Fulfilling Bannon’s and Trump’s promise to dismantle — or eviscerate — most of America’s regulatory agencies, leaving us all subject to the tender mercies of the country’s billionaires & CEOs…
"It’ll become impotent."...Maybe that's their problem and what's with grads from Georgetown Prep anyhow? Gorsuch, Kavanaugh... hmmm. Anyhow, on to substance. I worked on air regs pursuant to the Clean Air Act back in the '90's and that law was one of the broadest, best laws ever written until the recent erosion. Clean Water Act too. Refineries like Chevron were trying to get around stationary source regs. and would bang in 100's of mobil source air compressors to run the refinery - literally. Plant 'turn sounds' were supposed to last a month and ended up lasting several by running the plant on mobile sources. So, we wrote and enacted mobile source air emission regs for construction equipment. Great Stuff. Now, refineries do anything they want; biggest problem is no enforcement power because the EPA is so gutted.
Scotus' drive to inflict "Liber-Terrorism" on America should scare the bejesus out of everyone but Deadbeat Billionaires, corporations, and their Republican lackeys. This will become another grisly horror episode of "Scotus Gone Wild".
The way out of this mess is daunting, and necessary. Congress must re-enact and broaden the laws that Scotus will "invalidate", by invoking Article 3.2.2 to prohibit any Scotus meddling and bullying.
Then, Scotus reform is needed to immediately begin Term Limits and Court Expansion. Immediate Term Limits would permit the removal of Thomas and Alito, the two longest serving justices, put them on a lower court, and put two new liberal justices on the bench. It would be possible to then begin reviewing and reversing egregious rulings like Citizens United, Dobbs, Heller, Shelby...
Given the burgeoning evidence of rampant and long-standing Scotus corruption, a future Scotus will have the Mandate to vacate and review any case adjudicated in the past 50 years - or since the "Lewis Powell Doctrine" called for an "Activist Supreme Court".
Judges' corrupt rulings can not stand.
Make No Mistake: We are already in the fascist abyss.
Off topic, Thomas news letters have become a daily feature being republished on rawstory.com
As regards the Republicans and SCOTUS, if their wish list is fulfilled America will become overnight a third world nation, devolving,no longer evolving.
And all because the board of directors of corporations are fixated on the quarterly P&E. As Lenin said.
Announce that you are going to hang all of the capitalists and the capitalists will line up to sell you the rope.
It is the system.These people are like sharks. Sharks need to swim, to force water through their gills, or they suffocate. Capitalists (and developers) have to keep making profits, and each quarterlys profit has to be better than the last or they also die (figuratively),same with real estate developers. when they stop developing, they have no income to pay off the debts on the last development, and nothing to sustain their extravagant lifestyle.
This history of Gorsuched (read 'Scorched') Earth policies attacking governmental agencies that protect our society, torched by mother and son, is weirdly refreshing to be reminded of...so rarely said by the media-in-charge. History is powerful and needs to be elaborated often.
Fortunately since precedent is no longer a thing, if the vote is to gut, the decision could easily be over turned in a few simple steps.
Step 1 Re-elect Biden
Step 2 (concurrent with Step 1) elect a filibuster proof Democratic Senate
Step 3 (concurrent with Steps 1 and 2) elect a House with a large Democratic majority
Step 4 pass* term limits for SCOTUS effective immediately: 18 year terms staggered. Longest serving justice (Thomas) is out of there. Followed 2 years later by Alito. Guarantees 2 justices appointed by democratic President.
Step 5 send another case through that would over turn the gutting. And we could have our safety nets back in just a few years. Stinks for those that will die due to lack of oversight, but hey, that’s our democracy in action!
See? Easy peasy!
BTW this is sarcasm.
But a girl can dream…….
*and yeah I know it needs a constitutional amendment won’t happen blah blah blah, but like I said, a girl can dream
Knowing Gosuck’s mothers”’s attempt to eviscerare the EPA, why didn’t any Democratic Senator pull out all the stops to prevent this puppet from being seated!
It's been pretty clear the Republicans planned to gut the agencies and destroy the laws, but this Report gives us a better grasp of how they are working on doing it. Great one to pass-on.
