On February 25, 2010, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) put forth an amendment to stop a major land grab by the federal government. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the Dems voted down the amendment, including Harry Reid where 80% of the land in his state of Nevada is already owned by the federal government. As a matter of fact, the government owns 29% (650 million acres) of the nation's total land.
Senator DeMint has information from a whistleblower at the Department of Interior who leaked a secret document (notated as "Internal-Draft-NOT FOR RELEASE") that shows the federal government plans to seize 10 million acres of land from 9 western states in a major public land grab. The states involved are Nevada, Utah, Montana, New Mexico, California, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado and Washington. Obama can do this unilaterally with the stroke of a pen, by designating them as "monuments" under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
Sounds like a big payoff to the environmentalist wacko leftists who supported Obama. Of course, if this land grab actually goes through, it will have a direct effect on major industries in those states, including mining, forestry, ranching and energy development. Many jobs will be lost...more people on the dole for Obama's utopia....and it will stop the states from using their land as they wish.
Senator DeMint's comments after the vote.
Video Via: Breitbart.com
YouTube Info: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) offers an amendment to stop President Obama from seizing more public land by designating them as "monuments." Such action would immediately halt use of the lands for mining, forestry, ranching activities, and energy development which would negatively affect employment and local tax bases.Following his speech, the Democrat majority voted against the amendment, 58-38.