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EPA Fast Becoming The Green IRS
Investors.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial

Posted on 07/10/2014 4:31:29 PM PDT by jazusamo

Big Government: The EPA is now claiming the authority to bypass courts and, on its own, garnish the paychecks and attach the assets of those it accuses of violating its rules. And, as with the IRS, its hard drives also crash.

The Environmental Protection Agency's insatiable lust for power has now gone beyond being the pen and the phone for President Obama's climate change, bypassing both the Constitution and the Congress in enacting rules and regulations that the American people and their representatives did not enact or even support.

Through an announcement in the Federal Register, the agency is claiming that existing federal law allows it "to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order." It claims such authority under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.

These non-tax debts are fines and penalties that the EPA has levied against alleged polluters who often are innocent — farmers, for example, making common-sense decisions in running their daily lives and businesses, who discover a ditch that they dug is now considered a wetland because rainwater occasionally fills it.

"The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn't have away from American citizens," Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said when he learned of the EPA's wage-garnishment scheme, according to the Washington Times.

The EPA authoritarian edicts include recently slapping a $75,000 a day — yes, a day — fine on Wyoming homeowner Andy Johnson for building a pond on his rural property to provide water for his cattle where the Six Mile Creek runs across his land.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: criminals; cultureofcorruption; environazis; environmentalism; epa; epaabuse; govtabuse; ibd; impeach; tyranny
The EPA doesn't need to be reined in, it needs to be eliminated.
1 posted on 07/10/2014 4:31:29 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“”The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn’t have away from American citizens,” Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said when he learned of the EPA’s wage-garnishment scheme,””

And Barrasso is considering that Congress do what about it?? They do love to talk, don’t they? Don’t tell me they don’t have the authority to rein them in. The House can cut off their funding, can’t they? Congress is there for WE, THE PEOPLE and it’s time they start acting like it. They are to be overseers of the government agencies and put a stop to their foolishness when it arises.


2 posted on 07/10/2014 4:43:39 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: jazusamo

how much rope do we have on hand ?


3 posted on 07/10/2014 4:47:21 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: jazusamo

You can thank Nixon for the EPA and the Endangered Species Act.


4 posted on 07/10/2014 4:49:36 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Thank You Rush

I’m no legal authority or constitutional expert but in my view the only way to “rein” them in is for Congress to revoke their regulating authority and take it back themselves.

It’d probably be easier to eliminate the agency.


5 posted on 07/10/2014 4:49:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Thank You Rush

That’s a pretty pie in the sky polyannish attitude don’t you think? Congress is only there to do the bidding of Bankers and Big Business, nothing else. Got it. It’s peons like you that this crazy notion of freedom, Liberty and individual rights that’s ruing this country.

Sig Heil
/s


6 posted on 07/10/2014 4:50:20 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: jazusamo
Like it or not, the American people (allegedly, anyway) approved the Constitutional amendment establishing the income tax and by extention, its enforcement arm. The EPA, on the other hand, came into existence without so much as a ‘by your leave” to the people.

The Green IRS is completely out of hand. They write their own regulations and give them the power of law, deny people their day in court, and the list of offenses by this rogue agency go on and on. Shut them down.

7 posted on 07/10/2014 4:55:22 PM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: beelzepug

Shut them down BUMP!


8 posted on 07/10/2014 4:59:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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9 posted on 07/10/2014 5:00:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I ran a privately-owned public water supply for 30 years. Was forcibly retired in January. I dealt with those jerks from epa forever. They’d come out for their inspections, and be friendly, and supposedly happy. Then they’d blast the company for really dumb-ass things in their report. “Cut the grass around well 3
#3 more often, Pile up some dirt around well #1.” Total bs! I knew how to handle them, but I’m really glad I don’t have to anymore. Buncha green wussies just looking’ to cause problems. Eff them!


10 posted on 07/10/2014 5:00:08 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: jazusamo
EPA = King Obama gestapo.
11 posted on 07/10/2014 5:00:11 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: jazusamo

There are now four branches of government and the EPA heads up the regulatory branch, which is more equal than the first three and is not beholden to the electorate.

The EPA doesn’t need to be eliminated, it needs to be destroyed.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 5:01:30 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: jazusamo
Don't look for any hope from the House. They are hiding in a corner crying like babies.
13 posted on 07/10/2014 5:02:53 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: jazusamo

It’s time some of these agencies be burned to the ground


14 posted on 07/10/2014 5:04:38 PM PDT by wny
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To: wny

“It’s time some of these agencies be burned to the ground”

Don’t forget to plow salt into the ground after the burning.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 5:28:24 PM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: umgud
There are now four branches of government and the EPA heads up the regulatory branch, which is more equal than the first three and is not beholden to the electorate. The EPA doesn’t need to be eliminated, it needs to be destroyed.

Amen to that! The EPA has over 15,000 employees it needs to feed, keep busy and provide pensions for. Time to lay off 14,000 of them.

16 posted on 07/10/2014 6:12:56 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: jazusamo

A day or two ago, “Fox & Friends” spoke with a rancher in New Mexico whose family has been on the same land for over 100 years. The EPA is about to ruin them to protect an endangered species of mouse (without any evidence the mouse is actually present on their property).


17 posted on 07/10/2014 6:22:53 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: jazusamo

They are the Government Party - Government, protecting its interests, its ideological allies, and their many beneficiaries (both corporate and individual) against everyone else.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 6:28:30 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: jazusamo

Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your position, there will come a time in the future where it will be common to see EPA lawyers and bureaucrats swinging from trees or tarred and feathered as it was once the rule in the West and South for frauds and swindlers.


19 posted on 07/10/2014 6:42:50 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The Obama Administration: A conspiracy of corruption and incompetence.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

This listing of the meadow jumping mouse is one of the most bogus listings of endangered species. It’s criminal that any person should be displaced or lose their livelyhood over it.

excerpt:

“The meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) is the most widely distributed mouse in the subfamily Zapodinae. It may be found from the Atlantic coast, to the Great Plains, as far north as the arctic tree lines in Canada and Alaska, and as far south as Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and New Mexico.[2] In July 2014, it was listed as an endangered species.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meadow_jumping_mouse


20 posted on 07/10/2014 6:54:22 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: wny

Got to give Cong Sensenbrenner credit, he’s called to abolish the ATF.

http://freebeacon.com/issues/rep-sensenbrenner-abolish-the-atf/


21 posted on 07/10/2014 8:02:48 PM PDT by sgtyork (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy)
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To: sgtyork

Think of the money saved if enough of the unconstitutional,useless, & criminal government agencies are abolished.


22 posted on 07/10/2014 8:46:53 PM PDT by oldtech
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IBD EDITORIAL PING


23 posted on 07/11/2014 9:52:49 AM PDT by raptor22 (Follow me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken or facebook.com/danielsobieski)
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To: raptor22

I heard some of the possible “penalties” and how they would get to you yesterday. WHAT! Attach your bank account, garnish your wages for violating something they don’t have to tell you or obtain a court order? What’s wrong with this picture? I’m getting purty tired of these govt agencies enacting rules and regs that carry the weight of law when no law has been passed. I guess it’s in the power that the legislature gave them at their inception. Disgraceful.


24 posted on 07/11/2014 10:11:18 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: jazusamo

BLM part deux.

i can hear the future glenn Becks saying the rancher needs to follow the rule and pay his fair share.


25 posted on 07/11/2014 2:30:45 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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