New EPA regulations would require 230,000 new bureaucrats to administer

posted at 8:37 pm on September 26, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The president has found a way to add jobs, after all — 230,000 of ‘em, all within the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the number of new bureaucrats the federal government will need to hire to implement new proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a report by The Daily Caller:

The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules.

The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn’t give the EPA explicit power to do so. The agency’s authority to move forward is being challenged in court by petitioners who argue that such a decision should be left for Congress to make.

The proposed regulations would set greenhouse gas emission thresholds above which businesses must file for an EPA permit and complete extra paperwork in order to continue operating. If the EPA wins its court battle and fully rolls out the greenhouse gas regulations, the number of businesses forced into this regulatory regime would grow tremendously — from approximately 14,000 now to as many as 6.1 million.

Keep in mind that the $21 billion figure doesn’t include the economic cost of the regulations themselves.

Is it fair to criticize the president for the type of job these bureaucratic open positions would offer? Well, sure — the left constantly says Texas’ McJobs don’t count. These paper-pushing jobs grow the administrative state and come at a high cost to taxpayers. They burden the economy rather than add value to it.

But public-sector jobs seem to be the only kind of jobs the president knows how to create. From the beginning of the recession in January 2008 to the middle of 2010, for example, the private sector lost some 7.9 million jobs, while the public sector gained 590,000 jobs.  From the passage of the stimulus bill in February 2009 to the middle of 2010, the private sector lost more than 2.6 million jobs, while the government workforce grew by 400,000.

In case the president does care to create more private-sector jobs (and my fingers are almost numb from typing this solution repeatedly), he might consider opening up the Gulf. According to the Consumer Energy Alliance, increasing the pace of permit approvals for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico would create 23,000 new jobs in virtually every state in the country, bolster GDP by $44 billion and generate nearly $12 billion in revenue to state and federal treasuries. From drilling products producers to truck drivers, from tug boat operators to farmers, Americans across the country stand to benefit from this ever-so-simple solution.

P.S. This is only tangentially related, but I’m still so annoyed by it that I have to squeeze it into some post somewhere. In case you missed it, the Obama administration banned over-the-counter asthma inhalers because of environmental concerns. Like regulations that require hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats to administer (or, more popularly, the light bulb ban), this inhaler ban is yet another example of a type of environmentalism that becomes so pervasive as to be lifestyle control — i.e. it’s yet another example of environmentalism run amok.


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230,000 new bureaucrats to break windows, terrific.

Chip on September 26, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Well as long as it’s for our own good.///

heshtesh on September 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Where do I apply?

mythicknight on September 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

This will go over real well in Congress. Just don’t stand by the doors while all the Democrats run for cover.

GarandFan on September 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Yep, but according to Boehner/McConnell and the big Govt. RINOs, there is nothing to cut save $7 billion from the 2012 budget.

TheRightMan on September 26, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Change.

visions on September 26, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Obama – don’t do it and you can say you saved $21 Billion!

ctmom on September 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM

It sure does smell bad for this to be the EPA, then again I have learned whole new heights that Sh!t can be stacked to in the last few years!

bluemarlin on September 26, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Run Herman Run!

Knucklehead on September 26, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Obama – don’t do it and you can say you saved $21 Billion!

ctmom on September 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Spending created then killed for faux savings, jobs created or saved, same tune different topic!

bluemarlin on September 26, 2011 at 8:51 PM

The US Army only has about 560,000 active duty personnel.

The EPA has about 20,000 personnel in its ranks already.

The EPA is going to be nearly as large as the US Army?

Keeerist, we have our priorities horribly skewed.

coldwarrior on September 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Awesome!

I’m thinking about getting a job where I don’t have to actually DO anything, but get great pay, great healthcare and a killer retirement plan!

Plus I can tell all the “Liberal” college chicks I work for the EPA because I care about the environment, and want to run The Corporations out of business!

It’s a win-win, and perfect timing for a change!

KMC1 on September 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Future generations will inherit the most pristine environment since before the industrial revolution. Sadly they will also inherit the same pre-industrial standard of living. You gotta love “progressives.”

MJBrutus on September 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Just quickly doing the math, so forgive me if I’m off but I’m close.

For a 10 by 5 bank of 6′ square cubicles, the CO2 emissions from the 1 human per cubicle would put the employer over the limits being proposed.

Things are getting well beyond insane.

