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POWER TO THE BUREAUCRATS
by Ellen Sauerbrey
On October 31st, Carroll County Maryland and several private organizations hosted a forum on Plan Maryland, an Annapolis power grab that threatens private property rights, local land use decision making and economic development. Plan Maryland, is a “Sustainable Growth” or “Smart Growth” plan that makes many unfounded environmental assumptions as a basis of changing our way of life.
Expert speakers challenged many of the assumptions put forward by the O”Malley Administration to back up their call for a State Development Plan, State Transportation Plan, State Housing Plan and strategies to address Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Food, Water, Energy. Plan Maryland transfers power from accountable local elected officials to unelected state bureaucrats.
Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild has been the Paul Revere on this issue, working tirelessly to awaken local governments in both Maryland and other states about this international “Sustainable Growth” movement that began as a UN blueprint for action called “Agenda 21”. Agenda 21 calls for action to be ” taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment”. But unfortunately, the environmental movement has been hijacked as a convenient excuse to attack capitalism; transfer wealth; impinge on private property rights; and foster a government run socio-economic system.
In 1992 President George HW Bush signed a ‘declaration’ in support of Agenda 21 that stated “Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced…” President Bill Clinton signed an executive order (2852) in 1993 that organized left-wing groups into a new President’s Council on Sustainable Growth to translate Agenda 21 into public policy administered by the federal government.
President Clinton’s advisor on Sustainable Growth was quoted saying, “Participating in a U.N. advocated planning process would very likely bring out many …right wing conspiracy groups…who would actively work to defeat any elected official…undertaking Local Agenda 21. So we call our process something else, such as “comprehensive planning,” “growth management,” or “smart growth.”
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) was created to implement Agenda 21 at the local level. Harvey Rubin, recent Vice Chair of the ICLEI gave insight into the agenda when he declared “individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.”
ICLEI USA’s stated mission is “to build, serve, and drive a movement of local governments to advance deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and achieve tangible improvements in local sustainability.” It acts as a consultant and resource-sharing network to its local government members. ICLEI includes over 1227 local government members worldwide in 70 countries, with more than 600 in the United States and is training “planners” in the development of plans like Plan Maryland.
Carroll County is the first county in the U.S. to withdraw from the ICLEI. The Commissioners recognize that the agenda being promoted is an attack on Middle America , finding our current lifestyles and consumption patterns involving high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, electrical appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable.
Plan Maryland is a draft executive order scheduled to be signed by Governor O’Malley in November . The plan has not been voted on by any legislative body. The underlying goal has been described as a “war on rural America”, forcing development into “stack um and pack um” urban communities, and “no growth” in much of the rest of the state.
It will menace farmers by dramatically reducing land values in rural communities, making it difficult for farmers to obtain necessary lines of credit. A Farm Bureau letter states, “If Plan Maryland goes unchallenged, the unelected Secretary (of State Planning) Hall automatically becomes the land czar of Maryland, controlling where we live and where we work”. The Farm Bureau also expresses concern that the Secretary of the Environment may be given the authority to veto the subdivision of property.
The plan focuses on the future of transportation, since the automobile is seen as a major threat to the environment. There is a strong bias in favor of mass transit., which we are already seeing in the inequitable distribution of Transportation Trust Funds to transit rather than roads. And of course the higher the gas tax and tolls, the less people will be able to afford to drive
While it is characterized as a voluntary plan it will utilize a carrot and stick approach. Counties that do not comply with the edicts of state bureaucrats can be denied state funding. In addition to state funds, federal grants will be available to counties that accept the goals of “Sustainability.”
Something has gone terribly wrong when an unelected bureaucracy, by Executive fiat, can be given this much control over so many decisions affecting our fundamental rights.
Otis Rolley said he would, if elected, propose a $1 per bullet tax on all bullet purchases in the city. The idea was part of an overall crime plan he unveiled Tuesday.
