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Democrats are pushing something that would take the word "navigable" out of the Clean Water Act. This would mean every puddle of water, maybe even in your back yard, would be subject to their meddling and fines and taxation and regulation and everything else.
See article here
To fight back and contact someone about it click here. Although it may be too late for comments at this point for that particular item. Oh, and it's an EPA regulation. Again Obama is using the EPA to ram stuff through that wouldn't pass by a vote. The letter that clicking on the link lets you send is to the EPA.
If they defunded the EPA it would save us more money than the Republicans' debt ceiling plan. Of course "saving" is a relative term. The EPA budget for 2012 is $9 billion and the Republican debt ceiling plan is supposed to cut the exponential growth of the 14 trillion dollar deficit by a mere 7 billion a year. (that's like if you owed $14,000 and you reduced your projected spending, which was going up by several thousand a year already, by just $7 a year, folks. That's not going to solve diddlysquat.)
On the other hand, defunding the EPA may have collateral benefits. The increase in stupid EPA regulations has made it a lot more expensive to be a small businessman. Small painters/handymen in particular, especially if they have any employees at all, are really hurting from the draconian lead paint regulations that came up a couple years ago. All this does is hurt landlords (which makes rents go up and could contribute to the number of vacant houses if a landlord goes out of business), knock the little guy painters out of business and give that business to the big guys. Of course it's the big guys who donate to the political campaigns. They donate to BOTH SIDES - it's a sort of protection racket.
Notice that they also took the kabosh off of corporations making campaign contributions this year? Now the big guys can make donations right out of their corporate accounts. Ah, but I digress, this is supposed to be about water.