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Trump Counters Federal Land Grab by Invoking Federalism

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced that he was “signing an executive order to end another egregious abuse of federal power and to give that power back to the states and to the people, where it belongs.” The egregious abuse of power he’s referring to revolves around the 1906 Antiquities Act, under which presidents are authorized — with virtually unbridled leeway and zero oversight — to designate huge chunks of land as national monuments. Not only does this strip power from the states, but it’s also a recipe for abuse because there is nothing to prevent land grabs whose purposes are purely political. Barack Obama was especially guilty of this.

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  2. InTheLight

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    Actually, no. This proclamation, or executive order, or whatever you want to call it is just a public relations stunt since it doesn't actually do anything concrete, just calls for a government review of the situation.

    From the article:
    Therefore, Trump has commissioned his “Secretary of the Interior … [to] conduct a review of all Presidential designations or expansions of designations under the Antiquities Act made since January 1, 1996, where the designation covers more than 100,000 acres, where the designation after expansion covers more than 100,000 acres, or where the Secretary determines that the designation or expansion was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.”

    I've gone back and looked at several of these EO's that Trump has announced and they are mere studies or reviews, nothing actually actionable. I think we've been conned into thinking he's done something but he's really not.

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    You may be right. Depends on what is done with the "study".
     
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