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January 12, 2009

America Hating Corrupt Harry Reid’s Land Grab

Harry Reid’s Land Grab


by Amanda Carpenter

It’s hard to pinpoint the worst part of the public lands legislation bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling up for an under-the-radar Sunday vote.

The 1200-page, pork-laden, $10 billion proposal locks up millions of acres of energy-rich property by designating it as environmentalist-friendly “federal wilderness” area where not even as much as a bicycle would be permitted to travel across the land. Many of these areas recently became available when the ban on domestic drilling in Western states expired last fall and the liberal left couldn’t muster the courage to keep it in place due to rising energy prices. Now Democratic leaders are using different legislative strategies to put a new kind of ban in place.

One Republican House staffer put it this way: “Reid is going to make it federal land so no one can touch it. He’s locking up the equivalent of ANWR.”

Since the price of gasoline has dropped and attention has diverted to other matters, such as President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, Leader Reid has made the land grab a priority and is calling members of the Senate back to Washington on Sunday to rush it through.

For example, one piece of the bill that has drawn the ire of the Wall Street Journal is a provision sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.). He’d like to make a robust, container shipping port located in his district’s Taunton River into a scenic tourist destination. This would have the liberally convenient side effect of killing a proposal to create a terminal to import liquefied natural gas.

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The U.S. Senate passed the bill Sunday by a vote of 66-12.

Majority Leader Harry Reid was successful in corralling enough votes to advance his $10 billion land grab, despite 17 Republicans who protested the bill by skipping the vote altogether.

Basically, by using "federal wilderness" laws and other environental designations, the Democratic Congress is locking-up energy-rich domestic lands. Instead of putting a new energy ban in place, they are just going to let the federal government absorb them so they'll never be developed.

66 senators supported the bill over 12 who voted "nay" on it. Not a single Democratic senator voted against it.

Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming would vote on the bill. He supported a provision to prohibit energy exploration in state. He DID vote for the bill. So did Barrasso's fellow Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi.

Other Republicans who crossed party lines with Barrasso and Enzi to help Reid pass the omnibus were:

Thad Cochran
Susan Collins
Mike Crapo
Orrin Hatch
Richard Lugar
Lisa Murkowski
Jim Risch
Olympia Snowe
Roger Wicker

Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged his colleagues oppose the bill, protesting the way Reid rushed the bill through. His Communications Director Don Stewart told Townhall, "Sen. McConnell is disappointed this parks bill restricts development of energy resources at a time when we should be doing much more to become energy independent. And less than a week after the CBO announced a staggering $1.2 trillion federal deficit, he questions the merits of rushing a bill that commits to spending billions more of taxpayer dollars."

The bill will now be sent over to the House where it could be significantly amended by House Republicans although they'll be forced to be very creative. Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently passed a new rules package that took powerful tools away from the minority when it comes to amending legislation.

Wild Thing's comment.......

The socialists want to control everything possible so they limit the space to exercize freedom, and also stop and future drilling for Oil.

Harry Reid is my enemy, and I am so sick of this slime that he is and the rest of his partners in crime.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at January 12, 2009 02:45 AM


Of course they're going to control everything! They're the spoiled bratty children on the playground who think it's fun to push everyone else around. Everyone out there can think of at least one kid in elementary through high school who was like Harry or Nancy or any of the other whackjobs and know that they only had friends because they were bullies.
This is ridiculous. And shame on the rinos who crossed party lines. That time is over. We get our backs broke for crossing the line, so why do it? Why continue to create more damage to ourselves? It just boggles the mind.

Posted by: Lynn at January 12, 2009 04:34 AM

When you have dug yourself a hole and are having problems getting out. Logic would dictate that the first thing you do is, Stop digging.

Harry Reid has just dug us deeper into the energy hole, by limiting commercial access to these lands. For his next trick they want to raise taxes on gasoline. I read that they want to keep the price of gas around 4 dollars a gallon. Thus limiting travel, thus limiting our Liberty. Part of our heritage is to travel to where ever we want. This is part of their desire to create a divided society where the 'little people' can't afford to travel and must remain local.

Has anyone checked the price of pork lately, a pound of bacon is now 5.25 for the cheap stuff. All because of this Ethanol scam.

Then they are trying to tell us that a 'stimulus package' i.e., throwing the dog a bone, then they will raise taxes. We will sink like a rock.

Posted by: Mark at January 12, 2009 07:15 AM

Enemies of the state inside the Beltway, and traitors and scumbags to the end! Their STENCH is sickening...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 12, 2009 11:14 AM

Sneaky, lying Democrats and RINOs. They own the government now. We gave it to them. Get ready for your wallet to be picked and your personal freedoms to be limited.

Posted by: TomR at January 12, 2009 12:33 PM

These are the same people that brought us Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with the resultant housing, banking, and financial market collapses. They also steal money from Social Security to use for "Not Pay As You Go" out of control Congressional General Fund deficit spending. To add to this, they (including BOGUS POTUS) irresponsibly passed the $700B TARP legislation without any audits of where the money went and how it was used. So, Harry Reid's land grab is just BAU for the increasingly morally corrupt and ethically challenged Congress.

Posted by: Les at January 12, 2009 04:48 PM

I used to respect Orin Hatch but I now realize that he is just like McPain and that is that he is nothing more than a RINO. Screw him!

Posted by: cuchieddie at January 12, 2009 04:55 PM

Lynn,your so right, that is what they are like, spoiled children that have to get their way or else.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 13, 2009 12:02 AM

Mark, good analgoy, that is exactly what Reid has done.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 13, 2009 12:05 AM

Darth, stench is right.

They sure shut up about drilling for oil and now I see why. GRRRRRRR

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 13, 2009 12:08 AM

Tom, yes ...."lying Democrats and RINOs"....and I am so totally sick of them.

I sure hope in the coming 4 years more people get sick of them too or we are really sunk.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 13, 2009 12:10 AM

Les, good one, highest priced whores is what they are for sure.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 13, 2009 12:13 AM

cuchieddie, your right Hatch is more rino then anything else.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 13, 2009 12:15 AM