The United States government and its agencies are in no position to be wasting hard-earned taxpayer dollars. As it stands, many taxpayers are severely over-taxed as a result of reckless spending by bureaucrats without any regard for the fiduciary duty that the Government and its many agencies are bound to observe. In fact, if any corporate CEO ran things the way many of these politicians and administrators are running the public’s agencies, those CEOs would likely end up in jail for criminal malfeasance. Let’s face the facts; some of the politicians and agency administrators are as bad as, and in some cases worse than, the crooks at Enron.
Recently, the news was abuzz with the findings of government waste by Senator John McCain, who has issued a report titled ‘America’s Most Wanted’. McCain cites that: “Government spending is spiraling out of control… The national debt recently exceeded $18 trillion, while our $486 billion deficit is projected to reach $1 trillion over the next decade.” He went on to say that: “Washington’s repeat fiscal offenses are leading us down a dangerous path — sending hard-earned American tax dollars to mismanaged and wasteful programs.” I am glad to see that McCain is at least doing something that could be seen as helpful; but it’s the follow-through that counts, not the political arm-twisting used to ‘get the goods’ on someone you want to leverage later on. McCain will have my respect if he manages to throw some crooked administrators or politicians in jail… until then, it’s merely pre-election window-dressing.
The Bureau of Land Management (‘BLM’) is just one example of an autocratic government agency that seems to operate as if it answers to no one and regularly wastes money and resources as it seems to concurrently violate U.S. laws and the rights of American taxpayers (talk about biting the hand that feeds). And as a result of this pervasive attitude combined with the growing number of government agencies that act as if they were fiefdoms, America is languishing under a wave of epic waste of resources and taxpayer dollars. Let’s look at just a couple glaring examples.
According to Hope Yen at the Associated Press: “Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wells – roughly 1 out of 5 – to ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S.” The article goes on to say that: “The GAO report said it had been urging BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, to update guidelines for the burning or venting of natural gas since at least 2010, when it found 40 percent of it could be captured economically and sold. BLM has yet to do so, although agency officials now say they are in the process of putting together various orders and a proposed rule for comment later this year. Until then, government investigators called BLM’s management of oil and gas “high-risk” for waste and fraud.”
Wasting millions of tax dollars, failure to properly manage public resources–and the risk for fraud and corruption seem to be the normal course of business for the BLM:
Concurrently, with the forgoing malfeasance and waste of millions of tax dollars, we have the BLM mismanaging the federally-protected wild horses; they are spending millions more tax dollars to hold wild horses in captivity, horses that should be running free on the public range-land, according to the Federal ‘Wild Burro and Horse Protection Act’. On top of this, the BLM is not providing transparency into their operations, including and with respect to over 1,700 federally-protected wild horses that seem to have beenillegally sold for slaughter!
Then we have one of their latest transgressions, where the BLM is accused of trying to usurp and circumvent the Constitutional rights of the owners of the Sugar Pine mine in Galice, OR, a mine that has been in operation for decades prior to the formation of the BLM.
Of course, who can forget the Bundy ranch showdown, where the BLM brought in snipers and armed agents as they attempted to use the appearance of force and intimidation to get their way, a way not authorized under the U.S. Constitution; a way that is unAmerican!
And in 2013, Robert C. Jones, chief judge of the United States District Court of Nevada, issued a bench ruling that stated: “So I’m finding and concluding as a matter of law… that the government and the agents of the government in that locale, sometime in the ’70s and ’80s, entered into a conspiracy, a literal, intentional conspiracy, to deprive the Hages of not only their permit grazing rights, for whatever reason, but also to deprive them of their vested property rights under the takings clause, and I find that that’s a sufficient basis to hold that there is irreparable harm if I don’t — and it’s in the public interest, if I don’t restrain the government from continuing in that conduct.” The Judge went on to accuse the federal bureaucrats of “racketeering” under the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations) statute, extortion, and mail fraud.
And as a part of the same proceeding, Tonopah BLM manager Tom Seley, and Forest Ranger Steve Williams were both found to be in contempt of court, and were referred to the U.S. attorney for possible prosecution for criminal obstruction of justice. Noting that Seley and Williams knew of ongoing litigation between the parties in this court and the CFC, they “took actions to interfere with the defense of the present trespass action by intimidating witnesses.”
As we see with these tough cowboys and miners, it seems that these days, the only way Americans can get justice is to take a tough stance and don’t let anyone try to separate them from their Constitutional rights. If the feds try, they should get in touch with their local Constitutional Sheriff, and their local Oath Keepers.
Reposted by Reagangirl.com 6/23/16