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Massive Fraud Has Been Unveiled At The EPA (Again)

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

While I doubt anyone reading this will be shocked by major fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the potential extent of the fraud is huge, and we still have no idea how big it is.

A report released by the EPA’s Inspector General found that over 90% of sampled transactions were for “prohibited, improper, or erroneous purchases.” Worst of all, the sample size was extremely small at only 80 transactions out of 67,000 transactions during the sample period. Considering EPA cardholders spent $29 million in taxpayer dollars in 2012 with a potential 90% fraud rate, you do the math.

Oh, but the story gets even better (or worse, depending on your perspective). Examples of egregious fraud at the EPA have been well documented in the past, in fact as recently as in 2008. Absolutely nothing was done about it.

More from Americans for Tax Reform:

A report released by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General has found that EPA employees have improperly used federal charge cards to purchase everything from gym memberships to gift cards. The report indicated that over 90 percent of the sampled transactions were for prohibited, improper, or erroneous purchases, all paid for by American taxpayers. Ironically, Senate Democrats Monday night carried on an all-night filibuster in the hopes of generating even more power and funding for the EPA.

 

The report outlined nine specific internal control oversight issues, ranging from the approval of prohibited transactions by EPA officials to the outright failure to maintain transaction records.

 

Some specific instances of EPA employee misconduct were so egregious they are worth mentioning. In three instances, cardholders purchased gym memberships totaling $2,867. Two of those purchases were not even for EPA employees but for family members.

 

The report also found that the purchase of gift cards by EPA cardholders was also a problem in seven transactions. For example, in one transaction 20 American Express gift cards were purchased totaling $1,588. Additionally, the report highlighted an instance where EPA employees blatantly violated records keeping requirements in that:

Two transactions totaling $26,152 could not be located despite instructions to maintain supporting documentation. The EPA’s policy requires the retention of documentation for 3 years on a fiscal year basis. Cardholders were not attentive to this basic requirement. In two cases, the cardholders left their positions and no arrangements were made to retain the records. In another transaction the cardholder stated that records were not kept because of privacy concerns. This lack of documentation increases the risk that purchases could be fraudulent, improper or abusive.

It must also be pointed out that the report focused on only 80 transactions out of 67,000, ninety-two percent of which turned out to be prohibited or improper.For FY 2012, the EPA had “1,370 active cardholders that transacted more than $29 million in purchases.” The EPA also had “309 convenience check writers who wrote more than 1,000 checks totaling more than $500,000.” It is very likely the 80 transactions sampled are just the tip of an iceberg characterized by improper and wasteful spending of federal funds.

 

The ultimate irony is that a similar report conducted in 2008 found the exact same internal control weaknesses as those found in the most recent report conducted by the Inspector General. Due to an obvious inability of EPA officials to correct these internal control weaknesses, there is no guarantee that any of the prohibited and improper conduct by EPA employees will change.

 

Full article here.

 

 

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:52 | 4547887 SilverIsKing
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Don't worry, the DOJ is on it.  No, not the EPA fraud, the hate crime committed by a white dude against a black dude.  You know, the knockout game.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:56 | 4547912 Headbanger
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Of course nothing is done about the EPS fraud because its the one of the libtards favorite government scams to "protect the environment"!

BECAUSE OBAMA!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:56 | 4547916 Chuck Norris
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The fraud will continue until morale improves.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:02 | 4547941 rehypothecator
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Hold each employee personally responsible for every improper purchase, and for every proper purchase for which documentation can not be produced.  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:39 | 4548143 WillyGroper
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>>>>In another transaction the cardholder stated that records were not kept because of privacy concerns.

No worries, NSA's got a backup. Prosecutions forthcoming.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:35 | 4548968 mtl4
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.........and of course no one at DOJ will have the proper clearance to view the NSA backups.  

