The United Nations Agenda 21
was signed by the United States in 1992 and 14 years later, people are still in the dark. If you were to ask at random the question, "Have you heard of Agenda 21?" the answer would be an over-whelming "No," although it is being implemented in every local community.
Agenda 21 is a 40 chapter document listing goals to be achieved globally. It is the global plan to change the way we "live, eat, learn and communicate" because we must "save the earth."
"Its regulation would severely limit water, electricity, and transportation - even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system.
The following article appeared in today's edition of The Pilot
newspaper on page A4. It can also, currently, be found online here
. For those who have not yet researched the Agenda for the 21st Century (usually called "Agenda 21"), this organization is dedicated to helping implement those policies and programs locally here in Moore County.
By "CONTRIBUTED" (an anonymous outside SS contributor)
The Sandhills Sustainable Ag Working Group has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, in conjunction with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Southern Rural Development Center and other state and local partners, for a program called "Stronger Economies Together" (SET).
The Sandhills Sustainable Ag Working Group comprises Lee, Moore and Richmond counties.
SET is a program designed to help regional teams develop new approaches to strengthen and enhance regional economic development activities, a news release said.
The SET program is also an opportunity for current or newly formed multi-county teams to receive the latest tools, training and technical assistance to help their region move forward and take advantage of positive growth and quality of life opportunities.
The selected applicants receive:
● Intensive strategic planning training for their regional team to develop new approaches to strengthen and enhance
regional economic development activities;
● Database tools specifically designed to help the regional teams examine the critical drivers of their region and
identify emerging growth sectors and regional competitive advantages;
● Technical assistance and educational support from the Southern Rural Development Center, Rural Development
staff and N.C. Cooperative Extension staff; and
● Other educational and information-sharing opportunities with other SET program participants around the country.
USDA Rural Development has seven area offices and 14 field offices across the state serving North Carolinians living in rural areas and communities.
N.C. Cooperative Extension is based at North Carolina's two land grant institutions, N.C. State University and NC A&T State University, in all 100 counties. It gives residents easy access to the resources and expertise of the two universities.
Through educational programs, publications and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina residents.
Now have you ever read such a collection of meaningless gobbledegook? I doubt it! All those words, and they really tell you nothing! A more opaque set of generalizations would be nearly impossible to construct.
The only message an informed reader can actually learn from this pablum is that more of your tax dollars are being given by socialistic federal and state bureaucrats to a disingenuous activist organization bent on destroying caplitalism and private property rights. Their newspeak is designed to sound noble, while the words actually convey meanings to the leftists which are entirely opposite to those you will find in any official dictionary.
But don't expect the left-wing media to root out the truth for you. The media is too busy being active accomplices and cheerleaders for the very ideology behind the agenda. A significant number of people on the Moore County Land Use Steering Committee and in the planning departments of our local municipalities actually believe this program's new definition of "sustainable" is a good thing!
Today, I was utterly disgusted to have to call the offices of both my senators -- John McCain and Jon Kyl -- to urge them to vote against the Law of the Sea Treaty. This is an international treaty which would create an international body in Jamaica to monitor traffic, mining and other uses of the seas, including emissions from shipping and etc. The real purpose of it, however, is similar to Cap & Trade: wealth redistribution, with the people of the United States as the main distributors. The staffers in each office told me that the senators had "no stated opinion".
No stated opinion? How is that possible? Why don’t the Republican National Committee and every elected Republican official have a written statement on it? Are we to believe that they have no opinion or that it’s all brand new to them? Yet, here I am in the ridiculous position of having to call two Republican US Senators to urge them, through the filter of their twenty-something staffers, to please not sign away our sovereignty! When is it ever, under any circumstances other than total military defeat, okay to sign away American sovereignty?
