Obama on Earth Day: I’ve Stolen More Lands from States than Any Other President

Earth Day is a rationalization for Federal land grabs in the name of the planet.

The euphemism for “stole” in President Obama’s statement is “set aside.” As in the headline at CNS News: “Obama: ‘I’ve Set Aside More Public Lands and Waters Than Any Administration in History’

In an Earth Day speech delivered today in the Florida Everglades, President Barack Obama boasted that he has set aside more “public land and waters” than any president in the history of the country.

President Obama also wants us to believe that stealing these lands is massively helpful to the economy.

Obama also said that the nation’s economy gets a 1000 percent return from federal funds that are “invested” in the National Park Service.’

“First, we’re releasing a report showing that every dollar invested in the National Park Service generates $10 for the economy,” said Obama. “That’s a good investment. I don’t run a private equity fund, but I know that if you invest a dollar and you get $10 back, that’s a good investment.

It is a good return because it is impossible in real life! If you think the government is capable of multiplying “invested” dollars by a tenfold multiplier you are deeply delusional.

The only people who ever make that kind of return (if anyone ever does) is by taking horrible risks with their money. The fact that Obama is presenting this as some kind of law of nature that the government knows how to invest money to get a tenfold return proves that he has no idea what he is talking about.

[See also, “40 Years of Doomsaying Earth Day Predictions.”]

Another delusion is that, without government stealing land from states and from private individuals, there would be no parks or hiking trails. Notice the full context of his statement about setting aside land:

In 2014, almost 300 million visitors to our national parks spent almost $16 billion and supported 277,000 jobs.  So protecting our parks is a smart thing to do for our economy.  That’s why I’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. 

Here in the Everglades, we’ve already invested $2.2 billion in restoration efforts.  With the support of some outstanding members of Congress, I’ve proposed another $240 million this year.  We want to restore the natural water flow of the Everglades, which we know is one of the best defenses against climate change and rising sea levels.  And I’m calling on Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports this work across the country.

I’m also announcing $25 million in public and private money for restoration projects at our national parks.  And this is part of our broader effort that we’ve launched to encourage every American to “Find Your Park.”  Chances are, there’s one closer than you think. 

Just last weekend, Michelle and I took the girls for a hike in a national park just 20 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.  As we were walking a trail along the Everglades, we saw a group of school kids – couldn’t have been more excited about mostly seeing the gators, not seeing me – (laughter) – but also learning about the science of the planet that they live on.  And I want every child to have that opportunity.

If parks are capable of making so much money, then they don’t need the Federal government to take over the industry. The private sector would produce parks.

The problem is that Obama’s ideas about how many national parks there should be are entirely baseless. He has no idea. Because he can “set aside” land without paying for it or bearing the cost of it, he will tend to make such parks too often.