Bureaucratic Bullies


It’s getting hard out there for a tree-hugger:

Trump plans to cut EPA staff in half

President Trump is seeking to slash the number of workers at the Environmental Protection Agency by at least half, leaving it significantly gutted as the administration mulls further cuts, the former head of Trump’s EPA transition team said Friday.

“Let’s aim for half and see how it works out, and then maybe we’ll want to go further,” Myron Ebell said now that he has returned to his position as director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Ebell left the Trump transition team a week ago.

Ebell told the Associated Press that Trump is likely to seek significant reductions in the agency’s 15,000-person work force. Slashing half of the work force would leave 7,500 at the agency, which would dramatically reduce its capacity to move out regulations quickly.

Other reports say Ebell advised the Trump administration to make the staffing level to be on par with that 45 years ago when the EPA was started during the administration of former Republican President Richard Nixon. That would mean as few as 5,000 employees would remain.

“President Trump said during the campaign that he would like to abolish the EPA, or ‘leave a little bit,'” Ebell said. “I think the administration is likely to start proposing cuts to the 15,000 staff, because the fact is that a huge amount of the work of the EPA is actually done by state agencies. It’s not clear why so many employees are needed at the federal level.”

Back in the 1960’s we had serious problems with environmental pollution. The Cuyahoga river was so polluted that in 1969 it caught on fire. People began to worry that we would poison ourselves into extinction. This led to the passage of new laws and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency[2] (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the Federal government of the United States which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.[3] The EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon signed an executive order. The order establishing the EPA was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate.[4] The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the president and approved by Congress. The current acting administrator is Catherine McCabe.[5] The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank.

The EPA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., regional offices for each of the agency’s ten regions, and 27 laboratories. The agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal, and local governments. It delegates some permitting, monitoring, and enforcement responsibility to U.S. states and the federally recognized tribes. EPA enforcement powers include fines, sanctions, and other measures. The agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts.

In 2016, the agency had 15,376 full-time employees.[1] More than half of EPA human resources are engineers, scientists, and environmental protection specialists; other groups include legal, public affairs, financial, and information technologists.

We cleaned up the water and cleaned up the air. So what does a government agency do when it solves the problems it was created to address? It finds new problems to solve. This is sometimes known as “mission creep”.

Even worse, the EPA is a magnet for environmentalist crusaders and tree-hugging true-believers. Working for Greenpeace is nice, but the government pays better and working at the EPA gives you actual power over those dirty polluters.

Last but not least, the EPA “conducts environmental assessment, research, and education.” That’s a lot of moolah that goes from Uncle Sugar to schools and advocacy groups filled with people who skew heavily leftward in their politics. In the old days that was called “patronage”.

In recent years the EPA has been expanding its reach:

For years, the EPA’s regulatory jurisdiction has been limited to the “navigable waters” of the United States, a term that has always been understood to include only large bodies of water capable of serving as pathways for interstate commerce. Regulation of all other waters was, rightly, left to the states.

Unhappy with the limited scope of the jurisdiction given to it by Congress, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have simply redefined the meaning of “navigable waters” in an extraordinary way, to include virtually every body of water in the nation right down to the smallest of streams, farm ponds and ditches.

The result of this startling grab is that virtually every property owner in the nation will now be subject to the unpredictable, unsound and often Byzantine regulatory regimes of the EPA. Worse yet, the states are cut out of the loop altogether, leaving landowners to lobby distant federal bureaucrats when the system wrongs them — and wrong them it will.

If your property has standing or running water even part of the year, the EPA is claiming jurisdiction. Meanwhile, EPA bureaucrats caused the pollution of the Animas River.

The EPA should not be shut down, but just like the rest of the federal government it needs to be pruned back.



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140 Responses to Bureaucratic Bullies

  1. Remember when we were told that Obama was a really good basketball player?

    Has Obama played b-ball in public since that day?

  2. Ann says:

    I don’t want to see my air, nor do I want my water supply so toxic and polluted that it can catch fire and/or give diseases, but I also don’t want my trickle “creek” on our hunting land to be under EPA anything. What’s next? Rain barrel water?

    They can haul in the regulations plenty and we will still have clean air and water. Right now they are making busy-work to justify their jobs. Enough already.

