People for the West -Tucson
Newsletter, March, 2021
PO Box 86868, Tucson, AZ 85754-6868
Real environmentalism can go hand in hand with natural resource production, private property rights, and access to public lands
State of the Union
History repeats itself:
“The crisis is arrived when we must assert our rights, or submit to every imposition, that can be heaped upon us, till custom and use shall make us as tame and abject slaves.” —George Washington (1774)
Restoring Election Integrity
by Kurt Hyde, New American
Whether or not one believes the claims of fraud, the fact that the system is so ill-designed that such accusations can be credibly made indicates the system needs to be changed.
Specific Changes in Election Laws and Procedures That Are Needed: (excerpts)
• Reinstate paper ballots: In the 2020 election, there were numerous affidavits by electronic espionage experts alleging electronic vote manipulation. As well, many vote checkers have claimed that they literally saw computer screens change votes from Trump to Biden and that they complained about it on election day. One way to limit electronic manipulation is through moving to paper ballots. In many voter precincts, voting is done on electronic screens and the vote is recorded electronically. In such places, it is virtually impossible to tell if fraud occurs. Paper ballots not only allow for accurate vote counts, they leave a paper trail to recheck votes.
• Reinstate voting and vote counting as public acts: In the 2020 election, election observers — representing Republican candidates and non-partisan volunteers — were often kept from viewing vote counts altogether, as is easily documented by videos online. Fraud would be greatly allayed if many sets of eyes kept track of proceedings (with observers allowed close enough to the counting tables that fraud could be seen). To that end, anyone should be able to observe election processes without need of prior application, though limits may need to be set on numbers of observers.
• Reinstate the precinct as the place where voters cast their ballots and where the ballots are counted: In major metropolitan areas, ballots are often counted in large counting facilities, as was the case in locations where vote disputes happened in this election: Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Detroit, etc. The purported reasons that the centers are used is to centralize counting and to speed counting, but these counting centers usually finish their counts last, not first. Not only do large voting centers often use optical scan vote-counting machines, which can be rigged to favor one candidate over another, but the fact that the ballots have to be transported to the central counting location provides plenty of opportunity en route to add fake ballots for one candidate or another, throw out ballots, or alter ballots.
• Allow candidates to choose areas to audit the vote: In every election of substantial size, such as a race for state representative or larger, candidates ought to be able to choose to audit a certain number of votes to detect suspected fraud.
• Mandate that the election process be recorded with video and audio equipment: This would also include repealing all laws in states that forbid audio or video recording in or near voting or vote-counting places. The only part of the election process that should not be recorded is how someone actually votes.
• Publicly and immediately post precinct vote results: Precinct results must be publicly proclaimed, printed on paper, and posted publicly at the precinct voting location for at least seven days. They should also be posted on a website immediately and maintained on the website for at least two years so that researchers have ready availability to the results.
• Mandate the cleaning up of all voter registration lists: At least two months before each federal election, voter registration lists should be updated. And since many states give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, states should be required to take steps to prove that voters are actually eligible to vote in this country.
• Eliminate same-day voter registration: Laws allowing for same-day voter registration or for Internet voter registration should be repealed.
• Put in place laws to protect evidence: In this election, not only has it been reported that suspected fake ballots were destroyed in large batches to avoid fraud detection, but a main computer server that was set to be checked for vote fraud was spirited away to parts unknown.
• Punish fraud: After an election, appoint a committee to seek out fraud, including voter intimidation, illegal ballot harvesting, buying votes, and more, and bring charges against culprits.
• End early voting: Early voting at polling places leads to multiple problems: It enables repeaters to vote multiple times, it provides opportunity to election insiders to scan the results, and it allows them time and opportunity to alter the ballots or vote counts.
• Require an absolute chain of custody for ballots: In Arizona, a poll observer noted that for 10 days after election officials thought all ballots were turned in, truckloads of ballots kept appearing.
• Repeal laws that allow for unattended drop boxes for ballots: Unattended drop boxes allow for large numbers of absentee ballots to magically appear with no record of how or when they were cast.
• Repeal laws allowing for no-excuse absentee balloting: Again, in the states where most fraud purportedly took place, absentee ballots are too easy to obtain.