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:42 | 4548152 CPL
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It's okay in Canada we've been enriching uranium for weapons and some idiot spilled 50 lbs of it all over the Halifax docks and the government is pretending Radioactive material with a half life of 8000 years isn't an issue.

http://blog.halifaxshippingnews.ca/2014/03/radioactive-leak-at-fairview-cove.html?spref=tw

specs of where the accident happened while the Uranium HexaFlouride was dumped all over the place

http://portofhalifax.ca/english/port-facilities/facilities/index.html#fairviewterminal

What is uranium Hexaflouride?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium_hexafluoride

Since Canada hasn't been in the situation of building a nuclear plant because no one in their right mind would buy a piece of shit CANDU reactor.  There is only one other purpose for Uranium hexaflouride.  Nuclear bombs.

The real shame of it is, someone has carelessly shit up where I like to go fishing and find peace and quiet.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:54 | 4548776 Cthonic
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Canada accounts for around a quarter of global uranium production and exports nearly all they produce.  Uranium hexafloride is the most common form of industrial uranium consumed in current enrichment processes.  That first article mentions uranium tetrachloride, which would be relatively unusual; historically was used in large scale in first generation enrichment calutrons.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:06 | 4549449 CPL
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Yeah peddling poison as a solution, heard it before, don't care...let see.

http://www.urenco.com/content/87/contact-us.aspx

The Directors of the Group during the 2014 financial year are:

Non-executive Directors   John Hood Chairman Gerd Jaeger Deputy Chairman George Verberg Deputy Chairman Stephen Billingham   Bernhard Fischer   Victor Goedvolk   Richard Nourse   Executive Directors   Helmut Engelbrecht Chief Executive Officer Marcel Niggebrugge Chief Finance Officer
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:43 | 4548161 chumbawamba
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I propose the death penalty.  Or worse, appoint them ambassadors to Libya.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:43 | 4548167 CPL
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Sentenced to clean grease traps in fast food places for the remainer of their lives and make bio diesel.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:33 | 4548680 A is A
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I'll be shocked if it is just the EPA...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:08 | 4548294 Muddy1
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Each employee is held personally responsible for EVERY transaction they do using one of these government credit cards.  There can be hell to pay if you misuse it, even accidentally, and accidentally does happen.  I had one as a federal employee, and had an accidental use of the card.  I got a nasty gram from the person in charge of card useage.  Scared the snot out of me, and I walked the straight and narrow afterwards.  I taped a small slip of paper over the card and had the word "travel" written on the paper, then I put the card in a hard to reach area in my wallet so that I never mixed cards again.  When my boss and I talked about the misuse he told me he had made a mistake or two as well.  I told him about the note taped to the card, he showed me he had done the same thing.  We never got any more nasty grams.  I took a class in government contracting, found out just how liable employees can be for misuse of the cards or approving other expenditures through government contracts.  Scared the snot out of me.  Did what I could to change jobs and get away from all risk.  Believe me, some people will get thrown in jail even though they do what they are told to do by higher ups.  I'm not going down for someone else.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:21 | 4548357 adr
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I wonder what happened to all those people that used Katrina relief cards for hookers and Xboxes.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:44 | 4548467 RaceToTheBottom
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You don't sound like a criminal.  Are you sure you worked for the US government?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:29 | 4548089 whatthecurtains
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:21 | 4548043 greyghost
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headbanger are you really this stupid! Mike posts an excellant article about deep seated corruption within the federal goverment and you bring the level of discussion down to the 2nd grade. please note that mike states this report goes back to 2008. headbanger do you know who was president that year. do you really believe that this all just started in the last 5 years and has not been going on for ten, twenty or thirty years? have you been following the situation with duke energy and their coal dust problems in north carolina? do you know whether the governor of north carolina is of the blue or red stripe peacock persuasion? can you name the company that the current governor of north carolina worked for these past thirty years? does your mommy let you out of the basement for sunlight and fresh air? the corruption runs very very deep, with peacocks with red and blue stripes at local, state and federal levels. what will you do when obama is gone? change the name but not the game? 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:58 | 4548228 NOTW777
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get help

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:20 | 4548344 adr
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The fraud was massive under Bush, but Obama has taken it to a whole other level.

Just look at what the First Wookie spends a month.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:23 | 4548915 malek
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Do you have comprehension issues?

