Today we have a sad example of liberal-think coming out of the Roanoke Times editorial page. It has to do with Congress's "failure" to act on "carbon pollution" legislation, something the liberals at the Times have deemed to be necessary. Though an increasing number of scientists around the world would disagree.
To the small minds at the Times it is quite natural to expect the EPA to step in and create carbon regulation if Congress won't. See "The EPA fills in for Congress."
"[EPA regulation] would amount to an unprecedented power grab, ceding Congress' responsibilities to unelected bureaucrats, and move an important debate from our open halls to behind an agency's closed doors," [Senator Lisa] Murkowski said in a floor speech before the vote.Can you picture for one moment these geniuses having that same sentiment if George W. Bush's executive branch had stepped in under similar Congressional "power void" circumstances and called in the 1st Marine Division to clear the streets of Detroit because of its ongoing crime problem - one that Congress has failed to eliminate? Or if Bush had decided to eliminate food stamps because they have failed to stamp out hunger as Congress, in establishing the program, originally intended? Or if Bush had seized control of America's newspapers since they can no longer dispense "freedom of the press" if they no longer exist?
The spirit of what she said is right. It would be better for all concerned if Congress took the lead on this important issue for the security of the nation and the future of the world. Alas, the partisan divide is stronger than the threat to the planet.
She is wrong, though, that the EPA is staging an unprecedented power grab. Rather, it is filling an unprecedented power void.
I'd suggest that the boys and girls at the Times consider their stance on executive branch power grabs. But my suggestion would fall on deaf - and dumb - ears. To them it's all circumstantial. Bad idea yesterday becomes good today. And bad again tomorrow.
Picture these same people writing this laudatory headline in 2002 - "Bush Fills In For Congress" - and you'll understand what I mean.
Not in a thousand years ...
Genius. Pure genius.