It's Time To Get The Agenda Done
We need a Tea Party Agenda and we need one soon. For one thing, having the agenda would solidify and somewhat formalize our millions of voters who call themselves “Tea Party”. Secondly, it would give us clout with Republicans. We could demand that they sign our agenda, pledging to carry out the items on it. Failing to do so would result in an elected official’s name being sent out to all Tea Party memberships, advising of this failure to take the pledge. Thirdly, if establishing our agenda and having Republican elected officials sign that pledge fails to result in winning the policy items pledged, due to half-hearted efforts or total neglect to introduce or pass the items, we would have the basis to form a new party and leave the old, ineffective, unresponsive leadership in the dust.
Is anyone under the impression that Republicans in Congress are presently working 24/7 to win the legislative policies we wish to see implemented? I think not -- but then, where would I go to find out? They make a show of protesting Democrat initiatives, but we end up with basically what the Democrats want as public policy. How can there be any question as to how two Republican senators will vote on Law of the Sea? It’ mind-boggling to think that it’s in question! Suppose, however, that both senators are against this treaty and will actually vote against it. Why shouldn’t that position have been previously stated and posted for all to see? We should be able to go to any congressional delegate’s website and see (1) I will vote for the following (list of items) (2) I will vote against the following (list of items) (3) I will introduce bills to achieve the following, in accordance with my pledge (list of items) (4) Here are some things we may wish to consider as a party (list of items). What's difficult about that? Want to know where your representative and your senators stand on Obamacare? Go to their website. It’s not there? Why not?
Decision-making in this Republican Party seems to be far too sequestered and made by far too few people while the rest of us are totally in the dark and out of the conversation. The majority of policy outcomes in terms of voting and positions should be known prior to an individual’s election. They must then be held accountable for those positions.
Obama recently claimed “executive privilege” in order to stonewall information about “Fast & Furious”. Why isn’t there an explicit, detailed agenda, with a list of action items, distributed to the party membership by the Republican Party leadership? I believe that it’s for the same reason as Obama’s executive privilege: they don’t want us to know.
Let’s get a Tea Party Agenda written and let’s start to exert some control over these runaway politicians!
Just for fun, here’s a start. Only a true conservative would introduce this bill:
Local Preservation And Citizen Empowerment Act
“Any program or function of the United States government which sends funds to the states in the form of grants, matching funds or aid is terminated. The government of the United States is hereby prohibited from dispensing funds, collected from the various states and their citizens, to another state and its citizens, for projects or other purposes unrelated to the direct operation of the federal government and/or unrelated to the general welfare and benefit of all citizens of the United States. Neither may the government of the United States take money from any state and then give the money back to that state for purposes unrelated to the direct operation of the federal government and/or unrelated to the general welfare of all citizens of the United States. The United States government is hereby prohibited from funding or contributing to funding public schools. Exceptions to these prohibitions are ad hoc aid to a region following a natural disaster or damage from warfare.”
The purposes and intent of this legislation follow:
1. To permit local decisions as to how local funds should be used. To place decision-making back in local hands,
taking the approval of federal government employees out of the equation.
2. To keep citizen money of the various states in those states for local consideration.
3. To reduce the federal tax burden on the people of the United States while shrinking the size of government and the
influence of government employees over our lives.
4. To reduce the influence of the federal government employees in the determination of public spending among the
5. To prevent the federal government employees from wasting taxpayer dollars on local projects which would never
have been approved if locally funded (meaning they were unnecessary to begin with).
6. To place into local hands more decisions over who receives financial funding from public sources (city, county,
7. Place education funding and decision-making once again securely into the hands of the localities.
Today's edition of The Pilot contained an article lauding efforts by the Moore County Partners in Progress board to introduce a new "small business incubation" initiative into our local municipalities and county. The print version of this article was entitled "Bull City Initiative Advances".
Interestingly enough, the online version of this article (which has a much longer lasting presence) was changed to "Bully City Initiative Advances
". Was there a reason for this change? Perhaps.
The initiative is to be "conducted in partnership with Forward Communities
" and spearheaded by Bull City Forward
, a non-profit organization based in Durham which "seeks to advance...Social Enterprises".
