Mean to get this posted the night of Obama’s lies, but I forgot to hit publish … oops.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has just introduced legislation designed to rein in out-of- control federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The bill, if enacted, will be a vital blow to the enforcement of radical environmental/Agenda 21- inspired regulations. The bill is called the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 (S.2122).
A little history: in 1972, as the environmental movement was getting its start through popular efforts to stop pollution in our rivers and air, Congress passed the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (later called the Clean Water Act).The law prohibited the discharge of pollutants into “navigable waters” without a federal permit. The problems began when the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers made a power grab by enforcing the act over ponds, occasional mud puddles, and even dry lands by labeling them as wet lands.
The result has been disastrous to property owners and businesses, sometimes even leading to jail sentences to “violators.”
The result of such outrageous interpretations of the Clean Water Act has led Senator Paul to introduce his bill to do the following:
Redefine “navigable waters” to explicitly clarify that waters must actually be navigable in fact, or “permanent, standing, or continuously flowing bodies of water that form geographical features commonly known as streams, oceans, rivers and lakes that are connected to waters that are navigable — in fact.”
- Excludes ephemeral or intermittent streams — the streams that sometimes form when rain falls — from federal jurisdiction.
- Restrains the EPA and Army Corps from regulating or “interpreting” the definition of a navigable water without Congressional authorization.
- Protects the rights of states to have primary authority over the land and water within their borders.
- Prohibits federal agents from entering private property without the express consent of the landowner
- Requires the government to pay double the value of the land to any landowner whose property value is diminished by a wetlands designation.
Why is it necessary to write such juvenile-sounding legislation to define what any reasonable person should already understand? Who doesn’t know what a river is? Apparently the EPA and Army Corps have little regard for such details as they zealously attack private property in the name of environmental protection. American citizens have been literally terrorized by these agencies and the consequences have been dire.
- Florida resident Ocie Mills planned to build a dream house for his son. He brought in 19 loads of clean building sand, cleared a dry ditch and began filling the ditch with sand to level the ground for the foundation. The Army Corps of Engineers sent him a notice demanding he immediately stop the fill because they considered the property to be a wet land. The Florida Department of Environmental Regulations (DER) sent out an agent who determined that the land was not a wetlands. Ocie resumed dumping fill on the foundation site. The Army Corps disagreed and sent US Marshalls to arrest Ocie and his son. In a trial with no legal representation Ocie was not allowed to submit evidence that the DER did NOT consider his land a wetland. As a result a panel of three federal judges sentenced both Ocie and his son to 21 months in jail with no parole and a fine of $5,250 each. Six years later in a retrial a judge ruled that the land was not a wetlands.
- John Pozgai served a three year prison term for violating the Clean Water Act on his property in Pennsylvania. His crime? Pozgai, a first generation immigrant who escaped communist Eastern Europe, bought property that was being used as an illegal dump. The dump contained a storm water drainage system and a storm water drainage ditch dating back to 1936. The township was responsible for maintaining the drainage ditch but failed to do so, and that failure caused flooding on the adjacent road and in the Pozgai home. It had done so for 20 years. When Pozgai bought the land he began to clean out thousands of dumped tires, many of which were blocking the storm water drainage ditch. The Army Corps of Engineers declared the standing water caused by the plugged drainage ditch to be a wetlands. John Pozgai, who survived the tyranny of communism, couldn’t beat the outrages of environmental zealots empowered with the force of government, which refuses to recognize private property rights.
- Charlie Johnson’s family has been growing cranberries on his small farm near Carver, Massachusetts since the 1920s. The federal government prepared to take Johnson to court, claiming that many of the cranberry bogs were created in violation of the 1972 Clean Water Act. The EPA asked for permission to enter Johnson’s property to collect data. Johnson gave his approval, believing he had nothing to hide. He later discovered that the EPA wanted to return his land to wetlands under the assumption that wetland conditions existed on the property before Johnson’s cranberry bogs were constructed. He explained the bogs were originally constructed on dry sandy land that formerly contained a variety of forested uplands. The EPA based its theory on a number of small aerial photos taken during spring thaws when much of the land is underwater because of melting snow. If Johnson loses his case he will be forced to destroy his cranberry bogs and convert his property to artificial wetlands.
