Can you imagine a rogue governmental agency being at war with one of the political parties? Well, don't strain yourself too much because we have several, Environmental Protection Agency being at the forefront. Some of the others, FYI, are Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPB (or PBS), NEA and NEH, FCC, and National Labor Relations Board among less significant ones.
As hard as it is to believe, EPA (a powerful government agency that should ethically be non political) uses tax payer money to actively campaign against Republicans through American Lung Association, amongst other parties, and the latest victim is Rep. Fred Upton of Illinois. Working against tax payer interest is nothing new to the EPA.
First the background: American Lung Association is bought-and-paid-for by the EPA. In the last 10 years, the EPA has given the ALA $20,405,655, according to EPA records.
The master-servant relationship between the EPA and ALA extends back to at least the early 1990s. As John Merline reported in Investors Business Daily (Jan. 28, 1997), between 1990 and 1995, the EPA gave the American Lung Association $5 million — even though the ALA was suing the EPA at the time. Although not many grantors give grants to organizations that sue them, at least in the regular world, the EPA likes to be sued by its buddies because such lawsuits invariably expand the agency’s powers. I know it is convoluted but such is the power structure inside the Beltway.
Lately, the House has been in mark-up session of the Upton-Inhofe bill to strip EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases. This is a critical bill that will probably go nowhere - unfortunately! The progressive green activists masquerading as Democrats have increasingly been using the EPA to accomplish what they cannot through legitimate means in the Congress.
It is about time we put an end to roque government agencies making what effectively are laws. It is unconstitutional and this practice has been abused under both political parties in the past, though any previous Republican Administration's transgressions have been a walk in the park compared to gross abuses by progressive Democrat Administrations - especially the current one.
So, not being able to play politics openly, EPA has the ALA go after Rep. Upton with billboards like this:
Whether it is the labor unions supporting the Democrats with their forced dues (regardless of the party affiliation of their membership) or your tax dollars being spent against your own principles by the likes of EPA or the NLRB, the left always makes sure that you are shafted with your own money.
And, that my fellow patriots, is your tax dollars at work!