Your Tax Dollars at Work: Destroying the Economy

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From Investors.com: (Read the whole thing. Take an antacid first.)

When the Environmental Protection Agency said in late June that it would force Western coal-fired power plants to install haze-reducing pollution-control equipment at a cost of $1.5 billion a year, it said it had to in order to settle a lawsuit by environmental groups.

One organization involved in the suit, the Environmental Defense Fund, has a long history of taking the EPA to court. In fact, a cursory review finds almost half a dozen cases in the past 10 years.

The odd thing is that the EPA, in turn, has handed EDF $2.76 million in grants over that same period, according to an IBD review of the agency’s grant database.

This strange relationship goes well beyond EDF. Indeed, several environmental groups that have received millions in EPA grants regularly file suit against that same agency. A dozen green groups were responsible for more than 3,000 suits against the EPA and other government agencies over the past decade, according to a study by the Wyoming-based Budd-Falen Law Offices.

The EPA even tacitly encourages such suits, going so far as to pay for and promote a “Citizen’s Guide” that, among other things, explains how to sue the agency under “citizen suit” provisions in environmental laws. The guide’s author — the Environmental Law Institute — has received $9.9 million in EPA grants over the past decade.

And, to top it off, critics say the EPA often ends up paying the groups’ legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

I think I just developed an aneurism.

Our leaders, if you care to call them that, have lost their minds. There is no other possible explanation. If we fail to absolutely and utterly purge the House, the Senate, and the White House of their current weak-minded politicians, we deserve the economic destruction we will reap.

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I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay.

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mriggio
July 8, 2011 8:40 am

This mentality is rampant over there. After all, if fedgov agencies fund outside groups to sue said fedgov agencies, why wouldn’t Patty Murray ask Koch Industries for a sizable contribution to the DSCC? Really, since all money is ours, just fork it over!

bobmontgomery
July 8, 2011 11:58 am

How many people in the United States Government, in …. ….all three branches….stop…wait…in the US Government and all the State governments…….wait…and also in all the media….hold on……and all the conservative think tanks……..had to have been ignorant or complicit or negligent or a combination of same, for taxpayer dollars to have been corruptly and illegally funneled to outside private interests to be used to sue the government?