Senator Dan Lederman (R-16/Dakota Dunes) continues to peddle his malarkey about the pretty cool and totally voluntary Niobrara/Ponca conservation plan being a "federal land grab." In his latest propaganda, Senator Lederman posts a resolution from the clearly misguided Boyd County (Nebraska) Board of Supervisors expressing official county disapproval of the federal plan to acquire conservation easements and land along the Missouri and Niobrara rivers.
But pay attention to the crux of Boyd County's and, I must assume, Lederman's opposition. They don't care about conservation, wildlife habitat, hunting, or tourism. Their big issue seems to be that keeping some land (some land: remember that the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for choice parcels that would make up just a tenth of the 1.4-million-acre area under consideration) out of production will reduce the tax dollars available to state and local government.
Read that again: Republicans (Lederman, at least; I don't have a partisan breakdown of the Boyd County officials... though this smells like a kind of dumb unique to Republicans) want government to have more tax dollars. They want property owners to pay more taxes. They want to stop private landowners and the federal government from making deals that could keep their taxes down.
Tell me again, how does Dan Lederman call himself a Republican?