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The EPA Finally Has Something Legitimate It Could Do – So of Course It’s Not Doing It

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The EPA – Handling Things As Well As Always

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notorious for serially, consistently doing things the laws as written do not allow it to do.  Meanwhile, its bureaucrats are so unlawfully distracted –  they miss a mess they are actually supposed to address.

Is the EPA constantly doing things it’s not supposed to do?  Absolutely.

Supreme Court: EPA Unreasonably Interpreted the Clean Air Act

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Efforts to Regulate Coal Emissions

Sixth Circuit Puts Controversial ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) Rule on Hold

DC Circuit Overturns EPA Backup Generator Rule

Federal Court Rejects EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

And on, and on, and….

So preoccupied with their overreaches are the EPA’s denizens that when something glaringly, obviously wrong happens – about which the agency that shouldn’t exist can actually do something – they miss it entirely. More

2017: Trump’s Reality Revolution Won – Now It Must be Implemented

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There Is No Next Window

Washington, D.C. has been – for decades, in bipartisan fashion – a swallowing void of anti-Reality.  The federal government has at best terribly mishandled, at worst utterly destroyed everything in which it insists on involving itself.

Despite this record of nigh perfect imperfection – the list of things in which the federal government insists on involving itself has continued to inexorably grow.  And as the Feds increased their role in…everything, the tethers to any rational justification for it get thinner and thinner, and ever more frayed.

We the People have finally had it.  And have elected political newbie Donald Trump to come in and clean house.  His was the Reality Revolution – and it won him the White House.  Now he must implement his revolutionary reforms – to begin to undo decades of rank DC stupidity.

To wit: By the time the Feds wanted to impose Obamacare, we already had two decades-long visual aides of government medicine – Medicare and the Veterans Administration (VA).  Which are two unmitigated disasters.

Medicare?: “The Medicare Actuary says that taxpayers now face a Medicare unfunded liability ranging from $27.9 to $36.8 trillion.”

The VA?: “One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems, department officials say.” More

Business ‘Savant’ Andrew Ross Sorkin Gets Elon Musk Very, Very Wrong

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At This Point, the Government Might as Well Just Let Musk Print it Himself

We warned that this was happening.

In case you don’t already know – this is Andrew Ross Sorkin: “Andrew Ross Sorkin is a columnist for The New York Times and the founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, an online daily financial report published by The Times that he started in 2001. In addition, Mr. Sorkin is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping guide and shape the paper’s coverage.  Mr. Sorkin is also a co-anchor of Squawk Box, CNBC’s signature morning program.”

So Sorkin is considered a financial guru – a savant of all things business.  So how is he so very, very wrong about government teat specialist Elon Musk?: “Donald Trump: Please think about calling Elon Musk….Mr. Musk…(is) the real-life Tony Stark behind Tesla, the electric car company; SolarCity, the solar power provider; and SpaceX, the rocket company….”

Actually, Elon Musk isn’t the Tony Stark of anything.  And the only person behind Tesla and Solar City is a government bureaucrat – writing Musk yet another government check.

So far, Musk has received FIVE BILLION DOLLARS in government money – mostly for his “green energy” business fallacies.  He is arguably the world’s largest welfare recipient. More

Trump Is Looking to Go – ‘Big League.’ Congress Says They’re Ready. Let’s Do It

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The Time for Time
in the Minors is Over

President-elect Donald Trump is from all appearances looking from Day One to very rapidly go very “big league.”  And by “big league” – he means huge reductions in the amounts of the federal government to which we are subjected.

After more than a century of Washington, D.C. ceaselessly, inexorably vacuuming up power that Constitutionally belongs to the states, municipalities and/or We the People – Trump’s revolution will be about re-devolving power.

Trump’s not doing this as the implementation of a lifelong ideological crusade.  Because he’s not an ideological crusader.  He’s a businessman – he just wants things to work.  And he has spent a lifetime watching government (at all levels) royally screw up…basically everything.

Call this the Reality Revolution.  DC has spent a century-plus ignoring Reality – Trump intends to again acknowledge it.

Trump was throughout the campaign routinely ridiculed by the Left and the Never Trump Right for his amorphous pledge to hire “the best people.”  Turns out he wasn’t kidding.  He is rapidly assembling, almost inarguably, the most deregulatory Cabinet in our nation’s history.

Heck, Trump’s nominated as Energy Secretary former Texas Governor Rick Perry – who four years ago ran for President pledging to close the Energy Department.  It doesn’t get any more deregulatory than that.  (And it should be closed – and be just one of oh-so-very-many to go.) More

The FCC Should Be Closed Forever. But First…

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Hopefully Popping Up All Over DC

…nigh all of what the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spent the last eight years doing – should be undone.

The very fact that the Obama FCC spent so much time unilaterally power grabbing things to do – only yet again demonstrates that the Commission doesn’t really have anything legitimate to do. And thus no longer has any reason to exist.

After executing the huge Network Neutrality power grab, current Obama FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler ridiculously uttered: “We are going to be sued. That’s the history. Every time in this whole discussion any time the commission has moved to do something, one of the big dogs has gone to sue…. We don’t want to ignore history.”

This is as untrue as it is amazingly un-self-aware. First, one big dog didn’t sue to contest that particular grab – nearly a dozen dogs of assorted sizes did. Second, the FCC moves on all sorts of things – about which no one sues, and for which all the dogs have nothing but praise.