Jason Coleman on September 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM

hi ed;

why not post the item about the inhaler with the youtbe of obama PRAISING inhalers when he mispoke and called them breathalizers.

i think it would drive home the insanity of thir position.

reliapundit on September 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

lorien1973 on September 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM

2013…get rid of the EPA once and for all…

Tuari on September 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Tina: Glenn Beck had a great opening segment about the absurdity on the banning of over-the-counter asthma inhalers this morning. The banned $20 inhalers, which are most effective in addressing asthma problems will be replaced by $60 less effective methods. The costs of medicine obviously go up, and the efficacy goes down with government “solutions.”

Beck also riffed on that O-care talking point when the golden-tongued one described youngsters going to costly emergency rooms for asthma attacks when the problem could be solved with a breathalyzer.

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2011 at 8:58 PM

And I have the perfect candidates for the job!

http://themorningspew.com/2011/09/26/cattle-and-rc-cars-a-metaphor/

bloggless on September 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM

The jerk’s administration is growing bureaucracy faster than was done in the Soviet Union…and the results will be the same stagnation and hopelessness.

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM

first agency to go….

E P A

cmsinaz on September 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM

But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules.

230,000 people for five rules? Who’s going to monitor the poddy breaks?

Rovin on September 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM

The legal, chemical, definition of Clean Air is what?

And it contains CO2.

These people are insane, and must be stopped.

Jimmy Doolittle on September 26, 2011 at 9:01 PM

This is pure unadulterated “redistributive ” policy plain and simple.

This president has an animus towards the public sector and in particular, the energy sector and this is his “King by Fiat” way to go around “Cap & Trade” (and the Congress) and exact stunningly transparent warfare on those industries and with those with whom he disagrees.

The EPA is a jobs program for environmentalists and progressives.

All new employees created by these regulations will be in toe with the liberal progressive agenda and not a conservative or Republican will be an employee hired by the fascist EPA.

Opposite Day on September 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Let’s ban the bag of air that’s pictured on the front page. That would be a start.

Hummer53 on September 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Conservatives, here’s our chance. Let’s go get those jobs. Then let’s administer the new EPA regs — the conservative way.

Whos’s ready to go drop off that SF-171?

J.E. Dyer on September 26, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Pretty soon every man, woman and child will have an EPA regulator to measure methane output.

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM

FOOBAR>>>SOS.

Twana on September 26, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Oh ya,and when thats done,theres no loot for jobs!!

Heres how the scam,works(out)!
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Obama rewards big bundlers with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more
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http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/06/15/4880/obama-rewards-big-bundlers-jobs-commissions-stimulus-money-government-contracts-and
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Obama names another bundler to be ambassador to Luxembourg
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http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/06/29/5072/obama-names-another-bundler-be-ambassador-luxembourg
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Obama Rewarded Almost 200 Campaign Donors with Government Jobs and Contracts…Just Like George W. Bush Did
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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http://www.allgov.com/Appointments_and_Resignations/ViewNews/Obama_Rewarded_Almost_200_Campaign_Donors_with_Government_Jobs_and_Contracts__Just_Like_George_W_Bush_Did_110616

These Donors,wether they are qualified or not,are getting jobs!!

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:06 PM

So many places to cut spending but no one has the guts to do so…

d1carter on September 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Conservatives, here’s our chance. Let’s go get those jobs. Then let’s administer the new EPA regs — the conservative way.

Whos’s ready to go drop off that SF-171?

J.E. Dyer on September 26, 2011 at 9:03 PM

That is an awesome idea.

Problem is, any true conservative would probably have his or her head explode within the first 3 weeks of employment at a government position. Just imagine yourself BEHIND the counter at the DMV.

peski on September 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM

That’s not even counting all the soldiers needed to track down and recover all the Guns ‘R Us giveaways.

pedestrian on September 26, 2011 at 9:09 PM

The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn’t give the EPA explicit power to do so…

Obama needs his army. One way or another he’s going to try and get it.

I know I’m just preaching to the choir, but if Obama wins and keeps even the Senate, his next 9 or 12 years will make the first 4 look like the good ol days of wine and roses.

JellyToast on September 26, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Obamao’s Civilian Army. The New Gestapo. Enviro-Nazis.

Sporty1946 on September 26, 2011 at 9:09 PM

The president has found a way to add jobs, after all — 230,000 of ‘em, all within the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Tina,excellent work,more of Obama`s Campaign Donors are getting
jobs,special interests and lobbyists as well,

meanwhile,Hopey/Changey Demonizes the Right on Job Creation,
and un-employed African Americans,believe,Obama`s fairy-tales!!

Maddening it is!!

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Sure, if it was “only $21 billion” to have 230,000 worthless D.C. ninnies shuffling paper around, no big deal, right? Except it isn’t. The 230,000 ninnies will be 300,000 ninnies in no time, and their salary/benefits package will go up by 8% per year, until a bunch of them retire with government pensions which are 125% of their actual pay when they pretended to work.

