Secretary Ryan Zinke Receives His Presidential Commission From Vice-President Pence…

Vice President Mike Pence delivers the oath of office to representative Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior.  As Secretary Zinke accepts his commission to head the Department of the Interior he takes charge of everything outside:

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(Via AP) Ryan Zinke (ZIN’-kee) has been sworn in as interior secretary, giving him oversight of 400 million acres of public land, most of it in the West. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office on Wednesday, hours after the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Zinke by a vote of 68-31.

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The 55-year-old Montana native and former Navy SEAL has also pledged to tackle the estimated $12 billion backlog in maintenance and repairs at national parks.

With Zinke’s approval, the Senate has confirmed 16 out of 22 of Trump’s Cabinet and Cabinet-level nominations. Senate confirmation votes are pending on Trump’s nominees to head the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and Labor, along with the posts of U.S. trade representative and the director of national intelligence. (link)

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114 Responses to Secretary Ryan Zinke Receives His Presidential Commission From Vice-President Pence…

  1. Pam says:

    I would highly suggest people watch this one. It was very moving to hear Zinke describe the ceremony at Dover when Ryan Owens’ body was returned to his loved ones. He really hit the nail on the head about what kind of person we have as a POTUS.

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  2. booger71 says:

    It’s about time, I have several suggestions I will email him about.

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    • WSB says:

      Like sending a lot of For Sale and For Lease signs.

      Liked by 8 people

      • harrietht3 says:

        I’m a bit slow; but I get it: Federal lands.
        Yes indeed!

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        • lubyankafh says:

          BLM
          National Parks
          Mining & Oil & ‘oil shale’
          Indian Affairs
          Offshore Oil Leases
          Gold & Metals
          Arctic, Alaska, Montana, Utah,

          I think National Monuments and know National Parks.

          Think of that BLM Nevada memories Bundys, and know that
          a real SEAL commands all those BLM wannabe soldiers.

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          • keeler says:

            National Monuments do not exist as their own agency. Some are under NPS jurisdiction, some are under BLM jurisdiction.

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          • oncefired says:

            He needs to kill the charges against the Bundy’s and let them graze the land again. That whole dust up was over Corrupt Harry Reid, think his son had a deal with China to put a Solar Farm there or other nefarious dealings for mining. Just know nothing happened in Nevada with Dingy Harry getting a cut, hope he has lost influence since he is gone! The Bundy’s weren’t elegant speakers, but they were grazing cattle there for like a 100 years or more. Probably not a good idea for the Government to own and control most of the land out west – give it to the States and let them figure out how to manage it. A lot of stories about BLM goons intimidating ranchers.

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          • Matt Musson says:

            Hell, think of how Obama militarized the NPS in order to drive off Veterans who were threatening to visit the WWII Memorial during his government shutdown. I hope this Navy Seal literally kicks some butt!

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      • starfcker says:

        For sale signs are a dumb idea. If you start selling public property at the end of an eight year counterfeiting spree, the people who have the counterfeit money end up owning everything. I would much rather the feds give, say, Nevada or Utah control of federal land within their state, than have goldman sachs end up owning it all. Be careful what you wish for. No place for dogma in common sense conservatism.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          This is why you are so correct. Uranium was the warning. Zin(c/ke) is the answer. Here is the reason, and particularly the reason for somebody who actually understands the military to be in the Department of Interior.

          Selling certain things to China – where everybody has to go now – would defeat the whole purpose of strategic metal independence.

          We have to be smart. The dumb and corrupt need to be removed from the equation.

          This may mean that even certain states with histories of massive corruption (like Illinois), or looming corruption (like Virginia) need to be treated carefully.

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        • WSB says:

          Funny, I do not work for Goldman Sachs but own property.

          If you have ever done any work with the GSA, you will note the amount of properties, buildings and toys that this government owns is staggering.

          Whether we make deals with mining companies, states, individual Americans, or create leases, unloading or renting real estate is probably one area that this President will take an interest in.

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          • For those who think fed govt should NOT sell govt property, I ask: how much is enough? East of the Mississippi R. most land is under private ownership, including valuable mineral lands. Why in G-d’s name should that not also be the case out here in the West?

            Did you notice that Secy Zinke is a fifth – I repeat FIFTH – generation Montanan? That is stability.

