Will the TRAIN Act Fix the EPA?

cross-posted from the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center

There is a bill expected to come before the federal congress this week, called the TRAIN Act. I received an email that described the need to act limit the power of the EPA so:

The TRAIN ACT would:
- Fight back against EPA regulations that would raise energy prices for consumers and destroy jobs
- Reject the EPA’s attempt to shut down coal as one key source of our energy needs
- Ensure that America continues to be able to use its own natural resources for energy, as opposed to relying more on foreign sources of energy
Call NOW and tell your Representative to vote YES on the TRAIN ACT!

This all sounds wonderful and beneficial to America. I have a question: What will happen once we have hacked off these particular thorny branches from the EPA brambles? Obviously, they will just return to snag us again, and will continue to grow in other locations. This bill does not address the root cause of the problem: The EPA is nowhere authorized in the U.S. Constitution. At the TAC, we say: The Constitution: every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.

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Washington Post Article Calls for Nullification of No Child Left Behind

cross-posted from the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center

The Obama administration’s Department of Education has a plan to offer ‘waivers’ regarding the closing of schools as mandated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal education law. States are unable to meet the requirements, and apprehension is growing that penalties will kick in as goals are not met. The administration is frustrated with the slow pace of legislative reform as debate on reforming NCLB has been derailed by more pressing issues, such as the national debt ceiling and spending reforms.

It is very interesting to note an article which appeared in the Washington Post titled “Why states should refuse Duncan’s NCLB waivers” which reprints a letter from Monty Neill, executive director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest. In the article, Mr. Neill calls for nullification of NCLB without actually using the word ‘nullification’:

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Agenda 21, ICLEI and the Tenth Amendment

cross-posted from the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center

I recently attended the North Raleigh Kitchen Table Meetup on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 in Wake County North Carolina. I’d like to personally thank Pam and Russ for all their hard work in managing this group. This group is very concerned and knowledgeable about Agenda 21 and ICLEI. I learned at this meeting that the City of Raleigh and Town of Cary are both members of ICLEI, and have paid sustainability managers on staff who’s job it is to manage Agenda 21 implementation.

Agenda 21 and ICLEI

Agenda 21 is a UN initiative related to sustainable development. Agenda 21 has at its core environmentalism and social justice, and requires top-down control and centralization of power. ICLEI,  the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, founded in 1990 and known since 2003 as Local Governments for Sustainability, counts nearly 600 U.S. cities as its members as of April 17, 2011. ICLEI is the body that implements Agenda 21.

Agenda 21, ICLEI and Private Property Rights

The main difficulty that ICLEI has with implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S. is private property rights, just the same with any environmentalist movement. Big government types (Statists) love environmental issues, because it provides them a convenient excuse to control private property and other liberties. When you elevate the good of the collective over individual liberty, then it allows the government to do anything it wants as long as it can pretend it is for the good of the collective. On it’s face, it seems intuitive that the good of the many outweighs the good of the few, however in practice this is an evil doctrine because it allows slick politicians to justify any crime against an individual or group of individuals. Agenda 21 and ICLEI are just a new incarnation of top-down, soviet-style centralized control and socialism… but with a new wrinkle.

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