Federal judge blocks Obama fracking regulations
A federal judge has blocked and effort by the Obama administration to regulate fracking. Judge Scott Skavdahl of the U.S. District Court of Wyoming ruled Wednesday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cannot institute its new fracking rule until lawsuits against it are settled. In a 53-page opinion, Skavdahl cast doubt on the federal government’s ability to issue the rule. He issued the injunction because | Read More »
Unemployment smoke and mirrors
Okay, so we see that the unemployment rate hasn’t “really” fallen, it’s just that more of our sons and daughters are living in mom and dad’s basement, more wives are now stay-at-home moms, and more former full-time workers have become casual labor, getting part-time work where they can.
The really damning part of this picture is that the historical labor participation rate didn’t start its cliff-dive until just after Obama took office. It’s hard to blame the economy on Bush when you can’t show how you’ve struggled to provide “hope and change.”
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Federal Arrogance Fuels The New Sagebrush Rebellion
The recent standoff between the paramilitary wing of the US Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is simply bringing to the surface a long standing controversy between BLM, USDA, and other federal agencies and ranchers and miners in the West. This is not new. It is merely a continuation of the Sagebrush Rebellion that began under the regime of the | Read More »
You Can Cook the Census but the Truth Remains True
US Census Data Cooked To order Here is some data that apparently will not be showing up in the next data release from the US Census Bureau. “We had 30 people and 15 or 16 were full time,” says the owner, Jones. “Now I can only have four of the full time position.” Oh, and pity the widows impacted by the | Read More »
What’s really going on with BLM?
In the case of Bundy, the odds and the law are most definitely stacked against him. What we must consider, as policy, is how the Federal government manages its considerable land holdings. Remember, Constitutional authority to own, dispose and regulate land is vested in the Congress, not the Executive Branch. Our Congress, throughout the years, has ceded regulatory authority to an ever-growing bureaucracy of departments, agencies, bureaus, and offices, each with its own (and some overlapping) fiefdom. This effectively emasculates Congress’ power and allows the President and his administration to order, by fiat, which land is protected, which land is designated, and even seize land under present laws protecting wildlife, the environment, historical sites, and Native American rights, not to mention lands designated for the armed forces.
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Breaking: Ranchers Claim Victory As Bureau Of Land Management Pulls Out Of Bundy Operation
The standoff over grazing rights in Nevada came to an abrupt end today before the BLM’s cattle roundup was even complete, with the ranchers and protesters claiming victory. Fox News reports … The crowd’s loud cheers at the announcement from the Sheriff are indicative of the strong feelings this case has engendered. This action by the federal government has been seen as overreaching and dangerous, | Read More »