• Ballots should have verifying features: Affidavits and video have documented the claims that numerous ballots in this election were not real, but were likely made on commercial copiers or printers. As in the manner that America puts certain features in paper currency to prove it’s real — watermarks, colored thread, and holographic images — similar features should be built into ballots to limit fraud.
• Require paper voter sign-in sheets: Voter sign-ins should be on paper, and voters should sign in consecutively (the voters’ names and signatures are in the sequence in which they appear at the polls). (Read more) ☼
Biden’s Alternate ‘Reality Czar’
by Thomas Gallatin
The U.S. is in the midst of one of the most chilling eras for American Liberty in recent memory, if not our nation’s entire history. Specifically targeted is America’s most foundational right, the right to freedom of speech, enshrined in the First Amendment. The Left is engaged in a serious attack against Americans’ freedom to think and speak freely, because leftists accurately recognize that such freedom presents a roadblock to their lust for greater power and control over the country. It’s as if George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t merely dystopian fiction but a prophetic vision or a “How To” manual.
Since even before the election of Joe Biden, the Leftmedia has been stumping hard against allowing the free flow of information and ideas from the Right, all in the name of preventing “disinformation.” In truth, this semantics game being played by the Left to justify silencing conservative speech didn’t begin recently. It started years ago with that dubious and intentionally misleading term “hate speech.”
Ending “hate speech” was the gateway through which leftists, particularly in media and now social media, began their campaign to erode Americans’ commitment to First Amendment values. Today, the Left’s call to end “hate speech” has morphed into demands to end the spread of “disinformation.” (Read more) ☼
Biden’s Worst Executive Order Went Almost Entirely Unnoticed
by I & I Editorial Board
In the flurry of President Joe Biden’s executive orders was one that was almost entirely overlooked but could easily end up having the biggest impact. The order also seems harmless enough, going by the seemingly innocent title “Modernizing Regulatory Review.” Except this order isn’t about modernizing regulations. It’s about unleashing the regulatory state with a ferocity never before seen in this country.
Biden’s order – which didn’t get released to the press until late in the evening of his first day – aims to effectively toss the cost-benefit analysis that for many decades has served as at least a modest brake on the ambitions of regulators. In the past, regulations where the cost of compliance far exceeded the benefits could be stymied by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Biden wants the review process instead to be “a tool to affirmatively promote regulations” and “to ensure swift and effective federal action” on everything from the pandemic, to the economy, to racial inequality, to the “undeniable reality and accelerating threat of climate change.” In other words … everything. (Read more) ☼
State Reactions to President Biden’s Executive Orders
In light of Biden’s dangerous and overreaching actions, Republicans in South Dakota’s state House have authored a bill that would grant the state government the authority to ignore presidential executive orders deemed unconstitutional. As the bill reads, “The Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council may review any executive order issued by the President of the United States, if the order has not been affirmed by a vote of the Congress of the United States and signed into law, as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States.”
