by: Lynn Swearingen (C) 2009      

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In June the White House created the IOPTF they should have named it WTF in my humble opinion. The Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force has now managed to somehow correlate, corroborate, and con triturate (in under 90 days at Presidential tasking) a policy that will sacrifice 1 million U.S. jobs and possibly restrict access of over 60 million yearly anglers to do what they love : Fish”

See according to “Feds to 60 Million American Anglers: We don’t need you”

Graphic by Joe Meuhlbauer © 2009

Graphic by JoeM (C) 2009Herbert Hoover had it right when in 1963 he said “Fishing is a chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on the blue water…. And it is discipline in the equality of man — for all men are equal before fish. ….” 60 Million Americans per year agree with him.

There are multitudes of stories in every whip cord thin flexible rod resting in the corner of our nations garages. Laughter, love and lies reside in each and every tackle box waiting to be dusted off before being passed to the next generation. Through tough days and tougher decades it has faithfully stood awaiting rediscovery.

Grandfathers to grandsons. Fathers to daughters. Retired Veterans to disabled Active Duty Military just looking for an hour or a day where the wounds they silently, painfully bear can blend into the background. During this now infamously “it’s so over” recession, some have turned to fishing to feed themselves. It also is an inexpensive alternative to therapy for those still waiting for the jobless recovery to go “Jobplus” recovery.

One just has to know with something so simple, so pure someone will have to decide to mess with it – and so they have. In June the White House created the IOPTF they should have named it WTF in my humble opinion. The Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force has now managed to somehow correlate, corroborate, and con triturate (in under 90 days at Presidential tasking) a policy that will sacrifice 1 million U.S. jobs and possibly restrict access of over 60 million yearly anglers to do what they love : Fish

See according to “Feds to 60 Million American Anglers: We don’t need you”

“A recently published administration document outlines a structure that could result in closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas across America. The White House created an Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force in June and gave them only 90 days to develop a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S. coastal, ocean and Great Lakes waters. Under the guise of ‘protecting’ these areas, the current second phase of the Task Force direction is to develop zoning which may permanently close vast areas of fishing waters nationwide. This is to be completed by December 9, 2009.”

Why?

“The original White House memo and not surprisingly the Task Force report contains multiple references to developing a national policy where Great Lakes and coastal regions are managed, “consistent with international law, including customary international law as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” – a 300-page treaty the U.S. has never ratified.”

Excuse me? Once again the farcical actions of POTUS and followers to bend over to kiss the various World Leaders collective buttocks is displayed. It is not enough that our ability to produce our own safe food is being attacked, our monetary wealth stripped, our Dollar crushed beneath the boot of tyranny that has arrived to stay – but now, even if one has no cash, no garden, and no job – the likelyhood of a simple past time disappearing is at hand. Unless of course one is willing to pay the price.

I surmise that soon to follow will be “Regulations” requiring every angler to have a Federal Identification Card permitting them to cast upon the waters after the appropriate “asking for permission” – it will be christened REEL ID.

If as a fellow angler you feel the same, please visit KeepAmericaFishing to find how to contact your Legislator(s) on this issue as I am off to do: http://capwiz.com/keepamericafishing/issues/alert/?alertid=14119696As I wave my previously dusty made in the United States Grandt Rod in Washington, D.C.s general direction I have two words –Bite Me!