Sunday, January 2, 2011

Shout It With Cathy Stepp

I'd written a few days ago about a post on a conservative blog that had attacked the DNR and whined about how Democrats were unfairly using departmental rules to make state policy in Madison.

The post was written in 2009 by Cathy Stepp - - who on Monday becomes our DNR-Secretary designee.

Her link is here - - and it's worth reading for the ironic depth of her anti-government rant and its Christine O'Donnell style  - - "O'k, I went waaay wordier than I intended, but here's some language that was inserted into this BudgetPig that should scare everyone..."

So now Stepp will be runing the DNR - -  for a partisan, Republican Gov. Scott Walker - - who has said he wants to strip rule-making authority from agencies like the DNR and arrogate it to himself.

You might say that's changing the rules to fit the players.

Now back to Stepp's blog posting and its conclusion - - eccentric diction, punctuation and capitalization quoted verbatim:
"Just another example of the democrats game plan: Change the Rules to Fit the Players.
Shout it with me, now: HYPOCRISY, THY NAME IS DEMOCRAT."
Shout it with me, now:



Anonymous said...

I am overjoyed at the appointment of Cathy Stepp to head the DNR which has turned into a nature-worshiping arm of the radical environmentalism movement. There is a huge difference between traditional natural resource management and environmentalism.

Caring and protecting the environment to ensure that clean air and water and productive soils continue to sustain our lives is one thing; elevating the environment to a deity is quite another. The dark side of environmentalism is that human welfare is placed on a lower priority than that of the environment with the interests of the environment being limited only by the imagination. Ultimately, people end up working against the interest of people. This can be viewed as a certain form of insanity.

I wish her well.

James Rowen said...

I disagree, but thanks for reading.

Scott Hassett and Matt Frank were hardly radical, and Jim Doyle on the environment was a moderate.

Look at the Jobs Creation Act.

In reality, he and his key advisers had little interest in environmentalism as liberals define it.

So I think you've set up a false premise.

Anyway - - in my view, Stepp is the ideologue, which is why Walker put here there with Gunderson and Moroney.

James Rowen said...

typo - - put "her" there.

Anonymous said...

I look at Matt Frank and Scott Hasset as being pretty benign, that is they sat there pretty much as figure heads while the people in the Department kept slipping away from the interests of the people and continued developing their own little world. Neither one of them, nor Dolye, specifically championed environmentalism but they still allowed the DNR to go in that direction, mainly because they did not supply any other direction.

James Rowen said...

I do not agree that the DNR marches to its own drummer.

Much of the DNR's mission is implementation of consensus policy - - federal laws dating back to the Nixon administration - - the Clean Water and Air acts - - that have been passed by Congress, signed by Presidents, upheld countless times by elected judges or those appointed by both Democrats and Republicans.

The DNR's role in implementing the Great Lakes Compact is just another example of how it interacts with consensus law.

Anonymous said...

Before some of you critics of the DNR start writing about how awful it is and what terrible things they are doing, why don't you make a stop in to the building and see what actually goes on there? They are regular people from all walks of life, conservatives and liberals, democrats and republicans. So before pointing your blame at them, why don't you put yourself in their shoes? Do you know how much it takes to approve an incomplete application? Maybe if business filed the way they were supposed to then their permits would be approved faster.

Now I know some of you will see it as biased, but honestly can you blame me? The DNR has alot to do with my livelihood, I grew up involved with the DNR and have worked at the DNR, and my experience working WITH the DNR trumps your sad excuses from your comfortable chair thinking you have the right to criticize something you know little to nothing about.

To the author James Rowen, I applaud your statements about the new DNR secretary, and I believe another small business owner in control puts our state in a troubling position as "open for business" translates to "FOR SALE"