If passed, the legislation would grant South Dakota’s attorney general the authority to exempt the Mount Rushmore State from any presidential executive order or action “that restricts a person’s rights or that is determined … to be unconstitutional.” That may relate to public health emergencies, or it may pertain to regulating natural resources, agriculture, land use, the financial sector (especially regarding environmental issues), and the right to bear arms. (Source) ☼
Oklahoma Governor Nullifies Biden’s Executive Order — With His Own. Charging that Executive Order 13990 issued by President Biden “is in contravention of Article II Section 2 and the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued his own executive order this week to, in effect, nullify it. His order is challenging Biden’s order as “adverse to energy producers throughout the United States and Oklahoma. “Now, therefore, I J. Kevin Stitt, governor of Oklahoma, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Oklahoma, hereby direct every state agency to utilize all civil methods and lawful powers to protect its 10th Amendment powers and challenge any actions by the federal government that would seek to diminish or destroy Oklahoma’s ability to encourage job growth and the responsible development of our natural resources within the energy industry.” (Source) ☼
Study Shows Potential Economic Pain in North Dakota If Fracking Is Banned on Federal Lands
by Tim Benson
“Based upon…investment and production forecasts,” the study states, “a federal leasing ban would result in a $238 million reduction in oil and gas investment in North Dakota during the first year. These losses in investment spending escalate to $308 million in 2025. Losses in oil and gas output escalate to $529 million and $48 million respectively by 2025. A leasing moratorium reduces annual North Dakota oil and gas tax revenues by $181 million in 2025. (Read more) ☼
Study Shows Potential Economic Pain in Utah If Fracking Is Banned on Federal Lands
by Tim Benson
“Based upon…investment and production forecasts, a federal leasing ban would result in a $169 million reduction in oil and gas investment [in Utah] during the first year,” the study states. “These losses in investment spending escalate to $310 million by 2025. Losses in oil and gas output escalate to $187 million and $29 million respectively in 2025. A lease moratorium reduces annual Utah oil and gas tax revenues by $39 million in 2025.” (Read more) ☼
A suggestion for Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico
By Terry Paulding
Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico could make one major policy change that would have a profound, immediate effect on national policy. It would be far more effective than a lawsuit winding through the courts and awaiting a sympathetic judge’s ruling. The state governments should institute a policy, initially by executive order, then endorsed and reinforced by legislative action, that anyone who crosses the border from Mexico must be hustled onto a bus that, when full, is driven directly to Washington, D.C., emptied, and returned to the border for more passengers. (Read more) ☼
Climate agenda a danger to our constitutional republic
By Joe Bastardi, meteorologist and weather forecaster
One of the needed ingredients for people to govern themselves is free exchange of ideas. In a free society, the best ideas will come to the forefront. People elected to govern adopt or reject those ideas, and are held accountable to the electorate. That is how it is supposed to work. A key ingredient is the free exchange of ideas and the Trust in the People that they will be able to discern the best ideas. This is opposite of a top down form of governance where the people that are elected to serve, instead decide what is best for the people that elected them. Obviously that is backwards to the form of government the founders intended (which may be the point of all we are seeing). I believe our nation is now post constitutional, and the shutting down of free exchange of ideas means it is highly unlikely we will go back to what our nation is supposed to be, and was, which is why our nation was the envy of the world.
The fact is we grew complacent and comfortable. And the constitution allows the freedoms to be able to challenge and change, but it is not supposed to be a national suicide pact. What appears to be happening is people have figured out how to use the constitution to distort and dismantle it. Once in power, they will not relinquish it. It is that simple.
So what is my point? In a society with free will, where people are trusted, the best ideas will come to the forefront and there is no need for the kind of isolation, demonization and destruction that we are seeing today. Which by the way is straight out of Saul Alinsky, a Marxist, in his book, Rules for Radicals. (Read more)
Note to readers: Bastardi goes on to claim that Biden’s “climate crisis” agenda is designed to foment panic, and only the government can save us. Bastardi references many examples that were to be published on the White House web site, but his links to the research no longer work. Fortunately, I have preserved (for now) those links on my blog, see:
Global Warming Alarmists Keep Letting Their Masks Slip, Reveal Their True Motivations
I & I Editorial Board
Give the green shirts long enough and they will reveal their true intentions. This happened most recently when a Massachusetts official said “we have to break” the will of the average person to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It’s another in a long line of admissions made by the climatistas – thank you, Steven Hayward, for adding that descriptive term to our lexicon – that inadvertently exposes their authoritarian urges.
We hope the West, if not the world, soon sees the alarmists for what they are: Charlatans and hacks who cover up their pursuit of political and personal agendas with an ornamental layer of environmentalism. It’s no overstatement to say they pose a danger to us all. (Read full article) ☼
Bjorn Lomborg: Paris Climate Accord Would Only Lower Temps By 0.05°F By 2100
by Robert Kraychi
The Paris Agreement, if fully implemented, would lower temperatures around the planet by 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit, stated Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. U.S. reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in recent years is primarily a function of the increasing share of America’s energy coming from natural gas, Lomborg noted. (Read more) ☼
Tucson’s “Million Trees initiative”
City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero pledges to plant one million trees by 2030 to increase the city’s tree canopy and help mitigate the effects of climate change, including reducing the heat urban island effect. At the center of the Tucson Million Trees initiative is the Mayor’s commitment to equity by creating green spaces in all communities and especially in frontline and low-income communities that are most impacted by climate change and extreme heat and have historically been most affected by environmental degradation. Question: how much water will these trees need?