            WSB is so very right – amount of govt-owned properties *is staggering.* When Western lands were settled, the fed govt promised to sell it to settlers, but somehow forgot. That is just not right. Some people who have leases on the land were beginning to think they owned it.

            The upside was that they treated the land like their own (govt care has proven to ruin land, habitat and forests), but left them vulnerable to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. THIS MUST END.

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            • 2x4x8 says:

              first the Feds have to leave it to the States with input from the County level to decide best use

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            • WSB says:

              Thanks for the good words IFO. A quick review of the situation would have a lot of people shaking their heads.

              I have no problem stipulating that any lans be sold to American interests or anything else for that matter, but the US Government just owns way too much.

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  3. Fake Nametag says:

    I just flew from the Southwest to DC today. I usually don’t sit in window seats but today I decided to. I was struck by the vast emptiness of the Southwest and thought about all the untapped wealth we have right under our feet. $20 trillion in debt is a big, bad, and scary number. Thankfully we have a businessman in charge who knows there is a VERY LARGE asset side to our balance sheet as well.

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    • muffyroberts says:

      The problem is the water. Albuquerque, for example, gets their water from under ground.

      If Albuquerque had more access to water, it would be much more developed with corporations, like Intel.

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      • Fake Nametag says:

        Agreed. Perhaps we need some bigly thinking, such as this:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Water_and_Power_Alliance

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        • muffyroberts says:

          Yes but, the water would be diverted to the Colorado River, which goes to California, and Mexico.

          I know there is more to the story, but that is why we can’t develop the south west. California hogs the water, Texas gets some, Mexico gets much.

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          • Windy Day says:

            Texas, unlike California, builds dams and lakes so that we don’t have to depend on trans-state rivers as much.

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            • When I lived in Las Crusces, NM, I was astounded to find that the Rio Grande went pretty much dry for part of the year because the water was diverted to Texas!!! Not being from that part of the country, I had no idea this type of thing went on! It was so sad to see a dry river bed.

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              • The Rio Grande at Las Cruces has been going dry forever. I lived there in the 1940s and that was the case. Then, the rain came and flash floods were common and dangerous.
                If the river water were diverted, since Texas is SOUTH of that area, the Rio Grande would still be full at that point.
                I suspect that Windy Day is right – storage is the key to stable water supply.
                Water is one of the most complex areas of law out here in the West. We amateurs know, at best, 1/100th of the complexities involved!

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          • deanbrh says:

            You would be shocked that Saudi Arabia owns much of Southern California and the adjoining Arizona for raising alfalfa, many thousand acres. That’s because Saudis have many cattle to feed and not enough water to grow the alfalfa, so they grow the alfalfa using our scarce underground water and ship it home to feed their cattle. And for the past 5 years Californians have been on water restrictions and huge financial penalties for using too much water, but the Saudis suck as much as they want out of the ground.

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            • anthonydog says:

              And the Saudis are buying up our water.

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            • To the best of my knowledge, California diverts water from the Colorado River to So. Cal. I’m guessing the aquifer is not an economic source for water at this time, ALTHOUGH with all the recent rain, which climate change experts assured us would never happen again, the water supply situation may be much better these days.
              Just note that storage is, or should be, a key component of water supply. Also, I believe that back East people have metered water? Here in most of the West, free water is considered a natural right. Why? Because farmers have built and paid for their own water supply and irrigatiion systems. This has been ignored by federal land management agencies.
              As I said above, it’s complicated, folks!

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          • stonedome says:

            california wants to secede so, we could restrict that…they are such lowbrows

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        • Phil aka Felipe says:

          Thanks. I didn’t see this till after I posted reply to muffy.

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        • Paul Revere says:

          This water plan is stupid.
          Let our natural resources alone, particularly with regard to water. This nations watersheds are the heart beat of the country. We need not expect the enth degree of development for every square foot of our nation. No good can come of it. Business is not the be all and end all of our national character. Rather it is a means to an end. If you want more access to water, move to where it is. But we must leave some part of this continent to the wild, and the wild in each of us.

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          • Fake Nametag says:

            I’m not disagreeing with you, merely pointing out that wealth is all around us if we choose to develop it. I’m not qualified to judge this particular water plan; my point is that instead of looking at $20 trillion in debt and thinking “we’re doomed”, we should be looking for big ideas.

            I fully agree that if we pumped all the water in the Yukon down to Arizona, we’d have another 200 million people moving in from south of the border, setting up lawn mowing businesses for places that should not have lawns.