Now, the first red flag to any thinking reader should be the emphasis on the slogan, "Forward" which is incorporated into both of these entities' names. Remember, the new slogan of the Obama Campaign is "Forward
". And it didn't take long for everyone to notice that the slogan had been a long-time favorite of Marxist, Fascist, and Communist totalitarian states
. Just as with Obama, is the use of this slogan by these entities a coincidence
? I think not.
First, if you look at the list of "Bull City Startup Stampede" startups
in Durham, you will find a predominance of "green" companies and social enterprises. If you look into the initiative, you will find that they advocate
for "Social Enterprises" "to advance the Greater Good". These are code words of the socialistic left. You will see that they push for "social entrepreneurs" with a "triple bottom line approach"
to business. Informed people will recognize this as code words for what was called B-Corporations
-- a new version of what is often called "public-private partnerships".
Public-private partnerships are a way to leech off governments to subsidize social enterprises which cannot stand on their own in the free market. These initiatives seek to gain grant monies, subsidies, favors, and regulatory support from governments to make their favored "enterprises" feasible. Without government support, these sham "startups" would promptly fail.
Once again, Moore County Partners In Progress has revealed its true colors. This is a left-wing, pseudo-business, faux pro-development initiative which seeks to foster public-private partnerships. The PiP board seeks to draw in unsuspecting local government officials with its siren song of "promoting business" and "supporting economic development" when, in reality, it seeks to bleed dollars from taxpayers for dubious or outright nefarious left-wing business enterprises.
Partners In Progress is a stealth organization which subtly advocates the Agenda for the 21st Century
. All these factors: social enterprises, green energy initiatives, public-private partnerships, triple-bottom line approach, forward -- all are used by the left-wing and all are found in the Agenda documents and programs. Moore County does not need social justice, environmental justice, and economic justice. Moore County does not need to experiment with social enterprises largely funded or subsidized by the taxpayer.
Beware of municipal or county officials who become involved with Partners In Progress and their Bull City Forward partner.
Henry C. McKoy
The Carolina Journal article posted below is the latest in a series exposing a scandalous scam devised by a crook in the NC Department of Commerce who was appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue. Henry C. McKoy
, in league with crooked officials in four NC counties nearly got away with a money laundering scheme to divert federal grant money
intended to help low- and moderate-income families. The money would be diverted through the four counties to a bogus non-profit created and run by McKoy. All these parties would keep their respective "cuts" of the money. Next the remaining funds would go to the NC Council of Governments.
Finally the money would go to a software company, SAS, which is under contract to the same Council of Governments to develop software to be foisted upon local governments in NC. The tale of money laundering and unscrupulous diversion of federal funds is jaw-dropping and absolutely fascinating.
But as you, good reader, justly denounce the public officials who would participate in this nefarious scheme and wonder at the widespread corruption in the Perdue regime, do not overlook the role of the Council of Governments. This organization is an Agenda 21 scheme which is trying very, very hard to rope-in our county and municipal governments in NC. This organization pushes "green" agendas and other Agenda 21 initiatives and policies on our participating local governments. This organization claims to "help" our local governments, and they collect dues from our local governments to fund their schemes. So, dear fellow taxpayer, you and I are helping to fund our own destruction! And audits of this organization's budgets have raised questions and issues
These regional Council of Governments seek ultimately to become quasi-governmental bodies which would begin to transfer decision-making authority from their local government members. As these Regional "councils" would become more powerful, they would seek to transform into the same kind of regional commissions as have been implemented on the West Coast. Once they are chartered as regional commissions, their decisions would begin to supercede the authority of individual towns and counties, just as has been implemented in other states across the nation.
Suddenly, the citizens of Moore County and its towns would find that these regional commissions have gained powers over them, but they have no opportunity to elect or recall the members. This is one major goal of Agenda 21 -- to insulate the governing bodies from the electorate in order to streamline the implementation of favored programs and policies.
Our Moore County government and Towns such as Carthage, Southern Pines, and Robbins, for example, are members of the Triangle J Council of Governments. I urge others throughout the community to pressure your town and county representatives to get as far away from Triangle J as possible and as quickly as possible.
