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  •  ^^^THIS^^^ (0+ / 0-)

    As soon as I got a third of the way into the diary I had an easy A-ha! moment. The way to deal with this problem is to start mining, logging and otherwise developing those federal lands. - a concept much more appetizing to Republicans from local to national; than an idea like the PILT.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 01:54:44 PM PST

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    •  The locals want PILT and need it badly (2+ / 0-)
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      The national R's want to privatize everything and they gut budgets and PILT in the name of austerity with their ultimate goal to be the re-opening of all government lands to extractive use.  The results of the losses of PILT funds began hitting the counties in the past few years. The residents of the counties only know that their way of life crumbled when the mills and mines closed in the 80's and 90's and the majority blame the "tree huggers" and their friends in the Federal government.  There are a lot of pissed off people out here and the momentum continues to build, year by year--I know because I live among them.  For the most part I keep my mouth shut because I don't want to rock the boat and alienate my neighbors, who have an "us versus them" attitude, with the "them" being the "big-city liberals".

      A look at this map shows the result:

      I've tried to explain the rural attitude, here, but I fear it falls on deaf ears because the city residents, which are the majority of the population and the majority on this site, really don't give a damn what the minority in the rural area thinks.  This just illustrates the divide, and I doubt that it is going to end well, having turned into a debate about God, guns, gays and the environment.

      •  Things cost what they cost. (0+ / 0-)
        The locals want PILT and need it badly
        I grew up on a farm 6 miles from the nearest town.  My father's house got "city water" piped to it just this decade.

        It's well known that it's more expensive to provide services to rural areas.  In the past, specific programs were designed to meet those needs.

        Separate the ideology from the practical.  Why should diffuse programs like this bizarre tax transfer be preferable to directed grants?

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 01:47:31 PM PST

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