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Regional Governance

Ridge Applauds Move Toward

The following article was faxed to us on November 14, 1996, by a Pennsylvania legislative assistant. There is no date on the photo-copy of the newspaper article. It serves as an example of the push for Regional Governance, and it is happening in your State as you read this. State Governors are hand picked by the global elite to carry out the plan for World Government, Regionalism being the implementing mechanism.

Ridge is a Republican. It doesn’t matter. The Republican and Democratic parties are two heads of the same political monster. If the ‘chosen’ candidate cannot get elected by the millions of dollars spent on propaganda to deceive Citizens into voting them into office, they are carried in by Vote Fraud, via Pandora’s Black Box.

The ‘bureaucratic fiefdoms’ mentioned are local governments. The ‘artificial geographic borders’ refer to the new layer of government created under Regionalism, which politically erases geographic borders; however, our geographical maps don’t reveal the new political regions. Regionalism is sneaking America into World Government.

Ridge Applauds Move Toward Regionalism

By Thomas L. Flannery
Intelligencer Journal Staff

HARRISBURG, Penn. — Gov. Tom Ridge Wednesday endorsed regionalization as a way to strengthen southcentral Pennsylvania and rid the area of the hundreds of bureaucratic fiefdoms that hinder growth.

Ridge drew a standing ovation from the 260 governmental, academic and business leaders of the eight contiguous counties that make up southcentral Pennsylvania. They gathered on the Harrisburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College for a summit called "Region at Risk". Terry Kauffman, the chairman of the Lancaster County Commissioners, was one of the local officials who attended the event.

The one-day event was designed to begin a dialogue that will eventually blossom into a plan of action aimed at developing effective approaches to governing Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Adams, Franklin, Lebanon, Cumberland and Perry counties. The plan is expected to maintain a quality of life that will encourage the growth of that area’s social, cultural and economic institutions.

"You are right on target", Ridge said. "I am very excited as a resident of southcentral Pennsylvania to be involved in a process that I hope will be not only successful for you and your communities, but a catalyst and maybe the paradigm that other communities can take a look at and emulate down the road."

Ridge said the leaders of small municipalities can no longer bury their heads in the sand and function as though the rest of the state, nation and world doesn’t exist.

Ridge called the "because-we’ve-always-done-it-this-way" mentality that exists in tiny power bases masked as municipal governments "parochial." He said geographic borders once held sacred have become "undeniably artificial".

Today, the eight counties that make up the region boast of 318 municipalities, with 313 municipal authorities, 40 quasi-government authorities, 66 school districts. They govern an area that includes 1.6 million people, according to Francis Haas, a lawyer and president of the Harrisburg School Board.

Haas said these counties have three times as many chiefs of police as the United Kingdom has for its 60 million people. Haas called it government for the benefit of a few, and a fiscal catastrophe.

Ridge said Pennsylvania has the largest number of governmental bodies of any state in the country, if you include the 501 school districts.

"Think of the cost of the maintenance of that government infrastructure before any delivery of services", Ridge said.

The governor also told of the problems encountered by out-of-state business trying to jump through all the hoops thrown up by these government entities. He said they discourage growth and further remove the region and the state from the global marketplace, restricting economic growth.

Regional planning and restructuring of government, Ridge said, "just makes sense".

He said those who attended the summit are undertaking "one of the most ambitious agendas ever undertaken in the state."

"The Commonwealth", he said, "will, wants and hopes to be a willing partner" in effecting these needed changes through the state Legislature.

Spearheading yesterday’s meeting was Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed, who urged the participants to be bold and explore as many new ideas as possible. He called the summit a "special and historic day". --- End Article ---

You might want to re-read the article. As you read, notice Ridge’s apparent disdain for our Constitutional form of government. Regionalism is Globalism — from the United Nations’ all the way up to our local government.

County Government is the core or our Constitutional system. The township, borough, municipality, city within the county is Government of, by and for the people. Without our participation – involvement – in local and state government to stop and begin the reversal of the regional process, it will be eliminated and we will have nobody or nothing to blame except ourselves.

How does one get involved? Start by attending local government meetings... school board, township, county. Listen, ask questions and educated yourself. Take the time to read Phoebe Courtney’s book and the transcripts of testimony before the Illinois State Legislative Hearings. Ask in earnest prayer for guidance, and know that you will receive that guidance.

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