STOP the MADNESS !

United States
July 19, 2008 7:27am CST
Yes, it is true. Any government agency, if given the chance, will seek to extend its power and reach into the lives of citizens while at the same time increasing its budget and manpower. Today, the evil, tryannical, bloated, inefficient, power hungery government agency in the spotlight is the EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Read all about the LAWN MOWER MEN and what they have planned for you. Don't be mad. It is to save the planet! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121642309337666613.html?mod=opinion_main_review_and_outlooks I urge people to oppose this by letting your elected representative know how you feel. I especially support a cut back in funds and personell for the LAWN MOWER MEN. What do you say?
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I think we need to terminate the EPA immediately. Part of the high cost of gasoline is a direct result of their regulations,not to mention all of their other regulations that hurt business and our daily lives. As far as Cap and trade, and those other schemes... Europe has found that they don't work, and I saw an article the other day where some businesses informed the government that if their plans continued then they would move their business out of that country into a more business friendly environment, and many jobs would be lost in that country. This green movement is nothing less than the new communism, and that statement was made by a former communist that had to live under that oppression. We as Americans have got to put a stop to this insanity, and if we had to jerk a knot in some tails to do it, then so be it.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
Destiny, Thanks for the link explaining the communist/environmental conection. It is worse than I thought.
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@gabrifvg (167)
• Italy
19 Jul 08
first off, i'm not saying i know more than vaclav klaus, i was pointing out you quoted someone without a reference. second, central and east european countries, similarly to china, but less radically, have just recently got back on track with their economies and free market. anything that might slow down their "progress" is seen as an act of communist matrix or at least as an attempt to keep their country non-competitive. therefore, i wouldn't go quoting one of their politicians as the biggest expert in enviromental issues. i might not no much, as you suggest, but i'd really like to know what you know about european politics and about communism since you probably never saw one in your whole life.
• United States
20 Jul 08
I was stationed in Germany in 1976... there were more vehicles with red stars then you could count at that time running around that area. Our orders were not to make any gestures that would create any incidents. So I guess you is wrong again.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Personally, I think doing something about the noisy smelly lawnmowers is a good idea. Currently, my yard is xenoscaped so that it requires no mowing and little watering (I live in a desert area at this time). However, I have been mowing for many years since I was a little girl until I moved here a few years ago; and, my favorite lawnmowers are not the big noisy gas powered ones. My favorite lawnmowers are the people powered PUSH mowers. They make a gentle whirring sound as they cut the grass. They are great exercise and a great way to enjoy the outdoors on a summer day. They are not just for small lawns either; when I was little, our house was on a full acre and MOST of it was yard and had to be mowed. There is no messy smelly gas to measure, pour, and store; you never have to go somewhere to get the gas for your mower. You don't have to pull and pull to get your lawnmower started. No sparkplugs or oil to add or worry about. Very low maintainence. Push mowers are also less expensive to purchase in the first place AND they are still being made and can be purchased brand new today! If you HONESTLY do not think you could deal with a push mower; there are electric mowers available that are just as powerful as a gas mower, much quieter, and even easier to use than a gas mower (just plug it in and flip a switch). Also, electric mowers polute less than the dirty gas engines found on most gas powered lawnmowers. So, I hate to say it; but, it really is time to "turn in your mower" and get one that is better for everyone. FYI - with a push mower or electric lawnmower you can mow your yard at your convenience, day or night, and not disturb a soul. Imagine, mowing your yard under the moonlight instead of under the broiling sun.
• United States
20 Jul 08
I have 20 acres. I use a 32 horsepower diesel tractor pulling a 72 inch bush hog for the larger part of it. For the 1 acre around the house I use a riding lawn mower. I trim up the hard to get places with a rotary mower and a weed eater. No way does a push mower or an electric even begin to make sense for my sitution. That said, of course, I don't want to pollute the planet. I breath the air here too. My lawn mowers and everyone elses are not going to harm the earth.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
21 Jul 08
You have to admit - your situation (20 acres) is not the average "yard". Most homes in towns, suburbs, and cities are on lots that are between 1/4 th of an acre to 1/2 of an acre. They are also much closer together and EVERY one of them has a big noisy smelly poluting lawn mower. Also, unless you have serious health issues, you could mow the ONE acre near the house with either a push mower or an electric mower. Even if you are not fit enough to PUSH a push mower, with an electric mower all you have to do is walk along and guide the mower around your acre. No one says you have to mow your yard all in one day. When we were too little to help, my MOTHER used the push mower 1 - 2 hrs a day 5 days a week and she mowed OUR acre over the course of those 5 days. When we kids were big enough to help it only took 2 - 3 days to get the job done. Needless to say, we were all healthy and physically fit.
