January 30, 2023

RMEF: Supports Congress on Conservation Funding, More Work to Do

*Editor’s Commentary* – One of the major problems that exist in the corrupt Congress, and all of Washington, D.C. for that matter, is this act of baiting and bribing people to vote on a bill that may or may not be worthwhile. It’s extortion! This is WRONG on all levels. Is it really in the best interest of everyone to vote for an “omnibus” bill because it has funding for pet projects? In my opinion it is not. By promoting such an act, as we see below, the message we are sending the crooked bastards in Washington is that we approve of their corrupt tactics because we want someone else money for pet projects. 

I’m not, necessarily, picking on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. This utter nonsense, rife with corruption and insider trading for the benefit of political agendas and personal gain, is an act that should never be allowed. Most people are willfully blinded by this act and refuse to understand that the same evil pieces of camel dung that utilize this corrupt method of governing and stealing tax dollars, are the ones who refuse to change the law. Why is that?

I understand the RMEF’s enthusiasm for supporting these riders placed on an omnibus budget bill, a bill necessary because the dysfunctional, criminal Congress can’t do the job they are being paid way too much money to do. But at what expense(monetarily and political corruption)?

During the days of Mob rule, anybody who wanted to remain in business had to pay the Mob a percentage of their money and assets. Is there really any difference between then and what Congress is doing now? They pad the bill, i.e. entice people with their own tax dollars they are going to steal, for your vote.

These bastards can’t pass a functional operating budget (hell, they can’t even obey their own laws they pass). Why, then, should we hand them a big stamp of approval by encouraging corruption? Doesn’t anybody understand what’s going on? Doesn’t anybody care?

If you vote for or promote this continued action, then you really are no less corrupt then the blind mice of Congress.

(Note) – If readers will recall the rider attached to an omnibus bill that resulted in the delisting of wolves in Idaho and Montana, I did not support for many reasons. However, the major reason was because I was not willing to support a corrupt budget bill.

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Foundation calls on the full Congress to vote in favor of critical conservation and sportsmen issues just approved by Congressional leadership in the latest omnibus budget agreement.

The legislation, which is mandatory to avoid a government shutdown, reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through 2018. It also permanently authorized an incentive toward the creation of conservation easements on privately owned land which will assist farmers and ranchers to permanently protect important wildlife habitat.

A bipartisan effort of western congressional leaders worked together to secure this legislation for wildlife, sportsmen and landowners; all critical elements to healthy elk country.

“We are grateful to Senators Bennet, Crapo, Daines, Gardner, Heller, Risch, Tester and Wyden as well as Representatives Simpson (Idaho) and Zinke who all had key roles in negotiating and overseeing the approval of these two extremely vital and essential conservation programs,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We now urge RMEF members across the nation to contact their Congressional representatives to vote in favor of these issues as part of the current budget agreement vote set for Friday. And we call on the president to sign it into law.”

Congressional leaders appropriated $450 million for LWCF in FY2016, a $100 million increase from FY2015 levels. Since 1990, RMEF has utilized more than $85 million in LWCF funding across 62 projects in ten different states in partnership with federal agencies to protect, conserve and open access to some of the most vital elk country in the United States.

On the downside, Congress came up short on several fronts including permanently fixing the wildfire funding dilemma which continues to drain federal budgets, modest and much-needed forestry reform, and delisting gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes states—a common sense approach that would have ensured consistency in their management. Many view the lack of support for these two issues as negotiating chips given up in this compromise legislation.

“These issues have been and will remain priorities for RMEF and our members since they need to be addressed and are not going away anytime soon,” added Allen.