Proposed monument bad for Las Cruces economy, bad for freedom

Las Cruces Sun-News opinion columnist Jim Harbison has penned an excellent column on the proposed Organ Mountains Monument designation made by Sens. Udall and Heinrich. As Harbison notes, “Their bill will put more than 498,000 acres of public land under the more stringent control of the federal government.” Harbison notes many of the economically-productive activities currently on those lands that will be outlawed and the fact that those activities vastly outweigh the supposed benefits which have been debunked elsewhere.

As the great left-liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith said, “Where socialized ownership of land is concerned, only the USSR and China can claim company with the United States.” New Mexico’s economy is already negatively-impacted by an out sized federal presence in terms of land ownership. We need to demand a shift away from centralized, socialized land ownership not allow well-heeled “environmental groups” put even more of our lands off-limits.

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7 Replies to “Proposed monument bad for Las Cruces economy, bad for freedom”

    1. Care to elaborate Greg? I’m certainly open to alternative views, but yes, I would qualify as being “anti-Federal government” when it comes to the myriad activities undertaken by Washington that go far beyond the bounds of the Constitution. The incredible expansion of and increasingly stringent control of so much real estate is a real problem and is certainly not what the Founders envisioned for our nation.

  1. I was going to post about this, then I figured nobody cares. Udall & Heinrich have voted party line for everything that’s put up. I’m sure they both will be reelected by the Northern NM people who seem to benefit more from them than anyone else in the state.

  2. Dave Clements is opposing Udall’s position in the Senate. Not that that means we won’t have a new Federal Park by the time Dave would be elected. It still sees like an excellent idea to lose Oohdall.

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