And, let's elect a new governor and state administration this November which will clean up the halls of government in Raleigh.
"Sustainability" Plan Involved Payments to SAS
Documents obtained by Carolina Journal show that a plan recently scrapped by the North Carolina Department of Commerce included a provision to pay Cary-based software developer SAS $1.5 million in federal funds meant to assist low- and moderate-income families.
Assistant Secretary for Community Development Henry C. McKoy, who oversees the annual allocation of approximately $40 million in federal Community Development Block Grants, created the plan. Each dollar would have traveled through three other entities, including a nonprofit organization McKoy created, before reaching SAS, documents show.
According to the agreement, four counties selected by McKoy — Orange, Yadkin, Buncombe, and Edgecombe — each would have received $600,000. Each county would keep $60,000 for participating in the scheme and transfer the remaining $540,000 to the North Carolina Sustainability Center, a nonprofit that McKoy chaired last year.
Under the plan, the NCSC would retain $165,000 from each county — $660,000 overall — and provide some planning services for each county. The NCSC then would transfer the remaining $375,000 from each county, or a total of $1.5 million, to the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Government, also known as COGs.
Finally, COGs would transfer the entire $1.5 million to SAS.
SAS has been working on a software project called NCREPS — North Carolina Regional Economic Prosperity Solution — that would be used by local governments. The company says it has put $4 million into developing the software but needs additional funds to finish the project. REPS, in fact, was developed for COGs, and SAS has an agreement with that organization, Carolina Journal has learned.
Sometime last year, McKoy learned of the project and asked to be involved. He also offered to help pay for it. McKoy’s plan to funnel money through the four counties to NCSC was outlined in a Jan. 6 memo that he sent to Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco seeking approval. The money was to come from surplus federal Community Development Block Grant funds from the years 2002, 2004, and 2007.
The plan engineered by McKoy and NCSC President Katie Kross was being finalized as late as March 30, but it was scrapped after CJ Online’s initial report, which appeared April 5. The SAS connection was not mentioned in the original set of documents CJ obtained for that initial report.
Crisco asked McKoy to resign the day the initial CJ story
appeared, according to The News & Observer, but McKoy refused and remains on the job. Repeated requests to interview McKoy or others in his division about the plan were turned down by Tim Crowley, assistant secretary for communications and external affairs at Commerce.
In a May 21 email, Crowley said: “We are going to be unable to accommodate your request for an interview. I can say this. The economic well-being of our local communities is critical to North Carolina, and we will continue to work with our many stakeholders on finding ways to help them with their efforts. As I have mentioned previously, the proposal related to the N.C. Sustainability Center was not approved, no contract was signed, and no money was ever disbursed.”
Even though McKoy remains on the payroll at Commerce, his position may not be active beyond June 30. The budget adjustment for the next fiscal year, approved May 24 by the House Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, seeks to eliminate his assistant secretary’s position and its $129,288 annual compensation. The House budget plan would move the employees and staff in McKoy’s division to the supervision of the assistant secretary for energy in Commerce.
At press time, the budget was expected to be approved by the full House.
McKoy is a relative newcomer to public administration. Gov. Bev Perdue appointed him to the Commerce position in August 2010. He reports to Crisco, and oversees more than 70 employees and a budget of approximately $50 million.
NCSC started in 1998 as an organization named Saving Our State. It was renamed Sustainable North Carolina in 2004.
An April 2010 report in Philanthropy Journal stated that Sustainable North Carolina “is suspending operations as it re-evaluates its future.” McKoy declined to comment for that story.
On Aug. 2, 2010, the same day Perdue announced McKoy’s appointment to the Commerce position, McKoy filed a name change form with the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, renaming the organization the North Carolina Sustainability Center. McKoy signed the form with the title “Chair, Board of Directors.” The address of NCSC’s current headquarters is a mailbox at a UPS Store in north Raleigh.
NCSC’s latest Internal Revenue Service Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, indicates the center was not very active. It received $7,638 in grants and had $8,441 in expenses for the calendar year 2010. The form lists McKoy as the center’s chairman. It was dated July 8, 2011, and signed by McKoy as chairman.