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          • DeWalt says:

            The Saudis have no issue building large and very expensive desalination plants over there. Require them to do the same here.

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        • pyromancer76 says:

          There could be much more imaginative thinking about a national water delivery system from places that have too much to places that have too little. Colorado River is not the only source; in fact, it should be added too as well. We pipe oil; why not water. Why not refill the aquifers. A good engineering job for all those new STEM grads. There are ways to pump water over mountains, too.

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          • pyromancer76 says:

            The purpose of a “water plan” is not development, although one would have to protect from that for those beautiful open spaces. The purpose is that we should never have to suffer drought again. This surface of our globe is 70% water. And we have drought? California should have more desalinization plants. Water should be piped from the snow melts to the needy areas. We could manage those floods better, too.

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            • sunnydaze says:

              Father of one of my friends was working on desalinization back in the early 70’s for pity’s sake.

              Cailf. surely could be using that by now.

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            • NvMtnOldman says:

              You water grabbers need to move to the coast and desalt the ocean water. Leave our mountain streams alone. Las Vegas is trying to build a huge pipeline to the northern Nevada areas and STEAL our water. Their plan would dry up vast areas of ranchland and grazing.

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              • wolfmoon1776 says:

                Thorium makes dirt-cheap desalinization realistic. When they talk about thorium bringing transformational levels of energy, this is what they mean.

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              • Fake Nametag says:

                I do not disagree with you. Before any water is ever moved from one place to another, the place it is being moved to (e.g. California) should exhaust their local options (e.g. desalination).

                I’m a resident of Las Vegas and I would much rather see water piped to us from desalination plants in the Pacific than from northern Nevada where you don’t have water to spare.

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              • By STEAL, I’m betting you mean the state of Nevada is getting taxpayers to pay for the water pipeline?
                Also, if the water is coming from the Sierra Nevada mountains, I’m guessing there is more than enough water to supply Las Vegas without drying up ranchland. But if this is not a totally free market plan, then it should be DOA.

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          • Fake Nametag says:

            When I was much younger I used to wonder why the Sahara desert could not be reclaimed one acre at a time using desalinated water. Obviously it is much more complicated than that, but I started forming the idea for a science fiction story where there was a global network of pipes and sensors and a planetary AI that decided on its own where to pipe the water (a kind of electromechanical global circulatory system). Your post captured the image I had in my mind at the time.

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            • stonedome says:

              the infrastructure cost is staggering…t boone pickens gave up on wind farms because of the outrageous cost of the transmission lines.

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            • Do you know a better solution is just to plant trees? Yep. A person, sorry I forget who, my DDH told me about this after a guest spoke at his Kiwanis Club, had already shown that planting trees restores life to land with the action of tree growth. Forestry people know about this – you cut down the trees, you get drought. and vice versa.

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      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        In the infrastructure plan, perhaps a combo of Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt, and President Donald Trump together can put some Americans back to work to include building numerous surface water reservoirs to help cities like Albuquerque and our farmers too.

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        • muffyroberts says:

          The underground ones work better. The arroyos we have in Albuquerque are mostly not covered in concret, just giant ditches, so the water can sink down into the earth, before it reaches the Rio Grande and thus Texas and Mexico.

          It rains so hard here, in the summer, that above ground resivores would fill up quick, then the dam would break and flood the city.

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      • Sam says:

        More men have died in the West over water than over women. That’s how seriously we Westerners take our water. There isn’t much water and water rights are thorny and complicated.

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        • muffyroberts says:

          I know. Water rights are like gold. You don’t take water from the irrigation ditch, unless you own rights.

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        • Orygun says:

          I was a Water Rights Examiner here in Oregon and it was at first more of a historical search to determine the rights of the users. Over 25 years ago the State made an effort to determine who had legal rights to the water. Most of the people using water were grandfathered in by just sending in evidence showing that they had been using the water previously. It could literally be any kind of written evidence.

          At statehood the State retained the right to all of the water in the State. It was never the intent of the people to have a Federal government controlling the water and land within the boundaries of the State. Controlling the navigable waters was originally just to make sure the Federal government could control our Ocean boundaries and resolve issues on our major waterways flowing through the various states.
          This has since become a tool by the globalist/socialists to try to take control of our very life source which is water. They have controlled the air we breathe, the water we drink, the heat we use and the devices we use to move and communicate.

