That’s right. You’re a felon! Just by breathing not-completely clean air and drinking not-exactly safe water. Those EPA bastards have it in for you and any day now their SWAT teams are going to swoop into your house and throw you in federal prison. Any day now.
Since its creation in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has done more harm than good. EPA regulations cost more than 5 percent of our annual gross domestic product – the equivalent of the costs of defense and homeland security combined. Since EPA regulations have expanded, unemployment in America has increased by 33 percent. This abuse of power by the implementation of regulations infringes upon our basic constitutional rights.
Starting at the beginning, Rand Paul has already argued that in fact the EPA has done more good than harm when he went on and on to Jon Stewart about how the air and water are cleaner now than they were 30 years ago (albeit, stupidly making the argument the EPA didn’t do anything).
Next, let us contemplate the notion that somehow it is the EPA that has increased unemployment.
Using Rand Paul’s exact same logic, one could also say that since All My Children went on the air in 1970 — the same year the EPA was founded — unemployment has increased 33%. Let us cancel All My Children!
Oh… oh, that’s already happening. ABC is dumping that show. Perhaps our jobs will come back now?
No. No, that doesn’t make any sense at all, does it?