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NYT Joins the Bush Camp. Sort Of.
Posted by: Dale Franks on Friday, June 16, 2006

The editors of the New York Times are praising—that's right, praising—President Bush for an "exemplary" use of presidential power.
Mr. Bush has made the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument, putting them under some of the strictest environmental protections the law provides. It was an act of wilderness preservation that, acre for acre, instantly put him into the same league as the conservation-minded presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
The editors go on to wax euphoric about how much the president has done to protect the lives of spiny lobsters.

[Insert sarcastic, snarky comparison between the NYT's zeal for using presidential power in protecting sea life from small-scale commercial fishing, and their opposition to the president using his powers to protect American citizens from terrorists here.]
 
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[Insert sarcastic, snarky comparison between the NYT’s zeal for using presidential power in protecting sea life from small-scale commercial fishing, and their opposition to the president using his powers to protect American citizens from terrorists here.]

Not to mention the Times’ opposition to the president using his power to protect human fetal life and human embryonic life. Apparently, not only are unborn humans less important to the Times than those who successfully reach birth, they are less important than marine life. Well, at least the Times has their priorities in order. Not the right order, perhaps, but in order.
 
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Insert sarcastic, snarky comparison between the NYT’s zeal for using presidential power in protecting sea life from small-scale commercial fishing, and their opposition to the president using his powers to protect American citizens from terrorists here.]
Sea life can’t vote Republican...
 
Written By: shark
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Dale, I am not a big supporter of the administration in general however it is important to understand that the president’s creation of this new national monument is vastly different then the president signing a bill into law and then claiming that the law does not apply to the executive branch. All president’s of the United States have the authority to create National Monuments under a law signed into being in 1906 when Theodore Roosevelt was in office. This is the same law the sparked the creation of such parks as Yellow Stone and Yosemite.

Creation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument is momentous in the history of environmental conservation for many reasons. I wrote more about this subject at http://www.vitter.com/craigsmusings/Entry.aspx?entry=272 but it is more than worth your time to visit the official web site to learn a bit more about the subject: http://hawaiireef.noaa.gov/.

Also, to be clear, the national monument is not about stopping "small-scale commercial fishing". We are talking about large factory ships that can take on hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish. The 4500 miles of reefs in the monument are important breeding grounds. Protecting these reefs from commercial fishing will, in the long term, do mush to ensure the overall health of fish stocks in the Pacific and actually benefit commercial fishing.
 
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