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Strawman: Waste Not, Want Not----Unless You're the EPA........

7 months, 1 week ago by Strawman

 

 

As I was completing some paperwork I came across another in a long list of “discovery” pieces pertaining to ongoing government waste.  This one almost made me turn “green”.

It’s the EPA again.   You may remember the story about EPA staffers being busted in June of 2013 for transforming federal storage facilities into “man-caves”.  These tidy home-away-from-homes were equipped with new furniture, big screens, recliners, couches and all the best so some of the EPA boys had a place they could hide out during business hours.  Thank you EPA.    

Were that not enough, it was shortly thereafter that former EPA attorney John Beale was charged and sentenced to 32 months in jail for defrauding the U.S. Government of almost $900,000 for misreporting hours---time he told his employer he was doing some side work for the CIA. Whoops!  I guess traveling overseas and spending time at your vacation home whilst bilking the taxpayer is a no-no.  Someone should clue the president in on that one.

So, while we’re basking in the afterglow of those events we learn that just last year the EPA threw out over 140 TONS of printed materials that had been previously kept in a federal storage facility.   The EPA probably needed more room for those man caves. 

A report generated by the EPA’s Inspector General indicated that fifteen months ago that same warehouse, located in Blue Ash, Ohio, had an inventory of 18,406,848 EPA publications.  The EPA recycled another 2 million items consisting of the 140 tons mentioned earlier.  That’s a lot of garbage bags. And that’s a lot of tri-folds telling you and me what we can and can’t do on our property  Property we're paying taxes on..  Again, thank you EPA!   

Wondering how much are we the people paying to store this really important stuff?  The answer: how about 1.2 million dollars, plus another $359,000 in leasing costs per year?  Of course all this waste wasn’t created directly by the EPA—they handed off that duty to a division called the National Service Center for Environmental Publications.  Sounds like a fine group of folks who have relatives higher up the government food chain.  Gee, I wonder who owns the warehouse the EPA is leasing.  I wonder who has the printing contracts for all of these really important EPA publications.  Does the IG have the answers to those questions?

Why, you may wonder, do I waste my time pointing this stuff out?  Probably because I’m tired of having to deal with the toothless foreign policy and empty threats offered up by Mr. Kerry and Obama as it pertains to Russia and Mr. Putin.  I’m tired of our elected government officials looking the other way and pretending all is well in Washington.  I’m tired of getting fleeced every couple of weeks by this government and then made to think that I’m not doing enough.

How about you?  Are you just about there yet?  Or is your glass of kool aid still half full?

 

 


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