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Shocker: General Electric Gets Waiver From EPA Regulations
sa ^ | February 3, 2011 | Rob Port

Posted on 02/11/2011 3:39:49 PM PST by george76

Some 40% of the roughly 700 waivers issued on Obamacare have gone to the Democrats’ liberal allies in the labor unions who, ironically enough, campaigned long and hard to get Obamacare passed. But now we learn that waivers from Obamacare isn’t where the cronyism is going to end.

Guess who just got a big, fat waiver from new EPA rules? Why, none other Obama’s good friend General Electric whose CEO Jeff Immelt is one of Obama’s economic advisers.

I wonder how long it will take someone to challenge this selective enforcement of the law in court. After all, it surely can’t be constitutional for the federal government to establish laws or regulations and then selectively pick and choose who those laws/regulations apply to.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; epa; ge; generalelectric; immelt; jeffimmelt; laborunions; obamacare; waivers

1 posted on 02/11/2011 3:39:53 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

And the regime can say that there are no Gov’t owned companies with a straight face. This is corrupt and the GOP better investigate.


2 posted on 02/11/2011 3:42:13 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: george76
Butbutbut... but what about all those GE commercials about being the green energy leader? You know, the one with the peeps line dancing in full-body PPE suits?

And the one where they're making energy from cow farts?

Will they have to stop those or will they get to keep showing them?

3 posted on 02/11/2011 3:44:01 PM PST by OKSooner (Obama confessed "his muslim faith" on the George Stephanopolous show on September 7th, 2008.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

What’s to investigate? These guys are not trying to hide anything. They are quite open about their graft.


4 posted on 02/11/2011 3:45:20 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: george76

How the mighty have fallen...


5 posted on 02/11/2011 3:45:36 PM PST by JohnLongIsland (time to get out of ny => 141 days and counting...)
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To: george76

Geeze! The Obama administration is like the Vatican selling indulgences.


6 posted on 02/11/2011 3:48:42 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: OKSooner; SunkenCiv; steelyourfaith; neverdem

Its OK. The original cap-and-trade CO2 restrictions passed by Pelosi’s House waived EPA/CO2 restrictions on democrat districts, and added extra restrictions on republican districts.


7 posted on 02/11/2011 3:48:57 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: george76

...when you compare what GE’s corporate tax rate is 3.6% with others like Home depot,wallymart,and others...it is strange.
Guess that stuff about special interests and CHENEY and Hilaburton don’t matter anymore to the average rat....or the MSM


8 posted on 02/11/2011 3:51:25 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: george76
So much for equality under the law.

What a racket; pass draconian laws, then exempt people from it who pay you tribute.

This kind of criminal activity is why revolutions were invented.

9 posted on 02/11/2011 3:53:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: george76

There is no longer any pretense to fairness or objectivity with the left. Our Masters know what’s best for us and can do whatever they wish. What is most frightening is that they don’t see anything wrong with what they are doing.


10 posted on 02/11/2011 3:53:42 PM PST by The Unknown Republican
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To: george76
Somebody on FR said it sometime back but I'll say it once again.

General Electric is really a Hedge Fund that has been masquerading as a Company.

11 posted on 02/11/2011 3:53:57 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: george76

Not a surprise.

Lets keep an eye on which corporations are in cahoots with fascist-socialist governments.


12 posted on 02/11/2011 3:55:06 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php for FR backup site!)
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To: Doogle

The beauty of the con is that everybody forgives their Party. Every time. Which is why it’s always business as usual no matter who is in charge.


13 posted on 02/11/2011 3:57:55 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: george76

We have turned into Nazi Germany.


14 posted on 02/11/2011 3:57:58 PM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: george76
After all, it surely can’t be constitutional for the federal government to establish laws or regulations and then selectively pick and choose who those laws/regulations apply to.

I would say that it is certainly not constitutional for the Congress to pass a law and then for the President to declare that specific people need not obey it. The Legislative Branch passes laws. The Executive Branch enforces them impartially. That is what happens under the rule of law.

15 posted on 02/11/2011 4:00:46 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: george76

16 posted on 02/11/2011 4:01:37 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: george76

GE is traveling the road to perdition, making lots of enemies. Immelt is up to his eyeballs in crony fascism. We’ve seen this crap before in 1930’s fascist Germany. This will not end well.


17 posted on 02/11/2011 4:01:56 PM PST by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; mmanager; Fiddlstix; Fractal Trader; FrPR; enough_idiocy; meyer; Normandy; ...
Thanx Robert A. Cook, PE !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

18 posted on 02/11/2011 4:02:40 PM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: SeeSharp

Wow! Someone who actually know what indulgences were and the corruption of moral authority that followed!

My regards to you, sir!


19 posted on 02/11/2011 4:04:32 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: george76

Nice way to take a dump on the equal protection clause in the 14th amendment.


