The EPA Changed the Way it Makes Scientific Decisions to "Sustainable"
In January 2012, the EPA announced it was "realigning its entire research enterprise around the concept of sustainability." The new initiative is titled, "The Path Forward." Agency scientists and managers agreed to base their process on "the widely used definition of sustainability as outlined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987..."
The 1987 Brundtland Commission report, also known as "Our Common Future," stated that the earth was in danger, there was too much poverty and industrialized nations like the US were the cause. According to Brundtland, the only way to protect earth was for powerful central authorites to control all of society, the economy and the environment in an initiative it coined as "sustainable development."
Union Founder's Words on Socialism
"Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and secure democracy." Samuel Gompers 1918
Samuel Gompers was the founder and longest serving president of the American Federation of Labor. (AFL)
"Deja vu All Over Again?"
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."!
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.
Senator Paul Introduces S.2122:
Defense of Environment and Property Act
Washington, D.C. – Senator Rand Paul recently introduced the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 to bring common sense back to federal water policy. Thousands of property owners across America face aggressive action from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, with no legal means to fight back. Together, the EPA and the Army Corps have become rogue agencies, threatening the Constitutional rights of landowners to do what they please with their own property.
“Environmental protection must be balanced with the fundamental American right to private property. I have spoken with a number of victims of the government’s assault on private property, and it is time to rein in the out-of-control government agencies that infringe on these Americans’ rights,” Sen. Paul said. “It is time to bring common sense to federal water policy, and I do so on behalf of the thousands of property owners across the country who have been met with aggression from the EPA and Army Corps for wetlands issues.”
The Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 will do the following:
A Bill Nearly Everyone Can Hate
HR 1505 The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act was introduced by Rep. Bob Bishop, R-UT as a way to reduce illegal immigration. On the surface, it makes sense. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hampered in stopping illegals because they must file a Memorandum of Understanding with land management agencies before maintaining roads or installing surveillance systems, a process that can take months or even be rejected.
To remove these barriers, the bill grants DHS "immediate access to any public land managed by the Federal government..." and waives 36 environmental and other laws in favor of DHS activities on Federal, State and private lands within 100 miles of US borders and coastlines. The area would encompass 10 whole states including Florida and Hawaii.
Environmentalists complain the bill guts environmental laws and even gives DHS rights over private citizens' property. (The private property argument seems disingenuous given these same groups promote Smart Growth and sustainable development, both programs which give Federal and local agencies authority over private property.)
Conservatives argue this bill will turn vast areas of the US into a martial state with few checks on government power. This map shows the extent of the DHS proposed control.
Proponent Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID counters, "All we are trying to do is protect our nation, protect the people of the United States."
A committee report was issued on HR 1505 on October 5, 2011. The next step is a to schedule a House vote.
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