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This morning, the Downsizing State Government Committee held a hearing on HB 1647. Sponsored by Representative Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove), it was billed by the Downsizing Committee as a “Private Property Rights” bill that “Prohibits the state and political subdivisions from implementing policies affecting property rights and from entering into certain relationships with organizations.”
Over the course of an hour-long hearing, Representative Moon and his three witnesses explained that the bill is targeted specifically at protecting Missourians from the United Nations’ ominous-sounding “Agenda 21” program.
What exactly is the “Agenda 21” problem that keeps Moon up at night? Agenda 21 is a nonbinding set of U.N. recommendations for sustainable development that was adopted in 1992
over the objections of the United States and other freedom-loving countries with the support of the United States. The 351 page document reads more like a set of modest policy suggestions and less like a guide for tyranny.
As his testimony indicates, Representative Moon feels Agenda 21 poses an immediate threat to Missouri, and he has called for an urgent response to protect Missourians from this set of twenty-two year old U.N. suggestions. This solution without a problem comes at a cost to our legislators, in the form of time and energy. Instead of spending an hour hearing testimony on an urgent response to a conspiracy theory, perhaps Representative Moon and his colleagues could spend their time urgently solving real problems, like raising Missouri’s minimum wage or finding a solution for the 877,000 Missourians without any form of health insurance.