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• United States
22 Jul 08
True, my situation is not typical, except around here! Yes, I could use an electric mower, except I'm lazy and it would cut into my myLot time.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
20 Jul 08
ok Red, first, let me say I love having discussions with you. Second, you make my blood boil! Where do they get off? This gets me so mad, I can't even formulate a decent response. I think 90% of this environmental crap is just that. now they want to hit my quality of life, a ton of jobs, and hitting our budgets where it is going to hurt like gall stones!
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• United States
20 Jul 08
Hmmm... this helps me to understand what I'm doing wrong in my posting. I just realized that what I do is read the news until I see something that ticks me off and then I post it. I'll have to think about this. Maybe I need to change my blood preasure raising ways!
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
20 Jul 08
But I do like your thought provoking posts, obviously or I wouldn't respond! Don't stop what your doing. Clearly you get as riled up as me!
@gabrifvg (167)
• Italy
19 Jul 08
i think it's true that agencies will try to extend thir powers (and fundings...)to an infinite level, if given the chance. and that's why, in my opinion, they should continuously be monitored and controlled. i also agree on the fact that all the evident burocracy and down-to-the smallest-detail attitude that comes out from the link you gave do sound ridiculouse... but i also think that carbon emissions are something to take care of, and to think about seriously, and apart from exxaggerations, i think it's fundamental to have some research done, and to make people aware of what behaviours are acceptable, and which ones have become simply unsustainable. people have to realize that not everything we were used to will continue to be the same. if we grew up driving all over, even just half a block, because it was more comfortable, we need to realize that at the present this has become a behaviour that is not acceptable anymore...
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• United States
19 Jul 08
The high price of fuel has already cut back my carbon emmissions, I promise you. No government regulations are necessary. The market is working. Especially in regards to the lawn mower. When my wife says I should mow the lawn I just point out the high cost and how we can help save the planet by putting off mowing the lawn. I urge all husbands to do the same. Every cloud does have a silver lining.
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@gabrifvg (167)
• Italy
19 Jul 08
hehehe... good solution i too am of the opinion that it should be the people directly to realize what can and can't or shouldn't be done, but unfortunately that doesn't always happen, and this makes it necessary to have someone informing them. sometimes in funny ways... the fact we are talking about the lawn mowing issue, already helps get the information out
@peavey (15856)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I read the article twice... it almost sounds tongue-in-cheek, until you realize the EPA is really trying to do this. It strikes me that these people are not living in the real world. There's nothing wrong with trying to protect the environment, but there's everything wrong with trying to take over every aspect of our lives, which they are doing.
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• United States
20 Jul 08
I'm with you. These people proposing this have been in Washington DC for too long. They need to reconnect with the real world somehow.
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@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I hate having to retype long rants, lol. Anyway, for the record: Carbon dioxide is necessary for our environment. It's what plants breathe so we can breathe oxygen. Obviously if our climate were made up entirely of carbon that'd be bad...but we've lotsa plants everywhere and we're not noticing decreased lung capacity world wide so I doubt there's much of a worry about with this. If you are worried, plant some d*mn trees! I don't mind taxing huge corporations, because they DO pollute...with chemicles, waste, plastic...and in this day and age, where nothing's cheap and the global economy's in turmoil...alot of their waste could be used to manufacture cheaper products which would help the economy. It is a kind of evil, when people're struggling and all we have left after them..is nature anyway. But taxing everyone and everything is wrong, especially because carbon dioxide is not the enemy and regular folks are not at fault for the world's problems. Often, if really take a hard look...you see it's often the government's fault, at the root...for their stupid policies...encouraging consumerism and wasteful lifestyles...but that's okay, people are choosing for themselves not so the bottom line is... The government needs to get its nose out of our business. It's not helping anything. EPA is not always bad, I'll remind you. It's got a slightly better record that other branches of the government. But it's still part of the government...of course they're gonna spit out lotsa bad ideas. They don't talk to regular people that often to get a better consensus, you know. I agree though, they need to be told that this is a BAD idea.
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• United States
20 Jul 08
Imagine it, the lawn mower police! Those loons need to get a real life and a real job rather than at tax payer expense fantasizing about how they could legally harass people for the fun of it while feeling self righteous about it.
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