Often if the federal systems let people down when fighting a project that will be an environmental disaster, people can depend on their state agencies, local permit processes, and governor to stop it. However, you have to watch what the Republicans are now trying to do at state level as well. A good example is Oregon's pending HB3382 – The bill to allow ports to bypass the estuary management plan. It allows the port of Coos Bay to dredge pretty much anything without any public input.
And that says it all about the fascists that want corporations to run the government. They will work endlessly to carve out the voice of the people---people fighting for clean air & water for their children and generations to come.
We must choose planet before profits.
This should scare the pants off of every one of us. I agree wholeheartedly with every facet of this analysis. Regulation by government agencies to solve problems, protect public interests, and accomplish objectives designated by Congress as the legislative and oversight arm is a core function which can only be carried out secondarily with efficiency and competency by those with the time, resources, expertise, and professional experience to evaluate specific courses of action and applications of authority. A prime example is the Department of Education which deals not with philosophy or political considerations, but with the nuts and bolts of protecting students and their rights, eliminating discrimination and abuses, and providing facilities, staff, budgets, and all manner of research and oversight.
In that one particular domain, however, a distinction must be clearly made to avoid confusion. It is my duty to point this out and keep beating this DEAD HORSE until it come back to life. There is NO mandate or basis for compelling attendance in schools as any part of the Department of Education’s mission. Mandatory attendance does not protect students’ rights; it violates their rights. Mandatory attendance does not serve to avoid or eliminate discrimination, abuse, neglect, or miseducation; it causes and exacerbates those things. Attendance requirements do not magically or materially contribute to or accomplish education, literacy, good moral character, or a population well-informed and adequately defended against authoritarianism, fascism, or other ism’s; it is inimical to those essential purposes.
There must be a Department of Education. The Department must be able to enhance educational opportunities and intellectual pursuits among the people. However, education is a personal attribute and not a measurable entity or something that can be pinned down by one set of experts and one set of standards with respect to one OFFICIAL definition.
There is a reason education is not specifically mentioned in or delineated by our constitution. Education is ineffable, an aspect of our individual personhood and is not subject to state control. Education is inherently controversial and political. We can agree for practical purposes what level of income or other economic indices determine poverty, for example. But education, especially when measured only by years of schooling or grades or diplomas is not a matter for quantitative measurement, negotiation, or compromise. Turning over power for the refinement, processing, condensation, cooking, prepackaging, and then shoving of education down the throats of children like so much sugar or bad-tasting medicine to a state or federal government is anathema to the concept of liberty and democracy. Regulation is a necessary function. Micromanagement and dictatorial power are not proper functions, at least when it comes to how people learn, think, and live.
No other agency that I can think of should have such a narrow range of operation. Yet, no agency is more crucial to protecting democracy. The best way to protect the agency is to get government out of the business of dictating methodology, curriculum, or philosophy of education and schools. DeSantis and the other Neanderthals only have power in this domain because of attendance laws.
This corrupt and stolen Supreme Court will help the extremely right wing fascist Republican Party take down America. They are owned by the oligarchs who are trying to devour the light.
Like mother (bad enough), like son (even worse). Is Little Neil screwing the same people now as Big Momma Anne did 40 years ago the kinkiest, sickest political incest of all time?
“ Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Americas CEO’s , the Supreme Court Justices, the Republican ‘ s pushing this issue are absolutely corrupt in their efforts to make things work for the very wealthy
and the renegade Justices , existing only to further the cause of the wealthiest Americans and themselves. The majority in this country , which gets poorer every year , will also suffer the worst effects of this climate catastrophe.
As the poor already do.
This nation founded on the principle of equality , regardless of race , creed or color.
Now these wealthy people focus on the remainder of society as moot.
The poorest people suffer the most , presently , from the effects of global warming and it will only get worse .
The truth is the wealthiest Americans are interested only in continuing to amass money and power. And the Supreme Court Far Right Justices support only the interest of corporations .
The Court must be extended to even the playing field .
I keep coming back to "Tomonthebeach"'s trenchant phrase: "government vandals." To me, there is a context of patriotism. You in power: how do you demonstrate that you actually love America? The current S.C. majority could easily be portrayed in a cartoon reacting in parody of Dracula faced with a mirror, hissing and swooping capes when forced to behold the phrase : "...of, by, and for the People." This article under the category "for" the People. Edwards Court: against.