The laws, rules, regulations, executive branch and federal agency proclamations and issuances, memos, guidance documents, bulletins, circulars, announcements with practical regulatory effect, “significant” agency guidance documents, and thousands of other such documents that are subject to little scrutiny or democratic accountability, and that have stifled entrepreneurship, jobs, the economy, and innovation.
That Wall. Tear it down, Mr. Trump.
Of the 10 highest-ever Federal Register regulation page counts, Obama is responsible for seven. Obama keeps breaking his own record! 77,687 (2014); 78,961 (2012); 79,311 (2013); 80,260 (2015); 81,247 (2011); 81,405 (2010).; and 91,642 (2016). That’s an Atlas-back-breaking total of over 570,000 pages. There are some "fact checkers" who quibble about number of pages versus number of regulations, blah, blah. However, the point is this: Americans are being strangled by regulations.
This is what the Regulatory Wall looked like in 2013, before Obama "hit his stride."
(The following article was sent to me anonymously. It’s a timely, accurate, and thoughtful essay that needs to be read by every American.)
Are you aware that we the people are under assault in this country? Maybe not you personally, yet, but when one group of patriots in America is deprived of their freedoms guaranteed to them by the Constitution, it’s a hostile invasion of all who stand for liberty. And that is what happened to the ranchers in Harney County, Oregon, in the past weeks, and in Nevada before that. There is a systematic taking of our precious liberties.
Why does no one seem to care?
Where is the media on this? Where are the folks who are focused on restoring our trust lands across the western United States? Are we to sit and watch those among us get incarcerated for ranching? For peacefully protesting the egregious treatment they have received from their own government, for years?
We know that these lands do not belong to the federal government. The federal government manages those lands for we the people under contracts that were supposed to be assigned back to the states years ago. The federal government contracts grazing leases to local ranchers. These grazing leases abut the ranches owned by private citizens of the United States. These ranchers, by and large, are good stewards of the lands they lease to use for grazing. But they are methodically being deprived of the use of the lands owned by we the people, even with legal leases to do so. In Oregon, the Burea of Land Management (BLM) is burning grazing land that is under lease to ranchers for grazing their cattle, and the BLM is burning the cattle, homes, and corrals in the process.
In this video, you will see that West Virginia is suffering 6.9% unemployment, due to the Obama Administration’s determination to shut down the coal industry with excessive regulations, thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There is no mention of the more than 50% unemployment suffered by 300,000 Navajos, or the destruction of jobs in Northern Arizona!
Please submit your comments to the EPA expressing your opposition to the jobs-killing "Clean Power Plan." The environmentalist groups–who don’t live anywhere near Northern Arizona–are writing in favor of the plan four to one. We need your comments! The letter Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen used to submit a comment is below. You are welcome to use all or part of it, but please write how this plan will affect you and your family.
Here are the instructions to submit your comments:
As a rural Arizonan living in Gila County, I understand some of the concerns that we share. Rural and tribal Arizonans live in and of the land. We are sustained by it. We respect and love it. Rural Arizona offers rich natural resources that have fed, clothed, sheltered, and provided energy and water to millions of people.
The Democrat Party has waged war on our livestock, timber, and coal industries, the very industries that sustain Arizona’s rural and tribal communities.
As noted in a November 24 news article, Senator Carlyle Begay has recently changed from the Democrat to Republican Party. I have never met Sen. Begay, but I’ve observed him and heard his remarks during the last legislative session. He is a highly intelligent, thoughtful, well-educated man. Both Democrats and Republicans can politicize his decision all they want, but I know that he will be guided by his convictions, not politics, whenever he casts his votes. The welfare of his constituents, many of whose ancestors were the First Arizonans, will rank far above either party. He believes that the time has come for his people to achieve prosperity. In fact, he wants all Arizonans to prosper. Please watch this video. Notice the many terms and phrases that he uses. This is what the Republican Party stands for.
In the following video, you will gain some insight into why Senator Begay is adamant that "change must happen" and why he believes it is the Republican Party that is working to find solutions that will help the people that Sen. Begay represents. He explains that "families living within our rural and tribal communities are in a crisis. Unemployment is as high as 80%. Roads, bridges, and infrastructure are wasting away. Many Native American families are without electricity and clean, running water. Native American students have some of the lowest graduation rates and some of the highest drop-out rates. Native Americans have the highest rates of suicide in the country." Senator Begay desires to work within the Republican Party to build a bridge connecting those who need and want a chance with those who can help provide that chance. The Republican Party is the party of progress, the party of opportunity. It is, now, Senator Begay’s Party.
The Payson TEA Party will host three speakers on May 29: Arizona State Senator Chester Crandell and Arizona Representatives Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe. Please come and hear about the issues our Legislative District 6 delegation worked on this past legislative session, including water, education, public lands, Mexican wolves, etc. They will also discuss their plans for next term after re-election.
The meeting will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 Arizona Highway 260, Payson.
These Conservative Candidates Need Your Financial Assistance!
Elouise Justice, a precinct committeeman with the Gila County Republican Committee, recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Payson Round-Up. It was published on April 25, 2014.
The Navajo Generating Station, near Page, Ariz., provides power to Nevada, Arizona, California and Indian Nations. The Environmental Protection Agency has demanded more stringent regulations be put in place to alleviate perceived unhealthy air pollution, which doesn’t exist. The EPA will allow the Navajo Generating Station to continue operation until the year of 2019, which is when the extended original lease expires.
The lease can be renegotiated at the time, but only with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, who will have to receive a completed study by the EPA, which usually takes as long as five years (anyone remember the Keystone Pipeline?).
The EPA will allow the NGS to continue operations until 2044 if $1.1 billion is spent on equipment that costs annually $20 million to operate. Prior to investing in such a horrific venture, the owners have to wait to have the new lease in place, which will be pending until the Secretary of the Interior issues his approval.
Internal stresses and conflicts in an organization can be just as fatally detrimental as outside attacks. We see these internal contradictions in the Obama administration causing serious damage to Americans . The administration cries out for job creation and energy independence but, as we shall see, thwarts the creation of both by deliberate, if badly misguided, policy.
Environmental Extremists Stop Domestic Oil Production
Off the coast of Alaska in the Chukchi Sea, oil companies have successfully bid on the right to drill for oil. They have paid their money and are ready to begin drilling. The environmental industry has sued to delay the exploratory drilling on the usual basis. Please note that the whole lease bidding process has been completed. The time for debate has ended. The arguments have been heard from all sides, and the lease sale has proceeded to its conclusion. No one was denied his opinion at the proper time. The arguments are over. But that is not good enough for the enviro-extremists. Their goal is to cause as much delay, disruption, and expense to the drillers (and at the end of the day to you and me) as is humanly possible.
What would happen to you if you paid for a new transmission for your car and then were not allowed to have the transmission installed? You would have spent money to no good purpose. The money that should have gone to the repair might have gone to some other good purpose but is instead tied up in limbo, doing nothing. Multiply this by every project connected with energy, every road project, every building project, and so on across the country and you begin to sense the scale of waste of our financial resources in our country. It is as if money has no meaning, as if every dime of wealth we have does not come, in the end, from the sweat and inspiration of our citizens.
The EPA is under investigation for a practice called Sue and Settle. Environmentalists in government and private organizations have found ways to create new regulations by fashioning lawsuits tailored to have courts institute policy changes. Both parties involved in the lawsuits secretly decide in advance what the outcome will be and how much taxpayer money will be transferred to the environmental group in the settlement. In other words, they are exploiting the courts to change laws, and in the process, helping to fund radical environmental groups without legislative or taxpayer consent. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been given to these groups.