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House passes another short-term extension to federal highway bill
Written by Terri Hall   
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Link to article here.

Senate bows to House to extend transportation funding for 90 days

Alex Wong/GETTY IMAGES - House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Angry Senators on Thursday bowed to the will of the House with a 90-day extension of transportation funding two days before a deadline that could have shutdown highway and transit projects across the nation.

“They run off on their vacation and leave the people twisting in the wind,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a condemnation from the Senate floor.

Despite several efforts to advance a bipartisan Senate bill championed by Boxer, House leaders opted for a three-month extension while they try to break a deadlock that has stalled their own proposal to fund transportation by expanding offshore oil drilling.

The extension leaves transportation financing in an increasingly precarious position.

After a morning of angry, finger-pointing debate, the House voted to extend the nation’s transportation funding at current levels for 90 days, counting on the Senate to follow suit before the money runs out at midnight Saturday.

Undaunted, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) rose to repeat the charge that Republicans had behaved like circus clowns in fumbling their own five-year transportation funding bill, which stalled in the face of bipartisan opposition and a hail of outside condemnation.

The vote came at the critical moment in the annual construction cycle, the eve of the launch season for highway projects.

Executive Order to takeover ‘civil transportation’
Written by Terri Hall   
Sunday, 25 March 2012

Executive Order to takeover ‘civil transportation’
By Terri Hall
March 25, 2012

March 16, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order entitled the National Defense Resources Preparedness Act, which effectively gives the President and members of his cabinet the power to confiscate ‘civil transportation,’ even in peacetime, under the guise of national security. It relates to the Defense Production Act of 1950 and builds on a Presidential Directive, PD 51, signed by George W. Bush. Obama takes it further in shocking detail.

In short, the Order authorizes a government takeover of virtually all resources, both natural resources and industrial resources, in the name of ‘national defense’ -- civil transportation, emerging technologies, all energy resources including oil, gas, solid fuels, renewable energy (even solar and wind!), pipelines, electricity, agriculture, food, farm equipment, fertilizer, and health resources (all drugs, medical devices, and facilities), and WATER.

Considering Communist and other anti-democratic regimes believe all resources belong to the State, the power this grants the President and his un-elected cabinet is staggeringly anti-American and anti-freedom. He can takeover all national resources, including labor and the private sector economy, and re-allocate them and ration them back to us however he sees fit.

Ranchers rise-up against Keystone pipeline
Written by Terri Hall   
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Link to article here.

Property rights is still the big 10,000 pound gorilla when it comes to the Keystone pipeline. Trampling on landowners using eminent domain as a club to force property owners to settle to terms unfavorable to them and their livelihoods is un-American. BTW, county records in Texas show that TransCanada has nearly 90 eminent domain proceedings RIGHT NOW in Texas, not 19 as this article states. That's like averaging one eminent domain condemnation for every 3-4 miles of proposed pipeline. This isn't a few "hold outs," it's eminent domain abuse by a foreign company for its own private profits, not a genuine public use.

Ranchers Tell Keystone: Not Under My Backyard

By and on March 08, 2012

Oil has put bread on Eleanor Fairchild’s table in Wood County, Tex., for more than 50 years. Her late husband was a geologist who worked on exploration for different energy companies, and was part of a team that discovered oil in Yemen in the 1980s. That doesn’t mean she welcomed a TransCanada (TRP) worker who appeared on her doorstep in March 2009. The company wanted to run nearly a mile of its 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline across Fairchild’s 350-acre farm 90 miles east of Dallas, the representative explained, and was willing to pay her $43,000 for an easement on five acres. Fairchild pondered the offer for several weeks. She says the company upped it to $60,000, but “they were really pushy, and that doesn’t go over well with me,” Fairchild says. “It’s my land.”

TransCanada announced it will soon reapply for the federal permit it needs to build a northern portion of Keystone, from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Neb.; the Obama administration denied its first application in January. The southern leg running from Cushing, Okla., to the Texas coast doesn’t require Washington to sign off because it doesn’t cross an international border; the company plans to start work on that leg in June. Another force delaying TransCanada from breaking ground: The company needs rights of way on about 2,150 properties in five states.

Senate punts on long-term fix to federal highway program
Written by Terri Hall   
Monday, 19 March 2012
Senate punts on long-term fix to federal highway program
By Terri Hall
March 19, 2012

With the next continuing resolution for the federal highway program coming to an end March 31, lawmakers in the nation’s Capitol have been scrambling to address systemic shortfalls in the Federal Highway Trust Fund before they run out of time. Though making some structural changes to consolidate programs, the U.S. Senate chose to kick the can down the road once more, passing a short-term extension bill, S 1813 also referred to as MAP-21, last week.

Meanwhile John Mica (R-FL), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has been pushing for a 5 year bill and a more long-term solution, but has struggled to gain the votes necessary for passage. They have until March 31 to either pass the House bill or take up the Senate bill and, in either scenario, they’ll need to work out the differences in conference at lightning speed.

