by Eldon Rollins
At the Coos Commissioners’ meeting on March 6th, the chair of the local “Americans for Prosperity” chapter, Rob Taylor, addressed the question of whether the Wagon Road and O & C lands should be managed by the County, by the Coquille Indian Tribe, or by a variety of private contract bidders. Taylor threw his hat
in with - NONE OF THE ABOVE - calling instead for the COMPLETE PRIVATIZATION of those lands. Taylor
wants no government ownership or management at all, thereby depriving the County of any opportunity
to create a steady revenue stream from timber sales.
Oh, time to re-mention, that’s Rob Taylor, of Americans for prosperity, of the Koch Bros., of Plum Creek and Georgia Pacific, of the “Let’s not require the State to purchase paper from paper mills in the state” crowd. Also of the “Let’s pretend that the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife are threatening to force people off their land to expand the
Bandon Marsh Wildlife Refuge” crowd. This time, even the anti-Bandon Marsh expansion crowd was rolling their eyeballs. See how it works? They get people here to believe that they’re operating on principle—“The big bad government is threatening to take your land” becomes—“the big bad government shouldn’t be allowed to own land here” becomes—“the County shouldn’t be allowed to operate the O & C lands or the Wagon Road lands and create a revenue stream because the Federal Government should sell it (probably at fire sale prices) to private concerns,
like, say, the Koch Bros.”
Not crazy, just greedy.