He explained why nothing will be done at this moment against this ongoing fraud. And he has a valid point.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:23 | 4548053 trader1
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i'm sorry, but you're one of the delusional ones.  or just snarky, i can't tell...

please see the origins of the environmental movement:

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/275513/a-fierce-green-fire/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMk7WXGaNl0

you know that Nixon created the EPA, right?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:11 | 4548310 Headbanger
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Sock it to me!!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:06 | 4548831 A Nanny Moose
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All this time I though ManBearPig invented the Environment, right about when he invented the Intertewbz. Who coulda knowd?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:07 | 4547937 Thought Processor
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The EPA serves the corrupt Gov.

 

After 9/11, where two buildings with the largest Asbestos installation in the world were turned into dust, the EPA said the air quality was 'A OK'.  Right.

 

After Fukushima all the radiation monitors on the west coast which feed data to the EPA were shut off.  No fallout here folks, move along.

 

Please.

 

Oh and, a lawyer could argue that both of the above are in fact crimes against humanity, as both enable an environment that presents a grave danger to those within it.  And they knowingly looked the other way, which is in direct violation of their charter.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:12 | 4547992 daemon
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" After 9/11, where two buildings with the largest Asbestos installation in the world were turned into dust, the EPA said the air quality was 'A OK'.  Right.

 

After Fukushima all the radiation monitors on the west coast which feed data to the EPA were shut off.  No fallout here folks, move along. "

Don't forget their tendency to drop investigations about fracking.

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:51 | 4548197 NotApplicable
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Better yet, they'll top it all of by selling you cancer insurance.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:57 | 4548223 tarsubil
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Holy crap. I didn't realize the twin towers had cancer micro-rods in them. The exposure has to be astronomical.

Anywho, the EPA has a super sweet building in Crystal City. *ahem* project mayhem! *ahem* The gym memberships must have been for that posh fitness club nearby.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:11 | 4548306 Thought Processor
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Not to mention that before 9/11 the quoted cost of removal of the Asbestos in the towers was higher than the value of the buildings themselves. 

And after:

Evidence of Asbestos

Two independent lines of evidence may help to establish the magnitude of the asbestos problem in the Twin Towers: analysis of samples of the dust from the Towers' collapses, and reports about the application and removal of asbestos in the buildings prior to their destruction.

A region of several square miles was blanketed by fine powder resulting from the explosive collapses of the Twin Towers. This powder, consisting of the pulverized remains of non-metallic components and contents of the Towers, contained significant percentages of asbestos. 1   An analysis of dust within three days of the attack found that some of the dust was four percent asbestos. 2   This asbestos release may be a public health time bomb, because thousands of people breathed dust from the collapses. It remains to be seen how many if them will become victims of the EPA's false assurances that the air was safe to breathe.

 

Clearly the EPA is does not exist to protect citizens of the United States.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:25 | 4548652 SWRichmond
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The purpose of govt is looting.  Period.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:08 | 4548842 Rafferty
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Clearly the EPA is does not exist to protect citizens of the United States.

Lucky Larry Silverstein wouldn't agree with ya....

http://irishsavant.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/lucky-larry-luckiest-man-alive.html?zx=8c46c0ba78651780

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:04 | 4548555 shovelhead
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yabut...

They cited a suburban guy for burning leaves in his backyard last fall so it all evens out.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:09 | 4547976 VD
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EPA needs to merge with SEC so both may save on porn charges...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:19 | 4548028 Theta_Burn
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...And the consequences will be?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:58 | 4548230 Luckhasit
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Don't worry, the DOJ is on it.  No, not the EPA fraud, the hate crime committed by the ultra weatlhy dude against the middle class and poor dude. You know, the stock market.

There fixed it for you. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:40 | 4548441 PapSmear
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Our Dear Leader will see to it that heads
roll for this.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:25 | 4548927 kchrisc
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With nothing to see or do in Utah, the FBI will be joining the "investigation." That is, unless they aren't busy cooking up another entrapment false-flag.

