That’s how the Wall Street Journal describes 2013. Here’s an excerpt.
This past year will be remembered for many things, but let 2013 be hailed mainly for this: It was the year that the genius of George Orwell‘s “Animal Farm” became clear in America. Efforts to centralize control in the name of “fairness” have led to a society that is ever more at the mercy of a federal power—one that decides who does and does not succeed. The winners are favored special interests, political cronies and wealthy lobbyists. The losers are everyone else.
Consider: Maryland authorities last week launched an investigation into the shootings of two bald eagles in Montgomery County. It isn’t clear if the federally protected birds were shot on purpose, or if some poor soul mistook them for vultures. No matter. The Maryland Natural Resources Police (there is such a thing) has gone full vice squad—publicizing a hotline number, dangling a reward, and reminding folks that the federal penalty is a fine of $5,000 per eagle and up to a year in prison.
This behavior contrasts with a very different headline, from a month ago. “U.S. to Allow Eagle Deaths—to Aid Wind Power,” read a Dec. 6 Associated Press story about a new federal rule that allows wind companies favored by the Obama administration to avoid the law. These select companies can kill bald and golden eagles, free of prosecution, for 30 years.
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… the Fifth Circuit panel ruled 2-1 that the NLRB had no legal authority for its decision. … Translation from legalese: The labor board broke the law to justify a political power grab in the service of the plaintiffs bar.
I suspect that the Obama administration will continue to use all the organs of executive government to favor its allies and penalize those who oppose it, or those it regards as threats to its agenda. As Thomas Jefferson famously warned, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance“. That’s more than usually the case in these troubled times, when those against whom we must be vigilant are our elected leaders and their appointed bureaucrats and administrators!