Letter: Manipulating the American public, D’oh!
A naïve, dumb buffoon TV cartoon character who means well but just doesn’t get it. Cass Sunstein, the "Regulation Czar" personally appointed by President Obama, was caught on tape referring to us, the American public, as Homer Simpsons who can be easily manipulated. Oops! He claims being Czar is the best job in the whole world! He must be smart, because I hear he is doing a really good job doubling the regulations in most departments since 2009! Does regulation mean control?
How about if we give one of Czar Sunstein’s favorite departments, the EPA, the characterization of "Jabba the Hut" from Star Wars? The EPA, just like Jabba, is a powerful, overgrown, controlling mass; a thing sucking up land, people and money. Jabba is greenish, too! Would Homer ever challenge Jabba? Here is a story.
Once upon a time, there was a rich and fertile valley in San Joaquin, California, whose land was owned for generations by farmers providing most of the environmentally safe fruits and vegetables to our nation and providing work for thousands of people. Along came a cut little fish called the "Delta Smelt." He was endangered.
Jabba turned off the water to the valley to protect that fish. The land dried up. Jobs, homes and land were lost. The nation lost a critical food supply. Homer tried to turn the water back on, but it was too late. Homer had already turned his control over to Jabba. No one could help him. It is good that Jabba saved the fish, right?
Now we can import potentially unsafe fruits and vegetables to redistribute our wealth to the poor nations. Secretly, Homer wondered whose environment Jabba was protecting. Jabba decided he didn’t want us to produce dirty old oil and coal either, so he is helping all those states shut down and redistribute their wealth, too. Homer didn’t understand.
Guess what happened next? Jabba took control of the Chesapeake Bay watershed! Great! Homer thought. We will be protected from bad, scary things. Then Jabba discovered a little beetle called Tiger within the watershed, and he is endangered! Tiger lives even on the beaches in Mathews. Jabba promises to do lots of good things to help Tiger and Homer, too. The End.
Port Haywood, Va.