The dilemma of socialism is that it needs large masses of the ignorant and poor to stay in power. Socialists know that public policies which enable and empower the individual will grow the economy but doom collectivist governance.
Los Angeles gets a new national monument that President Obama will dedicate on his most recent fund raising trip through soCal. The huge land area covered is essentially all of the San Gabriel Mountains north of the greater LA area. The former national forest will be put into a permanent category of limited or no public use. Located next to where millions of people live, this takings is a poster child of Agenda21 in operation. Jo Ann and I spent much of our youth and family recreation days in those mountains. As a high schooler and college undergraduate I and my friends were often in those mountain canyons and ridge tops since we lived in the Foothill Blvd corridor right below the mountains. And within minutes from their homes, LA area families with picnic baskets or sleds and saucers would be enjoying themselves in summer and winter. Those accessible mountains were a godsend to rich and poor alike, and for generations a draw for people to move to California – where else could you ski in the morning and then spend the afternoon on a sunny beach? The LA Times today murmurs that some local leaders have had the temerity to opine their concerns that this federal takeover “will limit access” to this priceless recreation area. Sadly, Angeles National Forest RIP as Agenda21’s stack and pack corrals Americans into ever narrower corridors of access and mobility.