In December of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was formed. It’s first year budget was just over $1 Billion and it had an initial year staff of just over 4,000 people.
The 2010 budget for the EPA is over $10 Billion and the staff now numbers well over 17,000.
In 40 years, we have spent well over $200 Billion and employed an average of 15,000 people to:
Can anyone out there tell me what we have accomplished with this manpower and money?
Here is an interesting site with the answer. I defy anyone to read the EPA’s own exaggerated listing of accomplishment and tell me how it took 15,000 people working full time for 40 years to get this done.
In my not-so-humble opinion, this is just a sample of Federal Bureaucracy that could be DRASTICALLY cut with almost no real cost to “production.”
If you are looking for a “context” in which to view the EPA, try thinking about Southwest Airlines. If we spent our $10 billion on SWA, that would have bought all their services for 2009 – their revenue was almost exactly the same as the EPA’s expenditures. But……instead of more regulations, you could have flown over 3,200 flights a day and, yes, eaten over 90 million bags of peanuts, swilled over 63,000,000 cans of soda, water, or juice, and carried 180,000,000 pounds of cargo. Just thought you’d like to know.
Oh, yes. We would have employed almost exactly twice as many people, too.