While the media is currently blitzing Americans with rapid fire warnings of a Fiscal Cliff looming at the end of the year, there are many news stories that have been intentionally underreported or unreported to the public.
Take for instance the lack of exposure of the Department of Justice, which just successfully negotiated and secured $2.4 Billion in new land acquisition funding for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Not to be mistaken for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, this quasi public/private non-profit organization is responsible for the money used to buy private property for mitigation purposes, such as the property inside the Bandon Marsh planned expansion area. Once purchased the real-estate market will lose this property forever. The market functions on the ability to sell and resell to generate revenue for the economy.
The Foundation could invest this money as a way to buy property in perpetuity. After the foundation purchases any new territory it will relinquish it to the authority of one of the agencies in the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Interior. The group has a website at www.nfwf.org. Unlike most organizations this entity has to be mandated by congress, because the foundation deals with public purchases and handles public funding.
Back in June of 2012 the US Congress was debating over the highly contentious Highway Transportation bill, which contained earmarks of over $1.4 billion designated to go to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the purchase of more private property. The Republicans successfully thwarted efforts of the Democrats, led by Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, to retain this money. They were able to pass the bill, yet blocked the funds from going to the LWCF, thus defeating the Senator’s amendment to the legislation.
Since that defeat in July the Obama Administration has tried to find new revenue streams for these private land acquisitions--- all under the direction of radical environmentalism. The Attorney General, Eric Holder, was able to
negotiate for more of this type of funding as part of the settlement agreement with BP Oil. The feds now plan on
using a percentage of the money from the settlement agreement on unnecessary land acquisitions. The
AG’s legal maneuver is a betrayal to the people of the gulf coast as well as a disaster for the local economies of rural America. It is a two-fold calamity.
Currently, there is a bill in congress titled “HR 6441,” The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2012. There is a similar bill with the same name in the Senate titled, “S 1494.” If passed, this legislation would reauthorize the NFWF. It would also give funding in the amount of $15,000,000 to the Secretary of the Interior, $5,000,000 to the Secretary of Agriculture and another $5,000,000 to the Secretary of Commerce,
which would be another $25,000,000 mistake.
The people can stop this legislation and put a stop to the funding of the NFWF. Call your Senator at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to STOP giving money away to organizations that have the intentions of creating new wetlands through the destruction of farms, ranches, and other private property. Tell your Representative to hold up the funding to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. Then call your Congressman at (202) 224-3121 and repeat the message.
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