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Dick Morris comments extensively on Agenda 21 and how the Obama administration, bureaucrats, environmentalists and the U.N. are on the cusp of implementing Agenda 21 as "hard law" in the United States. I encourage anyone interested in how Agenda 21 contributes to the many ways Americans are being "Screwed" to read this excellent book.

 

With regard to the "voluntary standards" Morris/McGann speak about, click the tab: http://fttf.sharepoint.com/Pages/Stilllnotconvinced.aspx

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Extracts from Morris, Dick; McGann, Eileen (2012-05-08). Screwed!: How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy-and How Our Leaders Help Them Do It (Kindle Locations 1455-1466). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

 

….. Behind this motherhood-and-apple-pie concept, Agenda 21 is a very serious threat to our liberties and, above all, to our self-government. While voluntary, its standards give liberal regulators a guideline for enacting laws and rules that circumscribe our freedom in important ways. As Brownfield warns: “Ready to trade in your car for a bike, or maybe a subway instead? Interested in fewer choices for your home, paying more for housing, and being crammed into a denser neighborhood? You can have all this and more if radical environmentalists and ‘smart growth’ advocates have their way and local, state, and the federal government impose the policies set forth in the United Nations’ Agenda 21.”70 CNN describes how “[e]ven though the US government is not legally bound by the initiative, (not for long--see Still not convinced above) local governments across the country have implemented some of its strategies for sustainable development. Smart growth, transportation planning, and limited rural development are all Agenda 21 goals.”71 Agenda 21 is an end run

 

….. It was inspired by environmentalists, written by technocrats, adopted by diplomats, and is being used by bureaucrats to justify their preemption of private property rights and democratic control over our local governmental institutions. In the name of Agenda 21, local governments are increasing regulation of all development and property, masking their social planning behind the noble language of Agenda 21 about protecting the earth’s resources. One of the agenda’s key themes is the fight against urban sprawl, where low-density growth extends over a large geographic area (e.g., Los Angeles). Environmentalists worry that sprawl encourages extensive driving with the consequent massive release of carbon into the atmosphere, perpetuating global climate change.

 

….. Brownfield warns that this “translates into restrictive zoning policies that are aimed at deterring suburban growth. Ultimately, they suppress housing supply and drive up home prices, in turn imposing unnecessary costs, especially on middle- and lower-income households. These policies contributed to and aggravate the real-estate bubble by putting inflationary pressures on housing prices.”72 Wendell Cox, a visiting

 

….Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation; Brett D. Schaefer, a fellow at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation; and Shelby Cullom Davis of the Heritage Foundation have collaborated on an extensive analysis of the Agenda 21 policies, published in rightsidenews.com. They say that the program tries to “impose land use regulations that would force Americans into denser living arrangements, curtail freedom of choice in housing, discriminate against lower-income Americans, and compel people to pay more for their houses and give up their cars in favor of subways, trolleys, buses, and bicycles.”73 Agenda 21 doesn’t like farms or rural areas. It worries that they waste energy. They would much rather have us all live in high-density cities and be less dependent on cars. When Agenda 21–inspired smart-growth plans are adopted, online magazine americanthinker.com warns, they can lead to “a massive reshuffling of property rights. . . . Farmers may lose subdivision rights; conservation land adjacent to population centers may be rezoned into commercial employment centers; and low-density land in small towns is re-designated as growth area and rezoned to accommodate diverse

 

.... Planning Department of Carroll County, Maryland, is following a plan right out of Agenda 21, calling its recommendations smart-growth policies. Richard Rothschild, Carroll County commissioner, is highly critical of the plan. “Smart growth,” he says, “is not science; it is political dogma combined with an insidious dose of social engineering. Smart growth is a wedding wherein zoning code is married with government-sponsored housing initiatives to accomplish government’s goal of social re-engineering. It urbanizes rural towns with high-density development, and gerrymanders population centers using housing initiatives that enable people with weak patterns of personal financial responsibility to acquire homes in higher-income areas. This has the effect of shifting the voting patterns of rural municipalities from right to left.”75 Americanthinker.com spells out what the Carroll County plan, called Pathways, includes: “Rezoning of thousands of acres of beautiful, low-density agricultural farmland and protected residential conservation land into office parks Down-zoning of agriculture land to prevent future subdivision by farmers

 

.....Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, New Jersey, and New York—have enacted Benefit Corporation laws, which give companies that follow Agenda 21 and sustainable development principles the right to go to the head of the line for permits, licenses, and other opportunities, according to the American Policy Center. And California, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are considering such bills.

 

….“a hint . . . that a ‘rural stimulus plan’ might be in the making? Will the Federal government start pumping money into farmlands under the guise of creating ‘economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America?’ ”86 Apart from the wisdom of imposing antisprawl “smart-growth” policies on rural America lies the basic question of democratic self-government. The Obama executive order implies a big role for the federal government in incentivizing local communities to adopt the Agenda 21 proposals to move away from low-density development toward crowded urban areas. Newt Gingrich has helped to raise our awareness of the dangers of the Agenda 21 project. In a 2011 Republican presidential debate, then-candidate Gingrich said, “I would adopt a very strong policy towards the United Nations of dramatically taking on its absurdities. I would explicitly repudiate what Obama has done on Agenda 21 as the kind of interference from the United Nations.”87 Gingrich noted, “Everywhere I go today, people . . . are very worried about Agenda 21. . . . It’s part of a general problem of the United Nations and other international bureaucracies that are seeking to create an extra constitutional control over us.