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HR 1505: Giant Land Grab For The Police State

by Chuck Baldwin on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This is article 5 of 8 in the topic Federal Lands

Montana Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg lent his support for ceding more power and authority to the federal government’s emerging police state by supporting HR 1505, the “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act.” This monstrous bill empowers the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to confiscate to itself tens of thousands of acres of land across the US northern border. This is for “national security” reasons, of course. Gag!

My friend, Dr. Ed Berry, has written a very astute summary and analysis of HR 1505 on his web site, PolyMontana.com. I am going to be borrowing heavily from his research in this column.

Dr. Berry rightly notes that the DHS is the giant head of no less than seven federal agencies: Transportation Security Administration (TSA), US Customs & Border Protection (CBP), US Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), US Secret Service (SS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and US Coast Guard (USCG).

Dr. Berry says pointedly, “FEMA is the one with the small cages to put you in if you do not behave. TSA is the one that gives you a useless body scan before you get on an airplane, bus, etc. DHS is the one adding its sensors to streetlights around America and the promoter of E-Verify and Real ID as a cradle-to-grave biometric tracking system for every American.” And it is CBP that the DHS is using to seize property along the US northern border.

According to Denny Rehberg, the reasons the DHS needs to seize all this property are: 1) to stop the “turf war” between federal agencies, 2) Drug growers are hiding in our forests, 3) to catch criminals hiding in our forests, 4) to stop illegal aliens from coming in America.

Let’s first acknowledge that the federal government has absolutely no natural right or constitutional jurisdiction to claim (much less seize) land and territory outside of the District of Columbia. In many of the western states of the US, for example, the vast majority of land in any given State is now regarded as “federal” land. Ask yourself, where is the constitutional authorization for this federal land grab? When did the various State legislatures vote to give these properties to the federal government? When did the various State governors sign the State laws giving these properties to the federal government? When did the citizens of the various states vote to give these properties to the federal government? The answer is, nowhere, and they didn’t!

How is it, then, that we have elected representatives such as Denny Rehberg–people who took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States–who are either so ignorant of the Constitution that they took an oath to uphold, or who are so flippant and careless about that oath, that they so quickly and routinely trample, not only the federal Constitution, but the natural laws and principles of God, and the sovereign rights and authority of the several states?

Now, let’s look at Rep. Rehberg’s reasons why he supports HR 1505 one at a time:

*To stop the “turf war” between federal agencies

This is a very specious argument, to say the least! No federal agency has any claim to State land! The land doesn’t belong to those miscreants inside the Beltway!

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Apparently Democrats think that it is “disparaging” to call Obama’s health care law “Obamacare”

by John Lott on Sunday, February 20th, 2011

This is article 39 of 686 in the topic Healthcare

This is pretty remarkable. This shows that they believe that their health care law is unpopular and they don’t want the president so closely linked to it.

After two House Republicans called it “ObamaCare,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) asked the chairman whether these “disparaging” remarks should be allowed on the House floor.

“That is a disparaging reference to the president of the United States; it is meant as a disparaging reference to the president of the United States, and it is clearly in violation of the House rules against that,” she said.

Because Wasserman Schultz only asked if it would be appropriate to curb the use of the term “ObamaCare,” the chairman said he would not rule on a hypothetical. But he did urge members to “refrain from engaging in personalities or descriptions about personalities in general.”

The indirect warning had no effect on Republicans. Rep. Denny Rehberg (Mont.), who sponsored the amendment to defund the law, said he refers to it as ObamaCare and said, “You would think he wants his name attached to his signature legislation.” . . .

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Rep. Rehberg (R-MT) Announces U.S. Senate Run

by Jason Whitman on Sunday, February 6th, 2011

This is article 146 of 1300 in the topic 2012 Elections

Rep. Denny Rehberg Courtesy Billings Gazette

In an exciting day for both regional and national politics, Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) has announced that he will run against Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) in the 2012 contest for U.S. Senate.

There is no question that Jon Tester is an Obama Democrat, having voted yes on the stimulus, healthcare reform, and being in lock-step with the Obama agenda. As Rehberg says,

he’s running for the Senate in 2012 to offer Montanans a choice between someone who will tackle out-of-control federal spending and Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who believes government is the solution.

“Montana needs a senator who will not toe the (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid line, and essentially supporting (President) Barack Obama,” Rehberg said.

Unlike himself, Rehberg said Tester and Baucus both voted for the 2009 federal stimulus, for the 2010 federal health care overhaul and against supporting a moratorium on federal earmarks — special projects that members of Congress seek to fund.

The majority of us who live in the inter-mountain west do not appreciate nor support a philosophy of government solutions. We view government as the problem, not the solution (As did Reagan, of course). Not only did Senator Tester vote yes for healthcare reform, but Montana’s other Senator, Max Baucus (D-MT), drafted a significant portion of the bill. As Rehberg cogently analyzes it,

“We essentially have one senator, two people voting the same way, doing the same thing,” Rehberg said, referring to Tester and fellow Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. “It’s not helping Montana.”