Both versions would increase -- by nearly ten times -- the borrowing of money we don’t have from the Federal Reserve to loan to states through the TIFIA program. TIFIA loans gets doled out almost exclusively to private corporations in contracts called public private partnerships (or P3s) in order to federally subsidize an unaccountable toll road boom across the country. The first TIFIA loan went to a private corporation in a P3, and the project went bankrupt less than three years after the ill-conceived toll road opened, forcing the taxpayers to write-down nearly $80 million.

Most notable in the Senate version are two provisions authored by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D - NM). One limits the tax breaks for the private corporations in these controversial P3s, and the other reduces the amount of federal dollars a state receives if the state chooses to sell-off the public’s highways to private toll operators using P3s.  Bingaman’s goal is to remove incentives for states to turn sovereign public highways into unaccountable cash cows in the hands of private corporations.

British Prime Minister wants to sell-off roads to China
Written by Terri Hall   
Monday, 19 March 2012
Link to article here.

David Cameron unveils plan to sell off the roads

Sovereign wealth funds to be allowed to lease motorways in England, says prime minister

David Cameron
David Cameron: 'We need to look at innovative approaches to the funding of our roads – to increase investment to reduce congestion.' Photograph: Mike Segar/AP

David Cameron will clear the way for a multibillion-pound semi-privatisation of trunk roads and motorways as he announces plans to allow sovereign wealth funds from countries such as China to lease roads in England.

Just 48 hours before the budget, the prime minister will give a speech calling for radical action to improve Britain's infrastructure, which is falling behind those of key competitors in Europe.

In his most eye-catching proposal, Cameron will announce that the Treasury and Department for Transport are to carry out a feasibility study looking at using private-sector funds to improve and maintain trunk roads and motorways.

The prime minister's plan, modelled on the funding of the mains water and sewage network, would see sovereign wealth funds and pension funds given the right to lease roads over a long period. They would be set a series of targets to, for example, reduce congestion and carry out improvements. George Osborne recently travelled to China to persuade the world's largest fiscal-surplus country to invest in Britain's infrastructure.

Executive Order would allow govt takeover of all civil transportation
Written by Terri Hall   
Monday, 19 March 2012

As America slept: All resources officially taken over via Executive Order

While many of us had been sounding the alarm for years regarding previous federal laws and Presidential Directives that laid out the groundwork for complete federal control over all resources, industries, property and even human capital, most did not even look at the actual, official documentation available for the world to see.   The time for continuing to dismiss the facts by resorting to naive, childish and practically brainwashed charges of supposed false "conspiracy theories" is long overdue.

All Americans need to read and dissect the latest Executive Order signed and published by Obama on Friday evening March 16th, 2012.  It is stated to relate to the Defense Production Act of 1950 and Section 301 of  Title 3, USC.  

To add to your reading, there are 3 other Executive Orders that I highlighted in an article back in January of 2010.  The implementation of 1 of them was the focus of another article published in March of 2010 naming the newly appointed 10 "federal" Regional Governors of the United States.

This latest Executive Order called the "National Defense Resources Preparedness" is alarming when combined with a Presidential Directive signed by President George W. Bush during his presidency.   This new order seems to be an expansion of the 1950 Act which now appears to include "peacetime" application.   Its language implies an actual implementation or enactment giving more explicit detail. 

To help understand what has been rapidly evolving via our executive branch, Dr. Jerome Corsi was in the national media trying to explain the dangers of Bush's directive PD51 previously and the video recording of one of those interviews can be found here.  

Basically, all industries and natural resources in our country will be directed for the purpose of national defense and under the direction of the executive branch via several federal agencies.  To grasp the implications of this, one must recognize the resemblance to communist regimes in which all activities and efforts exist for the purpose of the good of  "the state" and under its complete control and direction.   There is no more sugar-coating left.  Call it Communism, Socialism, Fascism, they are all basically just variations of the same exact quest for complete domination over "We The People" and our activities.

The only peaceful resolution left maybe very hard to achieve due to the apparent state of possible and easily manipulated election results.  We must not continue to be fooled by slick politicians.  The choice is clear that the next President must be someone that intends to return rightful power back to Congress, our States and We The People.  Any candidate whose voting record and promises are not in strict adherence to the US Constitution will only continue to bring us further down the same primrose path full of thorns.

To illustrate an example of the vast scope of control we are facing, in section (4) below the term "civil transportation" is defined in (a) below.  Also, for those fearing the possible return of the draft, there is a provision in this order that seems to relate to that becoming a real possibility as well.  

The timing of this executive order is very alarming, especially given the drumbeats calling for a war with Iran which could easily turn into a WWIII scenario.

(a)  "Civil transportation" includes movement of persons and property by all modes of transportation in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce within the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia, and related public storage and warehousing, ports, services, equipment and facilities, such as transportation carrier shop and repair facilities.  "Civil transportation" also shall include direction, control, and coordination of civil transportation capacity regardless of ownership.  "Civil transportation" shall not include transportation owned or controlled by the Department of Defense, use of petroleum and gas pipelines, and coal slurry pipelines used only to supply energy production facilities directly.

 Here is another excerpt from this new executive order:

Sec201.  Priorities and Allocations Authorities.  (a)  The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:

(1)  the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;

(2)  the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;

(3)  the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;

(4)  the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;

(5)  the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and

(6)  the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.

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