  3. #fakenews

  4. helenk3 says:


    what hollywood stars used to be
    I can not think of any hollywood star today that could touch her for bravery

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    Bibi agrees about that Wall. 😀

  6. AFVet says:


  7. Dora says:

    What a surprise! I received a nice note in the mail from President Trump. It came in a white envelope, stamped in the corner, but having no return address. I was sure it was an advertisement, so when I opened it and pulled out a card with the little White House logo on the top, I began to get excited.

    The printed message on the card thanked me for my support throughout the campaign and promised that he would Make America Great Again. Donald Trump’s signature was beneath the message. The ink on the signature is shiny under the light and looks real, but I can’t be sure about that. These days the auto pens are so sophisticated that it’s hard to tell the difference. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to receive it.

    I guess ‘thrilled’ is putting it mildly. I actually broke out in a Happy Dance. 🙂

  8. Somebody says:

    Speaking of bureaucrats; I just got a phone call from a computer alerting me of a gas leak and evacuation. I’ll be damped if I could understand what the computer was saying. I pushed replay twice. It sounded like state Road 200 and the Chevy dealership. That’s a truly odd description. Why not state Road 200 and Blackrock which is the closest cross street. Why not call the dealership by name because it’s actually a GMC dealership too. Why not have a human voice?

    It matters not I’m not close enough to state Road 200 to need to evacuate, but what if I was? There was nobody with a clear voice that could record the 30 second message? What if I didn’t speak English? It’s nice they try to keep us informed, but this one was a fail. I checked their website, nothing. I swear it sounded like anonymous just called my house.

    • Somebody says:

      Hubby just called yep I heard correctly State Road 200 and the Chevy dealership. Odd, really odd not to list cross street

  9. lyn says:

    Cry me the Animas River.

    “Iran’s Asghar Farhadi is unable to attend this year’s Oscars, where is film is nominated, because of Donald Trump’s ban on people travelling from seven Muslim majority countries.”


  10. taw46 says:

    Holy crap! I was gone for 4 hours, walked in the house to MSNBC freaking out that 11 people have been detained at JFK with refugee visas, large protest outside, Iraqui family of five detained overseas headed to US with refugee visas, and my family giving me the cold shoulder. 😂

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I just had three volunteers cancel for tomorrow because it is more important to go into DC to protest poor mr oscar nominee not being able to come and mingle with the Hollywood set. I am hoping the young ones are not as interested as the middle aged groupies of H & O. Personally I think our volunteer work is far more productive and positive but I have a feeling this is going to be the pattern for a while.

      On the other hand this means I do not have to listen to long speeches about how wonderful the pinky hat day was for them last weekend. The young ones were not interested in that either.

      • taw46 says:

        I bet those people going to protest mr Oscar nominee being kept out of the country didn’t bother protesting after Orlando, San Bernadino, Boston and all the others. Priorities.

      • mcnorman says:

        No, seriously…protesting some guy who is a nominee?

        • AFVet says:

          Watch what happens if he wins.
          Hell, they’ll probably give it to him just to make a point.

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          Yep. I am guessing none of them ever heard of this guy or his film but are now in a database of suckers after signing up for pinky hat day. They say they are protesting that mean President who is keeping such wonderful artistic and intelligent people from entering the USA who have soooooo much to offer our country . Now mr woe is me nominee could request an exemption that – if approved – would give him limited access – in and out for the Oscars ceremony – but he has not.

    • Lulu says:

      Like did they think President Trump wasn’t going to pull the trigger on them? He was going to give warning? THIS is why he was elected. Elections have consequences. The new refugees were cut off. The ones with refugee visas already and gone on vacation or visiting or whatever left the country because maybe they are not in “danger”. There has to be a cutoff. This whinging, screaming, poor people stuck in airports, etc is going to happen sometime. Better now than later. So many are used to whining to get their way or gimmes and that is now over. There is no RIGHT to entry or asylum to non-citizens. Our sympathy has been played on and abused for so long that our give a damn is busted.

    • I want to let this play out a bit before I write about it, but the Left sure got mobilized in a hurry, didn’t they?

  11. taw46 says:

    Redsteeze is on a roll.

  12. mothy67 says:

    My friends are losing it over Oscar dude. I laugh.

  13. mothy67 says:

    By the way if any of you decide to be preppers I suggest Burger King. The Whopper is yuuge. Ten of those could get a small family through a long winter. Yuuuuuge.

