Sidewalk Politics Act I
Or you can call them Environmental Peddlers.
Today on 8th and Washington Street in Hoboken, I was approached by a gang of volunteers from "Environmental Action" group attempting to get me to sign up to "Tell Congress NO" to the approval of 800,000 acres of "protected" land for sale to timber companies, developers and oil and gas interests.
Now while I'm always open to hearing what these people are fighting for, and may even agree with them once in a blue moon, it really gets my goat when they cannot answer my questions. They just recite some numbers they were brainwashed into saying.
Since I'm not an environmental expert, I wanted to know more. I wanted to quantify what all this meant.
They claimed "We need to stop the sale of our National Heritage". I asked then why do we buy our lumber overseas? No answer.
They threw this gargantuan number "800,000 acres of protected land" around like it was the size of the sun or something. I asked how does that compare to the total number of acres that will remain if the sale goes through? They couldn't answer the questions.
I asked if our country would fiscally benefit either from the sale, increased tax-revenue, or more self-reliance on OUR OWN natural resources. They couldn't answer the question except with another question (such as "environment", or "wildlife").
I am all for doing sensible things. We don't want to turn our entire country into a giant metropolis, but there comes a time that you have to dip into your own resources for the good of the country (as President Logan would say on "24").
Why don't these activists say that total acreage being sold (spread across 41 states) is only similar in size to the state of Rhode Island? Or that the total area of the USA is over 2.4 BILLION acres? This 800,000 acres of land represents 3/100ths of ONE percent of our total land mass.
Who knows, maybe it's wrong, maybe it's right. What do you think? What do you say when approached? Do you just accept what some political group tells you without question? Do you ever wonder why so much effort is being put into the "Heritage" (read: plants and soil), and not into keeping JOBS here? You have illegal immigrants working menial jobs, while high-end jobs get carted off to India, and we're worried about a BLIP of land being sold to perhaps keep our country STRONGER?
How the heck did our country get built to begin with??? Why do we have to stop now?
With our population pushing 300 MILLION, I'd say this was a fair idea.
But this still reminds me of a Penn & Teller show I saw recently regarding the Endangered Species Act.