A roadblock to President Obama’s regulatory agenda
President Reagan once said that our “Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” 28 years later, anyone who cashes a paycheck, files their taxes, or even picks up the local newspaper knows that these words ring true just as they did in 1986.
From Atchison County, where I live, to Marion County clear across the state, I speak with people who are worried about our out of control government. I hear stories about how government bureaucrats are becoming increasingly aggressive, and the biggest bully of the bunch, by far, is the EPA.
First the EPA tried to regulate farm dust, which would drive up costs on family farms. Then they went after wood burning stoves used for inexpensive home heating. Now, the President and the EPA are trying to force some of the most crushing regulations on coal power plants in history. What will this mean for Missourians? Higher electric bills.
But few regulations are more damaging than the EPA’s proposed rule to give bureaucrats in Washington a stronger foothold in our backyards. We are talking about control over thousands of small streams, ditches, and ponds, some of which may contain little or no water on private property. This will hurt farmers, livestock producers, home builders, and any industry that relies on land use.
The EPA is putting the squeeze on small businesses and middle class Missourians. Higher costs, longer delays, tighter budgets, and bigger headaches are on the way unless the EPA is not stopped.
It’s time to stop the EPA.