More trees do not always create a cooler planet, Clark University geographer finds
WORCESTER, Mass. — New research by Christopher A. Williams, an environmental scientist and professor in Clark University‘s Graduate School of Geography, reveals that deforestation in the U.S. does not always cause planetary warming, as is commonly assumed; instead, in some places, it actually cools the planet. A peer-reviewed study by Williams and his team, “Climate Impacts of U.S. Forest Loss Span Net Warming to Net Cooling,” published today (Feb. 12) in Science Advances. The team’s discovery has important implications for policy and management efforts that are turning to forests to mitigate climate change.
It is well established that forests soak up carbon dioxide from the air and store it in wood and soils, slowing the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; however, that is not their only effect on climate. Forests also tend to be darker than other surfaces, said Professor Williams, causing them to absorb more sunlight and retain heat, a process known as “the albedo effect.”
“We found that in some parts of the country like the Intermountain West, more forest actually leads to a hotter planet when we consider the full climate impacts from both carbon and albedo effects,” said Professor Williams. It is important to consider the albedo effect of forests alongside their well-known carbon storage when aiming to cool the planet, he adds. (Read more)☼
New Study Finds 25-45% Of The Instrumental Warming Since The 1950s Is Due To Urbanization, Not CO2
By Kenneth Richard
A new analysis (Scafetta, 2021) suggests:
• Urban Heat Island (UHI) effects can raise city temperatures 6-9°C above the temperatures in surrounding rural areas. These significant biases are not sufficiently removed from instrumental records.
• Sea surface temperatures and land temperatures showed matching variations and amplitudes from 1900 to 1980. After 1980, the land surface temperatures rose substantially more, suggesting nearly half of the land temperature increase is non-climatic.
• Tree ring temperature reconstructions showed a strikingly similar pattern of amplitude and oscillation prior to the 1980s. After the 1980s, the instrumental record claims more than twice as much warming as the proxy records.
• Between 25-45% of the warming from 1940-’60 to 2000-’20 appears to be artificial, or non-climatic.
• Climate models overestimate the 1940-’60 to 2000-’20 climatic warming by about 40% in hindcasts. (Read more) ☼
Urban Heat Island Effects on U.S. Temperature Trends, 1973-2020: USHCN vs. Hourly Weather Stations
by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is shown to have affected U.S. temperature trends in the official NOAA 1,218-station USHCN dataset. I argue that, based upon the importance of quality temperature trend calculations to national energy policy, a new dataset not dependent upon the USHCN Tmax/Tmin observations is required. The resulting average U.S. trend (1973-2020), after removal of the UHI-related spurios trend component, is about +0.13 deg. C/decade, which is only 50% the USHCN trend of +0.26 C/decade. (Read more) ☼
Crop Production Keeps Setting New Records as Climate Warms
By H. Sterling Burnett
The USDA reports, corn, rice, and wheat, the world’s three most important crops, set production records again in 2020. You will be hard pressed to find this reported in any mainstream media articles or anywhere near the top Google News search results. If the USDA had instead announced falling yields and widespread crop failures, certainly Google News and the mainstream media would be falling all over themselves to report the “climate crisis.” (Read more) ☼
Impacts of Climate Change – Perceptions and Reality
by Indur M. Goklany
The familiar narrative of a climate “emergency” is not supported by a vast body of observational data, according to a new paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
Contrary to popular belief there is little evidence of harmful trends from the impact of global warming. According to the paper’s author, Dr Indur Goklany,
“Almost everywhere you look, climate change is having only small, and often benign, impacts. The impact of extreme weather events – hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts – are, if anything, declining. Economic damages have declined as a fraction of global GDP. Death rates from such events have declined by 99% since the 1920s. Climate-related disease has collapsed. And more people die from cold than warm temperatures”
And even sea-level rise – predicted to be the most damaging impact of global warming – seems to be much less of a problem than thought. According to Dr Goklany, reviews of historic maps and satellite imagery have shown that the places predicted to disappear are in fact still with us.
