EPA and the Romans

by Lou Binninger

When Donald Trump was elected President against all odds, rogue deep state government agencies circumventing Congress were in the process of transforming America to a centrally managed state where all human activities would be dictated and authorized.

This was to be done by agency bureaucrats, not representatives elected by the people, creating and enforcing thousands of regulations to undermine liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. This control would be over all business and personal activities.

It is no surprise that the deep state, along with activist judges and a complicit left media have done everything but assassinate the President whose election threatened their devious objective of a nonviolent coup of the American government and our of the people, by the people and for the people way of life.

Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” was not referring just to removing paper weight politicians but also to hundreds of thousands of activist off-the-leash bureaucrats. One of Trump’s immediate actions was to freeze all EPA’s (Environment Protection Agency) contracts and grants for climate research, environmental justice and pollution-prevention programs.

EPA may be the nation’s most corrupt agency using junk science to justify its rules and refuses to allow scientific peer review to critique its severe regulations. It has revolving door hiring complicit with radical environmental groups, especially the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The EPA is staffed primarily with former NRDC people and other advocacy attorneys.

A corrupt media covers for EPA’s abuse and bullying of citizens and companies. EPA uses the deep pockets of government to go after the public to comply with eccentric regulations. Do you remember Al Armendariz, Director of Region Six EPA office in Dallas?

A video was leaked showing an EPA enforcement training and Al explaining “The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a Turkish town somewhere. They’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

“And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law...You hit them as hard as you can...and there is a deterrent effect there. And companies that are smart see that, they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point it’s time to clean up.”

Al was referring to a hydraulic fracking company accused of polluting ground water. Fracking does not pollute ground water but EPA decided it did. After the video went viral the EPA dropped its suit against the company.

What happened to Al? He resigned and got a great job and salary with the Sierra Club. Corrupt groups take care for their own people. You probably have donated to the Sierra Club thinking they were legit.

President Carter’s EPA was created to lead in the clean-up of severe polluted areas. It is now run by the radical left touting pseudo-science to control every aspect of our lives. Their obsession with the crackpot idea of Global Warming, being complicit promoting junk science, and having no restraints from Congress have made them an enemy of the people.

Sterling Burnett of the Heartland Institute suggests disbanding the EPA and giving the power of rule-making and enforcement to the states. Then, utilize a council of the state environment departments to meet annually to address issues that cross state lines.

Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D. writes, “We all complain about taxes. In its annual ‘2016 Ten Thousand Commandments,’ the Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates that in 2015 taxpayers paid $1.82 trillion to the IRS while regulations cost another $1.885 trillion that same year.”

That’s $15,000 in regulatory costs per household each year. And people wonder why they can’t make ends meet. Americans want a clean environment. However, the deep state and Sierra Club-type groups are not about that, nor pursuing true science.

Drain the Swamp is not just a catchy political phrase. It is a must if our way of life is to be preserved.