          I remember working under James Watt and it was a continual bombardment from the left even though his policies were just common sense. The Federal Government has only been hiring socialists for the last few years so Zinke will have his work cut out for him.
          I remember the BLM hired the local Sheriffs to patrol public lands and now they are militarized. They need to go back to hiring the local Sheriff to patrol and quit this Federal police force quasi army.

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    • Windy Day says:

      It’s not as empty as you think it is!!! Many of us are down here plodding along, just making a living!

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    • There is a LOT of empty land in the Southwest US. I have often thought that if a federal project could bring in water from way up north, where there is often too much water, the Southwest could become a huge breadbasket. We get lots of sun and warmth. If there was an excess of water, those empty wastes could grow enough food to feed the world. If the EPA could be kept out of the way, it could be done.

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      • Sam says:

        Janice, California is the place that needs water. The Imperial Valley once produced a lot of our foods including, ironically,, citrus fruits and nuts. Do the farmers get water today? Of course not! Progressives are in charge and a small bait fish is more important so a lot of water is simply wasted by letting it go into the Pacific Ocean. This is supposedly helping the Delta smelt population to stay alive.

        And can new water storage be built? Of course not, not for decades although it it badly needed and would have helped control all the moisture that recently flooded the state.

        I should stop now or this will be a very long rant over how DC bureaucrats have no clue how to manage water or land in the American West.

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  4. muffyroberts says:

    We just won the west back.

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  5. WSB says:

    Best wishes to our new Secretary of Outside.

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  6. Pigg says:

    Good now give the land back to the States and folks the Government took it from.

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  7. georgiafl says:

    Very fine words from Secretary Zinke about President Trump and Vice President Pence as well as his very supportive wife.

    Navy SEAL! Another Bad Ass! And a man of faith!

    Thanks for picking so many impressive, experienced, stout-hearted and godly men, President Trump!

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    • The Demon Slick says:

      I am always reluctant to mess around too much with Mother Nature. I understand floodplains and the need for dams but to try and assert too much control over the flows could easily go wrong, and if it does it could be catastrophic. I like that he’s from Montana. That means he’s grown up around BLM issues. Bureau of Land Management not those other people.

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      • I’m with you on not messing around with Mother Nature…for me, vast empty spaces serve a purpose…that sense of spaciousness that I, at least, need to maintain a semblance of sanity, peace, and tranquility.

        When I lived in the desert in NM, the stillness was such a sharp contrast to the frenetic pace of life in the cities. My perceptions were altered …I remember looking out my window one day after living there a couple of years and out in the vast emptiness I noticed something different. I thought it looked like a stick…a thin stick and it was way off, but yet I noticed it was something different. Get this…I was living next to the Rio Grande at the time….the stick moved!!! It was a giant blue heron! I was just so amazed that I had noticed it’s thin neck as a different object out in the vast desert. Everything was so still there, that even a slight change made a huge difference.

        For various reasons, I ended up moving back east of the Mississippi, and it is so much more congested here than out west. Although I am in Western NC, which is of a lower population density than the rest of NC, I can feel every single body…there is not as much empty space. I do go hiking in the mountains and am sometime lucky to hike for miles without seeing a single soul or hearing a car engine….

        So, I do not like to “engineer” everything.. let there be emptiness…as some one once said, God loves a vacuum….there is room for Spirit to move there…often in small, and mysterious, ways.

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      • deqwik2 says:

        The Glacier NPS welcomes him.

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  8. NHVoter says:

    Zinke is kind of a hottie. He could be in a Men of Trump calendar. 😍

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  9. beaujest says:

    Man of Steel !

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  10. The Demon Slick says:

    Trump:
    Fixing up National Parks = good. Do that.
    Refugee program = bad. Stop doing that.

    I think Trump is going to go down the list, just like that. All the stuff that’s bad for us stop doing. All the stuff that helps us, do that. What I’m really talking about here is $$$. All the stuff that’s good for us can be paid for by stopping the spending on things that are bad for us. We don’t need experts to study it for years or explain it to us. It’s all really very simple.

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  11. andyocoregon says:

    Yet another great Cabinet pick. Mr. Zinke is a former U.S. Navy Seal who has stated he will open up our public lands to multiple uses once again. He’s going to give public lands back to we the people. As a resident of Oregon, I look forward to sustainable timber harvests in our national forests that will once again allow forest service roads to be unblocked (an Obama outrage) so they can be used by the public for recreation and more importantly for forest fire suppression during fire season.

