GOP Representative Cliff Stearns: "Sell off the National Parks"

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    Seriously, what is wrong with these people?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sml703KOj34&feature=player_embedded"]Stearns wants to sell off public lands[/ame]
     
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    Crazy Idea!

    Or is it? Some where some how the bills need to be paid. Eliminating the tax cuts even for the middle class leaves us with trillion dollar deficits with another entitlement set to kick in.

    God help us all.
     
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    In that same townhall meeting, he also is making news around the country by saying he doubts Obama's birth certificate is legitiment and it's now to late to impeach him.


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGC7IXmTM9I&feature=player_embedded]Congressman Cliff Stearns On Obama's Birth Certificate: The Question Is, Is It Legitimate? - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Gutting America's natural treasures..

    Nice!
     
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    I don't think Teddy Roosevelt would like that!!!
     
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    Well, I don't know exactly what is considered a "park" vs just land (and I could barely hear the audio in the video clip), but I would argue the federal government need not own nearly 30% of the land in America. The vast majority of that land is not "parks" in the traditional sense.

    The last time we paid off our national debt was under Andrew Jackson and he did it by selling land the feds did not need. Given the soul crushing debt we face today, I think we should strongly consider selling federal land.
     
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    True, and JFK would be a Republican.
     
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    So, national parks cost money, or make money? If he just wants to get rid of them, I'd buy 'em for a dollar a piece. Lots of money that could be made, I'm sure.
     
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    Parks? I don't know. I'd have to look into this idea some more before giving an educated answer on the whole, however, I live and work in the Sumter National Forest. I direct a non profit conservation group, the Tyger - Enoree River Alliance. www.tygerenoree.com I work closely with the USDA and the USFS on issues in our national forest and recreation areas. So, considering that I know a little about the topic, let me tell about our national forest here: We make a killing growing trees. Our national forest, like many others in the nation, is pretty much a tree farm. It is managed for the pubic benefit and we do encourage recreational use and we do use Best Management Practices on our timber land, leaving buffer zones, no clear cutting, erosion controls and wildlife management. Most importantly, we turn a profit for the public. We turn so much profit here that the forest is steadily growing. We're about to buy a 2,000 acre farm with timber money to add some more land to grow trees on.

    Folks, the problem, not only with this particular group of people here, but everywhere, is that far too many people just don't know what they are talking about. People jump on knee jerk stuff and in a matter of moments will decide "Heck yeah! let's sell our public property!" Now, as I said, I would have to to some deeper research to see what the value of all public lands are but my gut tells me from my knowledge of the Uwharrie , Francis Marion, Sumter, Pisgah and Croatan that selling off our public lands is akin to a farmer thinking that if he just sold off all his land, he could have a good crop and make some money next year...d'oh!
     
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