20 posted on 02/11/2011 4:04:42 PM PST by dajeeps
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To: dajeeps

For all practical purposes, equal protection only applies to “protected classes” (women, gays, blacks, etc.); ordinary citizens are less equal than others. We can thank both parties for appointing the Federal judges who came up with that “law”.


21 posted on 02/11/2011 4:08:31 PM PST by Buchal ("Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .")
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22 posted on 02/11/2011 4:09:52 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: george76

Corrupt and incompetent is a bad combination.

Pray for America


23 posted on 02/11/2011 4:10:21 PM PST by bray (Vote Palin to make heads explode on both sides of the aisle.)
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To: george76

A lot of these major industrial corporations have been co-conspirators in the passage of many of the federal regulations.

Here is how it has worked for the past several decades:
When EPA or Bureau of Mines, or Dept. of Energy, or Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or whatever other federal agency proposes a new rule, national organizations that represent heavy industry, mining, petroleum, and chemical manufacturers in the U.S. lobby congress and the agency for exemptions to their own operations in trade for not challenging or fighting the rule in court.

If a new rule is proposed and the implementation date “grandfathers” in all of their existing sources, then that rule becomes a “barrier to entry” and protects existing industry from competitors.

(We’ll make this new rule, but you don’t have to comply with it, since you are already up and running, but anyone else who comes along and want’s to do the same thing you do will not be allowed to. They will face much higher operating costs than you.)

This has happened over and over again since the 70’s with waste water rules, air regulations, solid waste regulations, drilling regulations, mining regulations, etc., etc., etc.; and has allowed the environmentalists to incrementally tighten the screws bit by bit by bit over the years.

When their old factories, mines, and refineries had worn out and needed replacement, or upgrading, or expansion, the co-conspirators were hit with those same high operating costs that had prevented them from having fair competition all of those years. Many of them closed down because they would no longer be profitable.

This is but one of the reasons that new start up manufacturing is much much easier to do in China or Indonesia or India or Mexico instead of here in the U.S.


24 posted on 02/11/2011 4:13:13 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: george76
Where the precise effects of government policy on particular people are known, where the government aims directly at such particular effects, it cannot help knowing these effects, and therefore it cannot be impartial. It must, of necessity, take sides, impose its valuations upon people and, instead of assisting them in the advancement of their own ends, choose the ends for them. As soon as the particular effects are forseen at the time a law is made, it ceases to be a mere instrument to be used by the people and becomes instead an instrument used by the lawgiver upon the people and for his ends. The state ceases to be a piece of utilitarian machinery intended to help individuals in the fullest development of their individual personality and becomes a "moral" institution----where "moral" is not used in contrast to immoral but describes an institution which imposes on its members its views on all moral questions, whether these views be moral or highly immoral. In this sense the Nazi or any other collectivist state is "moral", while the liberal (classical liberal) state is not.

F. A. Hayek "The Road To Serfdom"

25 posted on 02/11/2011 4:22:43 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: george76
and America takes another one in the........

26 posted on 02/11/2011 4:37:58 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: george76
The reason they can do this blatantly is that they have already established through the media that Republicans have done the same thing, ala Haliburton. In other words a setup. A bigoted leftist will never concede (and doesn't have to) this is any more corrupt than GWB.

The fact is that Fascism and Communism had always incorporated "companies" into the government leftist heirarchy, ala Messerschmidt, Gazprom, Aeroflot, Siemens, etc. And now in the US, Goldman-Sachs, AIG, GE. Indeed GE is now a near perfect model of say the union of Volkswagon and the Nazi Party.

This model has re-established itself in current decades as the "Third Way" out of the London School of Economics, Soros' old alma mater. These "intellectuals" really do believe in this mutual management of corporation and government, and think it a viable pathway. And certainly in the past these authoritarian appointed companies did indeed still accomplish technical innovations, witness the jet plane and V-2's of Germany.

All the time however it really is simply a front for communism, authoritarian leftism; just as the CEO of GM was "appointed" by the Obama administration. To the contrary, in a free entrepreneurial society, small business(es), i.e. ones not "too big to fail," compete dynamically with all, generating a dynamic, creative, albeit dog-eat-dog, competitive theater of opportunity. The greatness of this is quite obvious in the US today in the software industry, one not controlled by the federal government and one of the few remaining vestiges of US free enterprise.

To the energetic and enterprising this latter is the preferred pathway, rather than the kiss-ass, yes-man, obsequiousness (Immelt) of corporate leftism. Unfortunately I'm not sure the youth of this nation see it. And the old, who should, don't seem to speak up.

Laziness, Cowardice, Self-occupation, Leftism.

Johnny Suntrade

27 posted on 02/11/2011 5:00:08 PM PST by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: mylife

Hilarious.


28 posted on 02/11/2011 8:21:55 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

The technique is called “rule by exception”, and it is a hallmark of a fascist government.


29 posted on 02/11/2011 8:28:05 PM PST by patton
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