The Clinton/GOP Assault On Property Rights

In separate proposals, the Clinton Administration and the Republican Congress are moving rapidly to increase Federal acquisition of private property across the nation. Most disturbing about the Congressional effort is the list of co-sponsors. Congressman Don Young, Chairman of the House Resources Committee, and a hero to many in the property rights movement, has taken the lead in building Congressional support for the scheme. In the Senate, Republican Frank Murkowski has already introduced the Senate version entitled S.25 - "The Conservation and Re-investment Act." In short, the bill would put almost a billion dollars annually into the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The money would be used by federal agencies, without Congressional oversight, to buy more property from private land owners. Those familiar with government tactics for purchasing land know that the feds will surely use their power to force private owners to give way - whether they want to ...
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More Proof of Green “B.S.” (BAD SCIENCE)

Regularly, reports emerge of damaged marine life caused by man-made pollution and global warming. Rarely are the reports checked out before the news media broadcasts the horror stories to the masses. Many times the so-called human damage is nothing more than a natural phenomenon. Below is the latest example. "Coal bleaching - variously blamed on global warming, pollution, the El Nino, or even dust storms in the Sahara - may be part of a natural cycle, according to a report in Science magazine (vol. 283, p. 843). A team of scientists studied a coral reef off Mauritius from 1991 to 1997 and found that the symbiotic algae on the coral tips showed a strong seasonal cycle. The algae give the reefs their color, but their numbers in summer were sometimes so low that the corals simply ‘appear’ bleached." Life would be so much less stressful if those reporting the news ...
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Why the Billion Dollar Land Acquisition Trust Fund is a Bad Idea

+ Green groups will seek to designate hundreds of new areas as parks and refuges. + Billions of dollars of private land will be taken off the tax rolls, forcing your taxes up. + Access through private land, the only access to large areas of Federal land, will be cut off. + Hundreds of small communities will have their tax base destroyed by Federal land buying. + Twenty-six million acres of private land in ME, NH, VT and NY will become a larger target. + Hundreds of small communities in existing Federal areas will be wiped off the map. + Federal In-Lieu of tax program fails to make up for lost tax revenue to counties. + No private property will be safe when Congress is in session with these funds available. + Every program should have to compete for appropriations. No more entitlements. + There should be no net loss ...
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Land Grabbing Secrets of the Conservancy

Never heard of The Nature Conservancy? Well, that's probably no accident. It keeps a low profile by design. When you run scams like it does, you don't want to be notorious. So let's lift the rock off these slugs and shine a very bright spotlight on a few of their most outrageous games. The Nature Conservancy is the richest, most powerful environmental colossus in the world. It claims 680,000 individual members and 405 corporate members operating out of eight regional offices and fifty chapter offices across the nation. The Nature Conservancy has assets of almost $1 Billion and has an annual operating budget of over $300 million and a staff of 1150 people. THE SCAM - real estate. THE HOOK - "conservation through private action." According to the party line, The Nature Conservancy simply buys land with private money and sets up nature reserves, thereby helping the environment without infringing ...
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The Hidden Wealth of Earth Day

The environmentalist movement is warmly tucked in an image of a grassroots movement of concerned and dedicated citizens engaged in a desperate race to save the earth from development and destruction. Faced with the threat of ozone holes, global warming, acid rain, destroyed rain forests, vanishing species, sewage filled rivers, unsafe drinking water, blackened skies, overflowing landfills, overdevelopment, overpopulation, and plain old human selfishness, Americans have responded to the crisis. Everyday, Americans dutifully separate their glass, paper and plastic refuse for recycling and buy recycled paper and greeting cards so that landfills are protected. Industry has been heavily regulated to stop pollution of the air and water, the timber industry has been severely curtailed to save trees and the fishing industry must now carry environmental observers to assure dolphins are not caught in tuna fishing nets. Almost every movie, television program and cartoon carries the proper environmental message. School children ...
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The Failure of Congress to Challenge Clinton’s Executive Orders

