After Event Report - MUCC Hosted Event In Acme, Michigan February 17, 2014
Last night’s Agenda 21 party (oops, I mean Land Trust Town Hall) showed Rep. Wayne Schmidt as the pro-government, anti private property progressive he is. Sitting on a panel hosted by MUCC, surrounded by reps from the Land Conservancy, MEDC, and League of ‘Conservation’ (NOT conservative) Voters; he pressed this audience for support of his bill (HB 5210) to remove the cap on State owned land in the Northern Lower and UP.
Apparently, 5 million acres of State owned land is NOT enough.
Anyone travel the UP lately? US 2 has miles of restricted access shoreline and wildlife sanctuaries. According to the panel, rivers streams and lakes MUST be protected by the State, and in order to accomplish this, these natural assets must be surrounded by State owned property. The stated objective is to preserve public access to the best places in Northern Michigan for posterity; for a small fee of course. Schmidt and the others claim the land cap hinders this process of ‘conservation’. Having the State and DNR adjust current land ownership to meet the cap restriction is deemed unacceptable, and the State must be free to buy any and all property it sees fit without question or encumbrance. How much is enough?
In addition to taking more land off the tax rolls, nothing was mentioned about the cost of managing any future land acquisitions, we are to assume that isn’t an issue. Building new roads, ramps, launches, trails and maintaining same shouldn’t place any additional burden on a shrinking tax base? Not to worry the State will be reassessing all property in Michigan this year to ‘adjust’ property taxes. I can’t wait…
While Rep. Schmidt sat surrounded by NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) reps, a question directly addressing any connection with UN Agenda 21 was brushed aside with the comment that no UN official has contacted him directly. They don’t have to, apparently, he was surrounded by them. The literature at the check in table was straight out of the UN mandate, whose supporters chimed in with “It’s not binding.” comments. Case in point: The Michigan League of Conservation Voters pamphlet proudly proclaims…
“We are political. We help elect. Michigan LCV’s Political Action Committees (note it is plural) strategically concentrate efforts in elections to CREATE (emphasis mine) pro-environment legislative, judicial and executive bodies of government.”
The ‘green agenda’ described in UN Agenda 21 could not be stated more plainly, and Wayne Schmidt projects the ‘legislative’ arm in question. This display of bigger,more expansive and expensive government advocated by him should give all private property owners and Northern Michigan taxpayers pause at the polls this year.
We need to elect people that represent us, and not the government they work for.