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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reining In The EPA

It's a travesty what the environmentalists are trying to get away with in the coalfields.  In fact there are many travesties.  But the one that is most egregious is this:  Those of you who live around here are familiar with all those rock-strewn gullies and washes that abound.  Inaccessible and forbidding gulches that were gouged out of our pristine mountainsides over time immemorial.  The craggy ditches that have water flowing through them only when Mother Nature does her thing, on infrequent occasions, and dumps torrents of rainfall on us.  The dry beds that become heavy with runoff and then dry up again.  The ones that the radicals among us want people outside the area to believe are streams.

That's right.  Those bone-dry gullies are, somehow, "streams."

To radical environmentalists anyway.

And, therefore, to the EPA.

Why would they want to believe such a thing?

Because the "fact" that they are streams makes them federally - meaning EPA - protected.

And coal, being the enemy of the environment, lo and behold, can't be mined where "streams" flow.

Neat bit of subterfuge, eh?

What's even neater is the fact that these snakes have gotten away with this admirable bit of deception. 

Until now.

Now the coalfields fight back.

Morgan Griffith, Republican, Southwest Virginia, and Nick Rahall, Democrat, southern West Virginia, the people thank you:
House votes to block EPA on water pollution
By Robin Bravender, Politico

The House on Wednesday approved legislation to smack down the Obama administration’s water pollution policies, despite a looming veto threat from the White House.

The chamber voted 239-184 to adopt a bipartisan bill that seeks to limit EPA’s authority over state water quality decisions after recent agency actions have irked lawmakers, particularly in coal states and in Florida.

Backers of the bill sent a loud message that they’re not pleased with recent EPA water policies, including a January veto of a West Virginia mining permit and new nutrient pollution standards in Florida.

“The action that we’ve seen from EPA has unleashed an unprecedented backlash,” said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) “Everyone has called this a huge power grab by EPA and EPA has indeed created a regulatory nightmare that affects almost every state in the union.”

The bill is one of several recent House efforts to limit the Obama administration’s water pollution policies, including a series of riders attached to the fiscal 2012 Interior-EPA spending bill.

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), the ranking member on the transportation panel and co-author of the bill, accused EPA of “strong-arming the states” on water permits and of creating an “atmosphere of worry, of distrust and of bitterness.” [link]
Here's how the vote came down.  Most Democrats sided with the rock-strewn, dry-as-a-bone gullies.  Nearly all Republicans were in support of those Americans trying to scratch out a living in the mines.

One of those voting in support of human beings - besides Rahall - Morgan Griffith.

As is mentioned above, Obama is expected to side with the boulders and veto the legislation.

But he'll eventually be shoved aside.  One way or another.  And Americans will become a priority in this country once again.  He'll stand in the way only until we stand and vote his ass out.

Thanks for fighting the good fight, fellas.  The forsaken people of the coalfields need all the help they can get.

Some Things Should Never Be Forgotten

This is a story about eminent domain.

Well, actually it's not.

But it brings back bad memories of one of those scandalous examples where government stepped in and forced a whole community to pack up and move so that a private corporation could seize the land their ancestors had settled and developed and put a factory on it.

That of the people, by the people, for the people thingie?

If only ...

Ever heard of Poletown?
First settled in the 1870s when the first waves of Polish immigrants came to Detroit, Poletown served as the heart of Detroit's Polish community for many years. The nucleus of the community was the St. Albertus Catholic Church, which opened in 1873 and closed in 1990. Poletown experienced its greatest period of growth during the 1920s and 1930s as thousands of Polish immigrants came to Detroit in search of jobs in auto plants and the slaughterhouses that were in the area. Poletown was not only home to Poles, but also to Italians and Blacks.

In 1981, a portion of the neighborhood was cleared to make way for the construction of the General Motors Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant. The city of Detroit relied on eminent domain to relocate the 4,200 people who lived in the area, along with their 1,300 homes, 140 businesses, six churches and one hospital. The plant was built at the boundary of Hamtramck and Detroit as a BOC factory (Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac) and became known as the "Poletown Plant".