Do you think this will send the criminals to surrounding territories beyond city limits?
Oh yeah. Totally dumb.
I really wish he hadn’t done that. But I guess he doesn’t care since he can’t run for Governor after his current term ends.
So be it.
You know, Martin, in 2006 all the Democrate US Senators voted against upping the debt ceiling. Were they trying to undermine the Presidency then, too?
Hoyer declined to outline what GOP concessions House Democrats would demand in return for their support, reiterating his past stipulation that everything needs to be on the table — including tax hikes and entitlement reform.
Other than that, Steny (D-MD) says he would help Republicans.
Really? He’s been quoted as saying that he will help in the upcoming Maryland re-districting in order to – take care of Andy Harris (R-MD) who, replaced Frank Kratovil (D-MD).
According to Delegate Mike Smigiel, CASA de MD likely already has the petition list.
And not only that, there are paid college students ($12/hour) that are instructed to shadow signing locations and will be handing out flyers in an attempt to intimidate potential signers.
Be sure to read Delegate Smigiel’s blog link for all of his details, including what that flier looks like.
Last point, regardless of how this may distress you, prepare yourself for possible intimidation by phone from anyone in relation to this referendum attempt.
While it is against the law in this state to electronically record a telephone conversation without the other party’s permission, I recommend that you keep a pen and pad of paper by the phone just in case. If you get such a call, write down the date & time of the call along with as much detail you can remember of what has been said. In effect, a diary. This may become very, very important.
This has happened before, in Wisconsin, not too long ago.
UPDATE: As of 11 hours ago, Delegate Neil Parrott indicated on Facebook that the SBE (State Board of Elections) had changed their mind – “that they would make the copies of the petitions and not release petitions to Casa. They released names and addresses of all petition signers accepted and rejected on Thursday to Casa and have sent us a copy of that information as well.” It would appear, from this reading that the only change made was who and where the copies would be made. According to others, CASA, Del. SMigiel, Del. Parrott received electronic copies of the accepted and rejected lists through the US mail. The list of rejected was made available online as a PDF file – but that list, as I recall, had no addresses. So my question is, does the list of accepted contain the addresses? Phone numbers?
I would really like to know more about the details of that specific list. Anybody have an aanswer to that?
UPDATEx2: Wow! 132,000 petitions delivered to State Board of Elections. Historic. Fantastic job of the people and for the people. Congratulations to those who worked to the bone for this.
One last thing to say, “We won’t get out of the way. We are here to stay. The Rule of Law must be obeyed.”
And when organizers, to get this to referendum, ask to be present at Kinko’s – they are told no. By the State Board of Elections.
Now isn’t that just special and smacks of ill will towards everyone working according to the rules of obtaining voter signatures.
A 45 News article and video.
And we are now getting word that volunteers are being chased off of taxpayer paid, government/public property by police and MVA employees and even CASA de MD protesters. If you have a Facebook account, go to it and start reading.
History in the making.
It also sounds it is way past time for a complete regime change here in The Old Line State.
Eyes Over Arizona has a little more on this topic.
If you can help towards convincing the State Board of Elections to change their minds, here’s how:
Please email (over this weekend) Linda Lamone and Mary Wagner of the SBE, expressing your concerns about them handing over official documents to Casa de Maryland. Follow the email up with phone calls first thing Monday morning. We must flood their office, inboxes, and phone lines.
Phone: 410-269-2840 or 800-222-8683
Address: 151 West Street, suite 200, Annapolis
If you can drive down there and protest in person, please do so. We must demand that they conduct a proper handling of this PIA request by CASA. The chain of custody of the petition forms must not be violated.
They are handing over the only official, original copy of the petition forms to the opponent of the petition effort, while denying the petition sponsor the right to be present while CASA makes photocopies.
We need to spread the word: pass on to your email contact lists, blog about it, call in to radio shows about it, make online comment posts to articles about it, make posts on Facebook about it. ALL HANDS ON DECK!