EPA Demands Power to Garnish Wages w/o Court Order

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Courts? Who needs courts anyway. Obama doesn’t need them and the rest of the Deep State liberal bureaucracy doesn’t either. That includes the EPA, an agency that has become the enforcement arm of the Big Green lobby pushing its religious doctrine of Gaia worship on Americans.

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.

According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to “garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”

The notice went on to say that the EPA had fast-tracked the new rule, enabling it to take effect September 2 unless the agency receives enough adverse public comments by August 1. The EPA said the rule was not subject to review because it was not a “significant regulatory action.”

The EPA claims that fast tracking a rule to seize money without a court order is not significant. Except to the people it targets.

The EPA, like a lot of terrorist groups, is notorious for trying to intimidate its targets into settling without going into court. The EPA doesn’t like courts and this rule provides extra leverage for doing that.

The plan has drawn protests from conservatives, including Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who told The Washington Times, “The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn’t have away from American citizens.”

The conservative Heritage Foundation claimed that the rule gives the EPA “unbridled discretion” over the process of challenging fines. David Addington, group vice president for research at Heritage, told the Times that the rule not only puts the burden of proof on the debtor, rather than the agency, but also allows the EPA to decide whether a debtor even gets a chance to present a defense before picking whomever it chooses to serve as a hearing officer.

The amount of money the EPA has collected in fines has increased steadily since President Obama took office. In 2012, the agency took in $252 million in fines, up from just $96 million in 2009.

Terrorists gotta terrorize and the only difference between the EPA and officially environmental terrorist groups like ELF is that it has the law on its side. Or rather it doesn’t, since it avoids courts, but like Obama, it does have power.

  • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

    Here again we see the failure of the GOP Establishment to stand for anything: just imagine Jeb Bush or Chris Christie promising to pull the EPA’s fangs! Men like that are not outraged by the EPA’s abuse of power – that’s what makes them useless at fighting for our freedom.

  • CowboyUp

    So the EPA loots your paycheck, and you’ve got to sue them, if you’ve got enough money for lawyers set aside (they’ve seen to it that you won’t be paying any lawyers out of your income) to get it back, maybe, some day. The crooks from Chicago are completing their ‘fundamental transformation ‘ of the federal government into a straight up racket.

  • JackSpratt

    FPM, why don’t you moderate my comment.

  • notme123

    why don’t they go after Obama who pollutes the air with all his trips on Air Force 1 and all those accompanying aircraft needed for security, and I’m sure Michelle doesn’t stay “home” every day. And the likes of Al (global warming/climate change) who leaves his limos running while he gives he’s speeches so his car will be cool when he comes out.

  • cxt

    If I recall correctly, the EPA can also pick and choose where one must go to contest the rulings–as in if you live in CA the EPA can assign the case to the Vermont office and you would have to fly to Vermont to conduct the legal challenge.

    Man, I’d love to make these unelected bureaucrats live and work under the same rules they inflict on the citizens.

  • kevinstroup

    What happened to due process? When did we cease being a nation of laws?

  • pablo consuelo

    Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Don’t you just love the way politicians talk about the alphabet agencies. The pols are totally separate, having nothing to do with them, have no idea how to fix things and feel so terrible that things have gone so terribly wrong. Balderdash!! Why don’t the politicians get together with some of their congressional cohorts and DEFUND some of this mess? Without money, do you really think all the progressives are gonna donate their time to all the these wonderful, economy killing causes out there?