WV Farm Bureau Magazine May 2012 - Page 4

PRESIDENTIAL PARADIGMS EPA’S True Character Exposed p Ch l Wilfong, P id t West Virginia Farm Bureau Charles Wilf President, W t Vi i i F B A top EPA official, Al Armendariz, has finally resigned over comments he made about EPA’s enforcement strategy. Armendariz was the administrator of EPA’s region 6, which includes Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. His comments were made at a local Texas government meeting, where he was explaining how he had told his staff about his “philosophy of enforcement.” He said, “It’s kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five people they saw, and they’d crucify them. And then you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.” He goes on to say, “And so you make examples out of people who are, in this case, not complying with the law and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples of them. There’s a deterrent effect there. And companies who are smart see that. They don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up. And that won’t happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people.” This totally exposes the EPA for the atrocious and arrogant organization that it is. This “philosophy of enforcement” is prevalent throughout the agency. Here in West Virginia, we have seen this type of enforcement action taken against coal, oil and gas, timber, and now, agriculture. Our farms are now the target, and we are the ones to be made examples of. Currently, the poultry producers are the center of attention, but they are just the beginning. The EPA wants to zealously control every agriculture entity. Their actions could threaten this country’s see Wilfong, page 10 USDA: Celebrating 150 Years of Innovation g 5 Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation Stallman President, President Abraham Lincoln is known for many achievements during his lifetime, but a little known triumph of his – that affects farmers and ranchers greatly – was the establishment of the United States Department of Agriculture 150 years ago. On May 15, 1862, Pres Y[[YۙY[]H[\X\[H]\\Y[وYܚX[\KX\X{ X[H\XYX]Z\H[ܛX][ۈ \\[XH\H\X]H]Y8'XX[[Y[{ X^\[Y['H[X[Y]H8'][[XXHYY[['H[\X]H\HH][۸&\YܚX[\\ˈ]\X\[\HX[^[ۙ\[YKHX[]H\[ۈ[[\H[\ܝ[HوYܚX[\H[Y\XK[ \[\ܝ[KHX[^YY[H[XH^YYHXZ܈H[H\Z[[\K]]HX H[Y]H[^H[[XXHHX[HXX[Y[[Y[\Y\\HۈZ\\\[Y[[XK[ۘHܛN8']\HYHوܘ\\HYK[XH\H\H\]ۙK\H ][HX\\K[ܘ\[ۙK][YY[X\ۜ8$Y\]\[[\Z[[Y[\Y][ۈ8$[Z[[\[8$X\[[[[\[8$][ܛ\وܛ\X\\وܛ[][][܈\H[H8)H\[[وX\H\HX[Y[8$XXHܛوYH][]['HHY\[ݙ\Y[\HHY[[و][[Y[[YܚX[\KYX]YY[{ Xܙ\[\Z[ˈ\[Z]Y[۝[Y\^H[YH[X[YH M