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Barack Obama's plan to nationalize the fishing industry

I don't know how I could have missed this story. The president has already killed 23,000 jobs when he banned off shore drilling. Now he's got his sights set on private fishermen in New England. He and Jane Lubchenko (how apropos that her name sounds like a throwback to the old Soviet Union days), his new head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, want to replace the private fishermen who have fished for years off the coast of New England with licensed fishermen who work for the government:

Since her appointment to head the NOAA by President Obama, Lubchenco, who had been an officer of the Environmental Defense Fund and a leader of the Pew Oceans Commission, has pushed to convert the fisheries into commodities markets under a management system known as catch shares.

In a statement to the Times soon after her confirmation by the Senate, Lubchenco's office said her goal was to see a "significant fraction of the vessels ... removed."

With the stocks rebuilding strongly, fishermen wonder at the need to reduce the size of the work force.

Mayors Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester and Scott Lang of New Bedford have condemned federal fisheries policies for bringing unnecessary social and economic hardship as a certain price for the uncertain resource management benefits of catch share regulations.

Lubchenco has argued that consolidation, which has consistently followed catch shares, produces fewer but better jobs while giving the government a stronger hand in conservation.

Fewer but better jobs? Better as defined by whom? Certainly not the men and women who actually did those jobs and will be out of those jobs by government diktat. Rather, Lubchenco has taken it upon herself to define for the proletariat what a better job is.

This all goes back to the point I made in my post last night. The president does not want to help the economy; he wants to control the economy. And the only way you can control it is to eliminate the free market and implement a command economy. Lubchenco's and and Obama's nationalization of the fisheries in New England will create a command economy in the New England fisheries market that will allow federal government to plan from Washington DC how many fish will be caught off the coast of New England.

One step and a time, folks. He's putting the US economy under federal command one step at a time.

Update: Elizabeth at The Anchoress wrote about this several days ago when the report first came out:

It just sounds so...


So Soviet, doesn't it?

It just doesn't sound like America, at all. No liberty. No freedom of choice. You can choose to work for the government, as they permit, or not work at all.

And there is a weird lack of joy to it all, don't you think? No fishing because you love it; because it's in your family, and your blood and your culture and there's nothing you'd rather do than captain your own boat and work for yourself.

None of that.

No joy, no independence; just the state.

Obama is a cold guy, and he's putting a chilling government into place.

Bleak, hopeless change. Cold, too.

Indeed. It places a dystopian pall on the once vibrant and optimistic image of America.


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Comments (20)

When Obamao is removed from... (Below threshold)

When Obamao is removed from office, there needs to be a trial for treason.

So I guess they want to mak... (Below threshold)

So I guess they want to make New England fishing as successful as the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact?

"fewer but better jobs"?<br... (Below threshold)

"fewer but better jobs"?
Hmmm, 100 people earning $100,000 a year or one person earning $1M a year? Won't this create the evil rich on the backs of the unemployed?

They can only work if they ... (Below threshold)
Nine Fourteen:

They can only work if they vote Barry as king and pay him their tally.

November brings the beginning of impeachment for the jackal in chief.

Northeasterners have voted ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Northeasterners have voted leftist for years. Get ready to reap what you have sown.

our government over the yea... (Below threshold)

our government over the years has slowly been moving in the socialist direction. That was obamas message during his transformation speech.

Democrat controlled congress is stimulating unions and other leftwing agenda organizations by stealing taxpayer dollars for programs that the majority of americans are angry about. What is saddening is we voted these socialist into office. Thank god the socialist democrats posses open and transparent(in ur face) hubris about this.
here we have two lefty feminists from the NYT, Quote "The left should be outraged and exasperated by all this -- but at their own failings as much as Ms. Palin's ascension. Since the 2008 election, progressive leaders have done little to address the obvious national appetite for female leadership. And despite (or because of) their continuing obsession with Ms. Palin, they have done nothing to stop an anti-choice, pro-abstinence, socialist-bashing Tea Party"
In my minds eye that confirms for me that the NYT is a socialist obama propaganda rag.

