Sell the National Forests???

Here's another brilliant idea from the W. Bush-leaguers. Make up for the billions blitzed on Iraq and the further billions foregone in the upper crust tax cuts by selling off big pieces of our national forests!

Did you hear about that? Probably not unless you are in a Knight Ridder Publishing city. Note:

Published on Friday, February 10, 2006 by Knight Ridder
Bush Administration Moves to Sell National Forest Land
by Seth Borenstein

Feb 10... and very little national pick-up of the story. I found it because one of Netscape's newshounds noticed it on CommonDreams.Org and posted it yesterday.

The full story is at: www.netscape.com today (Sunday 2-25-07) Here are a few excerpts:

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration will unveil a proposal Friday to sell up to 200,000 acres of national forest land in "isolated parcels" ranging from a quarter of an acre to 200 acres, much of it in California.

"I am outraged, and I don't think the public is going to stand for it for one minute," said Wilderness Society policy analyst Mike Anderson. "It's a scheme to raise money at the expense of the national forests, the wildlife, recreation and all the other values that Americans hold dear. It's the ultimate threat to the national forest."

Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, said the proposed land sales make sense.

"Private property will end up in the possession of those who value it the most," Taylor said. "That is an iron law of economics." [Comment: The Cato Institute thinks the "Free Market" is free of any evil that might lurk in the heart of man.]

Details about what plots of land would be put up for sale are expected to be revealed at a noon press conference by Undersecretary of Agriculture Mark Rey, a former timber industry lobbyist. [Comment: What a surprise! Another lobbyist from the regulated industry. Those Bushies -- so predictable.]

Anderson of the Wilderness Society argued that money for rural schools could come from many sources and that the land sales are being proposed "so the budget deficit doesn't get worse." He noted that if forests are sold, future federal timber sales likely would yield even less money for rural schools. [Comment: The Bushniks will do ANYTHING to make their budget deficit look not-so-awful... Anything that is except tax the rich a little more or put an end to the Iraq occupation.]

Good work, Knight
Ridder, for covering this outrage. Bad work, much of the rest of media, for not making this a bigger story.

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