November 24, 2017

Cantwell To Trump Administration: Don’t Cut Taxes For Corporations By Raising Entrance Fees To National Parks

Press Release from the office of Sen. Cantwell, member of the House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

Seattle, Washington – Today, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) joined with leading outdoor enthusiasts and small businesses to call on the Trump Administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to withdraw the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposal to nearly triple national park entrance fees.

On October 24, the National Park Service announced a proposal to almost triple the peak season entrance fees at 17 of the most popular national parks. Beginning in 2018, fees to enter these parks during the 5-most-popular months would jump from $25-$30 to $70 per vehicle. The entrance fee increases would impact: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah, and Joshua Tree National Parks.

“We are here today because the Park Service plans to almost triple the entrance fees at the 17 most visited and most iconic national parks across the country – including Mt. Rainier and Olympic,” said Senator Cantwell. “As corporate tax breaks are also being discussed, I don’t know why park fees then have to be raised. To me this price increase is unconscionable.” 

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is a major economic driver. In Washington state alone, outdoor recreation accounts for more than 201,000 direct jobs, $26.2 billion in annual consumer spending, $7.6 billion in wages and salaries, and $2.3 billion in state and local tax revenue.

“With the Park Service Centennial just last year, we have begun a big conversation about how to get more people into the parks – and more people enjoying the outdoor economy. Increasing the fee, is not exactly what I think will do that. These are wonderful places, and they are public lands, and should be affordable for everyone,” said Senator Cantwell.

During the event, REI released a statement saying, “REI stands firmly by our longstanding, nonpartisan view of the outdoors. For 80 years, we have worked with leaders from both parties to protect America’s iconic outdoor places and create access to transformative outdoor experiences.”

The fee increases proposed by Secretary Zinke will price out many visitors and deny American families, veterans, young people, and seniors the opportunity to visit and experience some of our nation’s most popular and iconic national parks.


If Climate Change is “Settled Science” Why Do We Continue to Research?

That’s essentially what Joe Bastardi says in his contribution opinion piece to the Patriot Post, suggesting that Congress should take the money budgeted for Climate Change research and give it to cover the costs of “preconditions” within the communist health care plans (fake) being proposed by Congress (fake).

Being that we live is a world that is 100% post normal and there is no longer any discussion about why in hell are we being robbed of the money we work our asses off for so that Congress can continue to pay Big Corporations and Big Pharma and suggest levying more taxes to cover fake things that the fat cats don’t want to pay for?

How about this suggestion for all you communist/socialists who LOVE your damned servitude – LET’S DEFUND CONGRESS AND SEND THEM ALL TO HELL!!


Because We Love Our Servitude


Whose Money Do You Think Government Spends?



Another TAX and Registration That Accomplishes Nothing – Government Control

SUMMARY: This action provides an alternative, streamlined and simple, 
web-based aircraft registration process for the registration of small 
unmanned aircraft, including small unmanned aircraft operated as model 
aircraft, to facilitate compliance with the statutory requirement that 
all aircraft register prior to operation. It also provides a simpler 
method for marking small unmanned aircraft that is more appropriate for 
these aircraft. This action responds to public comments received 
regarding the proposed registration process in the Operation and 
Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft notice of proposed rulemaking, 
the request for information regarding unmanned aircraft system 
registration, and the recommendations from the Unmanned Aircraft System 
Registration Task Force. The Department encourages persons to 
participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments on or before the 
closing date for comments. The Department will consider all comments 
received before the closing date and make any necessary amendments as 

DATES: This rule is effective December 21, 2015. Comments must be 
received on or before January 15, 2016.<<<Read Entire Interim Final Rule>>>

Give Up Your Rights and Hand Over All Your Money: We’re All Going to Die

Nye, the scientist and host of “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” used his speech at Rutgers’s commencement Sunday as a platform to tell students to start voting and find a way to stop climate change.
Source: Bill Nye talks climate change, racial conflict at Rutgers graduation |


What Happened?



Revenue-Hungry Rhode Island Seeks 80% Tax on Lifesaving E-Cigarettes

Tobacco-Free E-Cigarettes Help Tobacco Smokers Quit; Taxing Them Like Tobacco Cigarettes Would Harm Smoking Cessation Efforts

As Rhode Island Goes, So Goes the Nation?

New York, NY/Washington DC – National Center Risk Analysis Division Director Jeff Stier is submitting testimony today to the Rhode Island legislature in opposition to a plan by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee to impose an 80% tax on e-cigarettes.

Chaffee believes that “electronic cigarette laws should mirror tobacco product laws.”

Stier says Chaffee’s policy would lead to unnecessary deaths.

