The sale or transfer of federal lands to the states is being pushed by GOP/Tea Party politicians who are literally
shoving through bills that are crafted by a corporate-funded think tank called, ALEC
. Here is the list of corporations that fund ALEC.
Allow me to show you why I am not making this stuff up. In Colorado the Republican/Tea Party recently gained majority control of the state Senate, and they are currently pushing 12 legislative bills that are near mirror image legislation that was crafted by ALEC.
Here is Colorado Senate Bill 15-039
that deals with jurisdiction over federal lands in the state of CO.
And here is the ALEC legislation
that the Colorado Republican/Tea Party Senators copied nearly word for word. Check out both links and see for yourself.
Now the question should be asked for those who don't think that the states would be likely to partake in the privatization of the state's public lands. Do you really think that the oil, gas, coal and other extraction industries fund ALEC to craft legislation that is designed to protect and manage the state's public lands for the enjoyment of all its citizens? And do you really think that these same industries funded the campaigns of these GOP/Libertarians in the hopes that they would better protect and manage the state's public lands for the enjoyment of all its citizens?
These are not cynically-minded questions. This is a harsh reality. The GOP/Tea Party agenda might in all earnestness want to wrestle control away from the big bad federal gov't. But the problem is that they entirely ignore the massive economic concentrations of power that lies behind the scenes, and that would greatly benefit by drowning the government in the bathtub. The Federal gov't certainly has a lot of major problems (corruption, bloated bureaucracies, etc), but like it or not... this is the only institution that still offers citizens (weak) protection from these massive economic concentrations of power. And if anybody thinks these massive economic concentrations of power care about extending the progress of democracy, labor rights, human rights, etc... well, I've got this bridge I wanna sell you.
Originally Posted by lmyers
In the recent and long campaign to designate Browns a monument that was the argument presented by the opposition, but time and again showed they were a small group mostly made up of those with motorized access and mining interests.
The interesting thing here, Lmeyers, is that one of the people who showed up w/ Rep Lamborn at Salida's meeting for Browns canyon monument status is the press secretary for the CO state Senate Republicans. In other words, his boss is the one who sponsored the above ALEC bill. They are a small but very vocal group; and unfortunately they appear much larger than they are because they have huge amounts of financial resources to amplify their message - national PR companies and paid activists.