Unfortunately, while we were all celebrating the Christmas season, our government was busy working away without the media paying any attention. A whole bunch of new regulations were issued, actually over 1,200 during the Christmas break. That’s how you create law without any elected official ever taking a stand on any positions.
The environment has the most new regulations. New restrictions on coal, and their byproducts, will hit coal-fired utilities very hard. Everything from coal ash to carbon dioxide has come under new rules. (When we breathe, we exhale carbon dioxide, so human life will be regulated soon.) The estimated cost on coal-fired power plants is only around $200 billion dollars. That will be factored into our electric bills. I’m sure the media will blame the power companies for trying to gouge us.
New rules on fracking were also released. These regs will lead to new rules on both public and private fracking operations. The end result will be to increase costs and reduce the amount of fracking taking place.
On Christmas eve, the United Nations Arms treaty went into effect. This piece of legislation was written by Hillary Clinton’s staff when she was Secretary of State. It was signed by the United States and is now law in the U.S. The treaty will remain in effect until the Senate refuses to ratify it. Some of the provisions are: Article 2, The right to buy, sell, trade or transfer all means of armed resistance, including hand guns, is denied to civilians by this section of the Arms Trade treaty. Article 3, labels ammunition, munitions fired, launched or delivered by the conventional arms covered by article 2, are within the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions. Article 4, places all parts of weapons under Article 2. Article 5, mandates all countries participating in the treaty “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” The list should “apply the provisions of this Treaty to the broadest range of conventional arms.” Article 12, mandates the list in Article 5 include “the quantity, value, model/type, authorized international transfers of conventional arms,” as well as the identity of the end users of these items. Article 16, provides assistance from U.N. troops, if necessary, to enforce the terms of this Treaty, including civilian disarmament. A trust fund is to be established to aid in this provision.
This last section means Martial Law could be declared and enforced by foreign troops. I trust the U.S. Senate will refuse to ratify, and actually vote to reject this Treaty.
The current leadership in Congress has been busy while the members have been home on break. They are purging the important (visible) committees of the Tea Party members and other conservatives. They are doing all they can to be sure that a future ‘Ronald Reagan’ never comes to power again. The RINO’s (Republican in name only) seem to be in complete control of Congress. There is a very good chance that a policy war could fracture the GOP during 2015, before the next election.