“The Governor’s budget includes an 80% tax on the manufacturer’s price of e-cigarettes. This would have the effect of making the most commonly purchased e-cigarettes more expensive than real cigarettes. If this tax is included in the final budget, it may have the unintended consequence of discouraging smokers from switching to dramatically less harmful e-cigarettes.

He adds: “The consequence of fewer e-cigarette sales is a deadly one. The vast majority of those who purchase e-cigarettes are adult smokers trying to quit. So discouraging the use of e-cigarettes, the stated purpose of the excise tax, would actually incentivize smokers to continue smoking.”

“It is critical to note that e-cigarettes are attractive alternatives to cigarettes, in part because, like the FDA-approved gum and patch, they provide nicotine,” Stier continues. “Nicotine, while highly addictive, is not particularly harmful at the levels at which it is consumed. While nobody should initiate use of any nicotine products, be they pharmaceutical, e-cigarettes or certainly tobacco-burning cigarettes, legislators should know that it’s not the nicotine that makes cigarettes dangerous. It’s the burning tobacco that makes traditional cigarettes harmful to users and those exposed to the smoke. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco.”

Stier is suspicious of tax-supporters’ claims that taxing e-cigarettes is the best way to reduce their sale to minors. “If the Governor truly wanted to prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, he would not have vetoed 2013 S 633 Substitute A last July,” Stier says. “That bill would have simply banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.”

Stier supports banning e-cigarette sales to minors.

Stier believes the proposed tax is a revenue-raising measure, but says the tax, if approved, is unlikely to raise revenue: “In Rhode Island, sin taxes are likely to lead to more out-of state sales, where there are no excise taxes on e-cigarettes. As such, the likely result of this e-cigarette tax would be lower revenue for the state, while yielding little or no impact on the use of e-cigarettes.”

A copy of Stier’s full written testimony is available here.

Stier’s testimony is being submitted in writing due to the weather-related cancellation of his formal testimony before the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee today.

New York City-based Jeff Stier is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and heads its Risk Analysis Division. Stier is a frequent guest on CNBC, and has addressed health policy on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, as well as network newscasts. Stier’s National Center op-eds have been published in top outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, Newsday, Forbes, the Washington Examiner and National Review Online. He also frequently discusses risk issues on Twitter at @JeffaStier.

Stier has testified at FDA scientific meetings, met with members of Congress and their staff about science policy, met with OMB/OIRA officials, and has submitted testimony to state government legislative hearings. Most recently, he testified before the science committee of the New York City Council about that city’s ban on public use of e-cigarettes and submitted testimony to the Oklahoma legislature on the same matter.

Stier has testified about e-cigarette regulation before the New York City Council, submitted testimony to a joint committee of the Oklahoma legislature and has met with federal officials at the Office of Management and Budget and the Food and Drug Administration on the issue.

He’s written about the topic for the New York Post, the Huffington Post the Des Moines Register, and elsewhere.

Stier previously worked in both the office of the mayor and in the corporation counsel’s office during the Giuliani administration in New York City. His responsibilities included planning environmental agency programs, legal analysis of proposed legislation, and health policy. Mr. Stier also is chairman of the board of the Jewish International Connection, NY. While earning his law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, he served two terms as editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Law Forum.
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Godfrey Bloom: The State is an Institution of Theft



Sportsmen and Ranchers Must Pay for Government Fascist Wolf Programs

fascismwarningHat tip to reader “Chandie” for providing this link.

I swear to God that once a person becomes a politician, or actually steps foot inside one of their evil establishments, they lose all ability to reason. What the functionality!

Totalitarians in this country, with money and big mouths, prompted the fascist government of the United States to dump wolves on people that didn’t want them. You can read all the garbage from these totalitarian/fascists about how rigged polls stated the majority of people wanted wolves but those are lies. It’s all lies!

Regardless, the fascists in United States Government have succeeded in making the lives and livelihoods of many Americans absolutely miserable as wolves have destroyed game herds, spread the landscape with disease, terrorized people and neighborhoods and gobbled up livestock and profits ranchers need to sustain the businesses of feeding the people of this now repressed country.

As bad as that all is, the fascists now want the sportsmen and the ranchers to pay for what they call “management” of the useless, disease-ridden, killing machine. You can’t make this stuff up. I have a box of staples sitting here on my office desk that has more brains than this.

According to an Idaho Farm Bureau publication, a plan, endorsed by Idaho Gov. Otter, requires that ranchers cough up $110,000.00, sportsmen ante-up another $110,000.00 and $400,000.00 come from general fund taxation dollars. In addition, the fascists are going to increase the license fees for those who want to kill the damned useless dog. Is there no sanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Killing the dog IS the solution!!! What is there to not understand?

