With little fanfare, yet another aspect of former President Barack Obama’s fundamentally socialist transformation of America has been undone by Congress.
Reuters reported that the Senate, utilizing the Congressional Review Act to undo particular policies of the previous administration, voted 51 – 48 on Tuesday to revoke a rule promulgated by the Bureau of Land Management known as the Resource Planning Rule, or “BLM 2.0.”
Purportedly designed to give the “public” a greater say in the use of federally controlled lands, the rule instead gave voice to faceless bureaucrats and agenda-driven special-interest groups far away from the lands in question, critics said, with little attention to the preferences of people living and working nearby.
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The Washington Post fretted that President Donald Trump has already indicated he will sign the bill passed by Congress to permanently revoke the rule, which The Post claimed did little more than “modernize” an “outdated” system of land management that didn’t always take into account “public concerns” about how federal land is used.
But the Washington Examiner noted that the rule in actuality was less about streamlining the land management process and giving voice to local concerns and more about concentrating decision-making power with federal bureaucrats and special-interest lobbyists, who inevitably lean toward minimizing land usage as opposed to deriving the maximum benefit of the resources on the land, be they grazing fields, fossil fuels or precious minerals that can be mined.
Thankfully this overreaching rule that would have essentially locked up and denied most federal land a variety of profitable uses has been overturned by Congress.
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Unfortunately, it was but one of several socialistic environmental regulations put forward by Obama’s bureaucrats.
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