By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Don't that just beat all?

I'm talking Washington, D.C., the Republicans, the Democrats, those in between and the bureaucratic nightmare that does as it pleases.

In the political bickering surrounding approval of a budget, our illustrious Congress slapped together what I'd call a mistake and approved it. And they were too chicken to even call it what it is.

No, they instead made veiled references to Wyoming lawsuits, and announced that it "shall not be subject to judicial review." What rock did they crawl out from under?

Worse, pushed along by poor ratings, our no-longer-so-esteemed president, Barack Obama, signed it into law.

Worse still, the bureaucrats -- those protected civil servants who otherwise drag their feet to implement laws they don't like -- rushed headlong into publishing rules to do exactly what they're not supposed to do.

Yes, I'm talking about removing the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

Never mind the feds reintroduced the species, spending millions to do so, they are quickly getting the rules in place to undo all they've done.

All that from the agency that is supposed to protect endangered species -- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

I know it's easy for me to complain, as we don't have wolves here in Kansas.

But what's the big deal?

Oh yes, elk hunters are crying foul. And ranchers complain about buffalo that come down in the winter for food.

And then there are cattle, supposedly killed by wolves.

So?

State and federal wildlife agencies compensate the ranchers for the losses, even though many are suspect. Even the Defenders of Wildlife kicked in money to help compensate ranchers.

Some of those deaths are suspect, likely not the result of wolves.

Here it is May 6, and the FWS already has published a rule to take the wolf off the endangered species list. Obama signed the legislation on April 15.

Rather than drag their feet, the federal "wildlife" agency had them at the ready.

Of course, look who's running the Interior Department and ultimately the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It's Ken Salazar, a Colorado rancher who owes his cronies a huge favor.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- until I'm blue in the face -- Salazar needs to resign. No, he needs to be fired and sent home to Colorado, which, contrary to the image it likes to present, is the most anti-environmental state in the nation.

It's time to change the direction of what is now the U.S. Foist and Whitewash Service.