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Friday, July 8, 2011

Funding Government Corruption

Investor’s Business Daily’s John Merline’s article, “EPA Funds Green Groups That Sue The Agency To Expand,” exposes the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s corruption.  Not only does the agency encourage lawsuits against itself, it uses taxpayers’ money to fund the very groups that sue it.  The radical, left-wing econuts at EPA cannot get Congress to enact the sort legislation that they prefer, so they bypass the legislative process and create regulation/legislation by lawsuit.

Make no mistake about it, federal regulations have the same force as laws; regulations simply remove public accountability from the equation.  In effect, faceless, un-named, unelected, and unaccountable bureaucrats are creating laws that are devastating an economy that is already in decline.  A Daily Caller article describes the situation aptly.  The EPA’s actions [will] cause a net job loss of over 1.4 million job-years by 2020. 

As of Friday, July 8, 2011, US unemployment stands at 9.2%.  It is cruel to increase the costs of heating and cooling homes at such a time; nonetheless, O-buma and company are continuing apace to kick Americans while we are down.  To illustrate, O-buma's EPA is saddling customers of some Western power companies with a $1.5 billion a year rate increase.  They claim that this is the result of a lawsuit, but that is only part of the truth.

The Environmental Defense Fund initiated this suit.  This is a group that EPA gave $2.76 million during the years that they were prosecuting those demands in court.  This seemingly incestuous relationship is not unique to EDF.  A number of anti-growth environmental groups that have received millions in EPA money continue to file suit against the agency.

The EPA even tacitly encourages such suits, going so far as to pay for and promote a "Citizen's Guide" that, among other things, explains how to sue the agency under "citizen suit" provisions in environmental laws.  The guide's author — the Environmental Law Institute — has received $9.9 million in EPA grants over the past decade.  And, to top it off, critics say the EPA often ends up paying the groups' legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

This is but another neatly convoluted funding loop created and executed by Theftocrats in order to buy what they want with other people’s resources and without public approval.  Shockingly, there has been little coverage of this matter from the compliant and complicit national media.

The EPA isn't harmed by these suits," said Jeffrey Holmstead, who was an EPA official during the Bush administration.  Often the suits involve things the EPA wants to do anyway.  By inviting a lawsuit and then signing a consent decree, the agency gets legal cover from political heat.  Holmstead called this kind of litigation ‘sweetheart suits.’

Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee's energy and power panel, warns that environmental policy is increasingly being ‘being determined by privately settled lawsuits and monetary payoffs with absolutely no input from elected representatives.’

Once again, Corruptocrats’ underhanded deeds are exposed.  Realizing that they cannot gain sufficient public support for their schemes, they have devised a backdoor method to circumvent democracy and pursue The One’s agenda of dismantling the republic.  When they are exposed to scrutiny, they scurry for cover like nighttime roaches caught under a kitchen light.

May your gods be with you.

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