Monday, May 02, 2011

The cure for bad federal wild lands policy: Stop it!

The Barack Obama administration has some kind of unidentified behavioral disorder with the management of public lands and is in need of Bob Newhart's "Stop it" therapy. Newhart portrayed a psychiatrist in a MadTV skit who counseled a patient traumatized by the thought of being buried alive in a box. His cure was two simple words: "Stop it." I'd like to echo the sentiment with as much emphasis as Newhart did as he leaned over his desk and forcefully told the disturbed woman adjacent at the conclusion of their therapy session, "Stop it or I'll bury you alive in a box." Seriously, what is Obama so afraid of that he has rebranded wilderness as wild lands so it can make millions of acres of public land off-limits to development? I mean, the panic displayed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar when he unveiled the plan in December was an obvious reflection of a poorly-executed strategy to undermine the 112th Congress, which at that time had not even been sworn in. Oh, did Obama think Congress and the public wouldn't notice? It's not that difficult to identify the blatant, compulsive act of anxiety. Stop it!...more

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