These are just a very few examples of the tyranny raining down on honest Americans who are simply trying to use their land and live in peace. When confronted by government officials they went to the “proper” authorities to assure they did the right thing. Many times they were misdirected by those very government agents and then trapped by it. Then they were fined, harassed and some went to jail for their “crimes.”
There is no room in a free society for such power-mad zealots in our government. Senator Paul’s bill is designed to bring a semblance of sanity and reason back to environmental regulations.
The EPA, Army Corps and other agencies of the government have been using the intimidation of government power to enforce the policies of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development. These policies do not recognize private property rights and they have made a sham out of the rule of law and the court system, replacing it with rule by edict. Until now these outlaw agencies have terrorized American citizens without interference or control by their rightful masters — Congress.
However, little by little, in state legislatures and now in Congress, new legislation is being proposed to return sanity and control. Senator Paul’s Defense of Environment and Property Act is a start. It must be supported by everyone who professes allegiance to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. With such action, step by step, we can restore that Republic of our Founders. Call your Senators and demand they support S.2122.
Please support this bill and reign in government power.
Caveat: The study comes from Think Progress. But in case you’re inclined to doubt it because of its provenance, note that The Corner’s Patrick Brennan also reviewed transcripts from the last seven debates dating back to January 7 and found just one instance of Paul criticizing Romney — and that criticism was brief and mild.
Out: Conspiracy theories advanced by Ron Paul. In: Conspiracy theories involving Ron Paul.
While Paul has freely attacked Romney’s top rivals, he has never once attacked Romney…
Paul has gone beyond merely refraining from attacks. He has actively defended Romney on some of his biggest vulnerabilities…
Paul has also run advertisements attacking Romney’s key rivals at critical times. He ran hundreds of thousands of dollars in brutally negative ads attacking Gingrich in Iowa. Paul now is using his scarce funds on a television ad attacking Rick Santorum in Michigan, a key state where Paul is a non-factor.
NOTE I’m not endorsing or supporting anyone here all of the GOP candidates are less than stellar – but I’ll vote for one over the asshat in office now in a skinny minute… so I have had a theory for a while now about this and I’m not the only one… first, Ron Paul is just a little too nutty to attract the majority of the voter and even IF he was only on the ticket as VP and IF Romney was the one to get the nod – many would not come out to vote for this ticket.
Now Ron Paul’s son Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who wiped the floor with an establishment GOP candidate Tray Grayson who was supported by the NRC and Mitch McConnell is a more mainstream, less fringe, less crazy version of Ron Paul… Rand who was supported and endorsed by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and several of conservative groups is unlike his father in many ways even though the left desperately tries to label him as such – which is easy to debunk by pointing out Ronald Reagan and his libtard son Ron Reagan… that’s a case closed – so if Ron Paul is not attacking Romney in the debates and vice versa from what I read as I admit I haven’t watched a single debate… then I think he is setting up Rand Paul to be picked as VP because if Rand Paul got the pick then those people against Ron Paul would be more likely to vote for the more even keeled Rand and it would draw in all of the rabid Paulies to Romney’s side.
UPDATE: Post Michigan primary Ron Paul released a recycled mild attack ad on Ronmey but the same ad hit the other candidates harder.
I know I have a lot of friends and readers that just love Ron Paul and I catch hell from them for not supporting him and saying he is a little nutty at times and it is all because of his foreign policies that suck! SUCK OUT LOUD! Ron is great on the economy but you can’t ignore the wolf outside the door which Ron Paul does all the time. Now understand I like Ron Paul as a person I’ve met him and talked to him when his son was just a lowly candidate for Senate and I’ve met and talked to Rand Paul several times and Rand is a real down to earth person not pretentious in the least, has a great family and has a understanding of foreign policy and energy independence.
See Ronmey is really, really weak – dangerously weak with the Tea Party, Conservative, Evangelicals, Libertarians, gun owners and various other groups that generally like Rand Paul and his Libertarian views of small government, low taxation, Constitutional adherence, and personal freedom and responsibility.
So I think Ron Paul is setting up Rand Paul for a VP pick because he would pull in the southern vote, the Tea Party vote, the Libertarians vote, the Constitutional vote and the all important Texas vote… all of the votes that Ronmey would have great difficulty securing or bringing out on his own.
