Note in the story below a large crowd showed up…in opposition? In support of…? Guess that would tell the reader something someone pushing lose environmental regulations doesn’t want us to know. Ya think? But the absurdity of it all is also acknowledged in the crowd’s reaction at this recent DNR hearing to the use of “kinder and gentler.”
WSJ: At the beginning of a crowded and lengthy hearing Wednesday, State Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, defended his proposal to streamline the process used to issue permits at state Department of Natural Resources as a way to make the agency "kinder and gentler."
The comment drew derisive laughter from opponents of the bill which, in turn, drew a rebuke and a smack of the gavel from State Rep. Jeffrey Mursau, R-Crivitz, chairman of the Assembly's Natural Resources Committee and co-author of the bill.
We must have order, achtung! Opposition to absurdly weak arguments like that will not be tolerated. Public input would be limited as well, because…well…there might be public opposition?
"Why limit public input?" asked State Rep. Molepske, Jr., D-Stevens Point, of Kedzie. "Because there are lots of people who say no to everything," Kedzie responded.
Ironic. Like Congressional Republicans? Oh, I forgot, that's alright. Upside down and inside out the insane goal below for streamlining environmental protection has too make you scratch your head, when you think that DNR employees would essentially be saying, fire us:
Al Shea, director of the DNR's Office of Business Support, said many of the ideas in the bill came from DNR employees and that the streamlined permitting process would help the agency do its work with fewer employees.
Oh, and don’t forget the one big word that fits every effort pushed by Republicans:
"The changes ... increase regulatory certainty…”