Thursday, April 2, 2009

Can You Survive a Ride on the Omnibus?

H.R. 146...Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009...I don't know about you, but omnibus sounds like a big, fat, polluting vehicle...the very thing environmentalists hate. I looked up the word omnibus, and guess what, it means bus. It also means: of, relating to, or providing for many things at once. I get queezy when the government, or any one for that matter, provides for many things at once. Call me skeptical, but multi-tasking hasn't seemed like a strong point for our government lately. What is this Omnibus Act anyway? Here are a few hints:

WASHINGTON, DC, March 25, 2009 (ENS) - Congress today approved a massive public lands bill that protects two million acres of wilderness in nine states and a thousand miles of rivers, a 50 percent increase in the wild and scenic river system. It establishes new national trails, national parks and a new national monument and provides legal status for the National Landscape Conservation System, which will protect some of the country's most spectacular landscapes.
The package of 164 separate bills bundled together, known as the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 (H.R.146), has been stalled several times on its way to approval, most recently on March 11, when the measure fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority in the House required at that time.
The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states, said David Moryc of the conservation group American Rivers. These rivers will remain free-flowing and will never be blocked by a dam.

Hey, I'm all for keeping America green, I even advocate recycling, and if possible, moving toward more green living (please visit my sponsors and advertisers on the side-bar for more information). But, something smells fishy. I just wanted to bring this issue up for your attention, and ask that you keep a close eye on this one. With a name like omnibus, it sounds a little ominous!

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