Then it’s $65 billion.

Jaibones on September 26, 2011 at 9:11 PM

This is pure unadulterated “redistributive ” policy plain and simple.

This president has an animus towards the public sector and in particular, the energy sector and this is his “King by Fiat” way to go around “Cap & Trade” (and the Congress) and exact stunningly transparent warfare on those industries and with those with whom he disagrees.

The EPA is a jobs program for environmentalists and progressives.

All new employees created by these regulations will be in toe with the liberal progressive agenda and not a conservative or Republican will be an employee hired by the fascist EPA.

Opposite Day on September 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM

This……..very plain and simple!

So who’s going to tell Axelrod and his puppet in the WH that this is not going to happen in my country?

Rovin on September 26, 2011 at 9:11 PM

We need to drop federal employee headcount back to late 90′s levels, you know, Bill Clinton headcounts.

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Speaking of regulations!
————————–

CEO Tells Congress He Was Fined For Hiring Too Many People
Peter Schiff’s is the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital.
Added: 6 days ago Occurred On: Sep-20-2011
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“In my own business, securities regulations have prohibited me from hiring brokers for more than three years. I was even fined fifteen thousand dollar expressly for hiring too many brokers in 2008. In the process I incurred more than $500,000 in legal bills to mitigate a more severe regulatory outcome as a result of hiring too many workers. I have also been prohibited from opening up additional offices. I had a major expansion plan that would have resulted in my creating hundreds of additional jobs.

Regulations have forced me to put those jobs on hold.”
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f0c_1316556598

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:13 PM

meanwhile,Hopey/Changey Demonizes the Right on Job Creation,
and un-employed African Americans,believe,Obama`s fairy-tales!!

Maddening it is!!

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM

it boggles the mind

cmsinaz on September 26, 2011 at 9:13 PM

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM
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it boggles the mind

cmsinaz on September 26, 2011 at 9:13 PM

cmsinaz:True dat,and these clowns are going to be running the show
in 2012,soooooooooooooooooooooo,that means,nothing will ch
ange.

2012 will be another 2008-2011 repeat,by this Administrat
-ion!:)

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM

The funniest part is trying to figure out how they will find 230K individuals that can pass both a background check and drug test.

Yes there are a lot of good people that are unemployed.
But there are very many marginal people that are unemployed.

I have had more than one applicant say he can’t get the drug test lab today or not show up for the test.

barnone on September 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Sporty1946 on September 26, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Only one question needs to be answered, will they be given police swat powers like the Department of Ed has?

chemman on September 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM

*shudder*

cmsinaz on September 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

New EPA regulations would require 230,000 new bureaucrats to administer

In a strikingly dubious event 230,000 postal workers were laid off yesterday, and may only collect one week of unemployment insurance.

Rovin on September 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

P.S. This is only tangentially related, but I’m still so annoyed by it that I have to squeeze it into some post somewhere. In case you missed it, the Obama administration banned over-the-counter asthma inhalers because of environmental concerns.

It’s shocking and infuriating and for the life of me I don’t understand why this isn’t consuming the media’s attention. I heard about this a month ago, so it’s had time to fester in the news.

Unemployed families will now have to go to a doctor they can’t afford by December 31st to get an expensive prescription they can’t afford. Inevitably some will die.

Damn, it’s almost as if Obama wants people to become so desperate they’ll beg for that ‘free’ healthcare they think they’ll get from ObamaCare. And you know who has particularly high asthma rates? That group he’s waggin’ his finger at, urgin’ them to throw off their bedroom slippers and put on their marchin’ boots.

Buy Danish on September 26, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Buy Danish on September 26, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Just the first step in bending the health care cost curve. What we will hear though is that we conservatives are the heartless ones for demanding these “undesirables” be allowed to live.

chemman on September 26, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Wow, it’s almost like he’s never run an organization before.

rogerb on September 26, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Defund the EPA. Poor countries do a lot more damage to the environment than wealthy countries. The EPA is entering into counterproductive territory.

NukeRidingCowboy on September 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Only one question needs to be answered, will they be given police swat powers like the Department of Ed has?

chemman on September 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

That’s a given.

Sporty1946 on September 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM

BOOTS

News2Use on September 26, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Are you questioning a policy of King President Downgrade? RACIST!!!

shanimal on September 26, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Why does everyone in this administration look like an alien? Spooky weird.

