A government that lies to its own citizens should command no respect. To accord them any is to make oneself complicit in their lies, which is unbecoming to a free people.
They call it a “political strategy”, feels more like political dishonesty. White House delayed a raft of regulations until after 2012 election
The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials.
Some agency officials were instructed to hold off submitting proposals to the White House for up to a year to ensure that they would not be issued before voters went to the polls, the current and former officials said.
The delays meant that rules were postponed or never issued. The stalled regulations included crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act, what bodies of water deserved federal protection, pollution controls for industrial boilers and limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace.
The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.
So much more politically expedient to keep lying and keep the American public in the dark. But, the D-words are not alone, the R-words also have some ‘splainin’ to do as well.
The ONLY people any of our pols bother to listen to are the lobbyists and those who finance their campaigns or, fear of losing their clout to a bureaucratic entity. Senate goes after corn ethanol targets for fuel
Odd-couple pairing Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a measure to remove the corn ethanol segment of the mandate, which accounts for an overwhelming majority of domestic biofuel production.
Their concerns lined up with those expressed by the EPA, the oil industry, automakers, and agriculture and poultry groups. The lawmakers said the mandate’s annual targets are accelerating too fast, forcing refiners to pump out fuel with higher concentrations of ethanol that opponents say harm car engines. They also said that corn ethanol is having an adverse impact on crop land and is driving up food prices.
“I strongly support requiring a shift to low-carbon advanced biofuel, including biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and other revolutionary fuels. But a corn ethanol mandate is simply bad policy,” Feinstein said.
And Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and David Vitter, R-La., the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, also championed legislation that would curtail corn’s portion of the mandate.
It’s always been “bad policy”, driving the rising cost of food globally. But, their main concern is the power of the EPA, not starving people.
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