 

"The FBI always gets their patsy."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:53 | 4547896 irie1029
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They are "entitled" they are government employees.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:04 | 4547953 williambanzai7
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:54 | 4547904 PlusTic
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Here's a little tip in an analyizing US gov't agencies.  Whenever there is a word such as protection, enforcement, investigation, or intelligence in the agencies name, the opposite is the reality.  They create the problems they are designed to solve. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:58 | 4547922 prains
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....so National Security and Homeland Security are fronts for organized crime? sounds fast and furious

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:24 | 4548921 malek
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You forgot "justice" in your list.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:55 | 4547909 firstdivision
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This biggest shocking headline would read "Massive Fraud Has Been Unveiled in DC"

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:55 | 4547911 I Am Not a Copp...
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No words - so disgusted

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:56 | 4547915 Bangin7GramRocks
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Let's get rid of it altogether! Who needs clean water and clean air to breath? Maybe we should privatize it? A handsomely paid group of executives could whip that agency into shape. We may all be chewing our air and boiling our water, but it would be motherfucking profitable.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:26 | 4547959 Dr. Engali
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People who are okay with fraud on any level are more contemptible than those who actually commit the fraud in my book.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:14 | 4548001 Colonel Klink
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It's a role which should be at the STATE level, not Federal.  Please tell me where in the Constitution is says the Federal government is to regulate that duty?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:18 | 4548025 pods
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The Preamble dude.  It overrules the entire rest of the document.

General Welfare.

Now if I can just understand why they even had a rest of the document if those two words work for everything.

General Welfare is the equivalent of the meteorological "El Nino."

pods

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:00 | 4548189 Colonel Klink
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Agreed I guess, but by that theory why have states then?  Essentially the federal government is everything.  It's debatable that the EPA is serving to improve the prosperity of "the People".

I'd argue those powers not prohibited of States are powers of the Federal government.  Anything beyond those are the perview of the state and not the Feral (sic) government.

http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A1Sec10.html

I will add that any debate is a moot point as the Federalists have won!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:12 | 4548316 pods
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Well you know where I stand, 95% of the government is unconstitutional, including our standing army.

Just tried to toss out the other side.

I have actually read a long editorial about how the BOR was actually a bad thing, because listing any rights would eventually lead to those not listed being recognized. That of course is why the 9th and 10th were included.

Didn't work out so well though. IIRC, it was actually Hamilton who argued this exact point, which is quite ironic.

The inclusion of the BOR definitely muddied the purpose of the Constitution, which was a framework for the general government.  Now it is backwards and used to limit the freedom and liberty of the people.

pods

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:27 | 4548392 Colonel Klink
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We're definitely on the same page pods.  Good day to you Sir.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:07 | 4552108 Colonel Klink
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I guess this case goes to General Welfare:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/14/wyoming-welder-faces-fine-for...

The EPA is government thuggery as it bullies its serfs.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:57 | 4547918 NoDebt
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$29 Million?  Who cares?  That's just the "walking around money" they use to get to where the REAL theft, abuse and corruption begins.  Which is every time the EPA shows up anywhere on anybody's doorstep.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:08 | 4547974 Seer
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Exactly!

$29 million is 0.000446153846154 of the Fed's monthly $65(?) billion/per month.

It's a great "conversation" piece.

The real theft is that which they turn a blind eye to (think SEC not actually investigating financial crimes).

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:15 | 4548013 TheFourthStooge-ing
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One or two small "non-compliance" shakedowns will more than cover that small bookkeeping error.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:43 | 4548165 KickIce
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They're performing a patriotic duty by participating in the economic recovery.

 

I'm thinking about running for Congress, think I have a chance?

 

On a more serious note, there's a lot of American's that could use some "walking around money" about now.  Fraud is fraud but I do agree the real corruption comes at the doorstep.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:58 | 4547925 Boondocker
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I am shocked! shocked I tell you!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:58 | 4547928 dobermangang
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Bigger government equals massive fraud.  I hope I live long enough to see most of these government agencies shut down.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:10 | 4547983 Seer
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"Smaller govt" guy?

Yeah, I want just a little pregnancy!

Step up and be a REAL man- NO GOVT!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:00 | 4547932 pods
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Protecting the environment ain't free.  That's hard work, thus the gym membership for the family.

And people think the FSA has a gimme mentality.

