“Something that always puzzled me is how we, as Americans, allow the Federal Government to “flip the script” when it comes to appropriate rules of conduct. The idea is that the officials (public servants) who we elect are supposed to be working for us, their constituents. Put another way, they are our employees. We, the people, are the boss. Or, at least we are supposed to be.
So do the people that we elect act like employees, or do they act like overlords? I guess that depends on your perspective. However, I submit that if you owned a business you wouldn’t let your employees get away with what the people’s employees do. Just saying. Although the culture of self-aggrandizement by many elected officials seems to be at its zenith, we always have the opportunity to “throw the bums out” come next election… if they get too far off the rails.
Conversely, for the enormous list of alphabet agencies under the purview of the Feds there are no elections – only tremendous power, and little accountability. In reality, what you have are unelected bureaucrats turning decision into law, outside the will of the people.”
Via Activist Post
“Claiming they are merely seeking a “national solution,” mega food corporations are pushing a federal GMO labeling law.
The problem is, the law would be voluntary and it would preempt every state in this country from passing legislation that isn’t, according to a draft obtained by Politico.”
But the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents such food and beverage leaders as ConAgra, PepsiCo and Kraft, isn’t exactly joining the anti-GMO movement. It’s advocating for an industry-friendly, law with a voluntary federal standard — a move that food activists see as a power grab by an industry that has tried to kill GMO labeling initiatives every step of the way.
GMA is looking for a federal solution to GMO labeling that would require the FDA to set up a voluntary labeling standard for foods that do not contain GMOs and determine the safety of GMO products. A section-by-section summary of the food industry’s legislation reveals it would preclude states from adopting any laws that are not identical to the federal requirements and create a legal framework so that FDA can take a more active role in regulating GMO-labeling claims. [emphasis added]
via Activist Post
“You best not be a terrorist or homegrown radical extremist hiding out in the boonies of the Texas wilderness, because if you are you may well come face-to-face with the Parks and Wildlife Department’s newest rapid deployment “Scout Team.”
The unit is made up of 25 highly trained game wardens capable of deploying anywhere in the state of Texas within four hours. Armed with AR-15s, BDUs, and kevlar helmets, the team’s mission according to the TPWD website involves border operations, dignitary protection or any form of high-risk law enforcement, such as serving felony arrest warrants or hostage situations.
As The Dallas Observer’s Brantley Hargrove notes, “the militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete.””
[The team] is modeled after what military types call a “force multiplier,” which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets.
“We’re steeped in tradition and very mindful of our past,” said special ops chief Grahame Jones. “It’s an important part of who we are, but we have to look to the future.”
And the future is a camo AR. Now, if Texas truly intends to secede, it’s got its own military force ready and waiting. We’ve even got a Navy! TPWD has 564 vessels, including a 65-foot gulf patrol ship, and gunboats mounted with .30 cal machine guns.
Via Activist Post
“A chicken-farming grandmother from West Virginia has won a major victory for all farmers against the Environmental Protection Agency, which had threatened her with millions of dollars in fines in a case that could have impacted thousands of other farmers.
Lois Alt sued the EPA in 2012 after the agency tried to fine her $37,500 per day – that is, more than $1 million per month — for allegedly violating part of the Clean Water Act. The agency claimed that Alt was violating the act every time it rained. The rain, EPA said, would come into contact with small amounts of dust, feathers or manure on the ground that had settled there from the chicken coop fans, and the storm water would end up in local ditches and then streams.
“I knew that we were doing everything we could possibly do to guard against any time of pollution, and it really bothered me” Alt said.”
New Record: Instead of Passing Laws, The Obama Regime Issued 3,659 Economy-Crushing Regulations In 2013…
The Obama administration made up for the lack of laws passed in Congress last year, issuing a whopping 3,659 rules regulations, crushing claims that Washington isn’t doing anything.
Only 65 public laws were signed by President Obama in 2013, meaning that his government issued an average of 56 new regulations for every one, a record high ratio, according to the annual analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
The surge in regulations has led critics to charge that Congress is now a bystander to federal regulatory agencies.
via Weasel Zippers
“The dream of many Americans is to get out of the hustle and bustle of the daily city grind. And what better dream to have then to move your family outside of city limits to the countryside so that you can grow your own food, produce your own electricity with solar power, and live outside the purview of an ever expanding government apparatus?
That was the goal for hundreds of residents living on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Many own their land outright and have been living on it for decades without so much as a peep from their local government. They’ve built their homes using whatever means they had available to them. They planted their own fruits and vegetables. They even set up their own personal power production stations using solar panels and miniature wind farms.
And they’ve lived peacefully without violating the rights of those around them and leaving a very small “carbon footprint” to boot. For all intents and purposes, they achieved a life of independence and freedom.”
Via SHTF Plan
“You, like most Americans, are friendly and like to mind your own business. You have 2.3 kids, a mortgage, and a loving spouse.
But, this is the 21st Century. A grand era of technology. Buck Rogers and H.G. Wells would be so proud of our technological advancements.
But so would Stalin, Mao and Hitler. The NSA’s recently leaked shopping catalog is chilling and would “harsh the mellow” of any regular Joe.
Let’s start with you.”
Via Activist Post
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wants OSHA to back off on family farms
“Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has two words for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Back off.
The Oshkosh Republican says OSHA is overstepping its authority by imposing regulations on family farms over which it has no jurisdiction.
Congress has passed laws specifying that farms with fewer than 10 employees are exempt from OSHA regulation, but the agency has issued violations to smaller farms, saying their grain operations are not exempt.”