Saturday, December 10, 2011

A bill to protect the value of π in perpetuity...

Remember about a year ago, when I teed off on the inanity of the EPA's proposed farm dust regulations?

I want you to ponder this: We have reached a point on the civilizational senescence scale where our lawmakers have to gather to pass legislation to prevent the imperial bureaucracy from declaring control over the way the wind blows the dirt.

The fact that this even needed deliberation in the halls of congress should be a warning. This way lies madness. We are only a few years away from horses as senators at this rate (we currently only allow their hindquarters to serve, not the whole horse. Yet.)

20 comments:

og said...

I am no longer capable of being surprised or even shocked by the actions of those morons. Horses asses are well informed and reasoning by comparison.

WV: Tatangst. The creeping fear that your tats may not be as cool as you think they are.

JD Rush said...

And one party shows their hand by proclaiming, "We are so not going to regulate that. Pinky swear." Yep, heard that one before.

Stranger said...

Actually, the horse would be an intellectual improvement on many of the planarian level intelligences currently spending time in Yaptown on the Potomac.

While I know how he gets re-elected, I frankly do not know how that great mind, Georgia Representative Hank Johnson, can find his way to the head without a guide dog.

There are several others even lower on the intelligence scale, but they keep their yaps shut instead of talking about Guam turning over under the weight of military hardware.

Stranger

Matt said...

I stopped being surprised by the idiocy coming out of that domed nuthouse when one senator proclaimed his outrage that IMI was producing a handgun that fired the same .50 caliber round as a machine gun used by our armed forces. Seriously, how do you fight that kind of stupidity ?

docjim505 said...

Stranger beat me to it: horses would be an improvement over our present members of Congress.

"Don't blame me: I voted for Mr. Ed"

Desertrat said...

Ya see, the deal is, back when Congress passed LBJ's Great Society legislation which created many bureaucracies, wording included the proviso that employment of people capable of rational thought was not allowed.

Although the EPA came about during the Nixon tenure, this proviso was held to, exemplified more recently with the DHS.

Tango Juliet said...

After the summer long MO river flooding and the destruction it wrought on all kinds of existing interstate and rural highways, legislation had to be introduced so that 'environment impact studies' and what not did not have to be performed so that these highways could be rebuilt ASAP.

Don't know if it passed but the idea such actions have to be taken is just ridiculous.

fast richard said...

How long is the list of things congress needs to tell the regulatory agencies not to do? Does congress now need to pass legislatation to stop every possible stupid policy? Perhaps this whole idea of delegating regulatory power to independent unelected agencies needs to be reexamined.

Bubblehead Les. said...

So the voted against the EPA, so what? Think that'll stop them? The Treehuggers will just flip it over and fine Farmers for have an inadequate amount of water per acre, not that they're making too much dust. What do expect from an Administration that used Snail Mail to inform the Congressional Leadership under the War Powers Act that we were taking on Libya?

Geez Louise, what are you going to do if the BATFEIEIO starts smuggling Guns to Mexico so as to 'Track Illegal Guns Sales." ; )

Robert Fowler said...

T. J. it must have passed because they repaired interstate 29 in record time. No thanks to the Evil Purveyors of Assholiness. It also helps that one of our Senators and a couple of the Reps. here in Iowa are farmers.

rickn8or said...

"(we currently only allow their hindquarters to serve, not the whole horse. Yet.) "

Tam beat me to it.

Crotalus (Don't Tread on Me) said...

Going from the horses' asses we have now, going for the whole horse might be an improvement.

Crotalus (Don't Tread on Me) said...

How about "Considering the horses'..."

*sigh* Proofreading is my friend...

Anonymous said...

Yep, it's the infernal triangle.

Minor private sector problem results in stupid and distorting legislation.

Which leads to a bigger problem, which in turn draws out more legislation which while sort-of curing the first problem results in greater problems

Problems leads to more legislation.

The end point of this is revolution which, 9 times out of 10, means things gets even worse.

Borepatch said...

If Congress wants to get the attention of the regulators, the bill should include a 1% cut in the Agency's budget (a warning shot across the bow, so to speak).

Anonymous said...

the mining world already is trying to survive and "opacity limits", good luck farmers.

Graybeard said...

When I saw this, I immediately thought "800 page bill that includes unrelated things you can't imagine, like legislating the court argument that you have no right to decide what to eat"...

Thankfully, it was only about 3 paragraphs of actual rule, with nothing of the sort. It did, however, say congress only restricts the right to regulate that for one year.

Ken said...

I don't know how to explain some of this stuff, except that some of the folks at EPA have the same basic idea that the folks who peddle the "95% of our energy requirements from renewables by 2050, with no reduction in standard of living:" they've edited out the part where 95% of us are dead.

There is no god but the Dieoff, and Malthus is his prophet.

Armed Texan said...

Horses would be an improvement over the jackasses we have now. (And I include the jackasses wearing an elephant costume too.)

global village idiot said...

There's little I'd put past Hank Johnson. You almost wonder if he's not so much a legislator as, perhaps, a sort of performance artist. If he were the latter he might be worth electing out of pure morbid curiosity...

Come to think of it, maybe that's just what keeps him in office.

gvi