Open Letter to U.S. Senate

Regarding Resources:
1.

We believe that the responsible utilization of resources (natural resources, capital, and labor) in production is the only source of new wealth for a nation’s economy.

Here in Oregon our economy has been burdened by political movement and legislation aimed at sequestering our natural resources and removing them from the economic mix. This movement, supported by a large and influential segment of the populace, has unfortunately gained a monopoly of legislative support. This has had the obvious and necessarily negative effect upon our economy.

We suggest that a monopoly of legislative support for either interest – that of sequestration or that of production – is contrary to fundamental principles of democracy and counter-productive to the general welfare.

We therefore call for a balance in the allocation of our resources. For all public lands set aside for sequestration, there must also be a commensurate dedication of others to production. We can allow no monopoly of interests as to the public lands.

2.

We believe that the wastrel sequestering of resources be they oil, mineral, timber, water or land frustrates production which in turn deprives the economy of the creation of new wealth.

We therefore call for a change in the management directives to federal agencies requiring the exploitation of those resources available to us and eliminating those policies that would curtail production.

3.

In particular here in Oregon, since the advent of the Northwest Forest Management Plan, we have seen a sequestration of our natural resources to an unsustainable degree. Even the meager goals for production in the plan are frustrated by political activists who use the courts to litigate management plans. In Josephine County last year, every attempted timber harvest was challenged by environmental groups. Consequently, we call for a change to the standing requirements for suits brought under federal environmental and land use laws.

Regarding the Economy:
1.

We believe that inflation is the cruelest tax of all imposed by government. It hurts most the poorest elements of society. It destroys the middle class. It rewards speculation and gambling while cheating investors. We recognize no cure for inflation other than deflation and deferring that inevitable deflation only makes the ultimate reckoning so much more severe.

We believe the Federal Reserve purchasing U.S. debt with money it simply creates by making the purchase is inflation of the monetary system. We therefore call for legislation prohibiting the Federal Reserve from purchasing U.S. government debt.

2.

We believe that self-serving, ever-expanding government bureaucracy is the root cause behind government’s inability to live within its means. Accordingly, we believe that the limitation of over-reaching government intrusion and control is dependent upon a requirement that government live within its means. We likewise believe that federal deficit spending to be the only need for inflation.

We therefore call for legislation forbidding federal deficit spending. In that same vein, we call for a refusal by the present Congress to extend the federal debt ceiling.

3.

We believe that the concept of a democratic republic calls for a balancing of power between the federal government and the state governments. As a practical matter, this balance of power has in large measure been rendered meaningless in the real world owing to the federal government providing funding for the states.

We therefore call for legislation forbidding the federal government from funding state activities.

In addition, we believe that the concept of constitutional republic created by the framers of the federal constitution achieved a balancing of powers between the federal government and the states by way of a strict delegation of specific powers to the federal government and no others. No inferred powers. No inherent powers. No implied powers. No extrapolated powers. We also believe that it is the unique role of the U.S. Senate to represent the interests of the states, particularly with regard to this issue of conflict of powers.

We therefore call for any legislation proposed to the Congress to be strictly measured against the Constitutional delegation of powers.

Regarding Government:
 

We believe that every regulation created by the government carries with it a cost of compliance that must be borne by the general economy. We believe that our nation has reached the stage that we have more regulations than we can afford. We likewise believe that the power of administrative agencies to write rules with the force of law is a violation of the doctrine of separation of powers.

We therefore call for legislation limiting the rule-making capacity of administrative agencies to rules applicable to the agencies and their procedures with no applicability to the general public.