“A recent study showed that the Earth has actually gained more land in coastal areas in the last 30 years than it has lost through sea-level rise. We now know for sure that coral atolls aren’t disappearing and even Bangladesh is gaining more land through siltation than it is losing through rising seas.”
Empirical data also shows that food production per capita has increased by 30% since 1961 despite a more-than-doubling of the global population. Hunger and malnutrition have declined, area burnt by wild fires has declined, and since 1950 poverty has declined, people are wealthier and global life expectancy has increased from 46 years to 73 years. (Link to paper, 50 pages) ☼
The real reason the Left wants only wind and solar energy
By Dr. Jay Lehr
If a person has any science training and a cursory understanding of how we produce energy by burning coal, natural gas or oil and how we can get some energy from the sun and wind, they would quickly recognize that the nation can not trade one for the other. Yet that is exactly what the liberal democratic/socialist party plans for us. Their millions of left-wing followers, without taking time to use what ever common sense they might have, buy the plan hook line and sinker.
The mistake those of us educated in the field of energy physics make is thinking the leadership of the our increasingly socialist leaders are dumb enough to think their plan will work to maintain America’s standard of living. In fact they and their radical environmentalist supporters know full well their plan can not work. They know full well that ALL ENERGY WILL HAVE TO BE RATIONED BY GOVERNMENT. That is exactly what they want. How better to control society than control the energy, electricity and fuel they are allowed us to use. They want to bring our entire population to its knees and have us dependent on government dictates. When their lights are off, their appliances do not work, their cars do not run, their homes are cool in the winter and warm in the summer and the prices of their food goes through the roof, they must turn to government for help. Your new leaders are definitely not dumb but they surely are evil. (Read more) See also: Prepare for energy shortages, cost hikes and rationing ☼
Texas: Time To Get Rid Of This Ridiculous Wind Power
by Francis Menton
Texas. It is the number one energy producing state in the United States. It is both the largest producer of oil, and the largest producer of natural gas, and has been for decades. Texas also has abundant coal reserves. It has been ground zero of the fracking revolution, which has revolutionized oil and gas production, vastly increased supplies, driven prices down by around two-thirds since 2014, and turned the U.S. into a net energy exporter for the first time in decades. By all rights, Texas should be the shining beacon of fossil fuel energy abundance for everyone else to envy.
And yet in Texas this week (Feb 15), there has been a good blast of cold air, accompanied by some meaningful ice and snow storms, and suddenly Texas finds itself with widespread power blackouts covering much of the state. Why?
The answer is that Texas has gone crazy for wind. About 30 GW of the 83 GW of capacity are wind. That means that even if all the fossil fuel and nuclear facilities are running at full tilt, you still need at least some wind at all times. But wind was running at only 2% of capacity due to the weather. (Read more) It has not taken long for the climate morons to blame the current Texas cold weather on climate change. But, data from NOAA shows that extreme cold in Texas used to be much more common than in recent years. (Source) Ten years ago, Texas A&M climate scientists said Texas would be hot and dry for the rest of the century. Since then, Texas has had their wettest years on record, and are now dealing with record cold. (Source) Put simply, renewable energy is so heavily subsidized by the federal government, energy companies have no financial incentive to expand baseload capacity from fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Not only that, but the wind and solar farms do not have to pay to maintain the reliability of the system like fossil fuel operators do. (Source) ☼
Outgoing Trump Administration Approves a ‘Critical Mineral’ Mine in Nevada
by H. Sterling Burnett
In the waning days of the Trump administration, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) granted Lithium Nevada Corporation the final permit needed to begin developing a lithium mine and processing plant on 5,700 acres of federal land in Northern Nevada, near its border with Oregon and Idaho.
Upon completion, the Thacker Pass lithium mine would become the second operating lithium mine in the United States.
Lithium, is used in rechargeable batteries found in cellphones, electric cars, and laptops, among other electronics. The BLM says the demand for lithium is growing as electric cars are more widely adopted and federal and state governments increasingly support the use of wind and solar industrial facilities while limiting the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation. Lithium batteries can provide an alternative source of power to regulate the flow of and to replace when necessary the electricity from intermittent and variable wind and solar power plants, in absence of coal or natural gas plants as sources of back-up power.
