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Commentary: Obama’s Latest Assault on Coal

I have a new commentary up at Conservative Review this week that details Barack Obama’s latest assault on the coal industry. They include rewriting rules, retaliation against contractors, and ignoring state input- all signs that the sky is the limit when it comes to Obama’s promise to regulate the coal industry out of business.

Here’s a quick preview:

The perceived anti-establishment mood sweeping the U.S. received empirical reinforcement from a recently released Gallup poll that reported 75 percent of Americans feel government corruption is widespread. The Gallup result, based on data collected in 2014, is up from 66 percent in 2009. It places the U.S. in the top third of free-press countries whose citizens have fears about corruption.

Ranking in a top tier of the most corrupt countries is an appalling result for the U.S. and this sentiment can be linked to the massive growth of government and its corresponding incompetence and abuse of power.

President Obama has intensified mistrust of government by enabling the executive branch and its army of federal bureaucrats to carry out his plan to fundamentally transform America. In some cases the abuse of power is overtly political as with former IRS official Lois Lerner’s harassment of Tea Party organizations that were organizing to oppose Obama’s reelection. In other cases, the bureaucratic machine grinds away by manipulating the regulatory process to bankrupt a disfavored industry such as coal.

When President Obama declared his war on the coal industry he gave the signal to the executive branch to fire at will.

Read the rest at Conservative Review here. 

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review and is a TV and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for ConservativeReview.com, The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax magazine. Dr. Borelli is also a regular political panelist on NewsmaxTV and i24 News he also co-hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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