A letter from Nevada Congressman Ruben Kihuen to President Donald Trump that was published in The Hill newspaper prompted a Las Vegas resident to respond to the Congressman.
Kihuen, another Nevadan that could waste no time to advance in his political career, was just elevated from Nevada Senator to US Congressman; now, as with Nevada Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman, he too wants to become US Senator only three months after being elected.
In the letter to President Trump, Ruben Kihuen, a protegee of retired(?) Senator Harry Reid, criticizes the president for his dealing with Nevada lands and said that President Trump is only interested in one kind of deal — “a raw deal for the people of Nevada.”
“His latest executive order calls on the Interior Department and Secretary Zinke ‘to review national monuments created since Jan. 1, 1996 that span at least 100,000 acres.’ There can be no clearer message from the president for residents of Nevada. He doesn’t give a damn about you,” wrote the mind-reader and newby Congressman Kihuen.
In the letter Congressman Kihuen stated, “As I’ve said before, most Nevadans support public lands and their permanent protection. President Trump has criticized the creation of national monuments like Gold Butte and Basin and Range, calling them a “massive federal land grab” and portraying them as federal overreach.
What would be funny if it wasn’t so sad is that President Trump is doing exactly what he’s complaining about: imposing Washington, D.C.’s “wisdom” on the people of Nevada. Instead of “returning control to the people” as he has advocated, he’s sidestepping the desires of Nevadans. Instead of being part of the conversation, Nevadans are told to shut up and sit down.
“President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, first used the act in 1906, and for years presidents from both parties have used this action to protect our national treasures,” a historian Kihuen reminds the American people in The Hill newspaper.
“Now, President Trump is bucking years of precedent by threatening to revoke the protected status for these designations.”
“Who is President Trump really looking out for? Perhaps it’s big oil and gas who want expanded drilling rights. Or mining companies that seek to extract resources from these federally held areas.”
“He certainly isn’t looking out for Nevadans, or the Moapa Band of Paiutes, or residents of Mesquite, Caliente, Crystal Springs or any of the other countless towns and communities that surround Gold Butte and Basin and Range.”
Designating these as national monuments also provides our state with federal resources and tools to protect their natural beauty while exploring ways to foster economic development at each site. Additionally, tourism and revenue from the outdoor recreation economy, a $14 billion industry that supports 148,000 jobs, could act as an economic boon for the surrounding areas.
The Nevada legislature recently passed a resolution expressing support for Basin and Range and Gold Butte. It can’t be any clearer; Nevadans across party lines have made their voices heard. They want these monuments.
“These special places mean a lot to the people of Nevada. Before doing anything that could potentially ruin these natural wonders, President Trump should talk to the majority of Nevadans who support their designation.”
A Las Vegas Tribune reader saw Congressman Kihuen’s letter on The Hill and was prompted to respond to the newly elected Nevada Congressman’s with a letter of his own to be published in the Las Vegas Tribune.
“Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, you’re a great guy, but your plea is full of irony. The government Mr. Trump represents controls 90,000 of Nevada’s 110,000 square miles, but allows mining companies to rip up thousands of square miles and walk off with $10 billion/year in gold alone while PREVENTING the People and State of Nevada from auctioning its one-of-a-kind lands or even getting franchise fees or taxes. Even former 4th world colonies today get justice and real money from extraction industries. Perhaps worse treated are the 10,000 miles on which that same government has conducted and/or continues to conduct the most destructive activities on the planet (bombing, exploding nuclear bombs, exposing additional tens of thousands of square miles to radiation, stores nuclear waste, plots the deaths of millions of foreigners and from which it actually kills tens of thousands etc.
For all that waste, destruction, xenophobia and hatred it stirs up in our desert, the USG pays the state about 50 cents per acre ($330/sq. mile) in pseudo-taxes.
Contrast that festering 66,600,000-acre wound against Planet Earth with its number one oasis, Las Vegas, occupying a mere pinpoint in Nevada. Las Vegas was created by the freedom-loving, law-abiding and long-suffering PEOPLE of Nevada who managed to wrestle 33,000 acres from that far-off Constitution-violating government: 1,000,000 jobs, a $120,000,000,000 economy; an attraction which brings 40,000,000 outsiders each year together in peace, love and education. Its convention center alone may be the nation’s largest educational institution with 5,000,000 “students” per year. Yes, Ruben, you are correct: LEAVE NEVADA TO NEVADANS. Look what we can do.
The Washington government was granted a hundred-square-mile tract in Maryland and Virginia AND “needful” lands. It does not “need” 90,000 square miles (85 percent) of Nevada’s land. The 50-cent per acre Payment in Lieu of Taxation that Washington pays Nevada yields a paltry $30M. That amount, based on Nevada’s 1 percent taxation rate, points to a total value $3B. The economic value of the 33,000 acres controlled by the people is valued at $150,000,000,000. Washington controls 2000 times as much land and creates value one fiftieth as much using its own figures. In other words, for every dollar of value Washington has “created” in the last 150 years, the people of Nevada have created $100,000!
Finally, Ruben, it is your mentor, Senator Harry Reid, lifelong government “employee,” who has created a $20,000,000 estate for himself and his sons primarily via his purchases of US government land through insider information and contacts. The first reason the Bureau of Land Management, whose leader was a friend of Reid, assembled that motley and illegal domestic army to further ATTACK Nevadans in 1995 was because Senator Reid wanted to place the desert tortoises being removed from one of his now-personal land developments (formerly BLM land) nearby the Bundy Ranch. The secondary reason is because the BLM didn’t want to bother to obtain an Unlawful Detainer order from Clark County — like every other landlord in the County. That plus execution of an eviction by the Constable and sale of the property (cattle) also by the Constable would have cost taxpayers a few thousand dollars vs. the $3 million for the BLM laughing stock army and its Utah contractor.”
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Ed Uehling ran against Ruben Kihuen in 2014 — and happens to admire some of his positions.