Just what we need, waste some money trying to control us who lurk in the rural areas.
President Obama Establishes White House Rural Council
June 10, 2011|by Rhonda McBride
President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday creating the White House Rural Council. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak will oversee the task force, aimed at strengthening the economy of Rural America.
A White House press release says the mission of the new panel is to create jobs and promote economic development -- and to do a better job of coordinating federal programs that serve rural communities.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, says news of the executive order came as a surprise to her.
?I?m a little skeptical,? said Murkowski, ?but I will be the first one to embrace it, if in fact it does translate into benefits for rural Alaska and really does allow for a greater coordinated effort, so that we can see real differences in our remote areas.?
Murkowski says the lack of advance notification about the executive order makes her question Obama?s motives.
?I want to believe his intentions are good,? Murkowski said. ?And I hate to be callous about it, but is he looking to bolster areas where it would benefit him more in his upcoming election??
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, was unavailable for comment today, but his spokesperson, Julie Hasquet, says the White House Rural Council is consistent with President Obama?s past efforts.
Hasquet says Rural America has been Obama's priority from day one. She says the President held two national rural summits during his first two years in office -- and in his first year, sent four cabinet secretaries to visit remote Alaskan communities.
Murkowski says she will be sending her recommendations to the panel, which she believes is in a position to put rural issues in the spotlight, particularly the high rates of poverty that exist in many rural communities, even outside Alaska.
The priorities for the council are listed in the executive order. Among them are jobs training and workforce development; opening up agricultural markets; improving access to health care and education; increasing the ability to obtain credit and other financial services; expanding broadband service; modernizing rural infrastructure.
The executive order also specifically instructs the council to work with tribes. Murkowski says she?s hopeful that it will prop up the Denali Commission, a federal-state partnership to bring infrastructure to rural Alaska. In recent years, funding for the Denali Commission has steadily declined.
Murkowski says the struggle goes beyond Alaska.
?It?s a different constituency. Clearly, clearly needy, but politically unaware. I do think they get overlooked.?
?For those that are out there, it?s usually a pretty hard life. But out of sight, out of mind.? said Murkowski. ?And it?s not a situation where people are thinking about how they are going to work the political process to their political advantage. In many parts of the country, they?re working every day to keep food on the table and keep their families warm.?
Obviously you like bigger government so we shouldn't expect to have anything in common beyond our XJs.
No, actually I don't, overall I want smaller government, I just want the government to step in where private industry has failed to meet the needs of the populace. I would love to see the government get out of what it does not do well and the private sector CAN actually do better (and not just say they will, but can actually do)
I missed this one earlier, it's from theruralamerican.com
Obama Signs Agenda 21-Related Executive Order | Print |
Written by Raven Clabough
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:04
President Obama signed his 86th executive order (13575) on June 9, which established the White House Rural Council (WHRC). According to The Blaze, the Executive Order seems to be in line with the United Nations radical Agenda 21, as it is designed ?to begin taking control over almost all aspects of the lives of 16 percent of the American people.?
Evidence of this can be found in Section One of the Executive Order, which reads:
Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.
As the Executive Order references ?sustainable rural communities,? it raises a few eyebrows, since that is one of the key phrases found in the UN plan for sustainable development known as Agenda 21. The order admits that it intends to seize greater power over ?food, fiber, and energy,? items that are key to human sustenance.
The mission and function of the White House Rural Council, according to the Executive Order, is as follows: ?The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration?s engagement with rural communities.?
The order doesn't at all camouflage the levels of authority it will achieve. In order to reach the mission set out, the Executive Order states that the council will ?make recommendations to the President, through the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and the Director of the National Economic Council, on streamlining and leveraging Federal investments in rural areas, where appropriate, to increase the impact of Federal dollars and create economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America.?
Analyzing the language of the document, The Blaze questions, ?is there 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?? ?
The order also states that the WHRC will ?coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions, healthcare providers, telecommunications services providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America.?
In other words, the federal government will seemingly control every aspect of rural America.
The order?s mention of ?nongovernmental organizations? (NGOs) should be disconcerting, as NGOs are unelected, often government-funded organizations that are key to Agenda 21.
Executive Order 13575 asserts that the WHRC will ?coordinate Federal efforts directed toward the growth and development of geographic regions that encompass both urban and rural areas, and identify and facilitate rural economic opportunities associated with energy development, outdoor recreation, and other conservation-related activities.?
As observed by The Blaze, ?When did outdoor recreation become a conservation-related activity??
So who will be heading these opportunistic efforts? The following is a list of members who will be serving on the new council, which will be headed by Tom Vilsack, the current Secretary of Agriculture:
(1) the Department of the Treasury; Timothy Geithner
(2) the Department of Defense; Robert Gates
(3) the Department of Justice; Eric Holder
(4) the Department of the Interior; Ken Salazar
(5) the Department of Commerce; Gary Locke
(6) the Department of Labor; Hilda Solis
(7) the Department of Health and Human Services; Kathleen Sebelius
(8) the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Shaun Donovan
(9) the Department of Transportation; Ray LaHood
(10) the Department of Energy; Dr. Steven Chu
(11) the Department of Education; Arne Duncan
(12) the Department of Veterans Affairs; Eric Shinseki
(13) the Department of Homeland Security; Janet Napolitano
(14) the Environmental Protection Agency; Lisa Jackson
(15) the Federal Communications Commission; Michael Copps
(16) the Office of Management and Budget; Peter Orszag
(17) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; John Holdren
(18) the Office of National Drug Control Policy; R. Gil Kerlikowske
(19) the Council of Economic Advisers; Austan Goolsbee
(20) the Domestic Policy Council; Melody Barnes (former VP at Center for American Progress)
(21) the National Economic Council; Gene B. Sperling
(22) the Small Business Administration; Karen Mills
(23) the Council on Environmental Quality; Nancy Sutley
(24) the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; Valerie Jarrett
(25) the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs; and such other executive branch departments, agencies, and offices as the President or Secretary of Agriculture may, from time to time, designate. Chris Lu (or virtually anyone to be designated by the 24 people named above).
The Blaze says of the list, ?It appears that not a single department in the federal government has excluded from the new White House Rural Council, and the wild card option in number 25 gives the president and the agricultural secretary the option to designate anyone to serve on this powerful council.?
Even more notable than the levels of power being achieved by the creation of this new council is the various connections to Agenda 21.
For example, Valerie Jarrett served as a member on the board of the Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC), which uses the language of Agenda 21 and ICLEI [International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives] as their webpage descriptively explains the organization?s work to build ?sustainable communities.?
Likewise, Melody Barnes is the former Vice President of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress. Soros is a prime advocate of Agenda 21 and in fact, his Open Society provided $2,147,415 to ICLEI.
Additionally, Hilda Solis and Nancy Sutley, through their environmental endeavors, appear to be connected to Agenda 21. In 2000, Solis received an award for her work on ?Environmental Justice.? Sutley served on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District and supported the low-flow toilets, which are now being revealed as costing more money and creating an odor problem in the city of San Francisco.
Finally, the timing of the Executive Order is a bit suspicious, since the administration is meeting with a number of Agenda 21 operatives at the end of the month. ICLEI reports:
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced the launch of the National Press Club Leadership Speaker Seriesto be held on June 28. The event?s inaugural keynote speaker will be the Honorable Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), whose keynote address, The Road to Rio+20, will explain the role of key global and national stakeholders, and the impact and vision of this historic conference.
Fortunately, Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the radical agenda being pushed by the U.N. and supported by this government, and have hosted a number of anti-ICLEI rallies this week, with more planned in the future.