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Urgent Action Needed!
Congress Moves to Seize Control of All U.S. Waters
Key Wetlands Bill Coming In Congress. It is called the Clean Water Restoration Act. The new Senate number is S 787.
The Senate is likely to move on S 787 shortly. No number yet in the House. It should be introduced in the House soon. You must contact both your Senators immediately.
-----Do you want the Corps and EPA in your backyard?
-----Do you want the EPA and Corps to control your water?
-----Do you want the Corps and EPA to control all your watersheds that means all your land too?
------That's what will happen if the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S787) passes Congress.
-----Besides private property, the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S 787) threatens businesses, agriculture, small communities, grazing, forestry, mining and many other uses on private and Federal land. It will affect many kinds of manufacturing companies and businesses.
-----The Real Goal of the Clean Water Restoration Act (S787) is to give Corps and EPA Control over your water and all your watersheds. That means National Land Use Controls as well as control over all your water and land. That's because all land is in a watershed. The proposed Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S787), which has no House bill number yet, will give the Corps and EPA control over your property and water.
It will redefine what the term "wetlands" means in the law. It will eliminate the requirement that the Corps and EPA limit their jurisdiction to "Navigable" waters and give those agencies control over any water or "activities" affecting water.
-----Congress is considering expanding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act of 1972 to include all waters of the United States and not limit it to "navigable waters" as is currently the law under two Supreme Court Decisions, the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.
-----Congress is also considering expanding Clean Water Act jurisdiction to include all "activities affecting these waters." In other words, the bill is a double whammy: It expands the definition of waters and gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Corps of Engineers (Corps) and other Federal agencies control over activities that affect waters - any land use activities.
The Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) is bouncing around the House Committee. It should be introduced shortly.
Here are the two Committees that have jurisdiction. You can see a complete list of Members at www.landrights.org.
-----House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
-----Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
------We apologize in advance for the length of this e-mail. But we are trying to give you the tools to be effective with your Congressman and both Senators. We are trying to shorten the e-mails by placing material on the website with links.
-----The Clean Water Restoration Act is a massive land and water grab. You need to read the following information and then contact y both your Senators and your Congressman.
-----Early action by you gives us a good chance to defeat the CWRA (S787) and prevents your Congressman from signing on as a co-sponsor.
1. Please forward this message as widely as possible.
2. Go to www.landrights.org to see the Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Go to www.landrights.org to check if any of your Senators or Congressman are on the Committees listed above. You have a lot more power if you find your Congressman or Senator is on the list of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House or the Environment and Public Works Committee in the Senate.
3. Write, call, fax and e-mail both your Senators even if they are not listed on the Environment and Public Works Committee. You may call any Senator at (202) 224-3121. Ask for the staff person who handles the Wetlands, Corps of Engineers or the Environment and Public Works Committee. Request his or her e-mail address or fax number. You can write any Senator at: Honorable _________ U. S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510. It is better to fax your letter because time may be short.
You can use the revised and updated New Clean Water Restoration Act Corps of Engineers, EPA and Wetlands Testimony Questionnaire available in both formatted and text version at www.landrights.org.
4. Write, call, fax and e-mail your Congressman in opposition to the Clean Water Restoration Act no matter if he or she is on either of the two Committees listed above. What is you need to know is written below. You may call any Congressman at (202) 225-3121. We've made it easy to write by setting up two versions of the Testimony Questionnaire on the website www.landrights.org.
The first version is a formatted version you can print out, add your comments to, and fax or mail it to your Senators or your Congressman.
The second version is an unformatted text version you can put in your word processor, edit to meet your needs and concerns, and then e-mail to your Senators and Congressman. Just go to www.landrights.org and the two versions for the Senate and the two versions for the House will be right on the home page.
When you call your Congressman, ask for the staff person who handles Wetlands, the Corps of Engineers or the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and request his or her e-mail address. You can write any Congressman at: Honorable _________ US House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515
5. Be sure to tape a printed copy of this e-mail to your refrigerator door so you can refer to it in the future. This is going to be a huge battle and will take time and action by you to save your water and land.
Finding the Testimony Questionnaires is easy. They are right on the home page at www.landrights.org. The formatted version can be printed out and mailed or faxed to your Senators and Congressman. The text version you can put in your word processor and edit any way you like. Then e-mail it to your Senators and Congressman.
Rep. James Oberstar and Senator Russell Feingold are leading the fight to overturn two Supreme Court cases that ruled that the Corps of Engineers and EPA did not have jurisdiction over waters that were not "navigable".