CJ Online reported April 12 that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation authorized a grant of $150,000 to NCSC on May 13, 2011. “Libby Smith [a senior adviser to McKoy at Commerce] was listed as the president and contact person. Henry McKoy was involved in the pre-grant discussions with the ZSR about the grant request,” foundation executive director Leslie Winner told CJ.
The 2009 Form 990 shows $51,834 in revenue and $89,743 in expenses for that year. The form, prepared by executive director Cyndy Yu-Robinson, also lists McKoy as one of 11 board members.
The 2008 Form 990, prepared by president Katherine Ansardi, shows total revenue of $225,816 and expenses of $213,297, and also lists McKoy as one of 14 board members.
Don Carrington, Executive Editor, Carolina Journal
Victories are piling up
in our battle against the purveyors and advocates of the Agenda for the 21st Century (a.k.a. "Agenda 21"). Not only are counties and municipalities bailing out of I.C.L.E.I. in droves, but the Governor of Iowa just issued a proclamation against Agenda 21 for his state! And Governor Terry Branstad is Chairman of the Council of Governors.
The Alabama State Legislature has passed Senate Bill 477
unanimously in both houses to ban the Agenda for the 21st Century (a.k.a. Agenda 21). The bill specifically states:
"Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in or traceable to Agenda 21."
This is great news, and the NC Legislature will be urged to pass a similar bill modeled after this important legislation.
Read more about it here
But NC's Senator Kay Hagan is not at all on board. She still denies the truth about this sinister set of strategies and initiatives -- and she defends it as a "good thing". Read her ridiculous response letter below:
June 7, 2012
Thank you for contacting me regarding Agenda 21. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue.
Drafted in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil, Agenda 21 is a non-binding plan to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land.
I do not agree with claims that Agenda 21 is a conspiracy to deny property rights and send people toward cities. Agenda 21 is not legally binding and only offers policy guidance to governments that want to promote sustainable development and reduce pollution.
While there is no legislation pending before the Senate related to Agenda 21, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should any such legislation be considered in the future.
Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns. If you would like to stay informed on my work in the Senate, you can sign up for my e-newsletter
, follow me on Twitter at @SenatorHagan
, or visit my Facebook page
Kay R. Hagan
Fie on her! She has been a terrible excuse for a U.S. senator since her unfortunate election on Obama's coattails in 2008. Her ideology is so far to the Left, of course she is in favor of this socialist/communist ploy to corrupt and transform our government structures. But people are waking up. She cannot pull the wool over our eyes any longer. She's wrong, she's bad for NC and the nation. She's got to go in 2014!
In 1517 Martin Luther set off the Protestant revolution against the Catholic Church that led to the spread of the then-new movement as a response to the corruption of the Church. It took time for it to establish itself as an alternative and was greatly aided by the invention of printing and spread of literacy, but mostly because ordinary people had grown weary of the Church’s extravagance, poor governance, and resistance to change.
The selling of worthless “indulgences” as a means to wipe one’s sins clean was the final straw.
Environmentalism has become a modern religion and its “cap and trade” scheme to sell worthless permission slips for the emission of so-called “greenhouse gases” — based on United Nations Kyoto Protocol calling for a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere — is being rejected by many nations .
As it has become common knowledge that CO2 is vital to all life on Earth and plays no role in affecting the climate, ordinary people have concluded that global warming in particular and environmentalism in general is a giant fraud.
No one argues that nations should not attend to the basic maintenance of clean air and water. That view predates the environmental movement, but the stranglehold on nation’s economies and the ability to engage in any form of commerce has reached a breaking point. The fact is, the U.S. has made great strides over the years and there are limits to how “clean” the air and water can or even should be. The EPA wanted to regulate “dust” at one point until Congress put an end to that insanity.
The lies required to maintain environmentalism and its vast matrix of laws and regulations are being publicly rejected and a recent example is a letter sent to NASA administrator by fifty present and former astronauts, scientists, and engineers who work for NASA is a seminal moment, not unlike Martin Luther’s 95 theses nailed to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg.
