Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Establishing a White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities

A new Executive Order issued on March 15, 2012, establishing a White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, received no attention from the mainstream media.

Why would MSM report the news that are so important to the American people when there are so many pointless reality shows to occupy the citizens’ time? The Romans had pane et circenses, bread and circuses, in the gladiatorial arenas. Americans have sports and reality TV to dull their senses and perception of the troublesome reality.

The new Executive Order establishes another bureaucracy to “lift communities out of distress,” and to “support comprehensive planning and regional collaboration.” Communities would not be in distress if the economy and the country were not purposefully destroyed through burdensome regulations, insane energy policy, directives, wasteful stimuli, resolutions, omnibus overspending bills, and executive orders.

The Council is a “pilot initiative” that partners with “cities and regions to augment their vision of stability and economic growth.” This partnership aims to drive communities toward “regional planning” that leads to “sustained economic growth.”

The end goal of the initiative is to persuade regions to accept federal resources more effectively and efficiently to develop and implement economic strategies to “become more competitive, sustainable, and inclusive.” There will be strings attached to these federal resources. The operating words are “sustainable,” and “regional” or “regionalism,” buzzwords for UN Agenda 21.

The Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities will operate within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, chaired by the Secretary of HUD and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.

Members include Secretaries of Treasury, Defense, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and various chairs, administrators, directors, and assistants – Council of Economic Advisors, EPA, Office of Management and Budget, Small Business Administration, General Services, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, National Endowment for the Arts, Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, Assistant to the President for Economy Policy, Council on Environmental Quality, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and all the heads of other agencies and offices as the President may, from time to time, designate.

Sub-groups will be appointed to coordinate and implement the efforts and decisions of the Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2).

The mission and function of the Council will be to develop and implement various components of Strong Cities, Strong Communities, or in bureaucratic code, SC2, as determined by Co-Chairs: economic vision, strategies, and technical assistance to local governments.

The Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities must incorporate their efforts into the agency’s annual performance plans and the outcomes of annual performance results. Economic growth and local capacity of cities and local governments must be addressed.

The federal government will assist communities in “building local capacity to address economic issues, comprehensive planning, and advancing regional collaboration.”

The Council shall conduct “outreach to representatives of nonprofit organizations, businesses, labor organizations, State and local government agencies, school districts, elected officials, faith and other community based organizations, philanthropies, other institutions of local importance, and other interested persons with relevant expertise in the expansion and improvement of efforts to build local capacity to address economic issues in cities and communities.”

Annual meetings will be conducted with mayors and city employees to share “findings and progress, offer best practices, and promote strategies that have worked in communities participating in the initiative.”

Yearly reports will be required to “demonstrate more efficient and effective use of federal resources.” It is not clear what the federal resources will be, however, since so many departments are part of the Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), it appears to be a massive expansion of federal government involvement into the operation of the states and local governments. Key operating words throughout the Executive Order are economic local capacity and regional collaboration.

I focused immediately on the phrase, “regional collaboration,” because it points to another tentacle of the UN Agenda 21 octopus. I recognized the language of HB 430 in Virginia, which established a “Regional Cooperation Incentive Fund,” to offer an increased amount of government grant money to planning commissions that consolidate or coordinate with other local planners, thus regionalize.

What is wrong with regionalization? It is a step toward globalization. It is another layer of unaccountable, unelectable, and parasitic government. Municipalities are shaped into borderless groups that develop comprehensive plans in many areas but especially land use. These plans supersede local laws and often disregard property rights. The unelected layer of “regional” government will then ask each community to bring their laws and zoning in line with those of the “region.”

Legislators should not use state tax money to implement regional comprehensive plans. Planning belongs at the local level by their elected officials. This new Executive Order forces regionalization in every state through initiatives, schemes, and visions, attached to federal grants in order to bribe citizens to “regionalize,” a step closer to total federal control of every aspect of our daily lives.

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