Outrage du jour: EPA now has the power to garnish your wages – without a court order.

Recently, we reported on the government seeking to expand the endangered species act to cover more species, which will have an adverse effect on Americans, especially out in western territories.

As a matter of fact, the recent declaration of the jumping mouse threatens a ranching family in New Mexico. And I’m sure you’re aware that when the Cap and Trade legislation failed to move forward, the Obama administration pivoted to use the pen of regulatory fiat to impose their progressive vision of controlling the American energy sector.

President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency and I have to believe he didn’t have any idea of the monster it would become. The EPA now wields so much power it may declare dry lands and wetlands, and force inhabitants of those lands to pay hefty fines.

But here is the latest from this regulatory agency gone wild. As reported by Foxnews.com, “The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.”

“According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to ‘garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.’”

So let me see if I can wrap my mind around this. This government agency, the EPA, just unilaterally came out and wrote itself a rule in the federal registry saying it can take money from an American who breaks its rules — which most Americans are not aware of? Furthermore, the EPA is saying it can do so without court order and approval?

So it seems to me we have a government agency that believes it is well within its rights to enact punitive actions against the citizens of America.

In essence, the EPA believes it can levy a fine — a tax — against an American as part of its own “behavior modification.”

It occurs to me that Americans have had to contend with such actions before. As a mater of fact, it was addressed in a list of grievances by a fellow named Thomas Jefferson in a document called the Declaration of Independence.

About half-way through his list of grievances, Jefferson wrote about the King of Great Britain that, “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent out hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.” As well as “imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.”

The U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to “petition their government for redress of grievances.” So how have we come to a point where the EPA can just write a punitive rule against our citizens?

Fox reports “the EPA had fast-tracked the new rule, enabling it to take effect September 2 unless the agency receives enough adverse public comments by August 1. The EPA said the rule was not subject to review because it was not a “significant regulatory action.” The EPA has claimed this new authority by citing the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, which gives all federal agencies the power to conduct administrative wage garnishment, provided that the agency allows for hearings at which debtors can challenge the amount or the terms of a repayment schedule.”

Hmm, in 1996, the Clinton administration had a fella named John Podesta as part of his inner circle. This is the same John Podesta who was brought into the Obama administration for his keen insight and ability to use executive actions.

This is why Americans need to pay attention to what is being passed in Washington D.C.

Fox says “an EPA spokeswoman also pointed to a Department of Treasury rule from 2011 outlining debt collection for various agencies, including the EPA. Administrative Wage Garnishment (AWG) would apply only after EPA attempts to collect delinquent debts and after Treasury attempts to collect delinquent debts through other means. She added that the agency would provide notice “prior to any action,” giving the debtor the opportunity to “review, contest or enter into a repayment agreement.”

The burden of proof is always skewed against the American citizen — not the government. But what this boils down to for the Obama administration is just another means of taxation and more of what Frederic Bastiat coined in his essay The Law as “legal plunder.” The amount of money the EPA has collected in fines has increased steadily since President Obama took office. In 2012, the agency took in $252 million in fines, up from just $96 million in 2009.

And the hits just keep on coming – or maybe it’s more accurate to call it bludgeoning of American taxpayers.

101 COMMENTS

  1. It’s called “Administrative Law.” It literally means agencies can write anything they want, no matter how outrageous, and it has the force of LAW.
    It gives federal agencies literally unlimited power without oversight.
    Americans have tolerated it, so they deserve it.
    Once the Demoncrat Soviet Socialist Party has firm control of the nation,
    maybe then the lemmings will put down the Ipad and turn-off Duck Dumbasstry.
    But I doubt it. Maybe starving in the streets will finally get them off their fats as*es.

    • Not all of us tolerate it. We just don’t have the numbers to elect constitutional minded individuals in to office. The democrats see to that by constantly buying votes via welfare using taxpayers money… Violent revolution is not really an option when you’re outmanned, outgunned, and unorganized. The revolution saw both sides an nearly equal terms relative to today.

  2. Seizing power? Certainly not. This is simply a normal assumption of the executive office, as laid out in form 32B, on the administration of the Executive Branch, EPA Regulation 494, Section 12, Subsection 4, Paragraph 5, line 9, on the transfer of power under certain circumstances, as modified by protective clauses 3, 8 and 12b, law 48-9 and edict 3W-4. What is there not to understand? Your congress has signed all of them.

