Monday, August 22, 2011

Tea Party Rockstar or Crazy person? You decide.

Dear Reader,

Please keep in mind the following definition as we proceed through our little tale of the postfire politicking on the national forests of Arizona.
se·di·tion [si-dish-uhn] noun
1.incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
2.any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
3. Archaic. rebellious disorder. (via)
New Mexico congressman Steve Pearce, who we've, uh... portrayed here before, was recently up in Arizona (emphasis added to ensure reader awareness of the geographic mismatch between where his business actually is and where he's just getting into others' business), explaining - nay, urging- counties to take back control of all the land within their boundaries, even land considered to be in the possession of the federal government. In this case, he meant the National Forest.
Pearce, speaking at a Town Hall in Eagar with Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ1), recommended several tactics for the retaking of America....Pearce talked about three counties in the U. S. in which local officials are taking control.

Otero County, NM, after seeing the results of handling of the Wallow Fire, is not waiting for the government to clean up its forests. The county commissioners have told the U.S. Forest Service they will clean it themselves, and have issued requests for proposals (RFQ) for loggers to come in and start thinning around towns.

The County Sheriff, he said, is backing up the commissioners, and has threatened to arrest any Forest Service personnel that try to interfere. They expect to start cutting as early as Sept. 17.
Apprently, Pearce used this and several other frightening examples to demonstrate how the road closures following the Wallow Fire are "illegal" and urging citizens (emphasis on U.S. citizens, we're sure) to go back into closed areas and take back their land.

Fucking genius idea, Boss.

Seriously, have you seen the employment stats on Apache County, where he made his little stand? Government employment tops the list, with USDA Forest Service in the top five major employers. Or what about the literacy rates? Apache County weighs in with a "low literacy" rate of 41 percent. Sixteen percent of adults don't have high school diplomas. Over a third live in poverty.

Given these depressing statistics, we're pretty sure that:
a) Apache County isn't quite ready to run itself.
b) Unless the county wins the lottery, it's not likely to be able to provide the services that the federal government is now supporting.
c) Where would all the jobs go? To private logging companies? That's really short-sighted thinking, no? Sure, it would be a hell of a boom time. And in five to ten years there would be no more forest. Duh.
So, we're going with crazy person on this one. If not worse. (See above.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My sincere apologies for the rantings of the Congress critter who claims to "represent" my district here in NM. I can't call him "my" Congress critter. I hope no Otero County sheriff's deputies follow his dubious advice. His grasp of the law is sketchy, at best.