What I do know is that the more decisions are made on political grounds rather than science, the more complicated the issue gets. I don’t believe that red snapper in the GOM is the only species being turned into a political football. So, if past results are an indicator for the future, we should all be concerned. I have lost track of the number of years this resource fight has been going on, but it has been a while, and we don’t seem to be much closer to a resolution. In fact, new dynamics seem to get added all the time, with federal versus states rights, states versus states, and user groups defending territory left and right. Let me make this as clear as I can because in the past I have been accused of being a flaming liberal and a radical-right proponent. I happen to think that managing resources is simply a commonsense and science-based effort that has no political affiliation. If I suggest that someone is making stupid decisions, then I don’t care whose side they are on. It is simply a stupid decision, at least in my opinion.