    • Really? Like name one? Another Liberal who believes that big government knows better than the people what is best for them.
      You also believe that big companies are greedy.
      Listen up sonny tim. Your government decides the squirrel outside your house is an endangered and if you don’t fork your house over to them the will garnish your wages and kick you out of it. I bet then you’ll change your tune

      • They stopped the pollution in lake washington and that river that caught on fire.There are many cases if you bother to look.
        The rest of your statement is just stupid.

      • Take a look at Bill Gates honkin’ huge house on Lake Washington and the Microsoft campus he had built in Redmond. Seen Bill Ayers lavish condo in Chicago?? Certainly no pollution going on there…move along people, nothing to see here….sarc Gotta love those Liberal Hypocrites!

      • Cleanup of Lake Stinko began in the 1950’s. The EPA was created in 1970. You blame corporations but ignore facts. Microsoft is a corporation, Bill Gates is a huge obama donor and a pal of George Soros. Bill and Melinda Gates also polluted our country by hatching their “Common Core” ideas. You’re obviously a Liberal Hypocrite living the Liberal chant “DO as I say, NOT as I do:. Talk about stinko…

      • I am talking about lake Washington and it was cleaned up because of the epa.Also they made Boeing stop polluting the Duwamish river.They also stopped Arsaco in Tacoma from polluting Puget sound.In fact they had to replace a lot of the soil around the plant because of arsenic contamination.

      • Accidents, spills, leaks, and past improper disposal and handling of hazardous materials and wastes have resulted in tens of thousands of sites across our country that have contaminated our land, water (groundwater and surface water), and air (indoor and outdoor). EPA and its state and territorial partners have developed a variety of cleanup programs to assess and, where necessary, clean up these contaminated sites. Cleanups may be done by EPA, other federal agencies, states or municipalities, or the company or party responsible for the contamination.

      • Or whoever votes for a Liberal-Progressive.
        I refuse to end up on the endangered species list and so should you. Put your drum down, put out that bud you’re smokin’ and go outside and clear your head.

      • Stop being a moron and get an education putz, your only answer to any question put to you is not to answer the question, but to spout your horse manure about the Blaze.
        Plain fact of the matter is you cannot argue the facts. You have no grounds to stand on your position

      • Dude…you need to get “off” that rag. The EPA was a good idea on paper, but terrible in practice. I hadn’t heard about the blaze until you started spouting off about it here. If you want the “facts” about bills, proposed bills, who is backing what…
        Go to: http://www.loc.gov/
        I hope you have a strong stomach, because the garbage that I read there coming DIRECTLY from Congress is truly pathetic.

      • I get regular updates on bills that are being considered and have seen nothing like what your talking about or any plans to take our guns.

      • then you are part of the problem friend. The NDAA, all 700 some odd pages of it, are clearly listed…Merely search for NDAA, or, if you truly need me to hold your hand, I can provide text, snippets, bill numbers, etc…directly from the Library of Congress. Any other source is immaterial.

        In other words…do some research before you blindly respond.

      • OK…I’ll humor you,
        this time. Normally, being an older man, I don’t do this for just anyone (apart from my children). Stay sharp.

        Go to http://WWW.LOC.GOV,
        Type “NDAA” (or whatever else you wish in the search bar near the top middle of the page…See this link: http://www.loc.gov/search/?q=NDAA)

        Once there, scroll down until you see “H.R.3304 – 113th Congress (2013-2014): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014″…The 5th search hit listed,

        or…

        “S.1197 – 113th Congress (2013-2014): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014” (The Senate version, which is identical to the house version…This
        is the 6th search hit listed).

        Select either (or both) link(s). Now, the first thing you will notice is that these bills became “Public Law No: 113-66”
        on December 26, 2013.

        To see the actual text, Click on the Page link; “Public Law No: 113-66”, or just go to:

        https://beta.congress.gov/113/plaws/publ66/PLAW-113publ66.pdf

        To the specifics;
        Go to the text of Public Law 113-66, read “EVERYTHING” under the following Titles, including subtitles, divisions, etc. (Yes, I realize this is tedious and time consuming, but important additions or deletions are listed way down under each Title). Also keep in mind that this page (the overview page) is a Cliff Note’s version of the actual bill. No, I will not hand feed you with each paragraph to read. You will find those on your own quick enough if you are diligent. Remember, TANSTAAFL (“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch”…Quote courtesy of the late Robert Heinlein, an author you would do well to read).

