Caring, Helpful Public Servant of the Day: EPA Edition

On Wednesday Sen. James Inhofe showed a video on the Senate floor that was recorded in 2010. In it an Environmental Protection Agency administrator named Al Armendariz offers the EPA’s general philosophy when it comes to enforcing rules and regs on oil and gas companies: Crucify some of them right away so the rest are highly attentive:

“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said:

“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.

“Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

Yes, these are the “public servants” in power in Washington. It’s gotten out of control, and this guy isn’t an isolated example. Between the EPA, the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior’s anti-oil fervor and fury we’re still expected to believe they don’t think they can affect the price of gas?

Mao said that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, and this guy, like so many in the Obama administration, is speaking in Tse-tungs:

Doug Ross asks the rhetorical question: What does the Obama EPA’s stated policy of “crucifying” oil companies do to gas prices?

Update: The EPA has apologized for that remark, and said they’re all about being ethical. Bull.

But I do love watching power-grabbing bureaucrats scramble whenever one of their own accidentally tells the truth.