Anchorage Daily News – 6/26/01
Letter to the Editor

Congressman Don Young spits in the face of the U.S. Constitution by sponsoring CARA again. Instead of sponsoring a bill that would return vast federal landholdings (nearly 700 million acres or one-third of the U.S.) to its constitutionally recognized owners, the states, Young favors the Karl Marx method of centralizing government power: abolishing private property. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it authorize the feds to own land in the states except "for the erection of forts, magazines, dockyards and other needful buildings." The result of CARA will be the accretion of the bureaucratic "fourth branch" of government exercising more unaccountable control over us subjects.

Young and others pointed out that "the bill specifies that the federal government can only buy lands from a'willing seller"' ("CARA bill up for a new run," June 21). A statement so laughable it doesn't bear comment. In the wake of the ANWR debate it's clear we need a representative who fights for states' rights instead of increased federal presence.

The Founding Fathers intended that our elected officials would be bound by their oath of office. As the illegitimate political progeny of the Founders, Young is the champion of socialism and Bill Clinton instead of the defender of liberty and George Washington.

- Jim Dore

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