Wednesday, June 5, 2013

(Related Update): The EPA: Man-made governmental corruption

Related Update: No sooner than I complete the post below, then this new EPA story hits the blogosphere:
Since awarding the contract in May 2007, EPA has paid Apex Logistics about $5.3 million, most of which went to labor costs. Conditions at the facility “raise questions about time charges made by warehouse employees under the contract,” the report said.  “The warehouse contained multiple unauthorized and hidden personal spaces created by and for the workers that included televisions, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, chairs and couches,” the IG report said. “These spaces contained personal items, including photos, pin ups, calendars, clothing, books, magazines and videos.”
Read more about these tax payer-financed "man caves" here.  (HT: DrudgeReport)

Original Post:  Those of us who follow the global warming topic extremely closely are not suprised to learn that there maybe another scandal brewing involving the EPA.  A product of the Nixon Administration, the EPA has been, in varying degrees, anti-business for most of its existence.  With the Obama Administration, it's disregard for markets, capitalism, and profits has been much more public and much more agressive.  With a hat tip from Glenn Reynolds, here's an excerpt from a post at The Lid describing the anti-conservative actions of the current EPA:
The Environmental Protection Agency is facing Inspector  General and Congressional probes regarding political targeting of conservative groups.  The EPA is not preventing groups from becoming tax exempt, but charging conservative groups for information while giving freebies to liberal groups. The fees applied to Freedom of Information Act requests -- allegedly, the EPA waived them for liberal groups far more often than it did for conservative ones.
And this from a member of a congressional committee looking into the situation:
"I don't think it is fair at all. It is not fair to the American taxpayer -- the American taxpayer should expect and demand that the EPA treats everyone equally in regard to these requests," said Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. "This cannot be tolerated. As we see more federal agencies with this kind of bias, it is and should be a concern for all of us."