While “Carlos Danger” soaked up all the headlines, another political alias did much more serious damage to the public trust. We’re referring to “Richard Windsor,” the email alias used by former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) director Lisa Jackson to facilitate U.S. President Barack Obama’s radical “green” agenda.
For those of you who haven’t been following what Obama is up to, here’s a great column from our friend Bill Wilson over at Americans for Limited Government that should bring you up to speed. Basically it boils down to this: After a Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress rejected his “cap and trade” carbon tax – which would dramatically raise American energy costs – Obama has sought to implement the tax hike (and other radical “reforms”) administratively.
In fact this policy of congressional circumvention – advanced for years by Jackson – was recently confirmed by new EPA director Gina McCarthy (the enviro-crat responsible for this looming disaster).
“(Obama) said that he wasn’t going to wait for Congress, but that he had administrative authorities,” McCarthy said last week. “It was time to start utilizing those more effectively, in a more concerted way.”
In other words Obama doesn’t care what the other two branches of government have to say about his plans …
Fortunately, an effort is currently underway to determine the extent of the EPA’s lawlessness under Obama – and hopefully put a stop to it.
According to Fox News, a federal judge ruled last week that a non-profit group had the right to access Jackson’s “alias” emails – and to depose the former EPA director. Meanwhile U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) and U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) submitted their own request for these documents, saying that Jackson’s email alias represented “a deliberate attempt to circumvent federal transparency laws and Congressional oversight.”
After the lies and secrecy of the Bush years, Obama promised us that his administration would be “the most transparent administration” in American history. This EPA scandal is further proof of his failure to live up to that promise.