Sporty1946 on September 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM
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*shudder*

cmsinaz on September 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 9:43 PM

When Marxists attack!!!

faraway on September 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

1984

MaiDee on September 26, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Only one question needs to be answered, will they be given police swat powers like the Department of Ed has?
chemman on September 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Bank on it, full combat gear and swat vans. I think the EPA already has its own swat force.

tommyboy on September 26, 2011 at 9:53 PM

If you don’t support these regulations and their necessary staffing, you don’t have a heart.

beatcanvas on September 26, 2011 at 9:55 PM

One quibble on your jobs numbers. They are only through mid-2010. In the last year, government jobs have dropped significantly as the stimulus has exhausted. And private jobs have crept up slowly. I think more credit goes to the GOP Congress than the White House, but that’s part of the picture you should include.

Hal_10000 on September 26, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I’m thinking like what will they surprise us with next. There’s still at least a good 14 months left. Plenty of time for more raping and pillaging.

Uh, regulating the amount of times households can flush their toilets?
Ban aspirin?
$100. radial tire tax? (per tire per care per year… I don’t know why.. just cuz)
Uh… uh… make diet coke a prescription drug?
Raid Ford.. seize all their assets and arrest the Ford family?
Declare concrete a threat to the ozone?

Pet owners and piano players haven’t been screwed with lately. Maybe they could go after them. Make them pay somehow. Mess with their lives a little,

JellyToast on September 26, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Where do I apply?

mythicknight on September 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

And give up your wakeup bhong hit at the crack of noon every day, followed by the weekly trip to the mailbox to get your welfare check?

Yeah right.

fossten on September 26, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Most w/b Obama voter azzes.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2011 at 10:09 PM

I wonder who’s suing the EPA.

For lawyers out there, a law blog following all the legal challenges to our Sun King would be very welcome.

PattyJ on September 26, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Let’s just shut the EPA and the economy would flourish

clnurnberg on September 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM

OT, The WH has warned Republicans to reprimand their Unruly audiences during their debates! They are going all out on this attack aren’t they?

sandee on September 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Its all about more union dues for transfer to the Democrat party…

Khun Joe on September 26, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Figures. We need thousands more IRS agents to enforce Obamacare, might as well need thousands more for the EPA to enforce that too.

Yakko77 on September 26, 2011 at 10:34 PM

The worst of part of governmental hiring is taking skilled people that would otherwise be constructively innovative in the private sector and putting them in a position to become destructively innovative against the private sector. The upfront cost is irksome, of course.

theperfecteconomist on September 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM

NO NO NO ! ! !

tx2654 on September 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM

The president has found a way to add jobs, after all — 230,000 of ‘em, all within the Environmental Protection Agency.

Laser focus on jobs.

What an A-hole this guy is.

UltimateBob on September 26, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Time to cut the EPA budget by 50 percent, and reduce the federal work force by 5 percent per year for 10 years. Then get serious about spending cuts, agency by agency.

Dasher on September 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM

The worst of part of governmental hiring is taking skilled people that would otherwise be constructively innovative in the private sector and putting them in a position to become destructively innovative against the private sector. The upfront cost is irksome, of course.

theperfecteconomist on September 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM

The real problem is agencies like the EPA hire Zealots.

Dasher on September 26, 2011 at 11:24 PM

NFW! Eliminate the EPA first.

Mason on September 26, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Mark Steyn’s new book, After America, addresses the Americans’ over-regulation at length. It seems to be no exaggeration to say you could die of it. The preceding link is to a review.

Marsili.us on September 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM

This crap needs to end!

MCGIRV on September 26, 2011 at 11:48 PM

His new civilian army, as fully funded as the military and with as many “employees”.

Dhuka on September 27, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Something for the hordes of newly minted post-Perry meltdown voters to consider BEFORE they go and do something stupid, like nominate a guy like Willard Romney: The reason we have an EPA today is because of a Republican President (Nixon) from the same wing of the GOP as Captain Hair.

The only way to get rid of the EPA and the rest of the waste in Washington is to elect a conservative, Reagan wing republican.

See, even if you elect enough conservatives to Congress to pass legislation to eliminate the EPA, the NEA, PBS, NPR, etc… it won’t mean a damn thing if you have a GOP PoTUS who’d veto it and lash the party publicly for even bringing it up.

You may want to consider Romney’s refusal to state, in concrete terms, that he will repeal ObamaCare.

His waiver line is soft-headed, Dem-Lite policy that keeps our bloated government bloated and continuing towards it’s inevitable bankruptcy.

This is the last possession of the game, the two minute drill. We don’t put it in the end zone next year, it’s game over; Socialist U.S. 23, Constitutional U.S. 17. FINAL.

Of course, once we go bankrupt, then we end up “Wiemar America” and we really don’t wanna go down that road. Not even those of us that are well armed and buy our ammo by the pallet.

