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  •   A good letter (3+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1, Paragryne, NancyWH

    I would have added wasting money by voting to gut the AA, which no president will ever sign, and in general being less productive then the famous do-nothing congress of 1948. that congress passed 900 laws. this current congress is on pace to pass less than a quarter of that number. making it the least productive congress in our history

    •  Here is a tea bagger at least being honest (1+ / 0-)
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      Paragryne

      about who she represents, on Twitter, don't know how to embed:

      https://twitter.com/...

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 11:46:24 AM PDT

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    •  Help me out with your acronym AA. Not 100% (1+ / 0-)
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      MorrellWI1983

      sure what that one means.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:54:01 PM PDT

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      •  AA stands for (1+ / 0-)
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        Antiquities Act, the law passed in 1906 which allows the President to create national monuments and which has been used by every president since, save for Nixon Ford and Bush 41. basically my view on the AA is this, the president should be able to set aside as many monuments as he (hopefully soon she) wants, in any state or territory in the US. congress already has all the input and authority it needs, its called passing legislation. trying to restrict presidential authority  is something that is never going to be accepted by the president, currently there are limits on using the act in Wyoming and Alaska- those need to be scrapped. if the president wants to set aside Bristol Bay in Alaska, he should be able to do so. right now any area over 5000 acres needs Congress' ok, which is a unnecessary limitation. since a proper monument in Bristol Bay would cover millions of acres, currently the president could not set the area aside in AK.

        •  Thank you. Yes, I recall some Western (1+ / 0-)
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          sagebrush rebellion types introduced legislation to end this law.  Even GWB used it to create a 140,000 square mile national marine reserve on some very small, uninhabited Hawaiian islets and surrounding waters.  My cynical side said this proved that there was no oil under the Hawaiian Islands.  Bottom line, as you said, nearly every president has used this power, and the nation is better for it.

          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:18:03 PM PDT

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          •   yes, and like all the attempts to kill (1+ / 0-)
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            Obamacare, the attempt to kill the AA is DOA in the Senate.  Obama would certainly veto it if it reached his desk.Bush used the act in 2008 to set aside areas in the Aleutians as part of the Valor in the Pacific NM, it was the first use of the act in the state since the Alaska National Interests lands conversation Act (ANILCA) was passed in 1980. Bush also set aside the Marianas Trench(which borders the Marianas islands and Guam and contains the deepest point on Earth)  a couple weeks before leaving office, as a "midnight monument". Clinton also set aside a bunch of areas in his last days in office in 2001. since the Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, I figure a lot of areas will be set aside as monuments to mark the occasion, similar to what happened in the mid-60s with the 50th anniversary.

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