        “Title III: Operation and Maintenance – Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations” (Yes, it’s a long way into the document) including every Section 300 Series item and Associated Subtitle.

        Also do this for;

        Subtitle B: Health
        Care Administration (Section 700 series),

        Title XI: Civilian
        Personnel Matters (Section 1100 Series),

        Subtitle C:
        Amendments to Other Laws (Title XVII),

        Title XXIX: Withdrawal, Reservation, and Transfer of Public Lands to Support Military Readiness and Security – Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013 – Subtitle A: General Provisions.

        This is nothing compared to some of the trash that comes out of congress. Want to be truly disgruntled? See how much of your Congressperson/Senator’s time is actually
        spent “on the clock”. You can find that out too through LOC on your own. TANSTAAFL my young friend. Good reading (and understanding).

      • Then you haven’t paid any attention, barry signed a U.N mandate for giving up the peoples guns the the U.N. Simpleton you are, An average troll with no brains, just hot air

      • LOL
        So when are they coming to take them?This has been debunked from day one.Why isn’t the GOP screaming about it?

      • LOL When I said debunked I meant it means nothing.Are you hiding your guns?The only ones who have said anything about it is the conspiracy nuts.Silence from the GOP.

      • No that it is none of your business. you are debunked by your definition. Silence from the GOP (grand ole pricks) who are nothing but democrat lites. Rinos is their name scamming the public to make them think they are anything but Rinos is their game. You are so lame, you still haven’t answered any of the questions I asked you. Which just proves my point. You have nothing worthy to add to this or any other thread. Change your name to simpelton

      • Who cares about the blaze, I am not talking about the Blaze. You can never answer any questions put to you, because you cannot argue the facts since the facts do not support your agenda

      • How stupid can you be?
        You’re saying the corporations and people polluting the lake stopped voluntarily?

      • You simply cannot help yourself, You can never answer any of our questions with facts or intelligence. All you can do is tell people they are stupid.
        If you have any intelligence and I seriously doubt you do, You would be able to debate this properly. but sadly you cannot.
        Do something your useful at like cleaning out houses.

      • Really? That’s the best you can do? You have proven me correct thank you, It’s about time one of you trolls has admitted you know nothing. You cannot use intelligence or common sense to answer questions, you can only accuse people of whatever fallacy you can dream up at the time.
        It isn’t rocket science skippy. Try thinking, I know it is hard for you.

      • So you are okay with them taking your house and garnishing your wages without going to court. Your opinion like you it isn’t worth anything

      • Show me a link where that actually happened and quit reading the blaze.You conspiracy nuts make me sick.

      • hey numb nuts, Nice try at deflection. I knew you wouldn’t answer the question, You are too busy trying to slander peoples character, like all liberals do.

        I do not ever go to the blaze, 2nd you are obviously too freakin lazy to google it yourself.

        and as I said you won’t have a problem with them taking your house and garnishing your wages?

        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/8/power-grab-epa-wants-to-garnish-wages-of-polluters

        /http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3177850/posts

        http://politix.topix.com/story/u24516-epa-claims-it-has-the-power-to-garnish-wages-without-court-approval-fox-news

      • These are just conspiracy opinions .Lets see a bill.
        I can find flat earth articles that mean as much as these.

      • That’s because, your intelligence is limited and you have zero common sense. You can never answer a question you can only accuse people of racism, sexism, conspiracy theories, You can attack their credibility. But never based on fact

  3. Ms. Jones,

    As an American, I am adamantly opposed to the EPA levying any kind of wage garnishment for any reason upon U.S. Citizens. To do so is wrong will bring even more conflict and division within our nation due to informed people resisting such tyrannical actions by its government bureaucracies. This action is tantamont to theft by executive fiat and is inexcusable.

    Sincerely,
    E.E. Virgil

    to
    [email protected]

  4. Well here in California the state board of Equalization can garnish, levy ANYTHING they want with out a court order or even a notice being sent to the person who’s the levy is on! They go into your bank account and take what ever they feel YOU owe them! We need a revolution NOW!

    • I’ve just been stung twice by Jerry Browns “CalFire tax”….which they’re calling a “fee” and it’s levied on all rural area dwellers.

  5. your article doesn’t say where to file our “adverse comments” against this and other actions of the EPA … as you correctly state above,most Americans are unaware of these processes,so please,enlighten us. Thank you in advance.