The FSA ain't got nothing on the real FSA.

pods

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:12 | 4547995 Uncle Remus
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Or National Peoples Gang if you prefer.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:00 | 4547933 Seasmoke
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Stop complaining. You all could have taken the "test"  

 

/S. (I love that public taker reply)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:01 | 4547935 Jack of All Trades
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If you are concerned about this fraud, contact Richard Windsor at EPA.  EPA has designated him as a scholar of ethical behavior.

Windsor.Richard@epa.gov

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:01 | 4547936 rtalcott
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And the DOD number is?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:12 | 4547994 Seer
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Yeah, whatever happened to the missing $1 trillion?

I think that Cheney's "Deficits don't matter" should be changed to "Audits don't matter."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:02 | 4547943 Son of Captain Nemo
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Who saw that one coming?...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:02 | 4547944 Downtoolong
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"Yes we  can", so we did.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:03 | 4547946 Dr. Engali
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Meh it's only tax payer money who cares? The important thing is that the EPA is around to extort and generally make our life more difficult.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:28 | 4548659 Miffed Microbio...
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It's funny, no matter what sector one is employed there is always a ready made government agency entrenched whose sole purpose is to extort money under the guise of "public safety" or "quality assurance". In my case there are numerous examples. Every year the list of regulations and fines for non compliance increase.

I can honestly say in 30 years watching this ridiculous scenario play out, I have never once seen a regulation avoid a serious outcome. Every sentinel event in my experience involved a cascade of errors NO regulation could have prevented. So, the conclusion must be preventing these events is not the goal of regulation but something else.

Miffed;-)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:04 | 4547951 Uncle Remus
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I'm shocked that there's major fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency. Shocked I tell you.

I need more Irish in my coffee.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:05 | 4547952 Charles Nelson ...
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"nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Thats what the owners of this country are counting on" -George Carlin

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:04 | 4547954 F.A. Hayek
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Multiply this by every other government agency, and there is the reason for our demise. Ergo, shut down most if not all government agencies and then maybe we will survive. That's a big maybe because then we have to root out the cancer that is called the US Politician.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:47 | 4548178 Solon the Destroyer
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Actually then we will have to root out the cancer that is the US Dollar and it's proprietor, the non-governmental Federal Reserve.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:10 | 4548296 Henry Chinaski
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Exactly. Except politicians are tools.  EPA is a drop in the bucket. And the average in this example is over $21,000 per active card.   All of the other govt agencies have these cards. 

Now tell me again, who benefits the most from credit cards (and the fees they generate)?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:04 | 4547955 Rising Sun
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EPA = US Goobermint = Barry

 

One huge pile of fraudulent shit.

 

Rot in HELL Barry you fucking asshole!!!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:15 | 4548010 Seer
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It's the "It's Bush's fault" mentality, only from the "other side."  Party Pussy.

POTUS is a puppet.  This is ALL about the trajectory that was set down a LONG time ago.  Whine or do something about it.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:06 | 4547960 grunk
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No paper trail?

They didn't want to leave a carbon footprint.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:07 | 4547963 BullyBearish
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Another vehicle for money distribution to the "peeps" who energize our recovering economy with it...it's all good

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:07 | 4547969 1000yrdstare
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Did they purchase large quantities of ammo? can't remember, so many agencies.....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:14 | 4548003 Uncle Remus
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so little legitimacy.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:11 | 4547988 orangedrinkandchips
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In memory of Harrod Remis....one of his bestest moments...in Stripes, the movie......Where John Candy meekishly admits he has a weight problem.....

Remis's character is the first one "NO......NO....NO WAY....."

Funny as hell 

 

Then you get there is fraud, gasp, in the EPAnything goes......NO!......NO...NO WAY....

 

check it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD4xwK13lGk

 

 

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:11 | 4547990 Colonel Klink
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Please tell me again where in the Constitution Federal charter for the EPA is enumerated?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:15 | 4548015 Uncle Remus
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Aaaaaaaaannnnnd he's gone.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:53 | 4548204 Colonel Klink
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'll make sure to take a few with me. ;)

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4548893 Uncle Remus
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Someone who understands.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:24 | 4548918 Colonel Klink
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I'm smarter than your average Colonel Klink!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:45 | 4548174 Bytor325
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"Please tell me again where in the Constitution Federal charter for the EPA is enumerated?"