The NASA employee’s letter demanded that its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) “refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe that the claims of NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data.”
It should be noted that the global warming hoax can be dated to testimony by James Hansen before Congress in 1988 and he is still the GISS administrator! His apocalyptic predictions helped launch a U.S. response currently seen in the Environmental Protection Agency power-grab, based on the false CO2 claims, that will eliminate one fifth of the coal-fired plants providing electricity to a large swath of the nation and likely end the building of new comparable facilities.
On April 9th, Rasmussen Reports, a polling organization, release the results of a poll that found that 52% of likely voters “think there’s a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection, though 31% disagreed". Rasmussen stated that “support for investing in fossil fuels like oil and gas is also at a new high amidst near-record gas prices and the on-going development of the Keystone XL pipeline which President Obama blocked for environmental reasons".
The following day, April 10th, Rasmussen released results of another poll that found that 44% of likely voters “believe, generally speaking, that the EPA’s regulations and actions hurt the economy. Just 17% disagree".
On February 21st, Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com, was published in The Washington Times in an opinion about EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s testimony before Congress writing that: “Over the past three years, the Obama EPA has conducted a scorched earth campaign against fossil fuel producers and users, especially the coal-fired power industry, with multi-billion-dollar rules that provide no meaningful environmental or public health benefits.”
The environmental revolution — a Communist agenda — is being resisted piece by piece by scientists and others who no longer will submit to its utterly false “science” and its UN-inspired Agenda 21 plans to impose control over all aspects of life on planet Earth. A June Rio conference will largely abandon the fear-mongering of global warming in favor of “sustainability”, a matrix of controls that will enslave the world’s population with the worst totalitarian precepts since the rise of Communism and Nazism in the last century.
Agenda 21 has been at work in America for decades at this point and few have any idea what it represents. It is destroying property rights in America and that’s just for starters.
On Earth Day — April 22nd — the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the dictator who imposed Communism on Russia in 1917, the various elements of the environmental movement will flood the world with propaganda. The connection between these two events should not be ignored.
Environmentalism should be soundly rejected and the emerging movement to overthrow
it should redouble its efforts.
Sometime right after this Easter Holiday, the US House of Representatives will take up the Surface Transportation Bill. This bill, a major re-write of a bill originated in the House earlier this year, passed the Senate on March 29.
So, what's wrong with a transportation bill that extends funding of certain transportation projects? And why is this a Federal Land Grab?
Well, the land isn't being taken for transportation projects. There's lots wrong with the transportation funding of this bill, too. But, in the inimitable fashion of Senate Democrats, this humongous bill now hides lots of other sneaky pork, waste, and nefarious provisions that would - could never stand on their own nor survive the light of day. They have to be concealed by tortuous, twisted language buried deep within a totally unrelated bill.
Hopefully, these cancerous parts will be cut out of the bill by the House when it takes the matter back up after Easter. But there's no guarantee.
The bill allocates $1.2 Billion to the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to procure land "across America" -- not for transportation, not for parks, not for public use -- but for "conservation". In other words, just to remove more lands from development and private ownership. The Federal Government already owns more than 30% of the land mass of the U.S. The various states own another 15%, approximately. Finally, private land trusts and "conservancies" own another 10-15% nationally. That comes to nearly two-thirds of the land mass of the United States. But it's not enough. It's never enough! Unless you understand the end goal of Agenda 21.....
NetRightDaily exposes the scam here
, and the Audubon Society environmental freaks brag about it here
Southern Pines street scene
There were several Southern Pines UDO public meetings on April 2, 2012. Videos of two of these meetings are presented below. The first is of the West Southern Pines Design Meeting held in the Community Room on Pennsylvania Ave at 2:00 PM. The second is of the Design Worksession held at the Douglass Community Center on Pennsylvania Avenue at 6:00 PM. The April 2 meetings focused on the "design" aspects for the West Southern Pines and Downtown Southern Pines areas. A "design team" from the UDO consultant, PlanningWorks, interacted with a handful of residents to gather input on design preferences for their area.
The idea is that these design "concepts" will be incorporated into two documents. The first document will provide design and re-development recommendations for the Town Council and its boards and commissions to implement over the coming years as funds become available. These design concepts will also then be encoded into the new Unified Development Ordinance so that as the developments and design concepts are implemented, the UDO will be "compatible" with the desired "design".
I cannot go to all the meetings, so I simply video the ones that my schedule allows me to attend.
The attendance from the Southern Pines residents/electorate is extremely disappointing. Only a handful of people attend. What the residents and taxpayers of Southern Pines do not seem to realize is that these handful of people are greatly driving and impacting how everyone will live -- what laws will govern you and your property, how much control and intrusion will be encoded into new ordinances, how your tax monies will be spent, how development and prosperity will be impacted, and, thus, how you live.
The ones who typically come to these meetings are the "activists" who have an agenda -- and the normal residents and taxpayers may not like that agenda if and when they understand it. People can ignore these meetings and proceedings at not only their own risk, but the risk of us all -- every one of us.
Allow me to show you some examples from the January 16 UDO Report which presents the consultants' findings and "takeaways" from the first set of UDO public meetings. You can read the report or save it to your hard drive by clicking here
There weren't very many people at those meetings, either. See if you agree with any of these "votes" by the handful of participants who spoke for you:
This chart from the consultants' report shows the "vote" for aggressive regulation of your property maintenance and code conformance. Note that 77% of your "neighbors" who decided to attend want you to be aggressively regulated!
Well, I don't know about you, but I've already had enough aggressive regulation from the federales, and state bureaucrats. I don't need my own town bullying me around more, too!
Note that 87% of your neighbors who decided to attend "voted" that your Town Council should mandate energy efficiency in your home and business. Folks, this is also what the federales are pushing, too.
If these people get their way, you will have to constantly upgrade your toilets to the newest, most water-efficient model. You will have to constantly upgrade your windows, insulation, heating and air conditioning, and kitchen appliances to the newest, most energy-efficient models. You will have to install the newest, most efficient thermostat. And you will be forced to allow the power companies to install the newest, most intrusive "SmartMeter" to control your thermostat, lighting, and energy usage.
I don't think that 87% of the real people want this crap.
The unemployment rate for Moore County just exceeded 10% again. We don't have enough jobs and good careers for our young high school and college graduates. So, far too many of them go to live and work elsewhere, which is a pattern that ultimately brings dire consequences to the future of any community.
But do your neighbors who decided to attend and "voted" for you want to encourage growth and prosperity? No! See that 65% of them "voted" to "manage and control growth". These folks are as much at fault for the high unemployment and economic situation as are the like-minded politicians and bureaucrats currently in control.
I can't believe that two-thirds of real people want to control growth and limit prosperity.
And look how your neighbors who "voted" for you came out 85% in favor of requiring developers and land owners to "dedicate" land for greenways, open spaces, and "other amenities". Folks, first off this is outright theft of property. It is a taking of wealth by force to remove land and property from development. The shallow justification is the "amenities" it will offer. Balderdash!
And do you really want to divert scarce resources -- that is your tax money -- to construction and maintenance of such "amenities" when there are so many more pressing needs?
I don't believe that these distorted results accurately reflect the priorities and desires of actual taxpayers across the town. But these few people are taking all of us there.
Finally, look how nearly three-quarters of your neighbors who decided to attend "voted" that Southern Pines should "become a model for 'best sustainable practices'". This reveals the true ideology of the activists who are speaking for you in these meetings.
If you do not know what "Sustainability" means or where it comes from, you need to find out and learn about it. The Agenda for the 21st Century is, perhaps, the greatest threat to private property, property rights, and individual liberty facing this nation today. And the activists who are speaking for you in these meetings will drag you fully into it without your knowledge.
If real people do not begin participating in their government, then the town will be controlled by the ideological activists.