  14. The author makes some good points but is also overly sensitive.

  15. kanaughty says:

    https://youtu.be/oZBucM8GOv4 – the women’s march doesn’t represent me… great video by a smart millenial who’s been red pilled 🙂

  16. kanaughty says:

    Speaking of epa and gag orders, i am gosh darn tired of the dems hypocrisy. Come to find out that every admin who changes parties does something like this. So it’s not the end of the world and this doesn’t make trump hitler or authoritarian etc.
    Here’s just one from obama:

  17. AFVet says:


    • AFVet says:

      Here’s Moore’s tweet.

      • Lulu says:

        “If u live in a small town, go to where u protest.
        That is the stupidest thing. Hey rubes run down to the Dairy Mart or Shoot N Shop and protest over some fer-ners! And fellow brainy cosmopolitans! Run to the airport and act the ass.
        Rushing airports which are very, very touchy about mobs rushing around are not going to be happy. How the hell they think they will be allowed through metal detectors and TSA? And dummy! The mid-air rule change folks are over. They wont’ let them on the planes now if they have a passport from those 7 countries.

  18. taw46 says:

    Malor has lots of tweets about what is going on.

  19. AFVet says:

  20. DeniseVB says:


    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Not unexpected, Barbara Hale was just a year younger than my mother but still sad. Perry Mason was my favorite TV series when I was young. It played every morning before the Million Dollar Movie and I would sit and listen as I played on the floor. My mother never tried to change the channel to something more kid friendly because she found it far more soothing in the background than most programs that were playing and since I treated it more like radio and went on with reading or coloring or whatever she did not worry that I was not using my little gray cells.


  21. Dora says:

    • Lulu says:

      They will lose in court and get smeared if they try to close airports. Impeding airports is a federal list of crimes. Besides it is very dangerous and terroristic. Charge them with terrorism!

  22. mothy67 says:

    Fuck da fuck
    my dad just got home from softball. He was in a coma. He has COPD. Coaching his great grand daughters team.
    He will do it. Fucker was dead. Intubated, trach. Death Panel. He lived. My mom made it so. Only woman I would call c word. I would call a c word because ain’t nobody stronger than my mom. She is a force. I lived because of her. January 25 1967she was 18. They put me in her arms to say goodbye. I had two holes my aorta was too far to the right. Ventricles leaked ticker was four times norm size. I did live. That was 50 years ago. I still exist. I did Europe. I did NYC and philly then I raised a kid. Please tell me how. I asked my mom on wednesday she forgot I was 50

  23. CiscoKid says:

    Stuff I didn’t know. Incredible amount of money the US pays to support the UN.
    Nations. Lifted from Canadian Free Press

    After her crisp remarks to reporters, Ambassador Haley held an introductory 20 minute meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres. However, despite persistent inquiries, the Secretary General’s spokesperson refused to divulge any information regarding what they discussed. Even if not explicitly addressed during the meeting, the elephant in the room was surely the reports that the Trump administration was considering drastic cuts in U.S. funding of the United Nations and other international bodies and treaties.

    UN funding is based on the socialist formula of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” The starting point is to calculate each member state’s mandatory budget assessments based on the proportion of each member state’s gross national product in comparison to the global gross national product. However, that is only the starting point. Many “less developed” nations’ assessments are then adjusted downward through manipulative concessions such as a debt burden discount and a low per capita income discount. Wealthier nations find themselves having to make up the shortfalls.

    The United States currently pays 22 % of the UN’s regular budget and about 28.5% of its peacekeeping budget. Together, they add up to over $3 billion annually. It has been estimated that the U.S.’s assessment for funding of the UN’s regular budget is more than that of 176 other UN member states combined. The 56 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation are estimated to have constituted approximately 8.6% of global production in 2015. However, they only paid 5.6% of the UN’s regular budget and 2.4% of the UN’s peacekeeping budget.

    The United States is bearing an unfair burden in the funding of the United Nations

    The United States is bearing an unfair burden in the funding of the United Nations. Yet the U.S. has only one vote out of 193 member states in the General Assembly when it comes to approval of the final budget for which it pays the lion’s share. In addition, the U.S. has contributed billions of dollars more in voluntary donations to various UN agencies, programs and flash humanitarian appeals.

