I have always stated that for those of the liberal progressive left, advancing their agenda and ideology is done by fear, coercion, intimidation, lies, and deceit. You may disagree with me but just recall the statement, “we have to pass the bill in order to find out what is in it.”
If you want behavior modification, simply mandate it by coercive use of the legislative process — do this or be fined, taxed. And so we have the latest installment of progressive socialist jeopardy — the best means to punish those not supporting climate change: “What are punitive measures?”
As reported by the Daily Caller, “Next year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will start denying disaster funding to states that don’t incorporate global warming into their emergency preparedness plans. Governors looking for disaster preparedness funding will have to start reporting on how man-made global warming will impact their states such as “more intense storms, frequent heavy precipitation, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels,”according to FEMA.”
“FEMA’s updated guidelines for disaster planning don’t affect federal relief funding for after a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood, but the guidelines essentially force some state governments to acknowledge the alleged risks of man-made warming.”
Clearly, global warming aka climate change aka weather has become a religion to the left and anyone not embracing it will be on the receiving end of vile, vitriolic name-calling – flat-earthers, neanderthals, and other disparaging monikers.
However for the federal government – in other words, the Obama administration — to cast aside the system of federalism and force punishment upon states is unbelievable. Well, truthfully, things are getting to the point where everything previously unbelievable is now believable, because it’s happening.
The new mantra is that you WILL agree with us, you will submit, you will adhere, or else you will pay the price. Heck, just ponder the manner in which the Obama administration has reacted to Benjamin Netanyahu since winning his reelection in Israel.
Now think what would happen if a Republican presidential administration forced something on states under penalty of denial of funding? We heard the liberal progressive media go apoplectic over the House and Senate GOP refusing to fund Obama’s illegal immigration executive action — the response?
The GOP was going to shut down Homeland Security at a time when Islamic terrorist threats were high. So now, the Obama administration will withhold funding for emergency aid unless states subscribe to its agenda. This folks is a clear representation of federal government tyranny — nothing more.
So is this a coincidence or a shot across the bow from the Obama hit squad? The Daily Caller writes, “Interestingly enough, FEMA’s disaster guidelines update comes after environmental groups attacked Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott for supposedly not allowing state regulators to use the word “climate change” in official documents. Former Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) employees told the Miami Herald that Scott’s “unwritten policy” forbade such terms from being used. “We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,’” Christopher Byrd, a former attorney at FDEP from 2008 to 2013, told the Herald.”
“That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel. “We were told that we were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact,” echoed Kristina Trotta, another former DEP employee. Scott himself has pushed back against such criticisms, saying he gave no such order to environmental regulators. But Scott’s denial has not stopped environmental activists from requesting an official investigation on the issue.CBS Miami reports that the group Forecast the Facts appeared at Scott’s office “with their mouths covered by duct tape emblazoned with the words ‘climate change,’” to drop off 43,000 electronically signed petitions requesting the state inspector general investigate.”
Now, lets look at this hypothetically, if Governor Rick Scott — who should just make a stand and say there will be no references to ideological terminology in state regulations — does not cower, then the state of Florida which will enter hurricane season in two months, will be denied FEMA funding.
This is all because he will not adopt the language of the liberal progressive left. Am I the only one who sees the dangerous precedent established here — play it our way or pay? If something is definitive science, then it is able to withstand scrutiny and analysis – bu that’s not the case when it comes to “climate change.”
Therefore the message to all others who stand against the bureaucratic administrative progressive socialist state is the same will happen to you. It’s clear the real problem here is state regulators who fail to realize that they work for the taxpayer and not the liberal progressive left.
“FEMA funding goes towards a wide variety of projects like raising buildings out of floodplains, and states are required to update their disaster mitigation plans every five years to keep getting federal money. FEMA has handed out more than $4.6 billion to states for disaster mitigation since 2010.”
In the fundamentally transformed America of President Obama and his acolytes, FEMA funding isn’t about disaster mitigation – it’s about surrendering to their disastrous ideology.