    • yes…ramrod is the word…have you ever tried to write Obama @ the white house? His “techs” totally revamped the system after he got in during the first term…it was so cumbersome and unfriendly that no one wants (or did back then) to use it.

    • Submit your comments by one of the following methods:

      1. Email: [email protected].

      2. Fax: (202) 565-2585.

      3. Mail: OCFO-2014-0001; FRL-9910-14-OCFO FPPS c/o Anita Jones, OCFO/OFM/FPPS, Mailcode 2733R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

      Instructions: EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through email. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or Cd-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    • No! We should not be commenting on this. The letters should go directly to your congressmen or senator who should vote on this becoming law. Nowhere in the Constitution does it allow a single government agency to pass their own laws and ask the citizens to make comments on it. The only thing this agency should be getting is a injunction directly from US District Court or better telling them to use the legislative process to make their rules per the US Constitution.

  6. The authority to do this has been around for a while…remember the Patriot Act? That provided the framework. Last year at Christmas, before the house and senate left on break, Congress passed the NDAA (National Defense Appropriations Act). This bill is not just about defense spending, but actually labels any “citizen” who is publicly vocal about not supporting (or criticizing) the US Government. Authority to garnish is just one more way to control the population.

    • NDAA….National Defense Authorization Act…….but really it’s the National Detention Authorization Act because if gives obama the “right” to take away any citizen without due process if obama suspects him/her of being a terrorist. So much for the 4th ammendment.

      • So now, they can take your children, if they interpret their new rules you are a bad parent,which includes smoking in the house, or (future) not making your kids eat Moochel’s “healthy” school lunches; and other BS. Also if you do anything the EPA doesn’t endorse you can be called a terrorist. If you own a gun you can be called a terrorist. If you don’t like your President you can be called a terrorist. It will not end there…we’re screwed! The Patriot Act and Obamacare and EPA bs must be totally repealed!!!

      • Margee…Check out what they can do through Common Core…Ohio is a good state to see how bad this program really is to our kids. When the children step on school property, they are no longer yours…You can not withdraw them from school without the schools permission…so very very sad.

      • It still amazes me how few people know about this and even fewer don’t understand the implications or care. Winter is coming…Time to act!

  7. So who is going to stop them?….they are not bound by any law….and no 5 white men on the supreme court have any authority over them, like the irs the epa belongs to the democrat party and is committed to the establishment of a NEW and CHANGED government….Progressive…Communist…what ever you want to call it ….It will Not be a Free America

  8. Once people understand where the general public are to be found, then the EPA’s assumed power evaporates.

    There is no other way to say this, except through those who would defend lawful free-speech –

    The EPA’s role to played, in the subterranean coastal countries whose great seas and rivers are to be found within the subterranean bowels of the earth where Hades rules supreme, as well as of course, their duties extending to the realms of Poseidon.

    References

    Underworld and Afterlife – Oceanus and Styx
    http://www.maicar.com/GML/Underworld.html

    Oceanus (Okeanos, Ocean)
    http://www.greek-gods.org/titans/oceanus.php

    RIVER OKEANOS
    http://www.theoi.com/Kosmos/Okeanos.html

    REALM OF HAIDES 1
    http://www.theoi.com/Kosmos/Haides.html

    HAIDES
    http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Haides.html

    Hades
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hades

    Greek underworld
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_underworld

    Christian views on Hades
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_Hades

    POSEIDON
    http://www.mythweb.com/gods/Poseidon_easy.html

    Poseidon
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon

    Poseidon
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_Poseidon's_realm

    Those who do not wish to dwell in the realms of Hades and Poseidon, will pay attention to the following, to understand the basis from which to leave their great kingdoms –

    _______

    KNOW THE GROUND UPON WHICH YOU STAND

    It’s continually worth repeating, to show the ease with which simple knowledge indeed empowers and remains relevant to those who will remain self-deluded, without ‘orientating’ their thinking into understanding the ‘True and Proper Context’ in which any countries laws, and usually their courts, are to be found –

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    HAVING PERSPECTIVE IS WHAT YOU MUST NOT BE DISTRACTED FROM

    What then, is the simple acquired knowledge that allows for people to take control of their lives, and that prevents them from having the necessary perspective that gives ‘context’ to the law without it ?

    What empowers people, if they ‘share widely’ in its knowledge, is to understand ‘where’ all the laws and courts of countries ‘usually’ take place, and therefore where you are to be found when defending yourselves and livelihood.

