Ronald Reagan once accurately noted: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
He was right.
The left holds an unshakable faith in the power of government and for many conservatives, it is truly baffling. The same government that condemned countless veterans to pain, suffering and death at the VA is the same government now trusted to administer the healthcare of the entire nation. The left abhors school vouchers, insisting that the public education program needs more money despite the fact that we keep spending far more money on public education and still see abysmal results.
And, of course, the left thoroughly trusts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the supposed vanguards of Mother Earth.
Aside from routinely crippling state economies, the EPA appears to do little other than create over-burdensome regulations and, of course, poisoning water from time to time.
In August of 2015, the EPA intentionally breached Colorado’s Gold King Mine and released 880,000 lbs of toxic metals and mining waste into the drinking water of three states and the Navajo Nation.
After such a tremendous betrayal of public trust, the EPA felt compelled to apologize, right? Nope. Instead, the EPA has circled the wagons and have refused to answer very-legitimate questions concerning their decision to poison the drinking water of millions of people.
Earlier this month, The Daily Caller highlighted several glaring contradictions and inaccuracies in the official report. When confronted with these questions, the EPA maintained the original story.
The EPA built dirt channels to direct the sludge once the mine was breached. Still, the EPA claims that breaching the mine was unintentional.
So, if we’re being generous, we are to believe that the EPA is not stocked with sociopaths, just incompetents who should not be trusted with sharp scissors, much less the responsibility of overseeing environmental concerns.
The report is riddled with other glaring holes. The operation was supposed to include a pump system, but such a system was notably absent. In the wake of the catastrophe, the EPA has colluded with their internal watchdog to alter the “independent” review of the operation and the EPA has refused to release their plans for the operation, but have only released hand-drawn drawings that are not to scale and that were drawn after the breach at the mine that polluted the rivers.
When the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) attempted to gain answers for these startling contradictions, the EPA outright ignored the DCNF’s call for answers and simply reiterated their positions, despite the fact that the news organization offered internal emails from the EPA indicating that the breach was intentional.
“As indicated in EPA’s Internal Review and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation Technical Evaluation, excavation work was being conducted above the adit to remove consolidated soils and debris when an uncontrolled release of water occurred,” Grantham told TheDCNF.
Grantham, however, failed to explain an internal email that said the mine was intentionally breached. She also ignored TheDCNF’s finding that the Gold King Mine crew was actually digging at the bottom of the mine’s water-filled entrance…
Grantham also reiterated a previous response that carefully avoided calling the spill an “accident” and instead called it an “unfortunate incident.” She also again refused to say if anyone has been punished or disciplined for the disaster.
Aside from the Department of Education, the EPA is the most-damaging federal department in the United States. It requires tremendous taxpayer money to do little else but craft overly-burdensome regulations and stifle local economies. Further, it operates as every other bloated federal bureau operates in the Obama Administration: those who run it do not feel obliged to offer any answers about their conduct or to address very-real concerns. Instead, the bureaucrats of the dysfunctional department demand strict compliance and candor from citizens and companies, but seemingly do not feel compelled to offer any answers regarding their apparent misconduct that has poisoned the drinking water of millions of Americans.
However, in Obama’s America, bureaucrats simply shrugging and saying “so what?” is about what is to be expected.