Additionally Rand Paul would pull in those that don’t like Romney because of his height and perfect hair… securing the short, bad hair vote – but to be honest I think Rand Paul is better off in the Senate than in a do nothing job of VP.
Last thought – I also know a lot of people think Marco Rubio is going to be the pick… frankly I don’t think Rubio would bring enough cojones to the table nor draw in the Hispanic vote the way some think – remember Rubio turned his back on the Tea Party by refusing to join the caucus and while the Tea Party isn’t as vocal as it has been it is still out there in very large numbers.
In the end I think Romney will get the nod, not real thrilled with another establishment picked non-conservative like McCain or Dole being pushed on us – but as I said in the beginning I’ll vote for a sock puppet before I’ll vote for a socialist, Marxist egomaniac.
This post has been on the back burner due to other events in the world so this is a little late…
Obama offered up a comical 2010 budget (2010 not 2011) that has over a $1.1 TRILLION in deficit spending!! Actually it is a bit difficult to call it a budget when the Democrats failed to pass said budget for the first time in American history but if we had a budget it would be about $3.55 Trillion and about $1.1 Trillion of that is in the red.
The Democrats think the Republicans budget cuts of $61 Billion is ridiculous, is crazy, is to much, it will cause children and old people to starve and die in the street – not to mention cowboys will go without poetry! Oh the horror!! But the GAO has shown where there was over $100 billion and as much as $200 billion (that’s billion with a B) in duplicate wasteful spending that could easily be cut without anyone really noticing – but the Democrats balk at this idea and parade people that will explode into tiny bits if billions and trillions aren’t spent in the name of government compassion.
Now we’re talking about the 2010… you know last years budget that hasn’t been pasted yet for the simple fact that the budget writer… Barack Hussain Obama is in so deep over his head he can’t see the light of day the democrats could in good faith pass it 0 so lwt it slide and try to blame the GOP for their failed budget.
But I’m not the first nor the last to see Obama is in over his head…
Under either or both interpretations, his confession carries a dose of self-pity that means Obama has hit a wall.
He is in over his head, and he knows it.
His responses range from halfhearted to wrongheaded. Nothing is working. Unhappy voters already repudiated his first two years and might fire him when they get the chance. It is a moment that brings home the truth of the sign on Harry Truman’s desk: “The buck stops here.”
Accept in Obama’s case where the buck get passed and blame falls on the last administration in a child like attempt to say “I didn’t do it! – (I voted present)” But still others agree Obama is in over his head…
The “above-the-fray strategy” argument is weak cover for an “over-his-head” President.
So back to the budget Obama and the democrats offered…
Well, I’m not even going to waste my time with the Democrats budget cuts they are joke at 4 Billion dollars… and as for the Republicans budget cut… will their massive cuts starve the children, will it put old people out in the street and will it deprive cowboys of their poetry as the Democrats say? No it won’t because even the GOP cuts amount to only a few measly cents out of every $100 dollars in the budget. Tiny, tiny cuts that don’t address the big problems with the budget. Congress needs to get serious. We don’t need to cut billions we need to cut trillions…
Thankfully my own Senator Rand Paul who I have talked to a few times about this is standing firm…
Sen. Rand Paul is the only member of Congress who has entertained not just one, but every single one of the following ideas: Requiring a $2,000 deductible for Medicare plans, raising the age at which Americans can receive Social Security, drastically cutting military spending, eliminating foreign aid to Israel and the rest of the Middle East, and weaning poor Americans off “intergenerational welfare,” more commonly known as Medicaid.
Nevertheless, he is unhappy with House Republicans’ attempt to cut first $100 billion, now only slightly more than $60 billion, from the budget. Quite simply, these cuts are not enough.
“Here’s the thing that’s most troubling,” Paul told me in a phone interview. “Even if these House freshmen get $100 billion in cuts, we’re talking about changing the annual deficit from $1.65 trillion, to $1.55 trillion.”
“So really, you’re talking about still adding trillions in debt every year.”
The math behind that is that government spending is currently $3.8 trillion and revenues are only $2.2 trillion.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to slash numerous federal programs, including food stamps for the poor, to save $500 billion in a single year.
A legislative proposal Paul introduced on Tuesday would slash $42 billion from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp program — a 30 percent spending reduction. His proposal would eliminate numerous other programs, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Paul said the proposal would roll back federal spending to 2008 levels and eliminate what he considers the most wasteful programs.
