You may have heard that Sarah Palin is back. Last week, she gave an awesome speech about the “war on Christmas,” how the national debt is “going to be like slavery when that note is due,” and the new “church of big government.” At this point, we could make some jokes but since we’ll never be as funny as Bill Maher on a topic like Sarah Palin, we’ll leave the hilarity to professionals like him.
But on a perhaps more serious note, we would like to say something in support of the big federal government, which is not exactly a popular way to begin a conversation these days. Here are three examples of how the federal government makes us safer, all which we noticed in the news today:
Writes the LA Times,
In its first enforcement action against a payday lender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Cash America International $5 million and ordered $14 million in refunds for overcharging customers, robo-signing documents in debt collection lawsuits and impeding an investigation.
"This action brings justice to the Cash America customers who were affected by illegal robo-signing, and shows that we will vigilantly protect the consumer rights that service members have earned," said Richard Cordray, the director of the bureau, also known as CFPB.
"We are also sending a clear message today to all companies under our watch that impeding a CFPB exam by destroying documents, withholding records and instructing employees to mislead examiners is unacceptable," he said.
On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency forced six polluters, including Chrin Bros. “to pay the costs of monitoring groundwater pollution near a closed section of the Williams Township landfill” in Pennsylvania.
As a result of the disposal methods at the site, groundwater in the area became contaminated with lead, zinc, mercury, chromium, vinyl acetate and various solvents.…
The EPA also ordered Chrin to close and cap the landfill, and remove, treat and dispose of contaminated groundwater. The remediation effort was followed by long-term monitoring of the landfill and groundwater nearby, according to the lawsuit.
Thanks to efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles." The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012, mostly in states where “salt is used to clear roads in the winter."
You are welcome. Governor.