    Clearly, as Ambassador Haley said, “this is a time of fresh eyes, new strength, new vision.” The UN is way overdue for a major overhaul, including significant cuts in its bloated budgets and more equitable sharing of mandatory assessments so that all member states have some real skin in the game.

    We can start with a thorough and transparent audit of all UN departments, agencies, programs and operations. But there are some items that the Trump administration should put on the chopping block for cutting U.S. contributions right away.

    For example, the United States is presently contributing more than $340 million a year to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). Since UNRWA’s establishment in 1948, the U.S. has spent approximately $5 billion propping up what was supposed to be an agency for temporary relief until the original refugees leaving Israel after it declared its independence could be resettled in neighboring countries. Today, while the U.S. throws more good money after bad, UNRWA hires terrorists, teaches hate against Jews in the schools it runs, and perpetuates a permanent refugee status for millions of Palestinian descendants whom UNRWA would still consider refugees even after an independent Palestinian state is established within which they can live. Continued U.S. funding of UNRWA should be put on the chopping block for major cutting, if not elimination altogether.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Nikki’s put the UN on warning about how they do business with the US. Big change from the gummy bear (Powers?) we had in that seat under Obama.

  24. DandyTIger says:

    Funny how no one seemed to demonstrate when Obama stopped allowing refugees coming from Cuba.

  25. taw46 says:

    Well, wonder if this is true?

    • CiscoKid says:

      It may take awhile, but sooner or later it’s going to backfire.
      Stopping people going to work, visit family or just going from point A to point B is going to get them mighty p’ssd off.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think it’s the Air Train which is an extension of the subway. They were requiring plane tickets to board. Cuomo eventually made the police stand down and let anybody on, because free speech or something.

    • Dora says:

      It’s true. I received a message from my local patch last night that service on the ‘train to the plane’ had been suspended.

  26. taw46 says:

    Well, appears ATL airport protest has now been organized for tomorrow afternoon. What do they plan to do? They can’t get through security. So, just disrupt people trying to get into airport to catch a flight? Yeah, that will go over well.

    • DeniseVB says:

      So true. Can’t tell you how much I’ve seen Bannon’s “Shut up” quote out of context to prove it’s a “Nazi regime”. Of course, if you read the whole thing the the meaning definitely changes. Media malpractice is running amok.

      • Lulu says:

        Instead of Shut Up he was supposed to say oh please listen to us please oh please as they laughed at him. Either way you loose so just ignore them and tweet over them.

    • SHV says:

      Perhaps the best trolling squirrel move of the week!! The MSM Sunday circle jerk shows tomorrow might be interesting when Admin. Officials point out that Trump just activated Obama/Jeh Johnson policy and Trump didn’t designate any countries.

  27. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, LOLOLOLOL….

    Trump team bought the domain pussyhat.com & has it redirecting to whitehouse.gov.
    Troll level: BEAST MODE

    • There are a couple gaping holes in this order:

      1. It only applies to people who already have a visa. New and pending applicants won’t get visas.

      2. It only applies to people who land in the US – if they are not allowed to board planes they will be SOL.

      • Don’t be surprised if it gets overruled on appeal.

        • taw46 says:

          I was going to ask that question. Because he has a right to do what he is doing, right?

          • Lulu says:

            I have a jurisdictional question. Before being cleared through customs and immigration you are not “in” the United States technically. You are in an international zone. And visas, etc can be rescinded anytime for almost any reason and tough titties. And if it is done when you are not in the US, even if it is on an international flight or in the international zone in an airport or port sitting on a cruise ship or Border Patrol office (I think BP too) then the president, who has full power per Congressional statute and court decisions, can cut a non-citizen off like snapping his fingers. So I’m not sure a fed judge even has jurisdiction for an international zone.

          • taw46 says:

            Lulu, I worked for an airline years ago. From what I remember, if you were not cleared into the US, you were returned on the next flight, to the country that flew you here. No judge could step in and change it, you were not in the US. Has it changed, I don’t know.

            It is hard to get a true understanding of what happened last night. It appears that these people were cleared on individual basis, and temporary stay had nothing to do with it. People were insane on Twitter last night, wild and untrue stories from press.

      • taw46 says:

        OK, now I understand, only a temporary stay for those who already landed, thanks.

    • SHV says:

      “She snuck into the event on the same day that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed lawmakers.

