11/30/11

Regional Governance: Quiet, Global Insurrection in America

By: Henry Lamb
Gulag Bound

Regional Planning Brings Regional Governance

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So what’s wrong with regional governance? Nothing- unless you value the republican form of government and individual freedom — and detest autocracy in all its forms. Regional governance evolved as a way to get around the obstacles presented by multiple local governments, all of which may have a stake in the region, but often disagree on what the region needs.

Regional governments, and their initiatives, are driven by government, not by the people. Government, by its very nature, seeks to increase its power and overcome any obstacle in its path. Local governments, like individual neighbors, often disagree on how best to resolve a common problem. Consequently, governments, especially the executive branch, tend to look for ways to get around the obstacle of disagreement. One successful method is Regional Governance, which diminishes the power of local governments by conferring increasing levels of authority on the executive branch, which implements its authority through appointed bureaucrats.

http://brr.berkeley.edu/governance*

In very short order, it is the unelected bureaucrats who wield the power; elected officials become little more than a rubber stamp whose approval provides “official” respectability to the bureaucracy.

A classic example of just how this works is available in a report titled: “Regional Governance Districts” produced by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). The purpose of the report includes, “…to assist the state in responding to globalization….” The report makes this clarification:

Governance is distinct from government — while government is the traditional organization of public authority used to provide necessary services, governance is the provision of those services. While the word has been used to refer to service provision by traditional government, it has come to be used to refer more specifically to service provision through a non-traditional approach, such as by a contractor or through a public-private partnership.

Virtually every state now has some form of this new regional approach to governance, which is simply further evidence of how extensively the “administrative” form of global governance has influenced domestic policy.

The Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments, which consists of at least six alphabet agencies of appointed bureaucrats, has applied for a $2.5 million grant from the federal government’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program. Before the application is considered, each participating government must sign a Memorandum of Agreement to “develop a shared vision,” and to “develop livable communities,” and other specific steps, all of which are defined by and must be approved, by the federal government. The Mayor of the city of Chattanooga has signed this MOA, thereby committing the entire city to conform to the requirements of the federal government in the expenditure of the federal money.

The citizens of Chattanooga have no idea that this grant application has been submitted, or what funding of the grant will mean to their individual freedom. They have had no opportunity to express their consent or opposition to this program, and it is unclear whether their elected representatives were even given the opportunity to vote on the application. Sixteen counties and all the municipalities they contain will be constrained by this grant application, and more importantly, by the 40-year regional plan it produces.

This process creates an administrative form of government which does not require the consent of the governed. Each step in the expansion of this process further extinguishes the republican form of government.

The federal government promotes this transformation of local government into regional administrative units which complies with the recommendations set forth in Chapter 8.5 of Agenda 21, which says:

(e) Adopt integrated approaches to sustainable development at the regional level, including transboundary areas, subject to the requirements of particular circumstances and needs;

The federal government has been using grants to shape regional governance for years. The Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments has already received more than $4 million in federal grants in just the last couple of years, and is only one of several regions supported by the federal government (insert attached art here).

Citizens in the Chattanooga area, and across the nation, should realize that once these regional administrative units are in place, there will be no way to return to the republican form of government that allows citizens to expect their city councilman or county commissioner to consider their wishes. The consent of the governed will no longer be a factor in public policy. Virtually all human activity will be subject to the approval of a professional bureaucracy that first creates a plan it thinks is a utopian community, and then requires every person to live where the plan dictates; to travel in a vehicle approved by the plan, to a job allowed by the plan — whether you like it or not.

Freedom cannot exist in an administrative form of governance.

Gulag Note:
* We suggest Web searching “regional governance” with the search tool of your choice.


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Henry Lamb is the author of “The Rise of Global Governance,” Chairman of Sovereignty International , and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc.

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11/30/11

Congress Impotent Against Obama and Holder for Fast and Furious Crimes

By: Jeffrey Klein, Political Buzz Examiner
Examiner.com

It would appear as though Congress is impotent when it comes to its investigation of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department in general, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in particular, as it relates to the now infamous “Fast and Furious” gunwalking operation.

This impotence is focused primarily upon Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who are leading the investigation into the “Fast and Furious” operation.

Grassley and Issa opened an investigation to determine who authorized “Operation Fast and Furious,” and thereby hold those responsible accountable for a plan that helped known criminals run guns across the border in violation of U.S. and international law.

In May 2011, Issa’s committee hosted and heard testimony from the six ATF officers, who are the “whistleblowers” about Fast and Furious, which was a “gunwalking” operation hatched and fomented by their superiors all the way up the chain of command at ATF. And, ATF operates under the command of the Justice Department, which in turn is run by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder–the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the United States.

At the end of the committee hearing, after all six agents had offered up tales with bone-chilling facts, Sen. Grassley went on the Congressional record of the hearing, from the comfort of his cushy leather “Chair,” and boldly threatened the U.S. Department of Justice … “Any attempt to retaliate against them [ATF agents] for their testimony today would be unfair, unwise and unlawful.”

So, did anyone listen, or even give any regard to Sen. Grassley’s threats?

Doesn’t look like it at all.

It is very easy to understand why, however, when such blatant ignorance begins with President Obama himself; and, who obviously has some sort of “protection pact” with AG Eric Holder.

At the time it became clear that the heads of ATF were caught lying about the existence of Operation Fast and Furious, President Obama “proclaimed” (via teleprompter) that the operation was a mistake and that “[the] people who screwed up will be held accountable.”

Up to this point, the offending ATF “managers” have simply been reassigned or promoted–to Washington, D.C.–right under Eric Holder’s watchful eye…and protection.

And, what has become of the whistleblower agents?

One of them, who was an attache to Mexico, has retired.

And, of the remaining six, LaJeunesse’s sources say that they are in a kind of purgatory, because they can’t be fired, but they can be transferred–facing the problems of relocating on their own.

In reality, one has been demoted to “driving a desk”, two have been transferred from their posts in Mexico back to Arizona, two others have been transferred to Florida, and the last one was told he would be “well-treated” in South Carolina.

All have been assigned to dead end jobs.

As one brave agent stated, “The only people who have been damaged from Fast and Furious, short of the obvious victims, are the people who tried to tell truth and blew the whistle.”

Is this the end of the story?

Can anyone hold President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for these high crimes and transgressions against America?

Copyright (c) 2011 by Jeffrey Klein

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