I don’t know if that’s true, but it may account for why Dr. James Kroll has moved on up to Wisconsin to become the Deer Czar and convert Wisconsin’s public lands into private enclaves so the deer herds can be more properly managed and controlled. As if there weren’t enough reasons already for Governor Scott Walker to be recalled!

Dr. James Kroll, “Deer Czar”

If you love deer hunting you better vote out Walker!!! Walker is currently in the process of creating a system where public hunting lands will be turned over to private companies. Walker’s Texas Deer Czar (Dr. James Kroll) is in charge of making the transition within the next 18 months. Wealthy people from Minnesota and Illinois want public hunting lands “regulated” because they complained to Walker about not having enough deer.  — From “Dogwood” in his comments on a story on

Not everyone agrees that this is a bad idea.

Put a stop to government interference and control of deer hunting. The current system of government regulated deer hunting allows people to bag a $750, $1,000 or $8,000 buck for $24. How is that fair? If this is not communism, it at least is socialism Dr. James Kroll did call public game management “the last bastion of communism.” Sometimes the truth hurts.  — From “CJNelson” in his comments on a story on

Democrats keep wondering why the citizens in the so-called “red states” keep voting against their own interests. I suspect it’s because they do not know that looking out for each other and sharing the common wealth of public lands is the “socialism” which the champions of individualism and private equity aim to eliminate. They do not realize that the reason public revenues are being stinted by the money bags is because there are still some public assets their lordships do not yet control.

  • public parks
  • public highways
  • public libraries
  • public schools
  • public transit
  • public housing
  • public buildings
  • public records
  • public hearings

These are all just the tip of the iceberg, the visible part of what is sought to be eliminated once and for all — i.e. popular interference, except for an occasional ballot contest, in how the affairs of state are run.

Of course, government by the people or “populism,” as some politicians characterize it, wasn’t an issue until every adult citizen got the right to vote in 1971, the same year, purely a coincidence, Richard Nixon got rid of the artificial limits imposed by gold on the dollars we use to mediate and facilitate our trade. If people in the streets scared their lordships in 1968, imagine what the prospect of unrestricted access to money by the general public did.

Texas Wildlife Ghetto RegionsOne thing putting a dollar value on all assets, public and private, did was make it apparent that the traditional wholesale transfer of public goods into private wealth would have to stop. Which is why what the railroad magnates and coal barons and cattle ranchers used to be able to acquire with hardly anyone being the wiser is now being resisted in the name of conservation and environmental protection and reducing pollution. If Dr. Kroll refers to them as “cocktail conservationists,” he’s cleverly appealing to people who don’t drink alcohol and aren’t supposed to notice that their natural resources are being fenced off.

He calls national parks “wildlife ghettos”.

That’s another clever turn of phrase designed to turn people, many of whom no longer have the time or money to even visit their public lands, off. Funny how conservatives keep coming up with phrases whose parts cancel each other out. Must be a particular mindset to prevaricate like that.

No public lands in Texas? That would explain not only Dr. Deer’s relocation but how it happened that the biggest nuclear waste dump is being set up there.

Of course, if Governor Walker is fired mid-term, then that will be more evidence public service is risky because people who mess up can be held to account, contrary to the myth the lords of privacy try to spread.


Monica Smith

Monica Smith writes Hannah's Blog. Born in Germany, she came to the United States as a child, living first in California, then after an interval in Chile, in New York. Married to a retired professor at the University of Florida, where she lived for 17 years, she moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1993 and now divides her time between Georgia and New Hampshire. (New Hampshire, she says, is always interesting during a presidential election.) She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. Ms. Smith says she "learned long ago that I am not a good team player when I got hired at the Library of Congress, fresh out of college with a degree in political science and proficiency in four foreign languages, to 'edit' library cards and informed my supervisor that if she was going to insist I punch the clock exactly on time, my productivity was going to fall from being the highest to being the same as everyone else's. The supervisor opted to assign me to another building where there was no time-clock. After I had the first of our three children, I decided a paycheck wasn't worth the hassle."