Regulators finalized the stream protection rule in December, but they spent most of Obama’s tenure writing it. The rule is among the most controversial environment regulations the former administration put together. The coal mining industry said it would be costly to implement and lead to job losses across the sector, which is already suffering from a market-driven downturn in demand for its product.Obama knew the regulation would be harmful to America, but he also knew that it would hurt coal-state Democrat politicians. He jammed it in at the end, hoping that the harm would be blamed on Trump, along with all other problems in the universe. Trump has removed the harm quickly. And I'm even more reassured by the appointment of Pruitt to rein in EPA. Pruitt has been working FIRMLY AND UNRELENTINGLY toward that same goal in Okla, but Federal "judges" were pushing him back. Now he's in a position to throttle back the monster DIRECTLY, with his hands on the budget control levers. His biography shows absolutely no squishiness. He considered his job as State Atty General to be enforcing the 10th amendment, which is the most crucial part of the Constitution. All the rest is unnecessary if you get HARDASS about the 10th.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.