Showing posts from January 6, 2019

It's Not About the Wall

President Trump has been diverting attention from his concerted effort to discredit (with the goal of greatly reducing or eliminating , although of course he says the opposite ) the US Forest Service , the National Park Service , the Bureau of Land Management , and other agencies that stand in the way of unfettered commercial and industrial development of federal public lands since before he took office. To this end Mr. Trump tacitly supports a step-by-step reversion of the land to the states led by his friend 's cousin, Sonny Perdue - the president's appointed head of the USDA - despite a lack of authority to do so (pg. 4). When the states can't afford to do their part in managing those lands under newly-signed Memorandums of Understanding (e.g. these from the DoI and BLM ), the lands will be ' disposed of '. Fears of a sell-off are probably unfounded, as the goal is far more likely to be to give private interests the ability to use (and abuse and profi