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Voice: Bush administration uses government intervention when it sees fit

May 26, 2001

I read something interesting May 9 about the Bush administration that conservatives should be up in arms about.

If President Clinton had proposed it, they would have tried to impeach him (again)! The Bush administration has proposed eminent domain to lay power lines as part of its energy policy to help alleviate the so-called power crisis, a so-called power crisis manipulated I believe by the oil and power industry. Think about it. When the oil prices on the stock market go up before the day is over, gas prices shoot up 3 to 5 cents. But when the price on Wall Street goes down, the price at the pump doesn't go down for weeks, if at all!

Anyway, for those who don't know what eminent domain is, it is a seldom-used law that allows the government to take your land from you and do whatever it wants with it. The question I have is where are all those people who complain about the government doing stuff like this for environmental reasons? It's real interesting to me that you haven't heard a peep out of the so-called "principled" conservatives like Rush Limbaugh or G. Gordon Liddy who thought it was (and is) wrong for the government to take land for environmental reasons.

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What is the difference? The way I see it is the government is still taking privately owned land from people. If you have principles, the reason for taking the land shouldn't matter.

The worst part is the government will not keep ownership of the land. The oil and utility companies will end up owning the land. In other words, the Bush administration plans to be the middleman (broker) in a scheme to take land from private citizens and hand it over to the oil and utility companies. And you know the government will not pay nearly as much for the land as the utility companies would have if they had to do this on their own.

Now I would like to remind you this is the very thing utility companies have been lobbying for, for years! And guess who gave an obscene amount of money to President Bush's campaign? That's right, oil and utility companies! Talk about your quid pro quo! Isn't it funny how when millions (to campaigns) and billions (in profits for oil and utility companies) of dollars are at stake, principles seem to change or completely go out the window? It's amazing, the hypocrisy!

RAMAS "MO" MORRISON

El Centro

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