Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Noem's caucus pushing Bundy-driven anti-government legislation

One of the hate-filled white supremacist commenters at South Dakota's Drunkards Without Cannabis blog is railing against the Black Lives Matter movement but where are Republicans on the other BLM: the Bureau of Land Management?
With dozens of anti-government extremists facing criminal charges over their roles in the two high-profile Bundy showdowns over public lands, Republicans in Congress have rolled out proposed legislation that would diminish the authority of federal agencies to enforce federal public lands law. The bill, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act of 2016, was introduced last week by Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) along with the rest of Utah's Republican delegation: Reps. Mia Love, Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart. It would strip officials in the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of their authority to enforce laws regulating federal land. Rather, local and state authorities would be provided with a block grant to enforce the laws instead. Even before the tensions between local activists and federal officials erupted into headline-making showdowns, BLM workers have been the target of harassment by anti-government extremists, according to criminal complaints and outside reports. [After Bundy Clashes, House GOPers Push Bill To Kneecap Feds On Public Lands]
There is a straight line from Kristi Noem's American Legislative Exchange Council brainwashing to the American Lands Council: both are Koch-driven special interest groups seeking to open federal lands to private development bypassing environmental protections.

Noem's former colleague in the South Dakota Legislature, state Senator Betty Olson, has repeatedly sworn allegiance to the domestic terrorists led by Cliven Bundy and Noem herself has yet to condemn their seditious conspiracy but she certainly supports federal welfare for ranchers.

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