Elections Have Consequences!
The great mystery of the Great Depression was why it lasted for 14 long years. UCLA economists Harold Cole and Lee Ohanian spent four years pouring over the data from the Great Depression. "The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required..."said Cole. "Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened."
Their report estimates that millions of Americans needlessly stood on breadlines, watered down milk to feed their families and lived in tatters for an additional seven years thanks to FDR's misguided stimulus policies. Most were so grateful for anything, they never realized the president was the cause of their extended suffering.
There's One Born Every Minute!
FDR won his first two terms by attacking the wealthy and pitting them against poor Americans. In 1932 he promised to "cut government operations by 25% and lower taxes", but did neither.
In 1936, he overwhelmingly won by raising taxes on the rich then redistributing the money to larger voting blocks in swing states using the WPA, Silver Purchase Act and the Agricultural Act.
By 1940, needing businesspeople to win the war, he called for unity among the same people he divided and won another decisive victory.
In 1944, FDR sidestepped laws prohibiting union money in elections by forming the nation's first Political Action Committee. This provided urban labor support. Fearing a backlash by Japanese prisoners if released from internment camps, he created an executive order to keep them imprisoned until 3 days after the elections. To gain the Polish American vote, FDR promised special treatment for Poland after the war. He won nearly 90% of their vote, and then betrayed the group by failing to offer the promised "self-determination" for Poland at the Yalta conference. Still, he won a fourth slim victory.
Upon his death, the NYT wrote, "Men will thank God on their knees 100 years from now FDR was in the White House."!
The President's $8 Billion Coincidence
Between budget battles and elections, politicians and media supporters spin wildly to advance their own positions, leaving the public misinformed. In this column we will attempt to unravel some of the worst spins.
Worst Economy, I think!
In 2008, now Pres. Obama said "we are in the worst economy since the Great Depression."
During the Healthcare Summit and his 2010 State of the Union message, Pres. Obama declared the healthcare bill would cut the federal deficit.
"False Choice" - How Sustainable Development is Transforming Property Rights *NEW!*
U.S. House of Representatives Approves Participation in Agenda 21
In this October 2, 1992 session, the House of Representatives passed HC 353, a resolution calling for the U.S. to assume a strong leadership role in implementing the sustainable development recommendations of the Rio Earth Summit including Agenda 21. Hear sponsors E. Engel (D-NY), N. Pelosi (D-CA) and W. Bloomfield (R-MI).
EPA Locks up 61% of WA State Farmland
How Agenda 21 Affects Your Property Rights:
Explanation of The Wildlands Project:
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1. Understanding Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
This simplified Q&A answers basic questions about how a seemingly good idea like sustainable development can be bad for private property owners.
This single sheet makes the step by step connection between UN Agenda 21, sustainable development, Smart Growth and local planning activities. It includes sources so you can do your own checking.
Citizens can present the following two page document to their public officials. It contains suggestions for how to protect the rights of property owners and still keep the environment safe.
While conservation easements are widely praised as a way to save the environment and keep property rights, in fact, in the long term they often do neither. The article, "Big Meadows, Big Mistake" tells the "rest of the story" on Conservation Easements.
These are facts you need to know before entering into a Conservation Easement Agreement.
Here are more details about the pitfalls of Conservation Easements.
2. Tracing the History of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
This conference created the baseline for the UN's viewpoint and future actions regarding individual property rights. See pdf page 2 [document page 28] under, Land - Preamble, for their stance on private property. This position is reflected in policies being enacted across the U.S. today.
This definition easily identifies UN Agenda 21 related initiatives as it traversed from various reports to the U.S and into our federal agencies. The full report can be found here.
In this candid 1997 interview, ICLEI founder explains how he was tapped to create an organization to "make sure this agreement [Agenda 21/sustainable development] among nations actually will get implemented..."
The Rio Declaration outlines the framework of Agenda 21. It was agreed to by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, thereby establishing official recognition of Agenda 21 by the U.S.. The complete 40 chapter United Nation's Agenda 21 report can be found here.
President Clinton signed Executive Order 12852 in 1993, which created the President's Council on Sustainable Development. Here is a copy of that Executive Order.
This UN document shows that the President's Council on Sustainable Development was created for the purpose of implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S..
This article in the Millennium Papers describes how the name Agenda 21 was replaced with terms such as Smart Growth, Growth Management and Comprehensive Planning to prevent Americans from recognizing the connection to the United Nations. See highlighted page 5.
These pages from the Federal Register clearly indicate that the EPA's Challenge Grant Program was created for the purpose of implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S.. See the highlighted section on page 2.
This scientific document shows, under the highlighted section,s how the EPA today still follows the basic definitions of sustainable development as defined by the UN's Brundtland Commission, in their newest decision making process.
In 2009, these three federal agencies partnered using 'livability' principles to gain greater involvement in local planning and regulations. Read the 'Livability Principles" and the "Partnership Agreement." Notice the affect the federal government can have on your community. See more below.
This HUD Notice of Funds Available clearly shows that along with the grant money come mandates and requirements for social engineering in the form of social equity.
Pres. Obama signed this EO in June of 2011 giving each of the Federal agencies authority over the "food, fiber and energy" for all of rural America or 16% of the US. Control of resources is a key requirement of sustainable development as it enables the governing authority the power to manage their useage more efficiently than individuals and communites.
In March 2012, Pres. Obama signed this EO giving HUD the authority to engage in city, community and regional planning to "augment their vision for stability and economic growth..." This EO insures that "Federal assistance is more efficiently provided and used." HUD now has the ability to create regulations to enforce that local and regional planning the government feels is beneficial to the fiscal stability of the US.
