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How to Eliminate Almost
Every Federal Agency

National Journal, by Jason Plautz

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/15/2014 4:24:25 AM

This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency´s 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA´s federal regulations. Lehr writes that "incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option," hence his proposal for a "Committee of the Whole" made up of state

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/15/2014 7:07:15 AM     (No. 9966697)

Smart, economical, common-sensical, and desperately needed -- which is why it´ll never happen.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mws50, 8/15/2014 7:40:16 AM     (No. 9966723)

If Sarah Palin is elected President in 2016, I´d bet the farm she would try to implement something like this. The least she would do is seriously reduce the EPA staff, and issue executive orders countermanding all of obama´s executive orders, while rolling back all the regulations the EPA implemented over the last 10 years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jfodoch, 8/15/2014 9:09:12 AM     (No. 9966820)

The most discouraging aspect of continuing to be an American citizen is the absolute fact that so much of federal government programs could be made more efficient, certainly including elimination.

This could be so simply done if the so-called representatives of the day-to-day American voters/taxpayers who trusted in them cared about the values of their constituents.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/15/2014 9:52:41 AM     (No. 9966881)

The biggest problem with the EPA is that, with the exception of California, they have largely succeeded in implementing the smog reduction of the Clean Air Act which created them.

Their success has given them idle time to search for thing to regulate. During the Clinton years this was particulate matter and air toxics like lead and mercury.

Now, the EPA is creating rules to force changes that Congress didn´t have the political muscle to legislate. The first concept included in the rules is that the EPA can draft rules that impact states differently based on whether they are included, are upwind, or downwind. California which is the real smog failure for EPA has a clear plume extending into states to their east. But California is not covered by the Cross State Rule. Texas, which has more industry and the same southern exposure as California has largely reached compliance with the smog rules of the CAA. But because the EPA model says they contribute to problems in Illinois, they must make further reductions. Some states that aren´t in compliance now will be granted compliance because their improvement load will be borne by upwind states. And finally we have the Green House Gas Rule which adopts a central command and control and dictates the standard of tons of CO2 emitted per MWatt-hr for each individual state. Some, make no changes. Those that still rely most heavily on coal have the smallest reduction targets. Those like TX that use wind, coal, and gas, need to make larger reductions. The goal though is to create a federal command and control (EPA) over state or regional command and control (ERCOT).

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/15/2014 2:29:12 PM     (No. 9967301)

Go to Article 1 Section 8 for the enumerated powers of the federal government.

Unless one can positively link an agency to an enumerated power, it should be eliminated and power returned to the states or to the people.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 8/15/2014 4:18:26 PM     (No. 9967455)

Most if not all of them should be eliminated, period.

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