By Rich Kozlovich
This link is listed in one of the posts below. However, after re-reading it I have come to the conclusion that this article is so powerful that I think it must stand alone.
Above all we need to ask this question; why does the EPA seem out of control? To understand that we must understand this comment in the article;
“House organizations—including the regulatory side of the White House Office ofn Management and Budget, the Domestic Policy Council, or the Office of Science and Technology Policy—that should have been able to affect policy outcomes.
The policymakers in the agencies knew that they could outlast and outmaneuver their political bosses. They were bent on creating new bureaucratic regulatory empires—with or without scientific justification—and create them they did. They were abetted by a handful of know-nothing congressional ideologues (both members and staffers) and, perhaps most important of all, by several powerful agribusiness companies that regarded excessive, expansive regulation as a convenient market-entry barrier to competitors. The media’s consistently lending exaggerated credibility and ink to the alarmist claims of anti-biotech activists provided further cover. (Keith Schneider, then the New York Times’ national environmental affairs reporter, was a serial offender.) The resulting stultifying regulation has inhibited research and development, particularly in public institutions, ever since.”
So why is the EPA, and all the other regulatory agencies, out of control? Because they are errantly ensconced in their positions by policy makers whose policies were in harmony with environmental activists! Their goal was bigger than mere regulations. Their goal was to fill the agencies with activists that would be there for thirty years.
The answer? Eliminate them and redo the foundational legislation that created them. Most importantly, pass new legislation that eliminates “standing” by private individuals and forbid the courts from reviewing the legislation in any form. For those who aren’t aware…..the Constitution gives the Congress the right to determine the jurisdiction of federal courts. All that it takes is guts.
Please enjoy this insightful commentary! I did!
The regulation of biotechnology provides a cautionary tale of politicized science. By Henry I. Miller (PDF, 822K)