Lost in last month’s Weinergate nonsense was Obama’s June 9th signing of Executive Order 13575, which bears eerily close resemblance to a United Nations program known as “Agenda 21.”
For those of you unfamiliar, Agenda 21 is a two-decade old, grand plan for global ’Sustainable Development,’ brought to you by the good people over at the UN. George H.W. Bush (thanks a bunch, George) and 177 world leaders agreed to it back in 1992, and in 1995, Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development.’ This effectively injected the central planning virus into America’s large, churning government machine without the need for any review or discussion by Congress or the American people.
Now, “sustainable development,” on it’s face, sounds harmless enough, until you consider just what it is Agenda 21 purports to accomplish, given the UN’s long-held hostility to the idea of “private property:”
Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.
Leaving aside the fact that international bon vivant and all-around good guy George Soros has dumped more than $2 million into enacting this travesty in the US, and as one who isn’t inclined to look for “black helicopters” in the sky, this really is a load of collectivist crap.
However, with a stroke of his mighty pen, Obama would seem to have not only gotten in the game, but is determined to show the rest of the world how weak their socialist-fu really is with Executive Order 13575, establishing the White House Rural Council (WHRC):
Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.
There’s that pesky “sustainable communities” idea again; the notion that we dimwitted, knuckle-dragging, capitalistic, always-voting-against-our-own-self-interest, right-wing troglodytes simply can’t be trusted to manage our own campsites (seriously, “outdoor recreational activities?”), let alone our farms without Valerie Jarrett’s guiding hand. Oh yes, but more on that in a moment.
Really, I don’t know why he doesn’t just say “Rural Stimulus Program” and get it over with. Oh, right…there’s an election to be won next fall.
But again, it would seem the president has only our best interests at heart:
Sec. 4. Mission and Function of the Council. The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities.
make recommendations to the President, through the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and the Director of the National Economic Council, on streamlining and leveraging Federal investments in rural areas, where appropriate, to increase the impact of Federal dollars and create economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America;
coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions, health-care providers, telecommunications services providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America.”
Virtually every aspect of rural life seems to now be part of the government’s mission. And while all of the items in (b) sound like typical government speak, you should be alarmed when you read the words “nongovernmental organizations” (NGOs). NGOs are unelected, but typically government-funded groups that act like embedded community organizers. You know, like ACORN, for example.
But perhaps the icing on this cake is just who is going to make up the WHRC. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will logically chair the group, but just take a look at the all-star lineup Obama has picked to round out the team:
(1) the Department of the Treasury; Timothy Geithner
(2) the Department of Defense; Robert Gates
(3) the Department of Justice; Eric Holder
(4) the Department of the Interior; Ken Salazar
(5) the Department of Commerce; Gary Locke
(6) the Department of Labor; Hilda Solis
(7) the Department of Health and Human Services; Kathleen Sebelius
(8) the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Shaun Donovan
(9) the Department of Transportation; Ray LaHood
(10) the Department of Energy; Dr. Steven Chu
(11) the Department of Education; Arne Duncan
(12) the Department of Veterans Affairs; Eric Shinseki
(13) the Department of Homeland Security; Janet Napolitano
(14) the Environmental Protection Agency; Lisa Jackson
(15) the Federal Communications Commission; Michael Copps
(16) the Office of Management and Budget; Peter Orszag
(17) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; John Holdren
(18) the Office of National Drug Control Policy; R. Gil Kerlikowske
(19) the Council of Economic Advisers; Austan Goolsbee
(20) the Domestic Policy Council; Melody Barnes (former VP at Center for American Progress)
(21) the National Economic Council; Gene B. Sperling
(22) the Small Business Administration; Karen Mills
(23) the Council on Environmental Quality; Nancy Sutley
(24) the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; Valerie Jarrett
(25) the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs; and such other executive branch departments, agencies, and offices as the President or Secretary of Agriculture may, from time to time, designate.
Given Obama’s ideology and determination to “fundamentally transform America,” it isn’t surprising that just about every single department in the federal government will have something to say about the “quality of life” in America’s rural communities. However, you’ll notice that with Number 25, Obama has given himself and the SecAg the option to designate anyone he chooses to serve on this ludicrously powerful politburo, er…council.
You have to hand it to Obama. When he comes at you, he comes heavy.