Can You Make A Video Explaining Why Government Regulation Rocks?

If you can, the EPA wants to hear from you

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging the public to create video advertisements that explain why federal regulations are “important to everyone.”

The contest, which ends May 17, will award $2,500 to the makers of the video that best explains why federal regulations are good and how ordinary citizens can become more involved in making regulations. The videos must be posted on YouTube and can be no more than 60-90 seconds in length.

In the current contest, each video must include the slogan “Let your voice be heard,” and it must direct viewers to the government’s regulatory website www.Regulations.gov. The winning video will then be used by the entire federal government to promote the regulatory process and enhance the public’s participation in it.

“Hey, you too can make a video supporting the loss of your freedoms paper cut by paper cut.” I’m sure Marx, Lenin, and Stalin would be proud of this initiative. Interestingly, a new Pew survey finds that 52% of Americans think that government is way too big and powerful, while 58% say that the federal government is interfering too much in state and local matters. People had more trust in government under Bush than Obama, 37% to 22%.

But, wait, there’s more!

The EPA is managing the contest, part of the government’s eRulemaking program, on behalf of the entire government.

Perhaps the EPA should spend more time working on enforcing actual environmental laws, rather than pushing for videos extolling the virtue of federal government regulations.

As explained in the EPA press release announcing the contest, the purpose of the videos will be to remind the public that federal regulation touches “almost every aspect” of their lives and to promote how important those regulations are.

After seeing the results of that poll, I can smell the scent of FAIL in the air. How about you?

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach

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