It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Michigan Tea Party lawmaker, and former TV weatherman, Rep. Greg MacMaster (105th) has introduced legislation that would make it illegal for any governmental unit to promote or support sustainable development.
Patterned after a similar retrograde law recently passed in Alabama, Michigan’s new proposed legislation HB 5785 of 2012 (introduced on July 18th) would prevent any unit of government in Michigan from adopting any of the principles found in the United Nations Agenda 21 of 1992 — a non-binding and voluntary initiative that has been widely accepted and implemented throughout the United States and has enjoyed broad bi-partisan support, until the Tea Party turned it into a dirty word.
Agenda 21 supports the implementation of sustainable development through environmental protections that do not burden economic growth. Among its tenets are combating poverty, promoting health, education, science, and cultural enhancement. These complimentary goals are encouraged at the local level and supported at higher levels of government.
Why do they object to Agenda 21?
They believe it is a regulatory burden that will interfere with their property rights. Apparently Mr. MacMaster and his Tea Party friends don’t understand the meaning of the words “non-binding” and “voluntary”. So, in their confusion, they wish to limit our basic right to home rule by regulating our ability to pass so much as township ordinance that promotes any of the tenets of Agenda 21.
Write Rep. MacMaster and tell him to keep his paranoid Tea Party agenda out of our local politics.
Amy Kerr Hardin