Unless, of course, you are City Hall. This is especially true when City Hall is a euphemism for the federal government in Washington, D. C.
American Thinker reports the details. Although the saga of Michael and Chantell Sackett has been reported several times in the conservative blogs, it bears repeating.
The Sackett saga started several years ago when they bought a residential lot in an already built out development near Priest Lake in Idaho. They planned to build a three bedroom retirement home and after receiving all the necessary local permits plus a sewer hookup, they broke ground by removing dirt and filling with clean gravel. Without warning, the Sacketts received an order from the EPA to immediately stop their project and return everything to the way it was or they may be fined up to $75,000 per day because the EPA claimed under the Clean Water Act that the lot was a wetland. The Sacketts ask for a hearing with the EPA, which was ignored. They then filed suit in federal court and their case was thrown out. The case finally went to the Supreme Court where they won. Well, sort of won. The Supreme Court threw it back to the federal court saying the Sacketts deserved a hearing on their case. So we still do not know if the Sacketts will ever get to build their retirement home.
To demonstrate the hypocrisy of our federal government, the AT article tells us about another “wetland” project in Washington, D.C. Someone, I have to assume a private group of investors, wants to build, at a cost of $1.5 billion, luxury townhouses, a yacht club and, other buildings on piers over the Washington Channel. But the Washington Channel comes under the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers, which must abide by the same EPA rules which were applied to the Sacketts in Idaho. Therefore the Corps of Engineers refuses to give the necessary permits saying:
Based on its CWA concerns and adverse impact on marine navigation, the Corps stated that “[a]t this time, the Corps does not have the administrative authority to approve the project as proposed without specific Congressional action to dissolve the federal interest.” (bold added)
But not to fear. So-called independent Congressman, Joe Lieberman, in one day drafts a bill to strip the Corps of Engineers of their authority and gets it passed by the Senate and sends it to the House. And we don’t hear a word from the EPA.
This where the AT article gets interesting and just a little confusing.
Congress may have wised up last week when it pulled this D.C. rescue bill from the Suspension Calendar, which is used to pass “non-controversial” legislation. Unfortunately, it was pulled not because of the hypocrisy in how the federal government enforces the Clean Water Act against Americans trying to build a family home compared to the government’s treatment of large corporations and cities trying to build luxury high-rise townhouse on piers actually out over the water, but because Congress is concerned that the bill as modified by the Senate may constitute an “earmark” for D.C. in violation of the House’s ban on earmarks. (bold added)
Earmarks??? The only way earmarks can be involved is if there is federal (yours and mine) money appropriated to this project. Is this some more of Obama’s “stimulus”? Something stinks and the oder is not coming from Denmark.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?
15 thoughts on “You Can’t Fight City Hall”
This used to be a great country. But now we are powerless against the Feds. Even voting a party out of office will do nothing since both parties are the same.
It’s a long shot I know, but if the libertarians and the Tea Parties could get together, they could eventually gain control of the Republican party.
Agreed. Only it’s not a city hall. It is an untouchable politburo that deigns not to allow the proles to petition it.
Ain’t that the truth!
It really is getting worse by the day. Unless we thow the whole lot out. I am not sure how much we can get done.
I wrote a while back that we need a revolution in the American mind-set. Nows the time! ¡Viva La Revolucion!
Something is always stinking in D.C. I don’t know ’bout a revolution, but we sure as hell need a restoration.
Could we start with a fumagation of DC, at least?
Another example of the government playing by different rules than the people. It is criminal and disgusting what has happened to the Sackett’s, but the government has no problem changing the rules for themselves proving them to he the hypocrites we always knew they were.
Yep! I’m betting there is an Obama contributor involved in this DC project. God knows how much of the Sackett’s retirement savings have been spent trying to resolve their case. It is sickening.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone. They no longer serve the people, they serve themselves. The same rules that apply to us cannot possibly apply to them. They don’t have to live under the umbrella of the laws they create because let’s face our lives need regulating not their lives. Our lives need to be managed not their lives. This is why we need fire as many of these elitists as we can this November.
IMO, we need twice as many Tea Parties as we have now. Then we will make a difference.
Anyone who thinks America doesn’t have a ruling class is woefully ignorant. The same rules do not apply to all. Very few politicians stand up for the little guy in their actions (their rhetoric, of course they do!) That’s why I get so mad when they preach about “equal protection under the law.” Very few believe it at its core.
This is why I think only grassroot organization like the Tea Parties can make a difference. Once they clean house, they need to inforce term limits by voting them all out after two terms no matter how good they are.
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