Oberstar and Feingold will try to gut the meaning of the word "Navigable." They are doing this to make it possible for Democrats on their Committees to vote for the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) without getting hammered by you.
Your Congressman and both Senators must hear from you that you are not falling for this trick. They must learn from you that they will be held responsible if they vote for the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA).
Congress Moves To Seize Control Of All U.S. Waters
Maps showing existing Clean Water Act affected areas compared to the areas affected if the CWRA (Clean Water Restoration Act) if the CWRA were to pass Congress are right on our homepage at www.landrights.org.
If you see the number HR 2421, that is last year's number. That's the old House number Oberstar used last year. You should call your Congressman to request that he or she inform you when the new House version of the Clean Water Restoration Act is introduced in the House and what the new number is. This is very important because it lets him or her know you are interested and following the issue.
Until the House assigns a new number, use CWRA or better yet, the full Clean Water Restoration Act name to describe the bill. Of course, in the Senate use S 787.
The Clean Water Restoration Act is worse than a mere return to the jurisdiction the Corps of Engineers and EPA had before the U.S. Supreme Court limited their jurisdiction. It gives the jurisdiction to the federal government that the environmental bureaucrats only dreamed of before the Supreme Court's rulings.
An example is that the Federal bureaucracies will gain control over all the watersheds in the United States. That includes dry land inside or adjacent to watersheds. That means everything. Because all land is in a watershed.
And in fact the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) (S787) even goes far beyond that by adding the language, "the activities affecting these waters," which is essentially a limitless national land use control provision.
Chairman Oberstar and Senator Feingold and other Members of Congress are trying to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decisions using the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) to define those decisions away.
The Clean Water Restoration Act restores the jurisdiction of the Corps and EPA over all the lands they had taken jurisdiction over before the two critical Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.
The Clean Water Restoration Act is the biggest threat to private property since CARA and actually affects far more land and people. It seeks to overturn the critical Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001 that said the Corps of Engineers was going outside their jurisdiction.
Alert ... Alert ... Alert
Democrats and Oberstar staff lay out their plan to use Clean Water Act and Corps Jurisdiction to create national land use controls.
ALRA has published an Executive Summary and Analysis of the Oberstar Staff White Paper written by our associate Don Parmeter of the National Water Conservation Alliance. You'll see in their own words what the Democrats plan is to control your land. Go to www.landrights.org.
In the White Paper on the Clean Water Act you'll see how Rep. James Oberstar, Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee want to give the power and jurisdiction to the Corps of Engineers and EPA to control all the watersheds in the United States. All land is in a watershed.
It is critical that you forward this message as widely as possible and hand out copies. Send it to your friends, neighbors and business associates no matter where they live. The Clean Water Restoration Act affects all waters across the whole U.S.
It became clear what Oberstar is really up to at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing on Oberstar's Clean Water Act Wetlands Land Grab Bill, the Clean Water Restoration Act at a hearing last year.
Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) made it clear at the hearing that he plans to overturn the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.
That would give the Corps of Engineers and EPA jurisdiction over nearly all private and Federal land. The Supreme Court limited that jurisdiction in the two Supreme Court decisions. Look at the two maps for comparison of how the Clean Water Restoration Act affects the country at www.landrights.org.
Even if you sent in testimony before, you should do it again. This is a new Congress and a new bill. You should also call, fax and e-mail both your Senators, your Congressman and any other Congressman from your state plus all the Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. You should also call Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Call, Call, Call. Fax, fax, fax. The Senate and House must be overwhelmed with testimony and phone calls. You can call any Senator at (202) 224-3121. You can call any Congressman at (202) 225-3121.
Some Democrats have real concerns about the affect of the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) on their constituents. They are worried about whether you will realize that the CWRA really hurts you in a big way and that their vote will be held against them in the election next year. Your actions can help get both Democrats and Republicans to oppose the Clean Water Restoration Act (S 787).
You need to make sure they know they will be held responsible for their votes on this issue.
You must make it clear to them that you know the Clean Water Restoration Act will overturn the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.
That means the CWRA (S787) will vastly expand the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers and the EPA.
It is critical that you take action with both your Senators and your Congressman and any other Congressman from your state. Please fill out and e-mail or fax or e-mail your Testimony Questionnaire to both your Senators and your Congressman. You can find specially written versions for both the Senate and the House at www.landrights.org. You are free to change them any way you want.
Also call both your Senator and your Congressman to make sure they know you oppose the Clean Water Restoration Act and any attempt to overturn the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.
If you sent testimony to your Senators or Congressman last year, it does not count now. You must do it again because it is a new Congress and the Testimony Questionnaire at www.landrights.org is different than what you sent before.
