Russ Feingold, whose previous work successfully impeded all manner of grassroots activism (McCain/Feingold), has now set the stage for a Federal takeover of any and all bodies of water in the 50 states. If you think this is an exaggeration, here is an excerpt from the text of his new bill:
“…all waters subject to the ebb and flow of the tide, the territorial seas, and all interstate and intrastate waters and their tributaries, including lakes, rivers, streams (including intermittent streams), mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, sloughs, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes, natural ponds, and all impoundments of the foregoing, to the fullest extent that these waters, or activities affecting them, are subject to the legislative power of Congress under the Constitution.”
So basically, in addition to putting a gun to your head and forcing you to purchase health care, bail out the banksters and fund the murder of brown people in various international locales, this congress now wants control over our water- including your backyard Koi pond and Farmer John’s watering hole.
U.S. Senator James Inhofe went on record with these words,
“Allowing EPA and the Corps to exercise unlimited regulatory authority over all inter- and intrastate water, or virtually anything that is wet, goes too far and is certainly beyond anything intended by the Clean Water Act. But, that is what S. 787 does. It vastly expands Federal control of private property, despite assurances contained in S. 787. In fact, the very premise of the bill is to override a State’s fundamental right to oversee waters within its borders and to usurp the power of land owners to manage their property as they see fit. The Constitution never envisioned federal jurisdiction being boundless; it carves out room for state and local governments and private property owners to manage their resources.”
Many of course, will give S.787 a free pass because of the bill’s stated intentions of reducing pollution, though it would be ironic for one to entrust the Federal government with such a responsibility considering the Feds have contributed more pollution to the environment than any other source. Federal contractors can dump wherever and whenever they want, a phenomenon witnessed firsthand and described by Becky Norton Dunlop in her book ‘Clearing the Air’.
Indoctrination in government schools leaves the masses convinced that DC is there to make their lives better and so yet another loss of freedom and individual rights is on the way under the guise of ‘environmental protection’. You can make a difference by demanding that your state and local officials move to nullify S.787 should it pass. It is your right under the 10th amendment to stand up to Federal tyranny such as this, will you exercise that right?