    SOLUTION IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT BLEATING SHEEP

    Here then, is what all this means in the clear light of the simple material to be found below:

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    True and Proper Context –

    Those not compelled by obligations to fictitious countries and their laws, can be found part way down the source document linked below, under the subtitled heading,

    ‘SEQUENCE OF DOING BUSINESS USING WRITTEN INSTRUMENTS AS CONTRACTS’,

    SOURCE DOCUMENT:

    THE BUSINESS OF KNOWING YOUR PLACE
    http://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/the-business-of-knowing-your-place/

    (Note. Replace Sweden with any other country, regional body, or institution, in the example given)

    _______

    ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

    MUDDYING THE WATERS
    http://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/muddying-the-waters/

    DIAL 911 AND DIE
    http://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/dial-911-and-die/

    —-

    IRS
    United States Income Tax Treaties – A to Z
    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/International-Businesses/United-States-Income-Tax-Treaties—A-to-Z

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
    Treaties and TIEAs
    (Double Taxation Treaties )
    http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/tax-policy/treaties/Pages/treaties.aspx

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    See pages 18 & 19 –

    Maritime Zones and Jurisdiction
    http://www.iho.int/mtg_docs/com_wg/ABLOS/ABLOS_Conf3/SESSION3.PDF

    Subsoil
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geology/soil/

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  9. 1. For those of you who are having a little difficulty accepting the principles to be found here –

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    THE MAKING OF A PERSONALLY OWNED PRIVATE CORPORATE COUNTRY

    b) As with every country (or Kingdom), we come to learn that for this particular Kingdom, as with all else, that its creation or establishment is in line with the principles given in –

    Political Charters Create Corporate Countries As Fictions
    http://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/the-law/

    Sourced from the material to be found part way down the source document linked, under the subtitled heading –

    ‘SEQUENCE OF DOING BUSINESS USING WRITTEN INSTRUMENTS AS CONTRACTS’,

    SOURCE DOCUMENT:

    THE BUSINESS OF KNOWING YOUR PLACE
    http://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/the-business-of-knowing-your-place/

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    2. Consider that the explanations given above, are the only way of accounting for this –

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    The Manta.com website includes a database of over 63 million US and foreign companies. That database info is provided by Dunn & Bradstreet (D&B). Manta.com will provide preliminary information on each of these millions of companies for free. If you want more “in-depth” info, there’s a fee.

    Somethin’ Funny’s Goin’ On
    http://adask.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/somethin-funnys-goin-on/

    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    ‘Internal Revenue Service – A privately held company in Washington, DC.
    Categorized under Federal Finance and Taxation.’

    Internal Revenue Service
    1111 Constitution Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20224

    Business Information –

    Location Type Branch
    State of Incorporation District of Columbia
    SIC Code 9311, Public Finance, Taxation, and Monetary Policy
    NAICS Code 921130, Public Finance Activities

    Business Categories

    Federal Finance and Taxation in Washington, DC

    Taxation department, government

    Internal Revenue

    SOURCED

    http://www.manta.com/c/mm75kxr/internal-revenue-service

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    3. Perhaps it’s worth taking a look at the following, to come to understand why these apparently unusual, but nevertheless common sense, arrangements exist as personally held private corporations in the normal way of doing business, or even forming relationships with each other or any organization you care to name –

    RULE THYSELF LEST YE BE RULED
    http://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/rule-thyself-lest-ye-be-ruled/
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  10. For you “posting policy” wonks; As the bullying of the American public worsens, what we are left with is the gnashing of teeth, and yet you would have us say nice things, when we are so angry we can barely speak without spitting.

    Ya da, yada, yada. Yeah,yeah, so the EPA doesn’t have the right, what you posters are not saying, is what needs to be said. It is time to take off the head of the snake with one swift blow of your machete.

    It may be time to stop with the constant complaining like you have no balls. “They” know that the majority of Americans are apathetically inclined to stay sequestered in their home, believing erroneously that they are safe.

    IE: If you don’t kick the bully in the balls, they will take that to mean that they have been given the right to continue. This is just human nature, as sick as it may seem.

    A quote from Thomas Jefferson
    “”God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
    time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.””

    If you Americans do not know who or what this man, is and/or said, then you really do need to get your heads out of your rear ends.

  11. What a joke! What a joke this country and its people have become! You morons are actually arguing over whether or not the EPA can garnish your wages! I’m sure this is the kind of liberty, and freedom, that peoples past had envisioned!

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