Call at least three friends, forward this message to them, and get them to submit testimony.
The Clean Water Restoration Act has very little to do with clean water or restoration. It is mostly about land use control and expanding the power, reach and jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers and EPA over their definition of "wetlands" under the Clean Water Act of 1972.
What the bill supporters are doing is using the term "Clean Water," which everybody wants, as a tool to pass legislation (CWRA) that is really about land use control and has little or nothing to do with clean water. It is a huge rural land grab but it affects urban areas too. Their target is land use control over all lands, both urban and rural.
What the Clean Water Restoration Act does is give the Corps of Engineers and EPA control over all private property in the US by changing the definition of "wetlands" under the Clean Water Act of 1972 expanding the regulatory reach of the Corps and EPA over private property.
You must prevail on both your Senators and your Congressman not to let that happen.
Go to www.landrights.org to print out a formatted Testimony Questionnaire to mail or fax to both your Senators and your Congressman. Or download a text version you can edit in your word processing program and then e-mail to your Congressman and both Senators.
You can borrow information from the Testimony Questionnaire to simply write a letter. Try to keep your letter to one page. Fax the letter if you can.
Follow up with a phone call.
Urgent Action Required
You must take urgent action to help stop the CWRA (Clean Water Restoration Act). This bill will have a huge impact on business, agriculture, small communities, rural America, farming, ranching and all private lands. It will overturn the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001. No one who owns private land is safe.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
For more information, please visit American Land Rights Association web site at: www.landrights.org.
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By what authority is the Federal Government about to declare their sovereignty to control water on all property? Wake up States!
Is the Obama administration punishing Chrysler dealers for their politics? A preliminary analysis by Doug Ross suggests that could be the case.
There were too many things about the selection of dealerships to be closed that just didn't add up. Some of the dealers chosen to be terminated were among the more successful outlets in the Chrysler dealership network, and many of them had been loyal Chrysler and Dodge agents who had maintained an excellent working relationship with the Detroit automaker for decades.
Some dealers who got a thumbs down from Obama's automotive panel told compelling stories about their situations that raised doubts about the process of selecting them for closing. One example, a dealership in Alvin, Texas, had increased its new car sales by 50% in the first four months of 2009, while other MOPAR dealers' sales were in the tank. Another in Melbourne, Florida, had, at Chrysler's insistence, totally renovated its facility financed by incurring millions of dollars of debt in the form of a bank mortgage. The are just two of many stories which highlight the incongruities to be found on the list of dealerships not deemed worthy to remain in operation.
Such reports led Ross to investigate whether there were any political motivations behind the closings. He started with the list of Chrysler and Dodge dealerships which will be closed as a result of the government-mandated Chrysler bankruptcy plan. Then he marked those dealers whose names appeared more than once in the list. Next, he checked which ones contributed to political campaigns. Every one of them had donated almost exclusively to Republican candidates. Ross found only one dealer on the closing list who had contributed to the Obama campaign, a $200 donor in Waco, Texas.
Eric Dondero recognizes some of the dealers' names on the hit list:
"Vern Buchanan is a Republican Congressman from the Tampa Bay area. Robert Archer is the son of former Republican Congressman Bill Archer. John Culberson, a libertarian-leaning Conservative, is now the Congressman for that West Houston District. He was heavily supported in his election efforts by the Archers Family."
"Additionally, James Crowley, owner of a Chrysler Dealership in Escondido, California is on the list to be closed. Crowley is a big backer of libertarian-leaning Republican Cong. John Campbell of Orange County."
The list is heavy with influential Republicans and libertarians. Another name on the list is Ray Huffines, who owns a large dealerhsip in the Metro-Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The Huffines family have been major contributors to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) over the years.
Chrysler maintains that "sales volume, customer service scores, local market share and average household income in the immediate area" were among the factors the company considered to determine which dealerships should be closed. However:
"In fact, there may have been other criteria involved: politics may have played a part. If this data can be validated, it would appear to be further proof that the Obama administration is willing to step over any line to advance its agenda."
Shades of the Nixon enemies list, we first saw signs that Obama wasn't above playing hardball with his political opponents during the active campaign. Even though he won, Obama and his team have remained in campaign mode to this very day. Obama demonstrated for all to see that he had no qualms about leaning heavily on radio and television stations which aired ads depicting him in an unfavorable light. Now he appears to be taking the payback thing a big step further by punishing car dealers who donated to the other side. The message Emperor Barack I is sending is a chilling one for those who cherish America's long and honored tradition of liberty.
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