 

Its just after the "Separation of Church and State" clause and right before the Right to an Abortion Amendment.  Dont know how you missed it.......

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:12 | 4547996 Everybodys All ...
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The EPA has become a usefull scam and money laundering operation for democrats just like unions have funded all their candidates for years. For that matter so have Freddie and Fannie executives. Don't expect a damn thing to change because we all know democrats have the best of intentions in mind for us little people.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:13 | 4547998 OpTwoMistic
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Disband them. This is a state function.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:15 | 4548007 Colonel Klink
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As is MUCH of what the Federal government is performing currently.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:52 | 4548201 Colonel Klink
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That's presidential material right there!!  oops....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:19 | 4548031 ShrNfr
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If you like our credit card, you can keep our credit card.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:20 | 4548036 monger
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gove me a fucing break. every groúp of asholes are going to have a percentage of thieves. you think these stupid dipshts don't get caught? you want to compare these $ numbers to bankster scum theft, corp welfare fraud and military corp hijacking, you degenerate, drooling butfckers? 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:13 | 4548427 Emergency Ward
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These fuckers are part of the crooked gang that protects the banksters and the war machine.  "Everybody does it" because it is institutionalized.  Fuck them all and anybody who defends their actions.

 

These are members of the 5% inner-circle bureaucratic crowd.  When it comes down to either protecting the environment or lying to protect their own jobs, their crony-corporate pals, and their political patrons, it is clear which way they will go -- especially now that whistle-blowing is a crime.....

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:39 | 4549298 Nick Jihad
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At least we can all rest secure in the knowledge, that manufacturers of guitars will not be permitted to use exotic woods that have not been convincingly demonstrated to be fully conforming with both import regulations in the US, and any export regulations from the country of origin. At least, if those guitar companies' owners have made political contributions to Republican or Tea Party candidates.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:24 | 4548065 Postal
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But what type of charge cards? I mean, are they agency cards or Gov't Travel cards. See, nothing annoys me like a press trying to grab headlines by screaming, "Gov't employees use travel card at bar!" or some other such nonsense--the implication being that the taxpayers are on the hook for the bar tab.

While it may not "look good" politically to use a gov't card at a bar (and depending on the bar, could be against regulations), the fact is that the travel card is in the name of the traveler, and the gov't employee is responsible for all charges--pay is docked if necessary to repay the card. The taxpayer is NOT paying a gov't employee's bar tab, beyond the normal salary and pre-authorized travel expenses.

Now, if this was a card that was suppose to be used for office supplies, then yeah, there's a problem.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:29 | 4548087 AynRandFan
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By what logic is "prohibited, improper or erroneous" ok?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:53 | 4548203 Postal
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It's not, and that's not what I said.

What I said was there was an implication that the taxpayers were footing the bill, which, as I pointed out, is not necessarily the case.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:05 | 4548269 Seer
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Good point.  If people were made to reimburse then the "money" issue is taken care of and it's down to fixing the ethics issue.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:26 | 4548074 foodstampbarry
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Shut the hell up and pay your taxes, sheep.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:32 | 4548106 sgorem
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yeah, it's the Tip of the Iceberg alright, for the WHOLE FUCKING FRAUDULENT, THEIVING ENTERPRISE WE CALL THE U.S. GOVERNMENT!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:07 | 4548281 Seer
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Thank goodness private business ain't corrupt! (paging Jamie Dimon...)

NOTE: POWER IS CORRUPT- it's not the sole domain of the "govt"

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:34 | 4548121 Ghostdog
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Ironic that the Democrats spent all night burning electricty emmissions defending the EPA.. If they did it by candlelight I would feel ok about it...........................

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:35 | 4548124 Seer
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Here's where the real corruption occurs:

BP Can Again Bid for U.S. Leases, Contracts After Spill

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-13/u-s-lifts-bp-s-ban-on-contracti...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:35 | 4548127 nantucket
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Green is the new Red.  Communists have taken over the global "environmental" movement as their chosen vehicle to cripple market based democratic nations.  hey, it's a convenient way to accumulate power.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:37 | 4548133 Oreilly
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Fraud or stealing thru misuse of credit cards or expense funds is a firing offense for employees of the Federal Government (except Congressmen ... for them it's a job perk).  Since there is almost no other way to get fired from a government job, these abuses should be archived and then used to cull the ranks if/when (I know I'm dreamin') a true representative of the American people shows up.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:39 | 4548146 pragmatic hobo
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who would you say was the last "true representative of the american people"?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:10 | 4548302 Seer
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Ah, "The Good Old Days," always before someone's time, before someone actually experienced the fucked up elements of that time...

