Many of our newer friends on the Left really have no idea how crony the Obama administration was. It was deeply so.
Cronyism, from the “green rush,” to Holder’s chumminess with the big banks, was pervasive. One must remember the Obama came out of Chicago politics, and it doesn’t get much more crony than that.
Many people also don’t understand that the regulatory agencies can be horribly crony. Partnering with companies. Favoring some companies over other companies. All kinds of internal crony capitalism (the bureaucratic kind). And a million other ways. The bureaucracy is the Heart of the Beast.
It’s not all about clean water and keeping business “in line.”
(From The Washington Free Beacon)
Under the last three years of the Obama administration, members sitting on just three of the agency’s scientific advisory boards received $77 million in EPA grants. Pruitt said individuals advising in policy and regulatory matters should be completely independent of the EPA.
“These federal advisory committees are very, very important to agencies and how they conduct their business in the rulemaking process,” Pruitt said.
“The EPA grants, we control that and we think it sends important things to the American people that we’re not going to have $77 million in grants going to a certain number of advisers at the same time they are advising about the efficacy of the rules that we’re adopting across the whole spectrum of the agency,” he said.
“Whatever science that we’re involved in at the EPA should not be political science,” Pruitt said.
The directive will go into effect immediately.