The fact of the matter is, Montana’s senatorial delegation is not only NOT helping Montana, but they are doing damage to the inter-mountain west and the rest of the nation. We have an opportunity in 2012 to support a candidate for U.S. Senate who will not vote with Obama. Considering the opportunity we have to retire Tester, I hope the nation will keep their eye on this race.

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The Obama administration’s Mexican Border Policy: No fences, more gun control

by John Lott on Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Obama administration eliminates funding for virtual fence along Mexican border after freeze everything a year ago.

The project, known as SBInet, has cost about $1 billion thus far, but has only accounted for 53 miles of virtual fence along the Arizona-Mexico border. DHS had been considering major changes to the project since at least last January, when Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano ordered a major assessment of SBInet and viable alternatives.
Also last year, Napolitano froze money for the expansion of SBInet beyond its deployment along the highly trafficked Arizona-Mexico border, and denied SBInet $50 million in funding that had been included in the stimulus package. . . .

Meanwhile there is the push for more gun control.

The Obama administration’s plan to force new reporting requirements on thousands of gun dealers near the Mexico border is under fire from members of his own party.
At least three Democrats in the Senate and several more in the House are voicing opposition to a proposed regulation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that would require about 8,500 gun dealers in four states – California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas – to report gun sales of two or more high-powered rifles sold within five consecutive business days. . . .
“While I understand the importance of cracking down on violence and gun trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border, this wide-reaching regulation would punish law-abiding American gun owners and impede their Second Amendment rights,” Begich wrote in a letter last week to ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson. “Instead, we must secure our border and target Mexican drug cartels, as well as participating offenders in the United States.” . . .
In a letter to President Obama last month, House members, including Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla, Nick Rahall, D-W. Va., Mike Ross, D-Ark., Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., and Ron Paul, R-Texas,said the regulation should be reviewed by Congress first.
“While Congress has authorized multiple sales reporting for handguns, we have never extended this authority to other types of firearms,” they wrote. “Expanding this power by executive decree would be an end run around Congress.” . . .

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Omnibus double whammy: The Dems’ lame-duck land grabs

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

This is article 147 of 523 in the topic Government Spending

Yesterday, Senate Democrats dropped their 1,924-page omnibus spending bomb on Capitol Hill. My column today reports on the other omnibus bomb up their sleeves — a massive omnibus land grab that Dingy Harry Reid vowed yesterday to bring up before the stretched-out lame-duck session ends. It’s green pork galore: “Reid’s staff sees a natural resources omnibus as a rare chance for members to bring something home to their districts and therefore worth the extra time needed to see such a large bill through to completion.”

Many of the items on the enviros’ wish list have been divvied up between the omnibus spending bill and the omnibus lands bill. (I’ve uploaded them both below for easy reference.) A San Francisco Bay restoration grant program pushed by Sen. Boxer (p. 874), Great Lakes watershed program (p. 626), Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta heritage designation (p.880), and Montana forest and watershed plan pushed by Sen. Tester (p. 897) are among the eco-goodies stuffed into the omnibus spending bill. Dozens of other land grabs have been bundled together in the omnibus lands bill, including several projects in Reid’s home state of Nevada, as I note below.

Sen. Tester’s GOP opponent summed up the transparency-evading tactics perfectly:

Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, who many Republicans hope will run against Tester in 2012, slammed the inclusion of Tester’s bill in the spending package without undergoing a full committee hearings process in both chambers. “This is government at its worst,” Rehberg said. “These are exactly the sort of underhanded tactics the American people rejected in November. Apparently, the message didn’t get through.” He called it “a shameful attempt to force-feed Montanans another dose of big-government.”

Not just Montanans. All of us.

It’s a business-as-usual bonanza for the serial abusers of the lame-duck process.

Two words to the GOP: Stop them.

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The Dems’ lame-duck land grab
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

Environmentalists hate sprawl — except when it comes to the size of their expansive pet legislation on Capitol Hill.

In a last-ditch lame duck push, eco-lobbyists have been furiously pressuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to pass a monstrous 327-page omnibus government lands bill crammed with more than 120 separate measures to lock up vast swaths of wilderness areas. Despite the time crunch, Senate Democrats in search of 60 votes are working behind the scenes to buy off green Republicans. House Democrats would then need a two-thirds majority to fast-track the bill to the White House before the GOP takes over on Jan. 5.

Yes, the hurdles are high. But with Reid and company now vowing to work straight through Christmas into the new year (when politicians know Americans are preoccupied with the holidays), anything is possible. The Constitution is no obstacle to these power grabbers. Neither is a ticking clock.

The Democrats’ brazen serial abuse of the lame-duck session is as damning as the green job-killing agenda enshrined in the overstuffed public lands package. Earlier this month, Reid assigned worker bees on three Senate committees — Energy and Natural Resources, Commerce, and Environment and Public Works — to draw up their public lands wish list.

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