Robber Barons era was pretty cool, don't you think?

Oh, and the KKK, those were some fun times, no?

Civil War era?  Oh man!  To have been a carpetbagger, what an exiting time that must have been!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:38 | 4548433 adr
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During the Robber Baron Era most americans were still farmers living off what they produced themselves.What happened in the cities didn't affect much of normal American life.

My great grandfather worked in the oil industry in Cleveland during the Standard Oil era. He made a good living for his family, wife and six kids. My great grandmother didn't have to work. He even bought a radio when they first came out. He died in 1992 at the age of 105. I was able to have many long talks with him about the Pre-Depression era. The man saw the entire modern age. Horse and buggy to Space Shuttle.

More people are out of work now than during the Great Depression.

 

 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:59 | 4548527 Seer
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I will agree that there were more farmers (I"m one now), but I have no idea what the actual numbers (and percentages) were.  However, according to http://www.faculty.fairfield.edu/faculty/hodgson/RussiaDiversity/Populat...

Americans tend to forget that the nation's first settlements were towns, and that the urban population kept pace with the rural population in the early 19th century, accounting for a steady 6 percent to 7 percent of the population, before the urban share began to spurt ahead. The settlement of the West in the 19th century was structured around towns, with streets laid out in checkerboards awaiting the new arrivals.20 But the 20th century saw the completion of Americans' transformation into an urban population. In 1900, 40 percent of the population lived in urban areas; by 1990, 75 percent did.

Your point, I believe, is grounded in the notion of better risk management, in not being overly reliant on things that you have little daily control over.

Funny, the "oil industry" is hugely responsible for fueling the machines that have eliminated many jobs (likely for the better for quite a few functions/jobs).

In 1900 the US population was around 76 million.  Today it's over 300 million.  And over the last 100+ years we've consumed most of the readily accessible/cheap fossil fuels.

As change is certain, the change that we're most likely to see is that of a reversion to the historical mean.  Whether this means that there will me vast numbers of people "farming" or there will be a lot less people (war) is the only question left.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:37 | 4548134 Itchy and Scratchy
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Think of it more as a 're-allocation.'

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:51 | 4548193 roadlust
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Doubt anyone reading this thinks there even should be an EPA.  In fact it wouldn't be surprising to find out some people reading this can barely read. 

Let the poisons free!  Just like Our Founders! 

The free market will sort out dead children. 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:13 | 4548323 Seer
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"Free market" meaning?

One can not know the future or the absolute ramifications of an action.  Although I am siding with the notion of having NO govt(s) in the hopes that this will also kill off all the BIG corporations, I cannot state for certain that the BIG corporations wouldn't still be able to control things and wreck havoc (shit on the poor and walk away).  No, I'm a realist, there's no "fantasy" life to be had by dumping the govt(s)...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:21 | 4548360 booboo
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Except for the fact that that GOVERNMENT or THE STATE is the number one all time leaders in unregulated pollution. Let that sink into that growth on top of your neck before you open your statist pie hole. If you want to get into depleted uranium we can do that too.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:34 | 4548418 Seer
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ANYTHING "BIG" is going to take a dump on everything else.

Whereas ideologists believe only one "side" can be fucked up, I believe that ALL is fucked up (ALL that is BIG).

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:32 | 4548405 Emergency Ward
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Since when has the mission been a clean environment?  Didn't you read the article?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:46 | 4548475 Seer
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It's about protecting the "environment" for future exploitation (negotiating deals with corporate powers).

Since we cannot operate two parallel universes we cannot really say how one approach is necessarily more "successful" than the other.