Stop and think about what “President Romney” would really be, not what you hope or pray it would be.

There are ways to lose an election, even when “your guy” wins.

SuperCool on September 27, 2011 at 1:53 AM

When you can’t get Congress to overreach for you, get your regulators to do it. The person we should be watching like a hawk is regulation czar Cass Sunstein. He is doing Obama’s bidding in relative quiet and peace.
SuperCool: Amen, brother. Slow death (Romney) hardly seems like much of an improvement over quick death (Obama). How about no death?

SKYFOX on September 27, 2011 at 5:27 AM

The markets jump for joy at the prospect of a Euro-deal! It can only mean . . . these people just cannot do simple math. There is no cure for Greece except default. Almost certainly Portugal and Spain will follow; Ireland isn’t out of the woods either and Italy is walking the tightrope and surely cannot keep doing it much longer. There is going to be great wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The IMF, sitting on emergency loan reserves over $380 billion, believes that isn’t half enough to safeguard Europe alone. Now, some major banks are going to suffer, including American banks who hold the worthless bonds or sold CDOs to cover them. It’s going to have repercussions on the world economy for several years at least.

But the potential for bailouts of this size would require entities with more money than our earthly nations have. At some point “too big to fail” becomes “too big to save.” And we are near the point where even the most deluded cannot believe we can save the current system in its current form.

So events may force us to do the things we have lacked the political will for in the past: downsize the federal government, junk a huge portion of the regulations, and get down to a true austerity.

Adjoran on September 27, 2011 at 6:06 AM

He is the DOTUS!!!!

Destroyer of the United States (accidentally or purposeful, you decide).

PappyD61 on September 27, 2011 at 7:20 AM

That comes to $92,000 average salary per ball buster.

JAW on September 27, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Statistics and graphs are fun to work with. The Bureau of Labor Statistics figures used to construct the chart in the article, are no exception.

Quickly, it can be said that prior to and after implementation of the Recovery Act that the government now has 10,610,000 jobs thanks to the generosity of the government.

But, most telling figure is the presentation of the number of people created in the private sector. One way to look at the data would be to think that 5,310,000 returned to work (probably in government), or to avoid reality, there are now 10,610,000 persons in the private sector who have lost their jobs.

MSGTAS on September 27, 2011 at 9:14 AM

You do realize that if Gore had those 230,000 votes he would have been president…

right2bright on September 27, 2011 at 9:27 AM

It’s disgusting.

I say, ban the EPA NOW!!! De-fund them. Get rid of them. I don’t care.

We all want a good environment, but this isn’t about that. It’s about power, and control.

How fanatical they are, when they were glasses, most likely made from plastic, and petrol chemicals. Their clothes, jewelry. How much of that is made from things they consider baaaaaaaaad? Proving this isn’t about clean air, or water, or whatever. It’s about them taking a huge chunk of control for themselves.

Now..which Repub candidate is going to be a formidable advocate against the EPA and drop their policies, and crap, and money stealing ideas?

capejasmine on September 27, 2011 at 9:44 AM

At least the epa is self funded through all the new fees, fines and permits.

Kissmygrits on September 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM

At least the epa is self funded through all the new fees, fines and permits.

Kissmygrits on September 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Where exactly do you think that money comes from? I’ll answer the question……consumers and stockholders, companies can’t print money.

David in ATL on September 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Where do I apply?

mythicknight on September 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

I hope this is sarcasm on your part…I find keep running into people who would say AND MEAN it! Please in the name of all that is holy in capitalism, please do not convert from a producer to a looter…

- You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.

- If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose- because it contains all the others- the fact that they were the people who created the phrase to make money. No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity- to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created.

-So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

ATLAS SHRUGGED

RedLizard64 on September 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

New EPA regulations would require 230,000 new bureaucrats to administer
In a strikingly dubious event 230,000 postal workers were laid off yesterday, and may only collect one week of unemployment insurance.

Rovin on September 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Actually the $230,000 are over the last decade…with up to 120,000 more in the future…can someone look up and compare USPS to say…Fedex and contrast the number of employees, volume of mail shipped and efficieny (time/cost) and post for our review…it is little things like that that the GOp needs to discover and declare!

RedLizard64 on September 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Even the IRS only asked for 18,000 new agents to administer the takeover of one-sixth of the American economy.
Two hundred and thirty thousand sounds more like an army than a bureaucracy. Something like a “National Civilian Security Force”; as large as, as well-equipped as and as well-funded as the regular military.

Solaratov on September 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

The EPA is a job killing money pit!

MCGIRV on September 27, 2011 at 1:49 PM

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