I wonder how much of a diff... (Below threshold)

I wonder how much of a differance this is to the Individual Fishing Quota scheme that is used in the Alaskan crab fish. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individual_fishing_quota

Sounds like a great scheme ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Sounds like a great scheme for the left. Fewer jobs means more dependency on government while greater government control of private industry is an unalloyed good in itself.

I wonder how much ... (Below threshold)
I wonder how much of a differance this is to the Individual Fishing Quota scheme that is used in the Alaskan crab fish.

Lubchenco wants to go beyond the IFQ. Every body of water has IFQ's. The AuSable River where my husband and I own a fly shop has IFQ's where fisherman can only keep trout that are a certain length or longer and only so many of each. Most fishermen are catch and release only fishermen anyway because they enjoy the act of fishing for reasons that go beyond sustenance.

Rather, Lubchenco wants to limit the number of fishermen who have access to the water. Those fishermen who are allowed to fish will be licensed by the federal government. As she said, she wants to limit the number of vessels on the water.

This not only eliminates the individual right to make a living as a fisherman in New England, but it will drive up the price of New England seafood by decreasing supply while demand remains the same. This will encourage American restaurateurs, grocery stores and the like to purchase their seafood from foreign sources.

I know of several fishermen... (Below threshold)

I know of several fishermen from SE MA who will no longer vote Democrat. Yet another group of people alienated by this administration. If they keep this up, the only people voting for them will be raving Marxist lunatics. Unless they manage to annoy them too.

TpsYes it wouldn't b... (Below threshold)

Yes it wouldn't be the first time. They did the same thing with Halibut in Alaska a long time ago. The biggest point made in favor of them is safety. The seasons are usually longer and you have a specific amount you can catch. It is not anywhere near as hectic although you still want to catch your quota quickly to cut down on expenses.

The problem is it creates a Government made monopoly. Once establish it is very hard to get into the business either as a boat owner or as a crewman. The licenses usually skyrocket and many can't get one until their dad or someone they know gets tired and hand it down, etc. It also takes the fun of the competition and the much of the gamble out of it. In the end you get a great deal fewer people making a boatload of money which happens in monopolies. Sooner or later you run into other strong-arm tactics that is typical of monopolies.

Looks as if it wil... (Below threshold)

Looks as if it will be a herculean chore to remove or reverse all these idiocies in only 2 years.

More likely to consume a decade, imho.

So hurry up, November.

I'm just waiting for Steve ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

I'm just waiting for Steve Crickmore to chime in with what a great business model this is.
And for Dane to tell Kim how "Hate-fleed" she is.

In the meantime, intelligent, freedom-loving people can see just what a bad idea electing a Marxist Kenyan to the presidency was...

Obama is so completely Marx... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Obama is so completely Marxist he probably thinks Orwell's "1984" is a how-to managerial lesson.

What with the fishing quota... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What with the fishing quotas, the drilling moratorium etc you'd begin to think that fewer jobs is a feature and not a bug for obama

Zaugg #1---Why wait until h... (Below threshold)
Bill Fabrizio:

Zaugg #1---Why wait until he's out of office to bring charges? The new republican congress can bring charges upon their taking control in January. One caveat, whatever charges are brought must be iron clad provable and not subject to esoteric judgment!

Obama declares, "I am not a... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama declares, "I am not a socialist!" as he nationalizes the entire economy . . . perhaps it is too soft a word. He is more of an old-school, dyed-in-the-wool communist apparatchik.

I'm sure Barney Frank and J... (Below threshold)

I'm sure Barney Frank and John Kerry will be behind Barry 100 percent.

A government controlled economy. How intellectual! Like it's NEVER been tried before. But TRUST US! We'll get it right this time. We know what we're doing.

Why just look at all we've accomplished so far!

"Hmmm, 100 people earning $... (Below threshold)

"Hmmm, 100 people earning $100,000 a year or one person earning $1M a year? Won't this create the evil rich on the backs of the unemployed?"

Ah, but here's the beauty: That one guy will, through the taxes leveraged on "the rich" pay more of that million into government coffers than those 10 would combined.
Thus the government comes out on top, and isn't that what we all want (if we're good little card carrying socialists of course)?

Impeachment? Forget it. Nev... (Below threshold)

Impeachment? Forget it. Never happen. Anyone remember that Clinton's approval ratings went up after he was impeached?






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