Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Republicans tried to defund EPA, and not a word from Walker, Ryan and Johnson on cuts to save the Great Lakes.

Remember when the Republican candidates for president listed all of the government agencies they would cut, and the crowd cheered? Did anyone read where the press questioned the sanity of those cuts...like to the EPA?

Silence from the press and the public only encouraged such lunacy, and now we’re seeing their frightening agenda play out under the banner of smaller government.
jsonline: Great Lakes advocates decried a U.S. House subcommittee bill Tuesday that would cut nearly 80% of funds aimed at restoring the largest freshwater system on the globe … slash funding from $285 million this year to $60 million. House Republicans called the legislation an effort to "rein in" the EPA and referred to the agency as being "rife with governmental overreach" and "overspending on ineffective and unnecessary programs" … the legislation seeks to dramatically scaling back lower-priority, or 'nice-to-have' programs," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. The bill also cuts funds for the Clean Water State Revolving Loan, a program that helps communities fix old sewers to reduce beach pollution and protect drinking water supplies. The bill cuts the program by more than 75% — from the current level of $1.03 billion to $250 million.
Small government enough for you? This is just what the founders would have wanted. 

Oddly silent were Great Lakes politicians like Paul Ryan, Dumb Ron Johnson, Governor Scott Walker…DNR Sec. Cathy Stepp didn't want to get involved either. Maybe it not important, or too risky a topic so close to the midterms. Would they really throw the Great Lakes under the bus to keep their jobs? Yes.

Is this just another big reason fishing and hunting has declined in popularity?

Teabilly dunderheads won’t like how the Republicans caved:

Environmental groups and public officials from Great Lakes states were critical of a cut by a House subcommittee that The House Appropriations Committee restored some of the funding in the latest version of the bill, increasing spending to $210 million.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are both advocating an even larger fund to clean the Great Lakes. Typical Democrats.

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