The FCC gets sued – when the FCC overreaches its very limited legal authority. The fact that Chairman Wheeler has been so myopically fixated on doing that – is the reason he gets sued so frequently.       More

A Chance for Congress to Kill Some Cronyism

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They Don’t Even Do These
Deals in the Backroom Anymore

President-elect Donald Trump ran in part against the business-as-usual cronyism that has for decades been rampant in Washington, D.C. His pledge to “Drain the Swamp” resoundingly resonated – and helped propel him to the presidency.

Congress has been a chronic, consistent swamp filler. Now, headed into the Trump presidency, Congress has an opportunity to reverse course and start draining. They absolutely should avail themselves.

The prospective cronyism in question revolves around the West Lake Landfill in Bridgetown, Missouri (located near Saint Louis’ Lambert Airport). A limestone quarry in the 1930s, it during World War II and into the 1960s became a dumping ground for, amongst other things, processed uranium.

Thankfully, a 2015 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study concluded that the site actually poses no health risk. Nevertheless, the Agency had in 1990 declared West Lake a Superfund site designated for cleanup – so a cleanup we will have.

But this is government – and government moves…s l o w l y. The EPA didn’t get around to hiring anyone to do the work until…2015. At which point the speed of the private sector would have kicked in. The cleanup company retained would have had the gig finished by the end of this year. One year – and done. No fuss – no more muss.

Great news, right? Well, not for the Teamsters Union. The Teamsters haven’t unionized the landfill cleanup company – so they had no hand in the job. So they began methodically working to kill the cleanup. Because they are, first and foremost, environmentalists concerned about the Earth. I kid. They want the deal cancelled – and redone involving them. More

Puerto Rican Protestors May Have a Point – But They Are Making It Very Badly

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The Left (Privately) Says This a Lot

There is an environmental protest underway in borderline-bankrupt Puerto Rico. It involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the bereft Puerto Rican government – and nasty landfills.

As has always been the case, it is only thriving capitalist economies that can afford to care about the environment. Only they have the disposable income available to keep things clean.

Failing states like Puerto Rico? Not so much. A quintessential representative thereof is their landfills – which have been unfettered receptacles for any and every nightmare mess Puerto Ricans produce.

Puerto Rico’s Landfill Governing Authority Says They Do Not Inspect All Landfills on the Island: “(Puerto Rico’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) only has) eight to 10 inspectors, who are not exclusively dedicated to landfill inspections and sometimes fail to inspect all the landfills on the island.”

Enter the awful EPA. They took time out from turning domestic rivers neon orange – to do an equally bang-up job overseas.

Puerto Rico Is Full Of ‘Open Dumps’ Ripe For Spreading Zika, And EPA’s Ignoring Them: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ignored numerous reports that most of Puerto Rico’s landfills are out of compliance with federal law, and some could even become breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, according to a new report….(Puerto Rican attorney Hiram Torres) Montalvo’s hard-pressed to find a reason why the EPA, which is generally so eager to regulate every other aspect of life, has done nothing to enforce existing laws for Puerto Rico’s landfills.” More

‘Drain the Swamp’: Why Are Some Republicans Still Looking to Further Fill It?

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Drain Them Too

President-elect Donald Trump turns a very memorable phrase. His “Make America Great Again” helped launch his improbable run. “Build the Wall” became an early signature chant by his routinely massive rally crowds – predicated upon Trump’s promise to do exactly that between the United States and Mexico.

And perhaps nothing did more down the home stretch to deliver Trump to the White House than his promise to “Drain the Swamp.”

Washington, D.C. is a $4-trillion-a-year cronyism-infested cesspool. Where elites operate on our money – but by their own rules. And with that the American people have had it. And Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” was a catchy pledge to address it.

These statements and sentiments helped deliver Trump an unprecedented, historic victory. And his electoral coattails saved several down-ballot Republicans from what appeared to be certain defeat. More

The Obama Legacy: If It Lives by ‘Executive Action’ – It Should Die by ‘Executive Action’

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Not a Constitutional
Substitute for Legislation

A hallmark – perhaps the hallmark – of the Barack Obama Administration is the “executive action.” The unilateral changes in law – oft major in size and scope – executed by the Executive Branch. Completely devoid of any Legislative Branch participation.

After the American people repudiated President Obama’s agenda in the 2010 midterm election – by electing a Republican House of Representatives to block it and him – the President famously said “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen – and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and executive actions.”

This isn’t how the Constitution calls for things to be done. Laws are supposed to originate in the Legislative Branch. And you know who knew this? Then-Senator Barack Obama.

When campaigning for the presidency, he said about then-President George W. Bush: “I taught Constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch – and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I am President of the United States of America.”

Once in office, it wasn’t “reverse” – so much as it was “slam it in drive and floor it.” More

Google Fiber Cashing Government Checks – Bypassing Poor Neighborhoods Anyway

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Google Fiber’s Sign
for Poor Neighborhoods

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a current market cap value of $544 billion. The entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Taiwan is $524 billion.

So Google is bigger than…Taiwan.

So why is the United States federal government giving monster Google so many unequal-before-the-law policy preferences – via executive branch fiat?

Everyone Loathes the Latest Obama Power Grab – Except Google, and That’s All That Matters

Google, the Barack Obama Administration – and Even More Questionable Policy

Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

Google Has Become One Of The Biggest Cronies Of The Obama Administration

Google’s Theme Song: Man It Feels Good to Be a Crony

And why are governments throughout the United States giving Google so much money? More