There are many issues that I bring to the forefront here regarding our overreaching, out-of-touch federal government. It truly seems as though everything they put their hands on becomes one more drain on the resources, patience, and freedoms of the American people. At times, the actions out of Washington go beyond ignorance and risk the lives of the citizens they are to represent.
That brings me to today’s highlighted article. Big Government and Environmentalists Are Causing Massive Fires in Western States is the title and it starts like this:
The massive fires that took the lives of over 40 people in California were not the only devastating wildfires as of late.
Utah, Montana, and other states have been hit by destructive infernos that have left death and widespread property damage in their wake.
The story goes on to describe some of the missteps that have brought us to where we are today… in the bleachers watching a farcical game of political football. The media cannot help but headline the soap opera antics of the clowns in Congress, ignoring the fact that they have their fingers on our wallets… and hiding the fact that our nation is being destroyed by their incompetence.
“In 1976 Congress tried to resolve the debate by instituting a comprehensive forest planning process,” wrote Randal O’Toole, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute. “The resulting plans proved to be a costly mistake: The agency spent more than a billion dollars planning the national forests, but the plans were often based on fabricated data, and they did not resolve any debates.
Nearly a half century of bureaucratic centralization and environmentalist initiatives have left forests overgrown, vulnerable to fire, and dangerous to individual property owners and the economies of many states.
“Dangerous” is an understatement. Excerpt:
Last year alone, large wildfires hit nine states, including California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, according to The Washington Post.
“Fires nationwide have consumed 8,036,858 acres—about 12,550 square miles, larger than the size of Maryland—since Jan. 1,” the Post reported.
If this were not enough, it is costing us a fortune to pay for the stupidity of our “lawmakers.” Excerpt:
“Fire expenditures have grown from less than 15 percent of the Forest Service budget in [the] early 1990s to about 50 percent today. Forest Service fire expenditures have increased from less than $1 billion in the late 1990s to $3.5 billion in 2016,” O’Toole wrote.
Those numbers only represent Forest Service expenditures and do not represent the losses suffered by American citizens… which also includes the loss of life.
But, hey, who am I to complain? Apparently we would prefer not to talk about the real issues of our time… instead, let’s hear more about who was groping who 40 years ago…
That’s the view from here.