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  12. MIKE says:

    I don’t know enough about new secretary Zinke; but has there been any conversation about undoing the massive land confiscation by what’s his name under the antiquities act of 1906?

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  13. mcclainra says:

    Wow! Just wow! He gave me goosebumps talking about Trump, Dover, and the ‘Rocks’ of Gibraltar, Trump & Pence. I think he will make a great Sec. of the Interior & glad we have someone from out west, a native of Montana, who respects our land and our people.

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  14. I hope he seeks justice for LaVoy Finicum!

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  15. Fe says:

    Well that was a terrific swearing in ceremony. What Secretary Zinke said about PDJT brought happy tears to my eyes. His wife is gorgeous, and a very young grandmother. I also thought his comments regarding VP Pence were a great lift.

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  17. Mr_Henry says:

    As someone who grew up in Montana, I am so glad we finally have someone from the interior running the Interior Department. The only bad part about this is he won’t be able to take the Senate seat from Tester in 2018.

    If any of you want to get your blood boiling, read up on Tester’s border station in a spot with six crossings a day. It was a colossal waste of millions of dollars.

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  18. Stringy theory says:

    Thank you President Trump for another outstanding pick; and thank you Secretary Zinke for your continued service to our country.

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  20. MaskOfZero says:

    I like this Secretary of the Interior.

    Another good pick by President Trump.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      It was a WAY smarter decision that I thought. I had no idea what the rationale was, until I heard his praise of Trump and Pence, which was pure .mil talking. Then it hit me. For a host of reasons, a fiercely patriotic military guy who loves the outdoors and is from the West is the perfect person for the job.

      This tells me that Pence, who was in charge of the talent search, was fully getting the type of people Trump needed. Just gotta go WOW on that, too.

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  21. james23 says:

    Terrific pick!

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  22. tonyE says:

    New ideas.

    Free all Obama monuments, free all of the Western Lands from Federal Ownership -except for National Parks.

    Then, make most of California a Federal Monument, I suggest all Blue Counties and all Sanctuary Cities.

    Come to think about it.. make ALL of California a Federal Monument. I’m concerned what the Soviets is Sacramentograd would do with my County if it were not under Gov management.

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  23. Pence sure has a lot of energy..all of those interviews this morning, then onto swearing in Zinke…PTrump keeps him busy.

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  24. Black_Knight_Rides says:

    Secretary Zinke could “PAY FOR” the ENTIRE Trump Agenda wherever Congressional funding is delayed or denied, and ultimately PAY DOWN the DEBT:

    FIRST sell the mineral rights on Federal Lands for Energy Extraction (Oil, Gas and Coal) and Mining.

    IMMEDIATELY use initial proceeds to fund a NATIONAL CITIZEN ID program to end Voter Fraud, end Government-Benefits Fraud, and end Employment of Illegal Aliens.

    IMMEDIATELY use the $ Trillions in total proceeds to fund Tax Restructuring, Infrastructure Investment and Job Training to
    • (1) restore America’s Manufacturing Sector
    • (2) generate HUGE numbers of Jobs and
    • (3) provide displaced and unemployed Americans with the skills to fill both new Jobs and Jobs that will open up as Illegals move back to their countries of origin

    THEN use the growth in TAX RECEIPTS plus WELFARE REDUCTIONS from Manufacturing Expansions and newly-employed Workers to SUSTAIN our newly-restored Infrastructure and REINVEST in Interior solutions:
    ○ Water Restoration Projects like dams and aquifer-replenishment, whose costs will be recovered from usage fees charged to consuming States, Communities, Farmers and Businesses. These might be classified as Public-Private Infrastructure Projects for those States and Communities that do NOT have Sanctuary policies for Illegal Aliens.
    ○ Park Maintenance Projects, whose costs will be recovered from user fees.
    ○ [Note that deferring the above spending, until AFTER the Trump Agenda investments produce results, maintains mounting public pressure on Congress to accelerate the Agenda for Water and Park priorities that they cannot ignore.]

    FINALLY, redeploy both the RECOVERED FUNDING for the Trump Agenda and the Interior Department SAVINGS from newly self-sustainable Interior Resources to PAY DOWN the NATIONAL DEBT.

