EPA Expands Its Mission To Crucifixion
Finally, someone within the regulatory machine states candidly what many of us have known all along: the EPA sees its mission as beating-up on American business!
By Charles C. W. Cooke
Free nations that respect the rule of law tend not to make examples of their citizens, much less crucify them. This rule of thumb, however, seems to have been lost on the EPA, an official from which had an interesting analogy to share in a video that has just surfaced:
“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said:
“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.
“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. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there.”
Note that the speaker, Region VI administrator Al Armendariz, considered his words not to be inappropriate for a government agency to think or do but to say at a “meeting”.
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Is there anyone who still thinks that this Administration is pro-business? Or supports traditional, affordable energy sources?
Perhaps someone should alert the Administration and its EPA that the way to grow jobs and produce affordable energy solutions is to stop driving business out business; and to stop “crucifying” energy producers with increasingly unreasonable regulatory demands!
UPDATE: Over at the Temple, the Goddess weighs in with a terrific insight into this issue! Go here and wallow in her wisdom.