The Kentucky Republican said he hopes his proposal will spark a dialogue within the Senate about how to repair the nation’s economy.
Notice the AP right out of the box talk about the mean heartless Republican wants to cut food stamps to the poor… every see what’s in the shopping of a poor food stamp shopper? I can’t afford to eat that well every week why should they? Bring the stigma back – I’m not mean and heartless but let’s face it why should you be able to buy chips, ice cream, cokes, candy, etc on food stamps. Save that stuff for people using this thing called money.
But the AP also pointed out mean ol Rand Paul wants to cut money to the Corporation for
Liberal Public Broadcasting, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, because we tax payers need to pay for women to cover they naked bodies in chocolate… For the record I have no problem with chocolate, naked women or both together – but I don’t think taxes need to pay for it. Recall… “Karen Finley, who is known for a performance in which she coated her naked body with chocolate to symbolize the oppression of women.”
So anywho… Rand want to also get rid of the Department of Energy, the Department of Education and I say DO IT!! Since the inception of both energy has gotten more expensive and education has gotten worse with Government control. What has either done to improve anything?
Check out this list of ideas for cut and tell me we can’t make these cuts - give it to me and I’ll make even more…
Here are a painfully few examples of waste in the TSA that would like to Unionize and drive up cost…
· $526.95 for one phone call from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago to Iowa City.
· $1,180 for 20 gallons of Starbucks Coffee — $3.69 a cup — at the Santa Clara Marriott in California.
· $1,540 to rent 14 extension cords at $5 each per day for three weeks at the Wyndham Peaks
Resort and Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo.
· $8,100 for elevator operators at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.
· $5.4 million claimed for nine months’ salary for the chief executive of an “event logistics” firm that
received a contract before it was incorporated and went out of business after the contract ended.
So before I sign off for today I might add this little note… the two biggest programs that are breaking this country are both liberal created entitlement programs SSI and Medicare… everyone talks about how they are cost us trillions… so remember it was FDR that started SSI and LBJ that started Medicare … who in there right mind thinks for a minute ObamaCare is going to save money? Who? Well….? So when this country goes broke and we have to hang a forsale sign on the Capitol door – thank the liberals and their socialist programs.
Here is the glorious Commonwealth of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway who has his own version of the constitution trails Rand Paul by 5.4 points has yet to run on what he would do in the senate and has an solely on attacking Rand Paul from the get go – generally Conway’s ads are misleading, built on half truths and flat out lies. Conway now has gone back to Paul’s college days to try and smear him – now I ask you if you are a liberal or a conservative would you want the stupid stuff you did in your teens and twenties to be a barometer of who you are today? Lord knows I wouldn’t – if I had to use my actions twenty to thirty years ago be some indicator of what I’m like to day you wouldn’t know who I am as that is a different person entirely and Conway wants you to believe Paul is that same guy in college… nothing more than the sign of a disparate failing campaign. Most of the people of Kentucky are sick of dirty campaigns, they want to know what you are going to do on the issues and don’t really care what you did thirty years – and Rand Paul as called him on it.
“Jack, you should be ashamed of yourself,” said Paul, who described himself as a “pro-life Christian” and refused to shake Conway’s hand after the debate. “Have you no decency? Have you no shame?”
During the debate at the University of Louisville, Conway defended his attacks, which stemmed from published allegations about Paul’s time at Baylor, and refused to apologize.
“Why did he freely join a group known for mocking, for making fun of people with faith?” Conway asked. “And … when is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, which you call Aqua Buddha?”
The loony left is going bat-shit over a statement made by Rand Paul regarding the Civil Rights Bill and if business should be allowed to refuse service based on whatever model they choose – Paul said his didn’t agree with one section of the ten sections of the bill, he said he didn’t agree with discrimination however one part of the bill went to far in his OPINION – this is a standard libertarian views and a lot of people agree with it from many races… smaller less intrusive government in all areas of life and business … they are saying Paul thinks business owner should be allowed to discriminate – OK let’s run with that.
