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Seizing More Of The Economy

Tuesday, December 8, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Obama Administration has acted to seize control of even more of the economy.

The EPA’s “Congress-and-people-be-damned” declaration on the regulation of greenhouse gases announces the arrival of another power grab by the president’s appointees and the agencies they control. The effort to seize control of the nation’s economy via cap-and-tax has failed because Congress understands that the American voters will punish it for burdening the economy with ideologically-motivated limits on emissions. In reaction, the bureaucrats at EPA have declared they will simply take the power that Congress has refused to give them, citing the provisions of the Clean Air Act. The 5-4 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007 was a very narrow ruling, and was not an invitation to the EPA to take control of the American economy. Perhaps Justice Kennedy will begin to reconsider his votes in such cases as he surveys just how far the new Administration will take any scrap of authority. Perhaps even Justice Stevens and Justice Breyer will take notice that this is an era in which restraint of regulators acting without Congressional consent should be a priority. Democrats control large majorities in both Houses. If they cannot secure a legislative grant of power in these conditions, ought the Supreme Court to be allowing the unaccountable agencies to simply seize the powers Congress is refusing to give them?

Many crocodile tears are flowing in Congress as a result, with none other than Arkansas Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln leading the way, denouncing the agency for what will certainly be another massive job killing initiative by the Obama Administration.

The only solution to this and all the other power grabs –GM, the banks, Obamacare– will be a wholesale forced retirement of Democrats in 11 months, including Blanche Lincoln, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Arlen Specter, Evan Bayh, Ron Wyden and scores of Democratic Congressmen. The takeover of American industry like the takeover of American healthcare by the government will be reversed only when large majorities of free market proponents replace the Obama-Pelosi-Reid majorities which are presently in the saddle and riding the American economy into the ground.

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