The Dominican Republic's forest lands were preserved in large part by a government's actions in the past.  The twist in that story is that it was done not so much in the interest of saving the forests but in controlling competition: the ruler at the time used "preservation" to lock out competition from his lumber business.  So, is this corporate control or government control?  At any rate, the outcome is that the Dominican Repulic is NOT Haiti: weather patterns give the DR a better growing climate, so not all of Hait's bungling, or the DR's "'good' management" can be singled out as being The overriding long-term factor: again, parallel universe...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:06 | 4548274 Notsobadwlad
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First we are taught. Then we are tested. Sigh.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:20 | 4548345 joego1
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I'm sure all those Acorn guys are running the EPA by now. The Chicago political machine sliming into every facit of American life.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:20 | 4548347 Itchy and Scratchy
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When will all those sensitive sharing & caring types stop helping us?  I'm not sure we can take much more!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:20 | 4548349 CheapBastard
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"No one saw this coming...."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:23 | 4548372 Emergency Ward
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Goldman Sachs and JPM -- "Hey, can I interest you in some carbon credits?"

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:26 | 4548387 joego1
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I live out in the middle of nowhere in California and so stopping by the side of the road to relieve yourself is a common occurrence. I was talking to a friend and he said that he stopped on the side of the road and a cop stopped and gave him a ticket. He though to himself I need to find a better spot next time. A few weeks later he got a notice that he had to register as a sexual offender. In addition human urine is considered toxic waste in California.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:04 | 4548821 Seer
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Hyperbole much?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:26 | 4548388 adr
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The EPA threatened to cancel my city's pumping permit because the city was charging too little for water. The EPA wanted a 300% increase in water rates because they said the low cost encouraged waste. The city agreed to a 100% immediate increase and a 30% increase every year for the next 3.

Fuck the EPA.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:02 | 4548540 Seer
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Really?

Do you have a link to info on this?

I've seen numerous cases in which municipalities rates had to be in creased to cover fines (violations) and or cover mandated corrections.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:47 | 4548478 Itchy and Scratchy
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Something tells me that Hillary's presidential election campaign war chest will be very very very well financed!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:02 | 4548546 Seer
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Ah, another Party Pussy jab!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:48 | 4548484 VWAndy
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The EPA slamming the door on small buisinesses from day one. People wonder where did all the US manufactoring go? It was taken out back and shot in the head. For the children. Energy independence? Not on thier watch.

 How many fake studies and BS research has the EPA trotted out as setteled science? Thier logo should be changed to a boot stomping on faces forever. Just another feral attack dog doing gods work.

 Catch one of them off duty and talk to them for a few seconds. Its a cult. Look in thier eyes they are in some kind of hypnotic trance. Glassy eyed zombies.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:58 | 4548525 Itchy and Scratchy
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Yeah but the wolverines have never been happier!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:06 | 4548570 Seer
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Um, the EPA's "job" is to "protect" resoruces for future EXPLOITATION.  And, well, the govt itself doesn't actually do the exploitation of the resources, it just hordes to hand off to BIG business (payback to campaign contributors).  Anyone thinking that removing the EPA means that BIG business won't engage in full-blown (not-delayed) exploitation is smoking crack.

Wasn't it BIG business telling us that smoking was good for you? (my point is that big time lying is not the sole domain of govts(s)- govts are made up of people, and most by now should be able to see that the decision-maker positions are no more than revolving doors to/from BIG business).

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:53 | 4548501 Pumpkin
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I thought was going to be about their jurisdiction (they have none within the several states).  This fraud is minor compared to that.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:17 | 4548617 shovelhead
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They need thse expenses to buy and send each other "Happy Earth Day" cards.

Keeps em motivated.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:01 | 4548813 The Most Intere...
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Time to call in the Russian tanks!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:49 | 4549374 americanspirit
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Felony theft by government officials is OK - Eric Holder says so. Business as usual.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:16 | 4549502 kurt
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Load down unpopular agency with VERY stupid administrators. Work at discrediting and defaming said agency. Wrap up said agency in contraversies, making even more incapable of monitoring environmental pollution and dangerous poison dumping.

Get on with fracking and nuclear dumping.

They won't know what hit them.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:35 | 4554676 yellowsub
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And people wonder why we have more health problems today...

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