This morning the Journal ran a column by Michael Coleman about the many states that are demanding that the federal government, aka the Bureau of Land Management and others, start charging a fair market royalty for all of the drilling on federal public lands. They still only charge a routine 12.5% or so while everyone else gets up to 25%. If this situation isn't indicative of failed GOP and Democratic Interior department policies then nothing is. The BLM, White House Chiefs of Staff, Senators, Congressmen and others have all sold out to big oil in keeping these rates so low over the years. It is corruption in its most basic form. And it costs the states a bundle because they share in the royalties charged by the Feds.
I am overjoyed the Journal did this story, like the one AP story they ran on the dangers of fracking to our water supplies. I hope they won't treat it like the one day scandal story they did on Heather Wilson's fraud on taxpayers. One day and they forgot all about it.