Statement before the National Conference on Presidential Powers and Executive Orders, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., July 14, 1999 H.L Mencken once said, "A plan to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." This administration is full of its own ideas on how to save humanity, and has made it clear that the mission is so urgent there simply isn’t time or inclination to worry about consulting the nation’s legislative bodies before it makes policy. As a result, the greatest stick-up in human history is well underway and Americans are being told it’s all for their own good. And the deafening silence you hear is the congresses lack of resistance - as America’s liberty disappears under a central organizing theme called environmental protection. Imagine an America in which a specific "ruling principle" was created to decide proper societal conduct for every citizen. That principle would ...
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Can Police Seize Your Money & Property Even If You Didn’t Commit A Crime? YES!

American Policy Center Launches Effort To Get "The Civil Asset Forfeiture Act" Passed "The right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..." 4TH Amendment, US Constitution Herndon, VA - "Civil asset forfeiture laws empower the government to seize property if it is suspected it was involved in a crime, but the real crime," says Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center, "is the way these laws undermine one of the most fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution." The Center has launched a campaign to secure support for Rep. Henry Hyde's bill, H.R. 1658, in order to protect citizens against law enforcement organizations that now routinely seize homes, cars, and bank accounts from Americans who have committed no crime. The bill will come to the floor of the House next week. Drafted by the Chairman of ...
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Clinton Executive Order “REVOKES” 10th Amendment

By Tom DeWeese During his six-year reign of terror, Bill Clinton has signed no less that 254 Executive Orders. To date, not one has been challenged by the United States Congress. Congressional silence has led Clinton to stronger, bolder action in his carefree drive to fulfill his liberal agenda. But no previous action has come close to that taken with the signing of Executive Order 13083 entitled "Federalism." On May 14th, with the stroke of a pen, Clinton rescinded Ronald Reagan's own E.O. 12612 on Federalism. At the same time, Clinton also sliced the Constitution's 10th Amendment into unrecognizable pieces. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan took a bold step to repair the damage to the Constitution and our political system. From Supreme Court decisions to power-seeking bureaucrats, the federal government was roaming far from its Constitutional borders. Reagan sought to rein it in by producing an Executive Order that would ...
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Congresss Afraid To Investigate Eco-Terrorism Violence Supported By Green Groups, Wealthy Contributors

by "Fossil Bill" Kramer You’ve heard how Earth Firsters terrorized Congressman Frank Riggs’ employees, vandalized his California office, then chained themselves to a 400 lb. tree stump they’d wheeled in. Calling the raid a "political statement", they hoped to intimidate Riggs into abandoning his support of constitutionally-guaranteed property rights. (It didn’t work. Though he’s retiring after this term, he’s stuck to his principles.) What you haven’t heard is that Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke out in support of this malicious act of terrorism! Pepper Spray - "Inexcusable Torture" "Congressman Riggs is out of touch with reality," Pope brayed, incensed that police had been called. "Not only is he defending an inexcusable use of torture, he . . supports use of pepper spray on our kids!" Folks, these weren’t kids. If idiots did that to your office and staff, or home and family, would you feed them ...
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Only One Defender of Property Rights in Congress

Across the American West there roams a predator. It terrorizes all who cross its path, it destroys lives and wipes out whole villages. Its name is environmental regulation and it's a sub-species of an animal called government. When it goes on the hunt, few dare oppose it. Western property owners have felt its bite for several decades. Those who lived and prospered on Federal lands began to have their water rights and grazing rights challenged by federal agents, even though their claims were well documented and many dated back over three generations. Property owners suddenly faced another kind of invader called endangered species. Let one be sighted in a distant pasture and suddenly the whole farm was threatened with shut down. Meanwhile, many of those elected to go to Washington to defend property owners did little to change the situation. Instead, the "need" to protect the environment was preached like ...
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Park Service Takes Different Tact When the Nation Is Watching

