During Wednesday night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney, Obama accused Romney and the GOP of destructive attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations. Obama stated that curtailing these regulations would “gut crucial public health protections.” In reply, Romney pointed out how Obama uses the EPA to bypass both houses of the U.S. Congress.
Obama also accused Romney of opposing EPA regulations that provide Americans with clean air and clean water. But Romney claims he opposes the Obama/EPA green agenda and its negative impact on American taxpayers and its policy of “outsourcing” U.S. funds to foreign governments’ green programs. Romney lamented the fact that the Obama agenda is implemented by fiat rather than being passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress.
“People in the coal industry feel like they are being crushed by your policies,” Romney said to Obama. Romney also criticized what’s become known as “crony capitalism” by which the Obama administration picks winners and losers in their pursuit of government funding and contracts.
There are some who believe an investigation — perhaps a criminal investigation — may be in order since much of this financial activity is done without Congressional oversight and without examination of the people involved in these transactions, said former white-collar crime investigator George Lestieri, now a corporate security consultant.
“This is a lot of money switching hands and no one even bothered to vet these recipients,” said Lestieri.
Read more at The Moral Liberal. By Jim Khouri.
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