Every example I’ve heard from both the left and the right is a WHITE business owner discriminating against a Black or Hispanics – well this example is discriminating in itself choosing only the White folks as the racist; is racist in itself. So what if it’s a BLACK business own that doesn’t want to serve a Whites or Hispanics or skinhead or Klansman? Do they have the right to refuse them? It’s their business – if they don’t, why not? Why must it be always be the the White man they use in their examples? Why not a Jewish business owner that doesn’t want to serve Muslims? After all they would have reasonable fear the Muslim was there to blow the place up wouldn’t they? Why can’t a business owner choose who they serve? If the public doesn’t like the privately owned business’s discrimination against a group then they vote with they wallet and don’t do business with them, it’s that simple. We don’t need the government telling American private business owned by any race who they should and not do business with. Should a Hispanic business not be allowed to tell the Black Panthers or the KKK to stay out of their business if they are taking up all the seats not buying anything and/or scare off customers? Seems to me if a business owner wants to choose who they want as customers, just how customers choose who they want as a business then that’s their choice.
It’s not racism it’s freedom from government micromanagement of free enterprise.
There is nothing in the Constitution or the Federalist Papers about government telling private business how to run their private business – just like some businesses allow smoking and some don’t (around here) you are free to choose if you go there as a smoker or as a non smokers – the free market without government regulation will dictate which one succeeds or if both do, because people have the freedom to make a discriminating choice …. so let me tell you Rachel Madcow that is what I took Rand Paul to mean – government has no business in business let the free market determines the norm. Let the business decide and the then the customer can decide to or not to patron that business. Frankly, I want as many customers as possible because all money is green. As a small business owner I’m not going to say I’m going to turn away a single dime no matter who it is from. Pay up and I’ll do the work. Now – I know some private contractors that will not return calls to people who “sound” ethnic to which I say “give their number I’ll call them I want the money.”
So if businesses can’t discriminate then someone explain to me how Curves Health Club for Women can discriminate against men? Is it because it’s a CLUB? Well on there own website calls it a business and a CLUB and BUSINESS aren’t the same thing…
Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world and the first to offer a 30-minute exercise program designed exclusively for women. Curves is a business where earnings are measured by your service to others.
They will sell franchises for $24,900 and have a working business model … well what CLUB has a business model and franchises for sale? If it looks like a business, talks like a business, walks like a business and has a business model – then it’s a business.
So while the left is going bat-shit over what they THINK Rand Paul said – they don’t understand that the US Constitution is silent on this issue therefore leaving it to the States (or Commonwealths) to decide and if you don’t believe that then read Federalist Papers number 45
Here I’ll help you out with the pertinent part…
On the other side, the component parts of the State governments will in no instance be indebted for their appointment to the direct agency of the federal government, and very little, if at all, to the local influence of its members. The number of individuals employed under the Constitution of the United States will be much smaller than the number employed under the particular States. There will consequently be less of personal influence on the side of the former than of the latter. The members of the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments of thirteen and more States, the justices of peace, officers of militia, ministerial officers of justice, with all the county, corporation, and town officers, for three millions and more of people, intermixed, and having particular acquaintance with every class and circle of people, must exceed, beyond all proportion, both in number and influence, those of every description who will be employed in the administration of the federal system. Compare the members of the three great departments of the thirteen States, excluding from the judiciary department the justices of peace, with the members of the corresponding departments of the single government of the Union; compare the militia officers of three millions of people with the military and marine officers of any establishment which is within the compass of probability, or, I may add, of possibility, and in this view alone, we may pronounce the advantage of the States to be decisive. If the federal government is to have collectors of revenue, the State governments will have theirs also. And as those of the former will be principally on the seacoast, and not very numerous, whilst those of the latter will be spread over the face of the country, and will be very numerous, the advantage in this view also lies on the same side.
What does all that say in a nutshell? Simple – if it’s not in the Constitution it’s left to the States… PERIOD! No “and” – “if” or “but” about it.
Check out John Stossels thought on it…
O’Reilly Tonight: Freedom of Association
Rand Paul wins the Kentucky GOP primary over Trey Grayson – well actually Rand slaughter Grayson in the primary 59% to 35%. He will now face Jack CONway (Maybe still to close to call) in the fall some might remember that Jack Conway has his own version of the US Constitution which will be an issue in the general election… but we’ll get more into that later. I am enjoying reading the liberal and establishment republicans as they freak out and call Paul’s win “troubling“
For now CONGRATULATIONS Rand see on the campaign trail!