      “She was able to gain access using counterfeit credentials,” Institute officials wrote to lawmakers, who noted that she went through security screening”
      Major clean out of SS needed, ASAP.

  28. Dora says:

    This should surprise no one!


    Terror-Tied Group CAIR Causing Chaos, Promoting Protests & Lawsuits as Trump Protects Nation

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, aka CAIR, has helped launch a series of protests across the country and plans lawsuits related to President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration.


  29. taw46 says:

    Looks like they took over the Information counter at the SFO airport last night.

  30. Dora says:

    Oh please don’t. I already have my plane tickets.

    • elliesmom says:

      Who cares? Valerie Jarrett?

    • Lulu says:

      So? Who cares. I know some Iranians with green cards or residency permits or even citizens run over there to visit relatives and stuff. But how come some get arrested while there and others don’t. And the ones who don’t why not? And the ones who do the Iranians expect the US to pay ransoms. So why exactly is this a bad thing? When you leave somewhere because you claim it is a bad place and you are in danger, and then you go back, I don’t have sympathy, or you do and get put in the Iranian sharia pokey I don’t want to bail you out. Cuz you stupid. Why exactly are we supposed to accommodate their angst? You are either a political asylum person or you aren’t just like a refugee is endangered and can’t go back or they aren’t. Again so what?

      • taw46 says:

        I read last night that thousands of green cards were “discovered” missing in November, don’t know exactly when they went missing. Also, when parts of Iraq and Syria fell, unused passports were taken, that I remember. I am glad they will take a close look at green cards and passports, to try and determine if they are legitimate. I wish they would keep them all out, but that’s just me. 😉

  31. taw46 says:

    “As the prof so clearly explained, the progressive outrage at President Trump’s refugee executive order is rooted in lies, more lies, and . . . yes, still more lies (the partial stay not withstanding as most of the EO stands). Not content with their failed Occupy, BLM, and “women’s march,” they are now organizing to disrupt travel and otherwise make complete . . . erm, spectacles of themselves. After all, nothing turns public opinion quite as quickly as loud, obnoxious, mis- and ill-informed lefties clogging up one’s travel plans.

    The protesters, protesting President Trump’s non-existent “Muslim ban,” swarmed airports in Democrat strongholds on the coasts.”

  32. Dora says:

    OMG – What a wimp!


    EMBARASSING! Canadian prime minister gets all choked up: “I knew I was going to be OK in this job” when I started taking in Muslim supremacists posing as refugees

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for Muslim invaders rejected by President Donald Trump: “Canada will take you.”


    • Lulu says:

      His mother was CRAY-ZEE and dumb as a rock. Chidren get most of their raw intelligence from mom via genetics. Sad but true. Pierre did the best he could with what he had which wasn’t much.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Have you seen the “birther” conspiracies that Justin may be Castro’s son? Seems that his mom had a thing for Fidel around the time he was conceived. Photos of Fidel as a young man compared to Justin …. hmmmm?

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  35. Propertius says:

    I question your premise. The murder rate is also lower now than it was when Nixon was in office. Does that mean we should fire the cops and shut down the prisons since they seem to have accomplished their mission as well? After all, law enforcement is a magnet for nosy, authoritarian busybodies. It pays better than being a security guard at WalMart, and you actually get to throw miscreants in jail instead of just chasing them out of the store.

    Here’s my perspective: in 1990, I had a consulting gig that required me to be in Silicon Valley for about a year. I could never understand how “Mountain View” got its name, because you certainly couldn’t see any mountains from there. My current job requires me to go to Silicon Valley about every six weeks. Lo and behold, in the intervening quarter-century somebody decided to drop some relatively scenic hills (I live in Colorado and would therefore not dignify them with the word “mountain”) right on the edge of town – and that’s in spite of the fact that poulation of Santa Clara County I’m not sure exactly who did that, but I suspect the EPA and the Clean Air Act had something to do with it. Now, despite having been a chemist at one point in my life I’m not sure of the exact composition of the witches’ brew that was reducing visibility there to a mile or so, but I think breathing it was probably a bad idea. I think everyone is better off with it gone, but I rather suspect that gutting regulation and enforcement is not going to keep it gone.

    By all means respect individual rights and private property. By all means, fire people responsible for travesties like the Animas spill (as I said, I live in Colorado). But, in general, it ain’t broke. Don’t “fix” it.

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