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  25. SharonKinDC says:

    I know Trump has high regard for our military. However, he’s now got a ton of current/fmr military in his Cabinet & WH staff… A good insurance policy, imo, for more than one reason.

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  26. dayallaxeded says:

    Wow, the depth of Mr. Trump’s bench is so wonderfully, inspiringly amazing! If Mr. Zinke manages our nation’s interior as well as he’s lived so far, I could def see voting for him for POTUS after President Trump (Mr. Pence still needs to prove he’s rejected GOPe). I’d say the same about most members of Mr. Trump’s cabinet–too bad T-Rex isn’t younger–would surely love to see him behind the Resolute Desk, too.

    Now compare this team to the doddering zombies and pawns the Demonrats are wheeling out on gurneys. Ah, the winning!

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  27. Arby says:

    Among all the great comments above the other thing that stood out to me was how great it was not to see Joey Biden lurking in the background groping any and all females in sight. Of course if Joey was stupid enough to try I am sure that Sec Zinke would of had old Joey’s teeth on the floor within a nanosecond. Thanks to Trump, Pence and Zinke for restoring proper decorum to these proceedings. On another level can you imagine Sec Zinke vs pajama boy? Wow, how much better can it get!

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  28. DeWalt says:

    I would love to see this administration hire another Marine general and begin a new CCC to move people from welfare to work. It would get our parks back in shape and help with infrastructure projects.

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  29. MIKE says:

    Just heard on Chris Plante’s show that Secretary Zinke just rode into work this morning on HORSEBACK! How cool is that? Winning, Whinnying?!

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  30. C. Lowell says:

    I know this advice is unsolicited Mr. Zinke, but here it is anyway: Undo what Obama has done…

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  31. In AZ says:

    Again, it is not a good idea to give federal lands back to the states!!!!!!

    First, the states never had the lands to begin with. When areas wanted to become states negotiations were made with the federal government about the lands. Land was given to states for the school systems and other negotiations were made. When each state decided to become a state the state decided how much land they wanted from the federal government.

    Lands staying in federal government control was a price the states paid to enter into the Union.

    Many states gave land back to the federal government for many reasons after becoming states…….too expensive to clean up after toxic chemical pollution like from mining, some land was abandoned and worthless to the states, states did not have money for parks and recreation upkeep and many other reasons.

    The Western states are the only public lands where the public can recreate for free or for small fees. Hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, etc. In the East where there are no federal lands people must pay private property owners a lot of money to hunt and recreate.

    Here in the West tons of people from back East come to the West to hunt and recreate on Public lands. I have been told so many times how lucky the West is to have federal public lands for people to use for free or next to nothing.

    There are minerals, timber, water, etc on these lands that are very important.

    The Koch brothers and other billionaires WANT the federal government to give federal lands over to state control. Why? The states sell the lands for funding of state programs. In Arizona for example, land sales go to fund public schools. Every state constitution is different about how lands are sold and where the money goes.
    Lands are sold for pennies on the dollar, always appraised very low, and sold in large lots, like hundreds and thousands of acres together, at the same time. Who has money to buy so much land at once? Millionaires and billionaires. So the land is sold and becomes private.

    The Koch ‘ s and their ilk are pushing for the federal government to turn over control of all federal lands back to the states. Why?!
    The Koch ‘ s and others are salivating to buy those lands. They know the states must sell the lands.

    So the states gets the lands, sell it all off, and the Koch brothers and others will buy it up and control minerals, timber, water, wildlife, etc!!
    Imagine the control over the population the Globalist Communists would have!

    What once were areas for free recreating, preservation, and so forth, would be owned by private individuals and / or corporations, to do with as they please. They would hold citizens hostage over water rights and electric lines, etc.

    Honestly, does anyone really think the Koch brothers and their ilk will spend money to keep up national parks, recreation areas, etc, and let the public continue to use the lands as on the past??
    H3ll No!

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  32. Mike diamond says:

    zinke,is a great choice! He will serve the american people well!

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  33. TwoLaine says:

    Hot Damx! 🙂

    Ret. Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke Rode A Horse To His First Day Of Work As Interior Secretary
    2 MAR 2017

    http://americanmilitarynews.com/2017/03/ret-navy-seal-ryan-zinke-rode-horse-first-day-work-interior-secretary/

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