One would think the move is a no-brainer, right?

However, I keep remembering the way my former boss, President Reagan, characterized Washington D.C. as “a small plot of lands on the banks of the Potomac surrounded on all sides by reality.”

Consistent with Reagan’s warning, there has been much hyperventilating about our plans. Every day, one of the D.C. “news” outlets serving Capitol Hill and the vast federal bureaucracy is given the vapors over our efforts to move west. Even when a news story is fair and balanced, the accompanying “Sky is falling” headline is meant to provoke angst and too often does.

Little surprise that recently eleven congressmen from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia, wrote a letter to the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee demanding that the BLM be denied the funds to complete its move west.

Their letter is a curious one because only Maryland and Virginia hold any BLM land, just 2,000 acres, in two special recreation areas. On the other hand, Wyoming, for example, has 18.4 million acres of BLM land. For goodness sake, some Wyoming voting precincts have more BLM land than does Maryland or Virginia.

The congressmen asserted that our plan is “designed to harm public lands and limit congressional oversight,” and they demand “the roughly 300 D.C.-based staffers stay in [Washington D.C.] to continue assisting Congress in writing laws and engaging in oversight by providing unvarnished facts to lawmakers.”

To the extent that they are even interested in oversight, Congress need only ask and we will appear. That is just what I did on September 10, when I answered every question from the Committee on Natural Resources regarding our move.

The “reality” is that it goes without saying that the D.C. metro area is notorious for political nonsense, bad traffic and a very high cost of living. Conversely, our senior BLM officials stationed in the West will enjoy a lower cost of living, shorter commuting times and closer proximity to the West’s wide-open spaces and recreational pursuits on public lands.

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