I guess it’s safe to say that Ted Cruz is a fan of welfare rancher (and racist) Cliven Bundy. Well at least if you go by his amendment to the Sportsman Act of 2014 that would prevent the federal government from owning more than 50 percent of the land in any one state. It would require that they turn over management of the excess land to the state itself.
States where the federal government currently owns over 50 percent of the land are Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.
If this amendment passed, the burden of maintaining these lands would then fall to the state’s taxpayers or be sold off to private interests.
You know, for things like fracking, drilling, mining and logging.
And that’s really what this is all about. It’s not about “giving the land back to the states.” It’s about trying to sell much of this land to private corporations so millions (or even billions) can be made by ruining some of the most pristine land in this country.
It’s about taking some of our national parks and wildlife refuges and turning them into wastelands for oil and gas drilling. It’s about turning forests into barren fields where thousands of trees once grew. It’s about masking greed under the guise of “giving the land back to the people.”
Luckily this amendment has almost no chance at passing as this “movement” to sell off public lands is really only supported by the far-right fringe of the Republican party. Even several of the Republican sponsors of this bipartisan bill that passed 82-12 stopped the progress of the bill once Cruz added his amendment.
But leave it to Ted Cruz to take a simple bipartisan bill and turn it into some ridiculous attempt to strip land from the federal government. Not only that, but waste time and taxpayer money in the process as the Senate is now forced to go through the process of dismissing this amendment before the bill can move forward.
When Ted Cruz runs for president in 2016 (trust me, it’s happening) I’m actually looking forward to his campaign. It’s sure to be one of the most ridiculous, radical, right-wing pandering propaganda campaigns in the history of presidential primaries. His aversion to facts and truth is staggering. While fact-checkers are sure to earn their money during the 2016 GOP primary, I wouldn’t be shocked to see some demanding bonuses for covering Ted Cruz’s campaign.
And while he stands next to no chance at winning his party’s nomination, it should make for great entertainment.
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