The land management goons strike again! This time at Yellowstone National Park where armed park rangers held four dozen senior citizens hostage.
And just in case there is any doubt, the administration is aware that it is targeting private citizens while letting oil and gas off the hook.
Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva sent the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture a letter last week urging the administration to apply the shutdown of federal lands equally. He’s also circulating an online petition to "stop mining public lands while visitors are locked out.” The congressman argues that “Fossil fuel and logging companies shouldn't have special access to our federal lands while rangers, hikers and the rest of us are locked out.” The petition already has nearly 63,000 signatures.
Grijalva is co-chair of the Progressive Caucus and ranking member of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. In other words, he’s the House Democrat’s point man when it comes to these very issues.
Will the Washington press corps press the administration to explain the disparity? Why senior citizens are being kicked out their homes, held hostage by armed guards, barred from visiting war memorials while oil and gas drilling is left alone? After all, the president did campaign on “fairness.”