The BLM reports the Thacker Pass area is home to the largest known lithium resource within the United States.
There is enough lithium contained at the mine site to meet all of the United States domestic needs for decades, Tim Crowley, vice president of government and community relations with Lithium Nevada, said in an online discussion of the mine with lawmakers. Crowley said the mine site contains so much accessible lithium America will even be able to export lithium to allies and trading partners. (Read more) ☼
Un-Greening: Mexico gives up on renewables, revives coal industry
Mexico, the eleventh biggest population on Earth, was all enthused about renewables a few years ago, but now they are actively winding back wind and solar and reactivating coal projects. Mines are being reopened, coal miners are being hired and the state owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has been told to buy electricity from its own coal generators before they buy electricity from the privately owned renewables generators. The shift back to coal appears to have been accelerated by a mass blackout in December which left 10 million in the dark for a couple of hours. The electricity commission blames an excess of renewable energy. (Read more) ☼
What If…Hydraulic Fracturing Were Banned? (2020 Edition)
This study from the Global Energy Institute at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a ban on fracking in the United States would be catastrophic for our economy. Their analysis shows that if such a ban were imposed in 2021, by 2025 it would eliminate 19 million jobs and reduce U.S. Gross Domestic Product by $7.1 trillion. Tax revenue at the local, state, and federal levels would decline by nearly a combined $1.9 trillion. Natural gas prices would leap by 324 percent, causing household energy bills to more than quadruple. By 2025, motorists would pay twice as much at the pump for gasoline as oil prices spike to $130 per barrel, while less domestic energy production would also mean less energy security. ☼
Weakest link to EV growth is the material supply chain
By Ronald Stein
A Tesla lithium EV battery weighs more than 1,000 pounds. While there are dozens of variations, such an EV battery typically contains about:
25 pounds of lithium,
30 pounds of cobalt,
60 pounds of nickel,
110 pounds of graphite,
90 pounds of copper,
Looking upstream at the ore grades, one can estimate the typical quantity of rock that must be extracted from the earth and processed to yield the pure minerals needed to fabricate that single battery:
Lithium brines typically contain less than 0.1% lithium, so that entails some 25,000 pounds of brines to get the 25 pounds of pure lithium.
Cobalt ore grades average about 0.1%, thus nearly 30,000 pounds of ore to get 30 pounds of cobalt.
Nickel ore grades average about 1%, thus about 6,000 pounds of ore to get 60 pounds of nickel.
Graphite ore is typically 10%, thus about 1,000 pounds per battery to get 100 pounds of graphite.
Copper at about 0.6% in the ore, thus about 25,000 pounds of ore per battery to get 90 pounds of copper.
In total then, acquiring just these five elements to produce the 1,000-pound EV battery requires mining about 90,000 pounds of ore. To properly account for all the earth moved though—which is relevant to the overall environmental footprint, and mining machinery energy use—one needs to estimate the overburden, or the materials first dug up to get to the ore. Depending on ore type and location, overburden ranges from about 3 to 20 tons of earth removed to access each ton of ore.
This means that accessing about 90,000 pounds of ore requires digging and moving between 200,000 and over 1,500,000 pounds of earth—a rough average of more than 500,000 pounds of ore per battery. (Source) ☼
Points to Ponder:
“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.” – Voltaire
“Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” —Patrick Henry (1775)
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways; hence, there are an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, bonuses, subsidies, incentives, the progressive income tax, free education, the right to employment, the right to profit, the right to wages, the right to relief, the right to the tools of production, interest free credit, etc., etc. And in the aggregate of all these plans, in respect to what they have in common, legal plunder, that goes under the name of socialism.” –French economist, statesman and author Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
“We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past. ” – Thomas Sowell
“Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business, frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise. They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite.” –Ronald Reagan
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2) Support multiple use management of federal lands for agriculture, livestock grazing, mining, oil and gas production, recreation, timber harvesting and water development activities.
3) Support a balance of environmental responsibility and economic benefit for all Americans by urging that environmental policy be based on good science and sound economic principles.
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