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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Press attacks on EPA chief are absurd -- and futile

The Pravda Press marked for destruction Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA. His real crime is making the main focus of the agency protecting the environment.

So the press is spreading the talking point that

"EPA’s Scott Pruitt faces intensifying scrutiny, criticism of his ethics decisions," Washington Post headline read.

"Why Scott Pruitt’s living arrangement raises ethics concerns," PBS reported.

And so on.

Kimberley Strassel, the Potomac Watch columnist for the Wall Street, did her homework -- and tweeted the results.

"This Pruitt flap is absurd. Obama EPA officials spent as much or more on travel. And career EPA ethics officials say he paid 'reasonable market value' for the condo, and leasor had no business in front of EPA. The press might at least try to pretend it didn't have two standards," she wrote.

Norm Eisen of Brookings attacked her.

"Ms. Strassel, that tweet is totally false. No Obama EPA head had Pruitt’s travel practices—not even close. By no reasonable standard did he pay market.  And if an Obama admin official had done anything like this, would have been excoriated. I know: I set up our compliance systems," Eisen wrote.

Either he's a fool or a liar. Likely both.

"1/ Mr. Eisen, actually, no. Wrong on all counts.
Pruitt travel/security costs for 2017: $160k
Gina McCarthy travel/security costs for 2013-16: $630k
Lisa Jackson travel/security costs for 2009-12: $332k
Coming up next, the breakout for their trips," she replied.

"2/ Pruitt in 2017:
--G7 Summit in Italy: $84k
--Morocco: 40k

"McCarthy in 2016
--Ghana: 68k
--Peru: 45k
--Tokyo: 75k

"McCarthy in 2015
--Paris: 41k
--Dubai: 90k
--Tokyo: 68k
--Italy: 56k (a trip that, like Pruitt, involved a private tour of Vatican.

"3/ McCarthy in 2014
--Vancouver: 62k (btw, it's impressive to spend that much just getting to Canada)
--Vietnam: 68k

"McCarthy in 2013
--China: 55k

"Jackson in 2012
--Israel: 65k

"Jackson in 2011
--Rio De Janeiro: 60k
--Montreal: 51k
--China: 156k (wow).

"4/ Meanwhile, here is the direct quote from memo issued from EPA principal deputy general counsel Kevin Minoli on March 30:

"the Ethics Office [staffed by career officials] reviewed the lease agreement . . . Under the terms of the lease, if the space was utilized for one 30-day month, then the rental cost would be $1500, which is a reasonable market value.

"Therefore, entering into the lease was consistent with federal ethics regulations regarding gifts, and use of the property in accordance with the lease agreement did not constitute a gift a defined in those regulations."

"And you are welcome, for all these facts."

"And for the record, I acknowledge Pruitt has also tallied some domestic security costs. But if you were facing daily death threats, your security detail might also think it best that you fly first class. No?"

Eisen never thanked her. But I do.

The bottom line is Trump supporters do not care -- and Trump supporters (who evidently are growing in number) are the people the Pravdapparatchiks must convince.


  1. The #enemedia is dead to me.
    Anti Trumpers need to find another avenue to persuade people like me.

  2. You can always tell which Trump team members are most effective by how many smears the media produce about them. Pruitt is one of the most effective.

    The only exception is General Mattis. They are too scared to attack him, which is probably the wisest publication choice they have made in some time.

    1. Re: Mattis. You never attack a man who is on record as saying he has a plan for killing everyone in the same room as he.

    2. Same reason they tiptoe around the ragheads; cowardice.

  3. Eisen served as Obama's Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform. Given what we now know about the unethical behavior that was so rampant in the corrupt Obama White House, I'd say he's an out-and-out liar.

    Did you hear that sound? It's Eisen's petard going off.

  4. Pruitt is one of the most endangered officials in the Trump Administration. The extra security costs alone would justify his expenditure. Green activists are quite threatening, as we just found out in San Bruno.

  5. Pruitt is on a mission: to scuttle the EPA. He's going to dismantle it, piece by piece, bloated regulation by bloated regulation, until it's just an empty husk. Then he's going to shutter its doors, press the detonator button, and walk away from the fireball in slow motion. Mission complete.

  6. I'm still very confused as to why anyone in the EPA, no matter what administration, would need to fly all over the world for business purposes? Isn't this the USA EPA? Or, are we now working under the UN?

  7. Gosh darn it, the Pravda Press has those doggone anti-Pruitt missiles set to the “reciprocal course” setting.

    RTFM, Lefties.

  8. Don - here's a wonderful story about EPA employee John C Beale. He pioneered using the bureaucracy to run a scam for leftwing causes and wound up scamming the EPA himself.

    "John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his lies were a "crime of massive proportion" and “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA."

    Here's his everlasting contribution to the bureaucratic "protection" racket Liz Warren later would exploit with the CFPB:

    "Beale was hired into EPA in 1988 by his friend although he had no experience and in 1995 put in charge of writing major air quality regs. He came up with a process of suing friendly parties to inflate penalties and minimize costs of implementing EPA requirements.

    He used this to force regulations without the normal checks and balances.

    Clinton backed his rules in 1997, shielding Beale from criticism. Beale used this to concoct lies about being a CIA operative and other falsehoods that allowed him to steal from taxpayers