Arizonians continue to challenge the Federal Government. The latest battle comes four months after the US Supreme Court struck down three of four Arizona immigration provisions. Now the State is seeking control of some valuable (in terms of tourism) Federal land in its State. Tim Gaynor reports in a transparently biased article for Reuters:
When voters in Arizona go to the polls next month, they will be asked to decide a landownership tug of war: Should the Grand Canyon belong to all Americans, or just the residents of Arizona?
Notice the way that the reporter Gaynor frames the debate. Do ‘all Americans’ really own the Grand Canyon? Of course not. In reality some bureaucrats and politicians in Washington, DC control it. Meanwhile, the people of Arizona who live around the Grand Canyon have practically no say at all in how the land there is used. Is this just?
A controversial ballot measure backed by Republicans in the state legislature is seeking sovereign control over millions of acres of federal land in the state, including the Grand Canyon.
Again, notice the bias of the reporter. He does not simply report the facts, but determines the ballot measure to be ‘controversial.’
Proposition 120 would amend the state’s constitution to declare Arizona’s sovereignty and jurisdiction over the “air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries.”
The measure is the latest salvo in the so-called “sagebrush revolt” by Republicans in the West aiming to take back control of major swaths of land owned by various federal agencies, much of it by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management.
The Federal Government owns roughly half of the land in Arizona.