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03-10-2010 03:42 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Kramer

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Obama to ban recreational fishing?

The Obama administration is considering new environmental rules that would, in effect ban recreational fishing in the United States, according to ESPN. This move is apparently being contemplated under pressure from environmental groups.

"The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

"This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

"That's a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning."

The excuse for this contemplated ban is the notion that recreational fishing as well as commercial fishing is depleting the stock of fish in American waters. This notion is disputed by fishing groups, which fear not only that a ban would prohibit Americans from pursuing a traditional form of recreation, but also devastate the industry that supports recreational fishing. Angling groups maintain that there is no basis in science for an attempt to ban recreational fishing.

If the ban is ordered, it would likely come via executive order rather than an attempt to have Congress pass legislation. Various environmental groups are demanding that such an executive order be issued as soon as possible.

The idea that any president would contemplate arbitrarily banning a sport that millions of Americans enjoy, from young boys dropping lines at the local fishing hole, to adults struggling with Marlins on the high seas, is just mind boggling. A potential ban on recreational fishing suggests that this administration is possessed by a myopic version of environmental ideology that transcends common sense. It also feels empowered to tell Americans what they can or cannot do at a whim.

If a ban on recreational fishing were to take hold, one would suspect that a ban on recreational hunting would not be far behind. Environmental groups have been trying to stop hunting for decades and now seem to have an administration willing to do their bidding.

There will almost certainly be a pushback against these plans. To paraphrase the president himself, Americans have traditionally clung to their fishing rods as much as they do their guns and their God. The writer Norman Mclean wrote a story, 'A River Runs Through It', that explored the spiritual aspects of fly fishing. The story was made into a film by Robert Redford.

Incidentally, one of the most famous anglers in the United States is a former vice president named Dick Cheney. So far Cheney has not commented on the proposed ban on recreational fishing. When he does, the effects should be interesting to behold.

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03-10-2010 03:44 AM  8 years agoPost 2
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Sadly,I think the American people have let a trojan horse into our castle.

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03-10-2010 04:08 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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They really know how to gather folks around them.

Don't they.

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03-10-2010 04:09 AM  8 years agoPost 4
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Unfriggin believeable!

If Obama bans recreational fishing by "executive order", there's no telling what might happen. There's just literally millions of "good ol boys" that enjoy fishing, not to mention all of the industries that depend on it.

The government cannot give you anything without first taking it from someone else.

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03-10-2010 04:10 AM  8 years agoPost 5
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It's part of Agenda 21 that went into effect Dec, 09.

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03-10-2010 04:10 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Dennis (RIP)

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Unfriggin believeable!

If Obama bans recreational fishing by "executive order", there's no telling what might happen. There's just literally millions of "good ol boys" that enjoy fishing, not to mention all of the industries that depend on it.
I would really like to see them enforce that one.

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03-10-2010 05:47 AM  8 years agoPost 7
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Doubt its truth.

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03-10-2010 06:01 AM  8 years agoPost 8
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zaw
Doubt its truth.
ESPN is pretty non political and they are reporting it as true.

http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/...tory?id=4975762

It's not in force yet, but look out if he goes through with it.

He's done a lot of stupid things already:

Buzz downtown Manhattan with Air Force One in broad daylight.

Proposing soldiers' pay for their own combat wounds with private insurance.

Try terrorists in downtown NYC.

And the list go on and on and on and on.

edit: real of not, people have become so accustomed to seeing "crazy things" from this administration, that this seems the norm with Obama.

90% of life is "showing up"

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03-10-2010 06:04 AM  8 years agoPost 9
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I'll bet the millions upon millions of dollars involved in the fishing industry will love this one.

Thats not mentioning the fact that even more jobs lost because of these lefty clowns in Washington DC.

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03-10-2010 06:13 AM  8 years agoPost 10
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Imagine the guy that lives near the coast and just put down a deposit on a new $50,000+ boat so he and his family could enjoy their recreational time together.

Whoooa. I bet he's burning up the phone line to put a stop on that order.

For that matter, what are boat dealers and sporting goods people thinking? The possibility of a ban has to slow customers if not stop them in their tracks.

Scary times.

90% of life is "showing up"

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03-10-2010 06:15 AM  8 years agoPost 11
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For that matter, what are boat dealers and sporting goods people thinking? The possibility of a ban has to slow customers if not stop them in their tracks.
Some might survive. But, those directly connected to the fishing industry will no doubt die.

Lets see what happens. Without any further public input, thats the best we can do.

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03-10-2010 06:27 AM  8 years agoPost 12
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Teach a man to fill out a welfare form and he will eat for the rest of his life...Teach a man to fish and...UM...never mind.

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03-10-2010 06:31 AM  8 years agoPost 13
Dennis (RIP)

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Teach a man to fill out a welfare form and he will eat for the rest of his life...Teach a man to fish and...UM...never mind.
Thats a good one.

Also, there are plenty of lefty fisherman. Can you imagine the fall out in the party?

I'll bet these lefty clowns are stupid enough to allow foreign nations to come into our waters to fish.

Heck, I guess we'll just have to cling to our guns and our bibles a little tighter.

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03-10-2010 07:23 AM  8 years agoPost 14
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Just another example of how Obama will not change America.

And another example of how insane he and the left really are.

I say please issue the executive order immediately, I cannot wait for the backlash, I mean whiplash the left will feel immediately.

Maybe ban hunting too.

And ban auto racing.

And ban yacht racing.

And ban skiing.

And ban use of powerboats on the nations waters.

And ban recreational use of aircraft.

And most importantly, ban RC helicopters and airplanes.

keepin' it real

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03-10-2010 11:32 AM  8 years agoPost 15
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Don't know about other states, but the game wardens in Texas are paid thru the purchase of hunting/fishing licenses. So is Obama going to pay them also because Texas will no longer have the money?

The government cannot give you anything without first taking it from someone else.

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03-10-2010 12:29 PM  8 years agoPost 16
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I propose a ban on Morons in public office. That should wipe the slate claen with one signature.
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03-10-2010 12:46 PM  8 years agoPost 17
McLovin

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I propose a ban on Morons in public office. That should wipe the slate claen with one signature.
You do realize there will be some collateral damage with that proposal. LOL

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03-10-2010 01:00 PM  8 years agoPost 18
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this is a bit of smoke and mirrors.

he (obama) probably floated the idea to distract you all from the healthcare debate.

divide and conquer.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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03-10-2010 01:01 PM  8 years agoPost 19
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I think the environmental groups next request will be a ban on toilet paper due to deforestation.

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03-10-2010 01:04 PM  8 years agoPost 20
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This move is apparently being contemplated under pressure from environmental groups.
before everyone just mouths off in anger, I'd like to know EXACTLY what the arguments from the environmental group is for this ban to be put in place.

I keep fish, I don't do fishing (OK maybe once a very long time ago), but recreational fishing is a pastime enjoyed by countless people all over the world - not just America.

I don't think recreational fishing causes as much damage to fish stocks as COMMERCIAL fishing does. The scale is too small, and there are companies employed to restock fish in lakes and rivers (not so with commercial fishing).

He must be totally nuts!!!

They better have a damn good reason.

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