(October 3, 2013)FDA and EPA are Victims of the Government Shutdown – Is This Supposed to be a Bad Thing?
I can't really mourn too much that the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are unable to continue wreaking regulatory havoc on the little guys due to the government shutdown. In fact, I think a celebration just might be in order.
This could be a good chance for folks to see how unnecessary the intervention of the government is in running the minute details of our everyday lives.
94% of the employees of the EPA have been sent home and 45% of the FDA workers have followed them.
The mainstream media is on the case, telling readers about the potential deadly consequences of the restrictions being put on these agencies.
In the case of the EPA, staff will not be out there protecting the country from greenhouse gases or inspecting landfills.
"Employees are barred from checking government email, using government-issued cellphones during the furlough, or catching up on any of their work for the duration of the shutdown.