You know the one with Lucy holding the football and Charlie Brown running up to kick it? Where Ole Chuck truly believes he’s going to FINALLY kick that ball and yet again Lucy pulls it away at the last second; leaving our balding protagonist flat on his butt yet again.
The Peanuts comic strip is kind of like Ryan Zinke and his statements about public lands. You see ole Ryan assures everyone he’s going to be for public lands. He says, “I am a Teddy Roosevelt Republican.” He puts on his waders, or his camo, or his cowboy hat and assures us he is going to keep public lands public. But at the last minute he always pulls the football away and reveals himself to be nothing but a regular old Lucy.
This week’s episode finds Ryan Zinke being called out by Politifact for this whopper:
“The president is a builder and the son of a plumber, as I am,” Zinke told the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. “I look forward to working with the president on restoring America’s greatness through a historic investment of our public lands infrastructure. This is the largest investment in our public lands infrastructure in our nation’s history. Let me repeat that, this is the largest investment in our public lands infrastructure in the history of this country.”
Zinke, who’s bravado and bluster is only rivaled by his boss’, was not particularly truthful in this statement.
Politifact has a pretty comprehensive take down of his lie but the kicker comes at the end:
Zinke said that a Trump administration proposal for the Interior Department “is the largest investment in our public lands infrastructure in our nation’s history.”
It’s far from assured that the maximum figure of $18 billion in the proposal will ever be reached if enacted. Beyond that, though, Roosevelt’s $3 billion investment in the Civilian Conservation Corps would amount to $53 billion today, and it accounted for vastly more than the Trump proposal as a percentage of federal spending at the time.
We rate the statement False.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So here is two thousand words: