BUZZARDS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CIRCLING CHATTANOOGA
By Former Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson
October 22, 2011, NewsWithViews.com
A stakeholder group consisting of elected, business, and philanthropic leaders from the tri-state region of Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama which encompasses three metropolitan statistical areas has announced a major milestone in the effort to lay the groundwork to launch a 40-year regional growth planning process. The Chattanoogan
Sustainablists circle like Buzzards, eagerly awaiting the death knell of the Great American Experiment. They no longer worry about sneaking legislation, regulation or planning in through the back door. Certain that they are in control, they are now up-front, in fact blatantly smug about what they are doing.
Look at the words and terms in the first quarter of this one article and tell me this isn’t Sustainable Development: Stakeholder group, regional growth planning process, organize and facilitate, long-term region wide planning, public visioning, common ground solutions, localized planning effort….
Chattanooga has been living with this a long time, “This is a continuation of the public visioning and community engagement processes that have been transforming Chattanooga and the surrounding region since the early 1980s.” That is when Senator Bob Corker was the mayor of Chattanooga. Sure is nothing I would be bragging about. But then I am not a useful idiot to the global elite who are orchestrating all of this. The statement from the mayor goes on to admit that their “community pioneered this approach.” Now this is really something to be ashamed of rather than touting it in the local rag.
“We don’t have to agree on everything, but failing to cooperate when it benefits citizens would be foolish,” said Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis. “This planning process will enhance coordination among localities without taking away any of their authority or independence.” If you read the full article you will see time after time that they (the instigators of this travesty) keep insisting that they are not taking away the authority or independence of any localities. Yet, the regional boards do exactly that. The function of legitimate elected government within the system is fast becoming little more than a rubber stamp to create and enforce the dictates of the councils and regions.
“In my mind, the regional planning process is about job creation,” said Tom Edd Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re competing against the whole world to retain and recruit employers. Coming together as a team on economic development will give us a tremendous advantage in making the most of our economic opportunities while preserving the quality of life that makes us so attractive to the companies we already have.” We are not competing against the whole world, we are competing against the few companies that are left in America. And the sadder thing about this is that only the companies that become Public Private Partnerships (PPP) have much of a chance at all at getting business here now. Many PPPs are nothing more than government-sanctioned monopolies in which a few businesses are granted special favors like tax breaks, the power of eminent domain, non-compete clauses and specific guarantees for return on their investments.
Following the public meeting on Nov. 17, the stakeholder group which has been working to launch the regional growth planning process will weigh public feedback and other requirements set forth in the selection process to determine which of the finalist teams will coordinate the effort with the aim of starting the process during the first part of 2012. Look at that sentence — stakeholder group and regional growth planning — two buzz phrases of Sustainable Development. And they will weigh “public feedback,” and how much weight do you think they will give to the legitimate questions of costs, autonomy, property rights and true local control?
I would bet money that not one idea that doesn’t conform to Sustainable Development will make it to the selection process. What we are watching is a highly choreographed spectacle that is being staged in cities, towns and counties across this great country of ours in front of audiences that do not have a clue to the fact that this performance is a death knell to the Great American Experiment.
Can we hold them off in Chattanooga? Let us hope so; let us hope that, into the machinery of this consensus process the globalists’ useful idiots manipulate so well, a wrench is thrown that will put them out of business.
We need to be supplying the wrench, metaphorically. We need to make certain that Americans understand what is wrong with Sustainable Development, not by name but by what it does to rights and freedom. Show them the effects on property rights, water rights; show them how the prices of food and energy are skyrocketing because of the rules and regulations that are designed into these plans. Show how our duly elected officials are becoming nothing more than rubber stamps for the unelected, often non-local officials of the planning and regional boards that have been mandated through these programs. The words Sustainable and Development do not have to be used, just their effects and affects.
We need to be doing this across America in every city, county and town because, if it isn’t already there, Sustainable Development and its buzzards will be there soon.
To help us have tools to inform the public of this evil, we need to know as many of the names of planning groups associated with Sustainable Development as we can find. We know of some:
American Planning Association
Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Center for Neighborhood Technology
RERC Strategic Advisors
Wallace Roberts & Todd
Gresham Smith & Partners
Yes, you can go down the list of the three finalist teams in the article and pull out a lot. But we would like to try to make a definitive list. To that end, if you would email me with ones in your area, I would appreciate it. My email address is listed at the end of this article. Thank you.
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