Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pelosi's Priorities: Dog Walkers

Our favorite Speaker of the House has her priorities in order. While we are debating gas prices, oil drilling, financial melt-downs, and other problems affecting our way of life, Nancy is worried about the name of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Dog walkers say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt to change the name of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to Golden Gate National Parks could bar their pooches from running free.

"Pelosi Betrays Her Constituents!" blares one headline on a dog walking Web site, which goes on to say a change to the name from "recreation area" to "national park" would make it easier for the federal government to restrict dogs in areas such as Rodeo, Muir and other Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo beaches.

Under current rules, dogs generally must be kept on leash in national parks. Rules in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area allow dogs to be off the leash in certain areas as long as they are under "voice command."

"I think a lot of dog groups are pretty concerned about the name change," said Sally Stephens of the San Francisco Dog Owners Group. "And this could not only affect dog walkers, but other forms of recreation as well."

Pelosi last month introduced a bill that would change the name, saying she wanted better recognition for the park areas. The proposal will be reviewed by the House's Resource Committee Tuesday.

When President Harry Truman called his Congress a "do-nothing Congress" he had no idea of how do-nothing it would eventually become. Why would any sane person, at this time, even think about spending time on this non-issue today? I guess I answered my own question.

God help us all.


onecoatsam said...

Good Lord, do you have it wrong. What the proposed bill will do is not simply change the name of the Park, but delete the word "recreation" from the text of the enabling legislation. Have you thought to ask yourself "why"? Because Pelosi's real concern is making the Presidio Trust self sufficient and profitable by 2013 or it reverts to the DOI. Thus, she is doing whatever it takes to remove all forms of recreation from the GGNRA so that things like a modern museum of art can be built and the PT can reap rental revenue from such businesses. The world we live in comprises more than national issues and international issues, but local issues as well. You must love the federal government right in your front yard telling you what you can and cannot do in a Park established for your use.

Steve said...

I do not have any love for the Feds dictating anything. That was not my point. My point is that Pelosi and her cronies have done nothing about solving the real problems this country faces. The fact that she thinks it important to have the federal government regulate everything under the sun is just ridiculous.