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Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 1/16/12: Outrageous Overreach of the EPA

Posted by admin on August 3, 2012 in Environment Protection with 23 Comments


Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments in Sackett v. EPA, a case of blatant federal agency overreach and abuse of private property rights. Without any proof or reason, and no chance for appeal, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that a small single home lot was a “protected wetland.” The owners, Mike and Chantell Sackett, were ordered to halt construction already underway, to remove all of the work already done, and plant trees and shrubs consistent with a wetlands environment. After making these costly changes, the Sackets then would have to wait several years for the EPA to decide if they would be allowed the use of their own property. Refusal to comply with these outrageous and arbitrary commandments would result in daily fines greater than the value of the property!

Outraged, the Sacketts sought relief through the courts, but court after court determined that they had no standing. The actions of the EPA were not subject to judicial review until a mountain of fees had already been assessed. This is just another example not only of how federal agencies wield enormous power over average citizens, but also how little practical protection our court system provides when such citizens are harmed by those agencies.

Constitutionally, when the government determines private property is needed for public use, it is taken through eminent domain. In that process the owner is due fair market value in compensation for any condemned property. The EPA not only refuses to compensate the Sacketts for effectively taking their land, they are assessing– or threatening to assess– ruinous penalties that greatly exceed the value of the land. They arrogantly claim the power to determine how certain property owners can use their land, while assessing fines or ordering actions that must be undertaken at the property owner’s expense. All of this is done at the administrative level, with no judicial oversight. In short, the EPA does not believe the Constitution applies to them.

A decision on this case is expected this summer. My fervent hope is that the Supreme Court will thwart this rogue agency and stand up for property rights and the right of people to have their day in court when they find themselves unwittingly accosted by the EPA.
My own district in Texas is no stranger to these issues. Again, with no evidence to support their decision, the EPA arbitrarily determined Matagorda County to be an “Ozone Nonattainment Region”, meaning the air quality is substandard. In fact, the population in this county has been decreasing and the small amount of emissions reported from Matagorda County has actually declined in recent years. The Texas agency charged with environmental protection disagrees with the EPA. Yet Matagorda County, like the Sacketts, finds itself at the mercy of the EPA. New business and construction will be stymied until the Washington masters are satisfied.

Unless Congress acts, EPA bureaucrats will continue to inflict potentially devastating economic consequences on communities like Matagorda County and people like the Sacketts. Destroying the economy is no way to save the environment. A thriving economy and a fair judicial system that respects property rights and the Constitution provide the best protection of the environment.

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  1. 62636263cAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #1

    How do we really …
    How do we really know that is Ron Paul? Oh, right, by what he said. Cool! RP2012!

  2. keithkaosAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #2

    we have to get …
    we have to get this man elected or there is a good chance it’s over

  3. cooljj82August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #3

    I agree with you …
    I agree with you 100%. Power should be as local as possible.

  4. ilovealexjones1August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #4

    when these ” …
    when these “officials” are actively engaged infringing on the rights of citizens then yes killing may be necessary…i mean when they show up ready to infringe on your rights in this case effectively STEAL your property and steal your money (so called fines or Fees), you must defend your self, and if after you made your intentions to defend your self they continue to engage in their crimes then you may take action…

  5. bmartin863August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #5

    the government want …
    the government want to eat our souls

  6. RadioFlyfferAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #6

    …and yet y’all …
    …and yet y’all think that it’s gonna be smooth sailing til your guy [Paul] is elected president!

    I’ve got news for you, children…we’re not gonna make it to Nov!

    What will you do then?

  7. dicemanaceAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #7

    Your next, the …
    Your next, the governments coming for you they want it all Your house your car your money. Thank God the founding fathers dont have to witness this.

  8. AutobotsunitedAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #8

    Thumbs-uping it …
    Thumbs-uping it doesn’t mean we like it :) I loathe it. I’m just so happy to see more people who realize what’s going on.

  9. jbkibsAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #9

    i hate to thumbs up …
    i hate to thumbs up an “agenda 21″… arg, but i want people to see it. 😉

  10. jbkibsAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #10

    the simpsons was …
    the simpsons was right, you know? EEEPA! EEEPA!

  11. jbkibsAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #11

    it is redundant… …
    it is redundant… how many middlemen do you like to go through for a good or service? me? i prefer as low as possible. the federal government was supposed to be nothing more than the meeting of our governors and representatives to see if everything is cool or if anyone had problems in their town or state. the local town, village, city, etc > county > state > federal. people think the fed is top, it’s not. your property is. they represent US. States > Federal. define “Representation”.

  12. Luker4877August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #12

    This is what I …
    This is what I call financial terrorism!!

  13. ilovealexjones1August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #13

    HaHaHa…I DARE the …
    HaHaHa…I DARE the govt…to take my property…haha eminent domain, EPA…ALL will be resisted with violence, and i will kill as many federal and state agents necessary to ensure my rights and liberties…support freedom kill cops and any other us govt employee….

  14. ICproductions2020August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #14

    Go to EPA, ADA …
    Go to EPA, ADA & FDA!

  15. TheRONPAULWILLWINAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #15

    Ron Paul 2012
    Ron Paul 2012

  16. TheTrieyeAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #16

    kool vid
    kool vid

  17. VexZeedAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #17

    End the EPA!

    End the EPA!

  18. cooljj82August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #18

    Why have a federal …
    Why have a federal and state government doesn’t the same thing, isn’t that redundant?

  19. paulrprichardAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #19

    America is …
    America is finished what with edicts like this. It’s we the people vs. the EPA.

  20. JourneyRock92August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #20


  21. RosenKrantz666August 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #21

    how does he …
    how does he make the time to do this every Sunday night/Monday morning, for yrs without missing a single week?

    RP = da BOSS!

  22. ryanthomastewAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #22

    Ron Paul is my …
    Ron Paul is my president!

  23. SylinicAugust 3, 2012 - 1:02 am #23

    Can’t be obscured …
    Can’t be obscured if it’s a landslide.

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