In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the farm animals overthrow the human farmer and set up a society of strict equality. Yet, no sooner is the society established than the political leaders become a special class. The slogan, “All animals are equal,” gets an amendment: “But some animals are more equal than others.” Well, welcome to the barnyard of modern-day Washington.
Our Congress has authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to protect endangered species. A good thing for the snail darter and other such critters, but lousy for people trying to earn a living in rural America. And to add insult to injury, The Washington Times reports that parts of the Endangered Species Act that are enforced throughout the nation are not enforced in the nation’s capital. Seems a massive amount of toxic sediment according to one EPA official, “the most toxic discharge I have ever seen” is being dumped into the Potomac River. A director of the National Wilderness Institute charges, “The EPA doesn’t stop the [polluting] because of political pressure brought by affluent Northwest Washington residents who don’t want to be inconvenienced by a few dump trucks rumbling through their neighborhoods.”
Meanwhile, 1,200 families in the Klamath Basin of California could lose their livelihood because the EPA wants to take all their water away. Why? The better to accommodate a few fish on the endangered list. Politicians give lip service to equality, but then allow two standards: one, for the politically-connected, and another for the rest of us. Some are more equal than others.
This is Common Sense.Â I’m Paul Jacob.