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American Republic replaced by “Council of Governors”?

American Republic replaced by “Council of Governors”?.

By Judi McLeod  Tuesday, January 12, 2010

imageQuietly—even stealthily—in the opening days of the New Year, President Barack Obama has set up a “Council of Governors”.

Like the 30-plus czars running America with neither the people’s nor the congress’s blessings, the Council of Governors is already a done deal.

“Is this a first step towards Martial Law, or a tie to the InterPol, RAND National Police Force stuff we’ve been hearing about,” asked a Texas patriot who tipped off Canada Free Press (CFP) after finding news of the new Council of Governors on Twitter.  “Is this a sort of Homeland Security Politburo?

  “I do know it’s another sleuth order executed without any announcement, OR EXPLANATION to the People.”

  Patriots know by now that the promised Obama “transparency” is a fog.

  Checking the Net on the Council of Governors, CFP found other than a few blogs only UPI.com had the story as of this morning:

“President Barack Obama Monday established a panel of state governors to collaborate with Washington on a variety of potential emergencies, the White House said.” (UPI.com, Jan. 11, 2010 at 11:54 p.m.).  “Obama signed an executive order establishing a panel to be known as the Council of Governors, which will be made up of 10 state governors, to be selected by the president to serve two-year terms.  Members will review matters involving the National Guard; homeland defense; civil support; and synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the United States, the White House said in a statement.

“The statement said the White House would seek input from governors and governors’ association (sic) in deciding which governors to appoint to the council, which will have no more than five governors from the same party.

“The secretaries of defense and homeland security will also sit on the council, as will presidential assistants for homeland security and counter-terrorism, intergovernmental affairs, the U.S. Northern Command commander, the commander of the East Coast Guard, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

  “The panel was set up under a provision of the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, the White House said.”

  There was no timestamp on the latest Emergency Order from Whitehouse.gov, which readers can see below.

  The Obama administration seems to be conducting the business of America under cover of the dark.


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,including section 1822 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-181), and in order to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments to protect our Nation and its people and property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Council of Governors.
(a) There is established a Council of Governors (Council).The Council shall consist of 10 State Governors appointed by the President (Members), of whom no more than five shall be of the same political party. The term of service for each Member appointed to serve on the Council shall be 2 years, but a Member may be reappointed for additional terms.
(b) The President shall designate two Members, who shall not be members of the same political party, to serve as Co-Chairs of the Council.

Sec. 2. Functions.
The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council to exchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary of Defense; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism; the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; the Commander,United States Northern Command; the Chief, National Guard Bureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and other appropriate officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and appropriate officials of other executive departments or agencies as may be designated by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security.Such views, information, or advice shall concern:
(a) matters involving the National Guard of the various States;
(b) homeland defense;
(c) civil support;
(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and
(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.

Sec. 3. Administration.
(a) The Secretary of Defense shall designate an Executive Director to coordinate the work of the Council.
(b) Members shall serve without compensation for their work on the Council. However, Members shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law.
(c) Upon the joint request of the Co-Chairs of the Council, the Secretary of Defense shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, provide the Council with administrative support,assignment or detail of personnel, and information as may be necessary for the performance of the Council’s functions.
(d) The Council may establish subcommittees of the Council. These subcommittees shall consist exclusively of Members of the Council and any designated employees of a Member with authority to act on the Member’s behalf, as appropriate to aid the Council in carrying out its functions under this order.
(e) The Council may establish a charter that is consistent with the terms of this order to refine further its purpose,scope, and objectives and to allocate duties, as appropriate,among members.

Sec. 4. Definitions. As used in this order:
(a) the term “State” has the meaning provided in paragraph (15) of section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002(6 U.S.C. 101(15)); and
(b) the term “Governor” has the meaning provided in paragraph (5) of section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(5)).

Sec. 5. General Provisions.
(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
– (1) the authority granted by law to a department, agency, or the head thereof; or
– (2) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary,administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

THE WHITE HOUSE,January 11, 2010.

Abbott: GM deal violates Texas laws | Postcards

Abbott: GM deal violates Texas laws | Postcards.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, charging that General Motors is attempting to use its bankruptcy to violate state law governing dealerships, announced this afternoon that he is challenging the troubled automaker’s proposed restructuring in court.

In a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Abbott alleges that new franchise agreements that GM is requiring Texas’ 415 GM dealers to sign violate state law.

By requiring its dealers to market only GM brands.

By forcing its dealers to order new GM vehicles, even the models a dealer does not believe will sell.

By limiting its dealers’ warranty claims.

By allowing GM to modify or terminate franchise agreements, in violation of current law.

“GM is putting dealerships across Texas — and thousands of their employees — at risk,” Abbott said. In an unprecedented move, GM — which will majority owned by the federal government — claims that states’ rights and states’ laws that protect dealerships can be ignored at GM’s choosing. In doing do, the federally owned GM guts Texas statutes that regulate car dealers and flaunts U.S. Supreme Court precedent that upholds our state-based dealership structure.”

If successful, the legal challenge could throw an unexpected delay into GM’s plans to perhaps emerge from bankruptcy as a new, leaner company within 60 days.

A court hearing in the GM bankruptcy case is scheduled June 30. Abbott said his challenge will be considered at that time.

Texas has 415 GM dealerships, many of which also sell other brands.

Under current state law, the Motor Vehicle Division of the Texas Department of Transportation oversees dealer franchising for GM and other automakers. Abbott said that if GM were allowed to proceed with its new franchise agreements unchallenged, “GM would have a different standard than Ford or Chrysler or other automakers.”

Abbott said GM is requiring its dealers in Texas and other states to sign the new franchise agreements “if they want to be a part of the New GM operation.”

“The new agreements, however, amount to take-it-or-leave-it ultimatums that force current dealers to waive state laws that were enacted to protect businesses from those very kinds of oppressive moves. If dealers don’t sign the contract, they will lose their business.”

Abbott said the State of Louisiana also is challenging the franchise revisions, telling GM in a latter that “GM will not be allowed to market cars in Louisiana unless it follows state law” there.

A GM spokesperson had no immediate comment, saying the company had not seen Abbott’s court filing.

According to the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, the GM franchises in Texas are largely family-owned businesses that employ 27,000 people and generate billions of dollars in annual sales.

“The new federally controlled GM that emerges from bankruptcy wants to be freed from Texas laws that require it to deal fairly with local dealerships,” Abbott said, citing a string of court rulings that bolster Texas’ position. “Its plan will move the business toward a command control economy model and away from a free-market model.”

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