Obama’s EPA Rules Will Sidestep Congress

There was a good bit of conservative outrage when Obama promised during his State of the Union address that he would get things done without Congress if he needed to:

But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class.  Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.  But America does not stand still—and neither will I.  So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.

Well, he’s making good on that promise. It appears that his most recent plans concerning “climate change” won’t involve Congress at all. Obama is just going to regulate emissions directly through the EPA. And he’ll get away with it more than likely because of the political structure of American bureaucracy:

On Monday, June 2, President Obama will announce his most sweeping policy yet to address global warming—a new rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants across the United States.


The EPA has a fair bit of leeway in designing this rule, and the precise details will matter a lot. A strict rule that cuts power-plant pollution sharply could help the Obama administration achieve its goal of cutting overall US greenhouse-gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. . . .


But there are risks, too. A rule that’s too stringent or badly designed could impose high costs on power plants and hike consumers’ electric bills. That, in turn, could trigger a backlash from Congress—which has the power to take away the EPA’s authority. What’s more, the EPA is entering uncertain legal territory with this rule, and there’s always a chance that the courts decide the agency has exceeded its legal mandate and strike down the regulation.

There is no legal mandate on bureaucracy. That’s why they are the real governing arm of our shadow government. Agencies with absolutely no elected officials whatsoever determine more of the federal government’s intrusions into our lives than any elected official ever has. Does no one realize how tyrannical that is?

That means that men and women you don’t have the capacity to fire are the most influential policy makers in Washingotn. They don’t answer to you. You don’t hire them or elect them. The NSA, CIA, FBI, CPS, EPA, etc. are not really bound by any laws but their own. And since most of them are in Obama’s pocket, that means that the effective civil government of the US is under the power and direction of only a handful of men.

When are we going to wake up?