaps the author could have his parks and even expand them while allowing the states to grow and prosper on some portion of the other 99 percent.

an outdoorsman 244 days ago

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