“Ms. Jackson used her discretion to make these rules as aggressive and punitive as possible, even if they couldn’t survive legal scrutiny.”
“More than four years after the 2008 panic, the U.S. economy still hasn’t rebounded to its normal potential growth trend. So the legacy of one of the main culprits—Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency, who announced Thursday she is resigning—must include the millions of Americans who can’t find a job or haven’t seen their incomes rise.
The EPA chief is among President Obama’s most abusive and reckless regulators—his repressed green id. Over her four years, Ms. Jackson inflicted an unprecedented surge of new rules on private business, including the most expensive ever in the history of government by several orders of magnitude. A “major” regulation used to be defined as imposing costs of $100 million or more. The EPA now routinely issues multibillion-dollar rules with little more than a press release.” [WSJ subscription required]