Pennsylvania state regulators find that one in six water-pollution complaints to be the result of oil or gas drillers disrupting water supplies so badly they had to haul in clean water. The punchline? Given DEP's professed inability to catalogue or tabulate incidents (no, really, that's what they said in court!), the total tally of such disruptions could be rather higher than that.
Mr. Obama's budget proposes selling off the publicly-owned Tennessee Valley Authority utility -- and big-name Republicans in Congress are fighting the proposal. I can't discount the possibility that Mr. Obama proposes this absurdity ("I'm willing to give up one of FDR's signature accomplishments so we can get things done in Washington!") to shore up his cred with "independents" -- as if we mark independents by their willingness to respect dumb ideas.
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reminds us that the gas tax doesn't drive gas prices in America. The federal gas tax has remained the same -- 18.4¢ per gallon -- for almost two decades, though somehow six in 10 Americans think it goes up every year. But they left "oil speculators" out of their list of reasons gas prices really go up.
Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) says food stamps represent an effort to "steal" from taxpayers. But guess who received almost $3.5 million in farming subsidies from 1999 to 2012? Guess whose $70,000 farming subsidy haul in 2012 was almost 44 times larger than the average Tennessee food stamp recipient's annual haul? Yep, that's right. This happens far too frequently these days; can't haters just be haters, and not hypocrites, too?
Virginia Attorney General (and 2013 gubernatorial nominee) Ken Cuccinelli decides to stop telling good folks requesting public records from his office that his office is exempt from state public records laws. "Because I realized what a schmuck I was being," he said. Nah, just kidding.