It should have been reprehensible in the beginning that the Federal Government forced this criminal enterprise of wolf introduction on people who didn’t want it. Now that the worm-infested canines are dug in, spreading disease and destroying game and livestock, as is typical, government bails out leaving the damage behind and the citizens to find a way to clean it up.

I’m not so stupid as to not understand that the state of Idaho is much to blame for this because of the corruption in that state’s government that illegally allowed the criminal act of wolf introduction to take place to begin with. But, let’s not get sidetracked.

Those suffering the most from wolf introduction are the ranchers and the sportsmen. If you’re not in this group, just be patient and wait for it. Disease or an attack, increased food prices, etc., will be blessing you and yours anytime now.

While the ranchers and sportsmen are down on the ground, idiots in the Idaho government form a committee that recommends the allotment of extra taxes to pay for the disease that’s killing them that they didn’t want in the first place. Talk about kicking them in the groin while they are down!

Perhaps I could understand taking money from general taxation but you’re still asking those who have already paid and paid many times over, to dig deeper and pay for their own massacre. Does anyone else see anything wrong with this? Ranchers and sportsmen are being targeted!

The pittance, more accurately could be called a damned insult, that is given to ranchers for compensation is a joke. Unwilling, and I’m sure with their lack of gray matter, authorities couldn’t figure out a compensation package that includes the real costs of dealing with wolves. It’s not that difficult! Instead, the insulting pittance of money repaid to ranchers amounts to nothing – all by design I might add.

In addition, Idaho, a state that once could brag about being the finest elk hunting in the West, has drastically reduced opportunities to buy tags and go hunting. Now that wolves and the government, along with their useful idiot NGOs, have destroyed the industry, these blood thirsty bastards want them to reach into their pockets and pay again. Let’s make sure it hurts real good – right you fascist, ignorant people?

And speaking of ignorance, how about charging the hunters and trappers who are willing to kill the damned wild dog more money for a license to do so. On another article published on this website a reader left a comment that I think might sum up what is going on here. I’ll paraphrase: It is the policy of wildlife managers to give first dibs to game animals to the predators. If there happens to be anything left over, we’ll let them fight over a handful of hunting tags.

But Idaho has gone even beyond that. They want those suffering to pay more.

Evidently stuck on stupid, these inept, brainwashed, fully indoctrinated people seem to suggest there is no better solution to this problem. Well, here’s a solution for you; that is if you have any guts and bravery to do the right thing.

It appears Gov. Otter is willing to steal from the citizens of Idaho, $620,000.00 to “manage” wolves in order to keep the environmentalists off his back. This problem will go away when the wolves go away. Nothing else will do. The people and governments were warned all of this bull crap was going to happen, and as good fascists, they would not listen to the people and still will not.

So, Otter is willing to spend somebody else’s money to continue to grow wolves so they can continue their destruction. Take the $620,000.00, all from general taxation, (after all, according to the fascists and totalitarians, the majority of the people wanted wolves. So make them all pay and stop targeting the ranchers and sportsmen. Trust me when I say that tax payers would be eager to jump at this investment that will end their troubles.) and pay for the reduction, to the barest minimum, of worthless wolves. Here’s how: First, there will be no license fee involved with killing wolves and no closed season or night-time prohibition. In addition, if there are an estimated 1,500 – 2,000 wolves in Idaho, divide the $620,000.00 by 2,000 wolves and give each hunter/trapper that kills a wolf a $310.00 bounty. How long before wolves wouldn’t be a problem and Idaho wouldn’t even be thinking about how to “manage” the wolf? Wolves are gone and along with it the problem. It’s time to admit introduction was a failure and the biggest tragedy perpetrated upon the people of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and now many other states.

Think about it for a minute. With wolves gone, ranchers will no longer have a problem and can continue to produce food and make a living. Elk will return, along with deer, moose and once again hunters return to the state buying up licenses. Idaho Fish and Game Department can balance their books, the war and division among the people will go away. Lawsuits will go away and along with it the radical environmentalist, bloodsuckers. What isn’t to love about this plan? So many problems ended with one simple cure.

Of course it will never happen because the fascists are in control and the totalitarian, useful idiots, often called by me, True Believers, play out their hand for them. Their aim is to destroy ranching and hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as closing up lands. And the fascist government, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wants them gone as well. It’s about control of people and nothing to do with game management.

Somehow, over the years, I had thought that Idaho was a bastion of hope, a place where enough people had enough brains and common sense to not put up with this crap. If Idaho has gone to the dogs, literally and figuratively, what hope is there?

I think Idaho ranchers and sportsmen should step up and tell the fascists that you’ve paid your share. You don’t want to pay any more and will not pay any more!

Support common sense and rational thinking!