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Look out for a lame duck

By Henry Lamb
web posted September 27, 2010

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As the calendar rushes toward the November 2nd elections, prospects increase for a bloody "lame-duck" session.  There is a laundry list of bills stacked up for passage that have not yet made it to the floor for a vote.  After the elections, Democrats who lost will have nothing further to lose, and will be eager to get as much of Obama's radical agenda enacted as possible.

Lurking in the shadows is Senator Chris Dodd's Livable Communities Act (S-1619).  This bill will essentially write into domestic law the recommendation set forth in chapter 10 of Agenda 21.

Since the Clinton era, the federal government has been enticing and coercing local governments to transform their communities into "Sustainable Communities," as defined by Agenda 21. The Dodd bill brings down the heavy-hand of government to force communities to conform.  The implementation of Dodd's "livable" or sustainable communities forces the loss of individual freedom, serious reduction of private property rights, and the erosion of a free market in real estate. 

If enacted during the lame duck session, it must be repealed by the new Congress.

Senator Feingold's Clean Water Restoration Act (S-787) is high on the priority list for passage.  This bill would give to the federal government virtually every drop of water that falls on the United States to the federal government, regardless of whether it winds up in a river, a lake, a stream, a wetland, a prairie pothole, a mudhole, or backyard fish pond on private property.  Moreover, the bill also gives to the federal government authority to control all activity that may affect these waters, whether the activity occurs on private or public property.

 Should this bill become law, it will have to be repealed by the new Congress.

Representative George Miller's Employee Free Choice Act (HR-1409), also known as "Card Check" is sure to be on the list for emergency passage.  In the House, this bill has 240 co-sponsors; the Senate companion bill (S-560) has 40 co-sponsors. This bill eliminates the right of businesses and workers to conduct an election to determine whether a particular business will become unionized.  Card Check allows union bosses to secure a signature on a card from workers in a target business any way they wish.  When more than 50 percent of the workers have signed a card, then the business is unionized.

This bill is important to President Obama, and to the Democrats, to repay the unions for their financial support during the 2008 election cycle.  The unions poured millions of dollars into Democratic campaigns and provided countless workers in well-organized, get-out-the-vote programs.  Labor unions expect, no, demand, Card Check as repayment for their efforts.

This bill would certainly have to be repealed were it enacted in a lame-duck session.

Senator Richard Durbin's FDA Food Safety Modernization Act  (S-510) is another candidate for the lame-duck session.  This bill has absorbed several other bills from both the House and Senate and is still undergoing some final tweaking.  The goal of this horrible piece of legislation is to give the federal government absolute control over the production, processing, marketing, and transportation of virtually all food products.  While a few "exemption" amendments are being considered for very small farmers, the thrust of the bill is to ultimately put every backyard garden, and every food-handling business, under even tighter control of the federal government.

Buried within this bill is the authority for the federal government to force food producers to register the premises of their farm or ranch into a federal database, and provide inventory records as well as a record of the movement of any livestock animals.  This is the kind of government intrusion that transforms the land of the free into the home of the enslaved.

Obviously, this bill must be repealed if enacted.

These are only a few of the long list of transformative policies Obama and the Democrats plan to impose on an unsuspecting people.  Fortunately, there are enough people watching and reporting that these bills have been blocked so far.  The lame-duck session is another matter, however.

In addition to repealing these bills – should they be enacted- Obama's health care fiasco must be repealed.  There's only one way to accomplish this feat: change the control of Congress.

There is a strong possibility that the Democrats can lose control of the House, and perhaps the Senate, in the elections November 2nd.  This result is far from a sure thing.  Every eligible American must make every effort to vote this year, and vote for the best conservative candidate available.  Family, friends, and neighbors need to be reminded of the importance of voting this year.

We are just a little more than a month away from the opportunity to save the nation from a generation of Marxist policies now being forced down the nation's throat by a radical Democrat majority.

Let's change that majority. ESR

Henry Lamb is the author of "The Rise of Global Governance,"  Chairman of Sovereignty International , and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc.





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