This partnership is changing the landscape of rural America. Once allowed into your community, the HUD-DOT-EPA partnership defines what qualities your "liveable" locality must include. More transportation choices invariably means more light rail transit and bicycles. The government defines the character, context and needs of each community with token input from citizens. Social enguineering is inherent in what the government calls, "equitable housing, sustainable strategies and value communities." Most of the plans look appealing in slide presentations, but, once implemented, local citizens are stuck with regulations imposed by the government that offer little future variation and minimal if any opportunity to return to a way of living you may find more desirable. As one planner said, "You will be able to live in a rural area if you want to...but it will cost you."
Here, in friendly sounding terms, the Secretaries of HUD, DOT and the EPA make it clear the federal government intends to manage your commuunity design, make it livable and environmentally green, all according to their needs and definitions. Each of the projects and grants, though verbally and graphically enticing, precisely echo the Vancouver Plan of Action. The results are exactly as defined in Vancouver in 1976.
In January of 2012, the EPA changed their decision making process to embrace sustainable development as defined in the UN's 1987 Brundtland Report. In April 2012, the agency created plans to incorporate civil rights regulations in their environmental policy to establish a basis for environmental justice.
3. Legislation Addressing the Threat of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
In January, 2012, the Republican National Committee unanimously approved an historic resolution exposing the dangers of United Nations Agenda 21, ICLEI and the loss of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices and privately owned farms under the banner of "sustainable development" and Smart Growth.
For the first time, the leadership of one of the two major American political parties acknowledged that so-called "social justice" is robbing our society and the environment and replacing our sovereignty with a socialist/communist wealth redistribution scheme. Please read this document carefully and share it freely.
This bill enables the repeal of local comprehensive plans found to tamper with individual's property rights.
New Hampshire's bill prevent the state, counties, cities and towns from contracting with or accepting money from ICLEI, a large non-governmental orgnaization[NGO] implementing Agenda 21 throughout the U.S.
This bill prevents federal agents from inspecting or gathering information on private property wtihout a warrant.
This bill rejects the radical policies promoted by United Nation's Agenda 21 and rejects any grant monies attached to the UN's program.
The Property Rights Council provides a committee to review planning documents and agreements prior to acceptance to assure that property owner's rights are not exploited by planners or governmental agencies. For further information, go here.
The EPA, under the Clean Water Act, expanded its control over citizen's private property by redefining navigable waters to include certain artificially irrigated areas, artificial lakes and ponds used for irrigation, non-navigable tributaries to navigable waters, wetlands abutting relatively permanent waters and more. This bill defines "navigable" waters as those that are actually "navigable."
This bill prohibits Alabama and its political subdivisions from adopting environmental and developmental policies that, without due process, infringe or restrirct private property rights of property owners. Further, it prohibits policies that are traceable to "Agenda 21" as adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development.
This Florida bill protects all state subdivisions from adopting any developmental policies that, without due process, infringe or restrict the private property rights of the property owner. It specifically mentions any policy recommendations traceable to Agenda 21 as adopted by the UN at the 1992 Conference on Environment and Development. This would include those policies recommended by Non-Governmental Organizations and Federal Agency regulations that are Agenda 21 related.
4. Taking Action to Expose Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
This handout provides information and links that will help you get active in stoppng Agenda 21/Sustainable Development in your community.
The Coordination Strategy can slow or stop planning processes that may endanger individual property rights. Most federal agencies are required by law to coordinate their plans that will impact the local community with local governments. Often this does not happen as most local governmens are not aware of this requirement, or do not know how to implement the process. When local governments assert coordination authority, the federal agencies must respond.
Recently, the American Planning Association circulated a fact sheet titled, Agenda 21: Myths and Facts. The APA is a large and highly respected planning organization, that often does exemplary work. But their "fact" sheet is rife with distortions, misconceptions and inaccuracies. This document provides information to respond to the APA's errors.
The American Planning Association, rather than address critics' concerns for private property rights, chose to re-brand their information by creating a new vocabulary. This transparent attempt to confuse the public while making it easier to implement their own chosen plans sidesteps citizens' genuine concern for individual rights.
5. Examples of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development's Impact on Property Rights
Form-based codes are a programmed method for replacing existing zoning regulations with boilerplate zoning and development code models. They make it easier to implement Agenda 21 type plan enforcement. Form-based codes often replace the need for local zoning ordinances and reduce the role of public officials. Once installed, form-based codes become the new laws governing a wide range of activities in your community.
Here is the introduction to a book describing form-based codes. When promoting this method of codification, promoters often show audiences live PowerPoint presentations of their current community followed by dazzling pictures of what their town can become. Most citizens are so impressed with the stunning design work, they overlook the draconian regulations and potential loss of rights that accompany the plans. Notice the fifth paragraph on page 14 in which Peter Katz, Pres. of the Form-Based Codes Institute, describes how to use the "charette" process to manipulate public responses.
6. Links to United Nations Websites
*Note the Preamble to "Land" under section "D"
*Note Chapter Two - "Towards Sustainable Development."
7. Sources for Further Information
John Anthony's Agenda 21: False Choices Presentation Schedule
Dec. 4, 2012 (Tuesday) 7 PM- Duanesburg, NY. Location is Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps (DVAC) on Rt. 7. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 13, 2012 (Thursday) 6 PM - Phoenixville Country Club, Phoenixville, PA. Contact Betty at email@example.com
The Consequences of Sustainable Development - A Presentation by Tom DeWeese and Michael Shaw:
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