Had it not been for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandals, including the one involving the proven targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny when it came to considering applications for tax-exempt status, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) story would have received a lot more attention.
In case you missed it due to all the IRS hoopla, the EPA has been accused of exercising political bias in connection with targeting conservative groups. The agency is accused of trying to charge those groups with fees applied to Freedom of Information Act requests while exempting those fees for liberal groups.
Currently investigating these allegations are the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) says that the EPA’s political bias is “routine.” In fact, a senior fellow at CEI says that liberal groups have their fees for documents waived about 90 percent of the time, while conservative groups have to pay those fees about 90 percent of the time. The EPA denies showing favoritism to liberal groups.
Pennsylvania Republican Representative Tim Murphy, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, was quoted as saying, “People expect their government to not be acting in these ways, but to be fair and just and truthful in these informational quests and in their investigations.”
There was a time when I would have agreed with that statement. But we’ve seen so many of this administration’s abuses of power that I don’t think that’s what people expect anymore. In fact, it’s reaching the point where on the occasions in which government agencies do act in a fair and reasonable manner, we’re shocked.
Would it surprise you if the investigation into these allegations showed that the EPA has been exercising political bias against conservative groups in much the same way as it’s been proven that the IRS has? What do you think it’s going to take for conservative groups to start getting a fair shake in this country? Hope to hear from you about this.