October 18, 2013
Honorable Ralph M. Hall
104 N San Jacinto Street
Rockwall, TX 75087
Subject: Eliminate fraud, waste and abuse – eliminate the EPA
Back when President Richard Nixon gave birth to the Environmental Protection Agency, it was generally deemed a necessity and, indeed, it served us well for a while, but now threatens economic viability of our beloved United States of America.
Today, every state in the union has its own environmental monitoring agency, as we have the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Reagan famously said in his 1964 ‘Time for Choosing’ speech,
“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.“
And, so it is with the EPA that now directly employs approximately 17,000 who work alongside an unspecified number of ‘contractors’ who exceed the number of direct employees.
When this president shut down the EPA during this recent budget dispute with Congress, only 6.6% were deemed “essential”. That act by a sitting president speaks for itself: the EPA is grossly overstaffed. It’s also infamous for overreaching.
According to the EPA website, its 2013 budget is $8,844,000,000 – $8.8 billion with a ‘B’.
With these facts, I ask you to work with other members of Congress to eliminate the EPA. Two benefits will be (a) reduce expenditures by $8.8 billion and (b) it will reduce the assault by federal government on our vital energy industries.
Let’s deny the EPA ‘eternal life’.