Is this part of the GOP's effort to drown our Government in the bath tub so they can "Privatization of America" for their Corporate Masters, or has NOAA realy abused their "Asset Forfeiture" more than every other agency that uses it for revenue?
We know the GOP wants to defund NOAA, here they are accusing NOAA of asset forfeiture mismanagement. But even if the accusastions are true we know that when Republicans talk about "reform" it's a euphemism for Corporate Welfare, Privatization or Dismantling, and has nothing to do with truth, justice, equality, liberty, humanity, compassion, quality of life or inprovement or oversight, transparency or accountability. Or am I too cynical?
The problem I have is that Asset Forfeiture is and has been used and abused for many years by many agencies and police and the only complaint I hear appears to be an attack on an agency charged with regulation and oversight of resources. And we know the GOP hates oversight and regulation, and has no problem with abuse of power, preditory pratices, or victimizing citizens as long as they are in control or get a cut. It seems the only time they have a problem with anything is when they want to discredit, destroy, or take control over an agency. (we all know there are endless examples)
As I was splitting eucalyptus wood for the fireplace I reaized that the Corporatists & their republican sycophants are using the same method to do their very difficult dirty work, anyone who has split eucalyptus knows it's a bitch to split but if you chip it off a piece at a time the impossible becomes possible. This is exactly what the Privatization Movement is doing. (perhaps we could learn something here.)
Letter: GOP should continue push for NOAA reform http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/x2072624650/Letter-GOP-should-continue-push-for-NOAA-reform
Statement of Dr. Jane Lubchenco on Inspector General’s Report on the Asset Forfeiture Fund
(I wish I could articulate my beliefs and suspicions more succinctly but I do what I can, I will suggest you google NOAA, asset forfeiture, & GOP, I also hope I am using this forum properly, constructive criticism is appreciated)