Bucky Bucky Beaver Let’s fight to keep him free. A Potomac flood left him a facin’ Life alone in the Tidal Basin, He survived right well with the squirrels and the bees And chewed up a couple of Cherry Trees... Lyrics by Alaska State Senator Robin Taylor - to the tune of Davy Crockett Alaska State Senator Robin Taylor is hopping mad. Last April, the nation watched with daily amusement over the Park Service’s attempts to capture a family of beavers who set up housekeeping in the Tidal Basin, just in front of the Jefferson Memorial in the nation’s capitol. The pesky critters were guilty of chopping down several of the nation’s coveted cherry trees - right in the middle of the Cherry Blossom Festival! So why is the Senator upset? Because in Washington D.C., the Park Service rushed into action to capture the beavers and end their invasion of ...
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Animal Rights Nuts Call for End to “Killer” Highways

They call themselves the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium and they are horrified by the number of little critters that are flattened into road kill each year (though I'm told it's a delicacy in some states). Their answer to the situation - stop building highways across America. Of course these bleeding hearts showed no concern for the number of people who are killed each year when their cars are crushed by a herd of deer. That hazard is growing worse as animal rights activitists succeed in banning deer hunting. But before you laugh off such stupid ideas, be reminded that similar plans to destroy roads and eliminate cars have been introduced as official White House environmental policy as contained in the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report introduced at the United Nation's Habitat II conference this past June (see The DeWeese Report, Vol. 2, Issue 6). It is common practice ...
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The “Terrible Twelve” Enemies of Property Rights

The League of Private Property Voters (LPPV) has released its list of the twelve members of the U.S. Congress deemed the greatest enemies of American property rights, based on their voting records over the past year. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) Rep. Sherwood Boehlet (R-NY) Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) Rep. George Brown (D-CA) Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA) Rep. Elizabeth Furse (D-OR) Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D--NY) Rep. David Obey (D-WI) Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) Rep. Mike Ward (D-KY) Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) These twelve were picked, not only because they voted against such issues as compensating property owners if their land was taken by government - but these twelve actually led the charge against important property rights protection measures like reforming the Endangered Species Act and supported shutting down public lands from public use. For example, George Brown actually sponsored a bill that would have limited timber harvest ...
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Nazi-Type Thugs Destroy Medical Research

By Tom DeWeese The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an "animal rights" terrorist group, has taken credit for a raid on twelve University of Minnesota medical research labs because of the use of animal testing. The raiders gleefully acknowledged releasing animals and causing over $1 million in damages. A spokesman for the Animal Liberation Group ( a terrorist group secretly funded by People for the ethical Treatment of Animals, PeTA) said the group smashed computers, tipped over lab equipment and wrecked microscopes. The massive damage and Nazi-like tactics were justified as a compassionate act for exploited animals. "The ALF is taking action immediately to free these animals from their exploitation," group spokesman Kevin Kjonaas said. He was proud that the group had found homes for the animals. What Kjonaas did not admit to was the irreversible damage his mindless attack had caused to families who have been desperately seeking a cure ...
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Meanwhile, Out West

by William Perry Pendley When Attorney General Janet Reno announced she would not seek appointment of an Independent Counsel to investigate President Clinton’s alleged campaign-financing abuses, she gave a simple answer. President Clinton lacked criminal intent; that is, he had no intent, at the time of the alleged criminal activity, to commit the elements of the crime. If Clinton did not intend to commit a violation of federal campaign-financing laws, the Attorney General Reno is right to raise the legal issue of mens rea or criminal intent. But I wish she would alert her attorneys, both in Washington, D.C. and in Colorado, that meanwhile out West, a man is being prosecuted for a federal crime for which he lacked criminal intent. Bobby Unser, on a beautifully clear December day, almost exactly two years ago, went for a snowmobile ride in a national forest in southern Colorado. When a dangerous blizzard ...
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The War On Cars

