Printed letters, June 5, 2013
Regarding the article in the May 29 Daily Sentinel about how the environmentalists are again threatening to sue the BLM over oil shale, I say: Really?
These fringe extremists have already hijacked public policy and the legal process, and they have essentially eviscerated a promising industry with their first ridiculous lawsuit. Now they are back to take another swipe at the people of rural, northwest Colorado?
This same East Coast-backed consortium of professional lobbyists and lawyers first leveled a lawsuit several years ago — financed by those of us who work at honest jobs for a living and pay taxes through the overly abused Equal Access to Justice Act — because a well-developed plan for the management of oil shale didn’t fit with their kindergarten-level understanding of economics, science, ecology and what energy policy ought to be.
Unfortunately for the people of the United States, especially the middle-class families and small business owners of the Western Slope of Colorado, the Interior Department, formerly headed by President Obama’s hatchet man Ken Salazar, dutifully obeyed and wasted millions more of our dollars in cooking up a justification to eliminate 90 percent of the best oil shale land in Colorado from development.
Now, it has worked with the same special interest groups to rewrite the rules to make leasing of even the few remaining scattered acres virtually impossible.
And yet, even this is not good enough for the Sierra Club’s fat-cat financial backers and their hapless local pawn groups, as they have decided to find yet something else to sue the BLM over regarding oil shale — using, again, our money to do so.
With the sequester causing apparently so much damage, wouldn’t our tax dollars be better spent on something other than paying special interest lawyers to cripple an industry that could potentially create hundreds of jobs and millions in revenue?
‘Chicago-style’ politics give government too much clout
President Obama is the product of Chicago-style politics, where, as in love and war, aggressive attacks are expected. The president, in a State of the Union address several years ago, went so far as to attack the Supreme Court justices as they sat in front of him for their support of political free speech in their Citizens United decision.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that IRS targeted the organizations protected by this decision.
We have a local connection, too. Sen. Udall, as did other Democratic senators, wrote a letter to the IRS asking them to target these groups. Why blame the IRS? They simply heard their marching orders.
Chicago-style politics are generally legal, but when you enlist the help of the IRS to intimidate your political opponents, you have gone too far. It is illegal.
It has happened before, most notably under President Richard Nixon. Nixon attacked a few political enemies, not a broad segment of our society, as in this case. Government employees, through their unions, protect the politicians who protect them. The IRS has a union that provides funding primarily to Democrat candidates. The last thing the IRS wants is tax reform.
The IRS is the poster child for the danger of giving too much power to government. The IRS is now being given additional power to enforce Obamacare, another morass of regulation nobody can understand. Nobody can understand tax code or Obamacare, which is why this leaves us wide open to abuse by the IRS.