I just received an email from the Sierra Club notifying me that my Congressional representative voted in favor of slashing the EPA budget. “This is the largest single assault on our health and environment since the Bush administration,”… “If the bill is signed into law, it will be impossible for the agency to do its job,” … “with the intent of letting Big Oil and Coal companies continue polluting without limits or accountability.” I should contact my representative and let him know how disappointed I am in his vote. Sierra Club, not happening.
Like so many other interest groups representing every aspect of our beliefs and lives, there seems to be this current thread of ‘business as usual’ running through these groups’ communications and the “don’t gore MY ox” mindset. Our Federal spending is out of control by everyone’s scenario, the only differences being by how much, and how bad is bad. I’m one of the millions of taxpayers out here in the US who “get’s it”, realizes the urgency of the situation, and believes its time for an attitude adjustment not only among some of our elected representatives, but the interest groups that lobby them as well.
The EPA was signed into existence in December of 1970, with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring probably forming the genesis of the environmental movement. I consider myself a practical environmentalist, who supports the preservation of our wildlife, our environmental resources, clean air and water. And while the EPA has enacted several very important Acts contributing to a better environment for all, many of their regulations are overly cumbersome, reckless, and stifling innovation, American businesses large and small, as well as our future. Less regulation, and regulation based upon sound science and facts, is what’s needed, not more.
Given the daily news feeds, we, as Americans, know our country, is in deep financial trouble and that some hard choices coupled with some very painful spending cuts are going to have be made to avert long-term financial disaster for us and future generations. Business as usual, and the living in denial that is being done by many of our elected representatives, is only fanning the flames of harsh, unyielding rhetoric and contributing to the age-old class warfare.
With the November 2010 elections, many of us Americans sent to Washington people we believe will make those choices. Now, let’s keep sending the word to Washington, and support those legislators who are making the tough votes. We may not like all their decisions, but we ask for fairness and realize that they need to be made.
On this Presidents Day, let’s remember the words that Jefferson wrote: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, and “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Let’s take our Country’s future back. Because if we don’t, let’s all go broke together.