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Obama administration designates another half a million acres in New Mexico as a national monument

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Obama administration designates another half a million acres in New Mexico as a national monument

Oh, rapture — because as everybody knows, the incompetence and inefficiencies inherent in a constantly metastasizing federal government are just the ticket for effect environmental stewardship! Not.
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The federal government owns almost a third of the surface area of the United States despite the fact that we lack the collective resources, funding, and personnel to attentively steward all of these parks and wilderness areas and that the government then conveniently gets to impose its reliably anti-rural-economy and pro-”environmentalist” land-use policies onto yet another swath of the American landscape. The Department of Interior has been a-beggin’ and a-pleadin’ with President Obama to make better use of his executive powers to effectively confiscate more land under the guise of “protecting” its ecosystems and preserving its “free” recreation opportunities for all, and on Wednesday, Obama mad his eleventh and largest “national monument” designation to date:

President Barack Obama wielded his unilateral power Wednesday to set aside nearly 500,000 acres in New Mexico along the Mexican border as a national monument, and he promised more action to save other treasured landscapes.

“I’ve preserved more than 3 million acres of public lands for future generations. And I am not finished,” Obama declared before signing a proclamation naming the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. …

Wednesday’s action marks Obama’s 12th use of the Antiquities Act to protect lands officials say deserve special treatment, and supporters are lobbying for the president to use his authority more often before he leaves office. …

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