The displaced residents sued the city but the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that economic development was a legitimate use of eminent domain.
As a fitting testament to this barbarous act of government run roughshod over the people, the Cadillac plant that supplanted the Polish community was a bust from the day it opened its doors. The plant struggled until finally production was moved elsewhere.

But the Poletown Plant is still there in all its infamy.

Which brings us to today's story.  "Are Americans Buying the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt?"

The Chevy Volt is being assembled at the Poletown plant.

Until it too fails.

And the Polish community that was uprooted and forced to move out?  Where are they?   Americans all?

Scattered to the four winds.

Something you might want to consider, if you ever get to pondering your relationship with your state and federal governments:  There rests, virtually abandoned, on the grounds of that GM plant in Hamtramck, the oldest Jewish cemetery in the state of Michigan.  It's called Beth Olem.  Next time you're in the area, you might stop by and see it.  Should you be fortunate enough to be able to do so.  Beth Olem Cemetery, you see, walled off and gated since the 90's, is open to the public only two days a year.  You have ancestors buried there?  Feel humiliated by the way they've been imprisoned?  Too bad.  You're lucky they weren't taken over to the Cadillac plant grounds and used as potting soil.

All eyes are now on the Chevy Volt.

But one can hear, way off in the distance, the mournful sound of wailing.  A lamentation, of sorrow and grief, that cries out to what we've become.

Liberal Think Tank Doesn't

Think, that is.

Check out this seemingly exhaustive report on "green job" trends in this country over the last eight years.

It was assembled by the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based advocacy group that can be counted on to cheerlead any government program, no matter its effectiveness.

In reading the report, you are struck by three things:

1) The authors have no clue what "green" jobs" are. They deem them "elusive." So they're right there with the rest of us.

2) That being only a brief stumbling block, they determine that "green jobs," as they've decided to define them, have, in terms of growth opportunity, since 2003, sucked.

3) Brookings then provides a lengthy list of ways to do more of the same. Only bigger.

I don't know. At some point, you'd think, the compact florescent light bulb would come on and these guys would be enlightened by the fact that the effort is one fat waste of time and money.

But they are liberals. And, therefore, results are less important than motive.

So let's make those green jobs even suckier!

You Think Obama Wants To Avoid a Shutdown?

Think again.
The president has made a bipartisan agreement even more difficult by declaring certain spending off-limits to cuts. Mr. Obama's "untouchable" list includes his $1 trillion health-care reform, $128 billion in unspent stimulus funds, education and training outlays, his $53 billion high-speed rail proposal, spending on "green" jobs and student loans, and virtually any structural changes to entitlements except further squeezing payments to doctors, hospitals and health-care professionals.
That leaves, you guessed it, defense. At a time when he's fighting our brave young men and women who deserve a real commander-in-chief, one whose last act would be to abandon - or shortchange - them while they are in harm's way, are fighting in at least four wars in lands far and away.

Does he even take his job seriously?  Is he that screwed up?

One has to wonder.

And worry.

On Obama's Effort To Frighten Granny

News flash: There's going to be plenty of money coming in when his intentional government shutdown occurs next month for our child president to pay for essential services, specifically to pay interest, Social Security, Medicare, and defense.

Which is all I want the government to be paying for anyway.

I'm beginning to warm up to this shutdown idea.

Have at it, Barry.

* Just think, the government will no longer be able to fund those 98 worthless job training programs - at a time when we have 40,000,000 highly trained Americans either unemployed or underemployed and ready to go back to work without the need for training.   I think we have us a plan that'll get us to a balanced budget.

And Speaking Of The Leader of the Free World

He's pouting.

When Government Is Your Be-All, End-All

What kind of person has this kind of mindset?

MSNBC mouth Chris Matthews:

"[F]ailure to act on the debt ceiling will create a horror for our country, a horror we’ve never seen before."

Someone needs to get a grip.  Last time there was a government shutdown, in 1995, there was, in my memory, only one immediate impact: People were unable to get passports processed.

"Failure to act on the debt ceiling will create a horror for our country, a horror we’ve never seen before."

This guy cracks me up.

BVBL Is On The Case

And mentions this weblog post in doing so.

See "Obama To Throw Grandma Out The Fifth Floor Window."

Now, if I could just teach him to spell my name right.