Not enough scandals for you? Here, have four more!

Posted by: Phineas on June 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Via Gabriel Malor at Ace’s, who laments that the misbehavior at the EPA has largely flown under the radar, overshadowed so far by the IRS, NSA, Rosen, and so many other stories. He collects them all in a handy post, but here’s a summary:

  • Remember former Administrator Lisa Jackson’s hidden email account using a fake identity? Well, that non-existent person somehow won a departmental award.
  • The Freedom of Information Act is supposed to enhance government transparency by establishing procedures by which people can demand access to information. But, in the bureaucratic Mandarin Land of today’s EPA, only conservative groups have to pay for the information — and pay a lot. Naturally, leftist groups regularly get waivers.
  • Contractors turning public property into man-caves.
  • This is the bad one: the EPA released the personal information of 80,000 farmers and ranchers to radical environmentalist groups. But, don’t forget, we can trust the government with our private information.

Read the rest of Gabe’s post for more, and some acerbic analysis.

Meanwhile, I’m adding EPA to the list of government agencies that Congress needs to have taken out back and shot (1). It seems to be growing by the day (2).

Footnotes:
(1) Dear PRISM: that’s called a figure-of-speech. Don’t flag me, bro!
(2) Phineas’ List of Government Departments To Scrap, A Work In Progress:

  • EPA
  • IRS
  • HUD
  • HHS
  • Commerce
  • Labor
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Homeland Security

Some of these may well have necessary functions worth preserving — the Census, for example — but I’m willing to bet 80-100% of each could be dumpstered, saving us a lot of money and headache.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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6 Responses to “Not enough scandals for you? Here, have four more!”

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  1. Neo says:

    Small quibble, but the IRS story has a BATF,FBI,OSHA component

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    This goes all the way to the top. Just as a football team is reflective if its coach’s personality, Obhammud set the tone for this environment of corruption and abuse with his public remarks about groups like the TEA Party being “threats to democracy”.

    And I’ll bet you $10 to a horse turd (and you can hold the stakes in your mouth) Obhammud knew every bit of it from the outset. That Will Rogers line of crap about, “All I know is what I read in the papers” does not pass the smell test.

  3. Carlos says:

    But if all those agencies (or major portions thereof) got cut, Phineas, what would all those welfare recipients (a.k.a., government “workers”) do for a living? You couldn’t expect them all to go out and get a productive job in society, could you? Or even a significant portion of them?

    No, with our Dear Leader deliberately tanking our economic system and phasing (or “phasering) it into a Euro-style failure, there won’t be enough jobs for people who really do want to work, let alone all the lazy cow pies who stick it to us daily in their guvmint jobs.

  4. John A says:

    Some of these may well have necessary functions worth preserving — the Census, for example — but I’m willing to bet 80-100% of each could be dumpstered, saving us a lot of money and headache.

    Yes, especially overlapping areas.

    But I would argue the EPA is worst. The others got worse over time, but the EPA started out as anti-science, anti-tech, and of course anti-people. One of the first things it very first director did was, against the reporting of the Agency`s own scientists, to ban DDT.

  5. Steph says:

    @Drew, you are absolutely right! Any group ends up looking like and behaving like its leader. So it goes with this administration. We have a stinking corrupt administration and every department, agency, etc. is stinking and corrupt too. Every day now, when I turn on my computer, and open my browser, I wonder what NEW stink the big O and his buddies has been exposed. I am quite surprised, EBL, that even NBC news added to the story about the filthy ambassador. I thought they love the leader? About time, the LSM woke up.