Farmers are up in arms around the country over a proposal by the EPA to extend the federal government’s control over water.
Since 1972, the federal government has had control over “navigable waters” in the nation. That was later expanded to include wetlands near such rivers.
Now the feds want to expand the definition to include such things and ditches, farm ponds and places that only have water as runoff during heavy rain.
It’s another crazy plan by the federal government to extend its reach even further into our economy and daily lives. Bureaucratic regulations are now swamping many industries, especially those that produce energy and power needed to fuel our economy.
The move to extend the power of the federal government into farm ditches is another example of this overreach. But the nation’s agricultural interests would have a better argument against the proposed rule if it weren’t already so tied at the hip with the feds. Through a slew of federal programs, the nation’s largest corporate agriculture companies are getting billions of taxpayer dollars in the form of subsidies. The American Midwest is awash in federal money going to large farm interests.
They may have one hand out trying to block this new water rule, but at the same time they have the other hand out asking for cash. Not a pretty picture for the American taxpayer no matter how you slice it.
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