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November 2, 2003

Sliver Me Timbers

We continue to marvel over the ability of conservatives to disguise their true legislative intentions. One of their favorite ways to do this is to give altruistic names to shady initiatives.

This “black means white” (or “black means green”) strategy was on display again last week when congressional conservatives used the California fires to promote their so-called “Healthy Forests” agenda.

All summer, Bush and company pushed the claim that “thinning” (we believe it used to be called “logging”) was needed to clear hazardous brush from our forests. Last week, they added a new twist: They insisted their program would help prevent disasters such as the one California had just endured.

What they forgot to add is that the target areas for this “thinning” are far from civilization. Besides degrading the environment, cutting in these zones, which lie deep in our national forests, do nothing more than clear profits for their Big Timber friends.

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