by Alan Caruba Like most Americans, I had always been vaguely aware that the cost of owning a car, buying a new one, and the general use of cars nationwide, had been rising for years. We were told that this was necessary to "clean the air", "become more energy efficient", and "increase the use of mass transit." America is now its suburbs. Even so, Americans live, work and drive on a total of 3% of the entire landmass. For most people, average commuting time to work by car is barely ten to twenty minutes. Working and home-based moms use their cars 46% of the time for personal trips necessitated by day-care, school, going to the market or dry cleaners, or picking up hubby. It didn’t seem to matter to the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) that, by 1998, most major cities such as Cleveland, Boston, and Chicago, had achieved the biggest ...
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Doing Everything by the Book

by William Perry Pendley On a snowy September night in 1989, John Shuler stepped out of his ranch house in northern Montana when he heard grizzly bears attacking his sheep. Clad only in his shorts and socks, but carrying his rifle, Shuler saw three bears near the sheep pen and frightened them off with shots over their heads. Thinking the danger was over, Shuler turned toward his house. Suddenly a grizzly bear appeared a mere 30 feet from him, stood up on its hind legs, spread its mighty forepaws, and roared a frightening roar. Shuler realized he was in mortal danger, swung his rifle in the direction of the bear, and fired. With that shot, Shuler saved his life, but he also unleashed a legal battle that is having repercussions almost a decade after he escaped death in his own yard. Within hours of Shuler’s rifle shot, the U.S. Fish ...
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Man vs. Nature

Earth Day Is the Time to Challenge the Environmentalist Premise that Man Should Be Sacrificed in by Peter Schwartz For the first time in American history, the government is ordering the destruction of a dam--for environmental reasons. This July, Edwards Dam, a small hydroelectric facility on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, will be torn down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Its crime? It is blocking the path of fish that swim upstream to spawn. As recounted in a N.Y. Times article, "the hindrance the Edwards Dam posed to migratory fish outweighed the benefit it provided in electric generation." On Earth Day, it is worth noting this event, for it illuminates the essential meaning of environmentalism. The closing of Edwards Dam is the implementation of environmentalism's fundamental, though often unrecognized, tenet: that man ought to be sacrificed for the sake of nature. The common view of environmentalism is that ...
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Federal Theft of Property Rights

by Paul Craig Roberts Now that Soviet Communism has fallen of its own weight, Americans are left with the brutal fact that our own government is our worst enemy. this is a disturbing thought, but - - lets face it - - our government is no longer "of the people, by the people, and for the people." Government has its own agenda, which differs fundamentally from the aims of the productive men and women whose every-day work carries this country along. For example, farmers today find that they cannot clear drainage ditches, farm bottom land, repair levies or put up a fence on their won property without the risk of criminal prosecution. And we can expect the "Greens" to use the Soil Conservation Service to replace private farming with Land Use Planning at the Federal level. Uncertain law, based on the power of the bureaucracy to spin regulations out of ...
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Angry Over Abuses by IRS, EPA, BLM, etc.?

Much Worse Lies Ahead Under New UN Treaty by "Fossil Bill" Kramer Why must there always be some who insist on dictating to and forcing their beliefs on everyone else? On his recent visit, Jiang Zemin, dictator of China, made clear that his government will never allow freedom of expression and has no intentions of moving towards democracy. He says people must be led (coerced, driven) for society to move in the right direction. He justified the massacre of students (and imprisonment of those who survived) at Tiananmen Square in 1989. After all, he explained, government knows best and cannot be criticized. This, of course, is what dictators have always said. And with the "right Direction" determined by them and their henchmen, guess who always benefits most? In Russia, Communist revolutionaries plotted to overthrow the Czarist tyranny - a commendable ambition. They promised if they succeeded that national wealth and ...
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