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Kathy Webb

Because the state has decided your frying pan grease is its business

It is almost impossible to come up with the implausible scenarios that somehow regularly find their way to light when government is involved:

State Rep. Kathy Webb is seeking to have Arkansas declare a state of emergency due to people failing to scrape grease from their dishes or trap the grease in special grease collectors before washing the dishes in dishwashers or the kitchen sink.

Webb has submitted Interim Study Proposal 2011-201, an act “to declare an emergency” over the alleged crisis. Frying hamburgers is now The People’s Business of the Highest Order.

Webb’s bill claims food grease presents an emergency risk of sewer overflows that threatens the environment. “It is in the public interest to establish a Fat, Oil, and Grease Advisory Committee to study the recommended measures to better ensure that the collection, transportation, disposal, and recycling of fat, oil, and grease are done in a manner that is protective of the environment,” reads the bill.

Anyone want to guess what party Ms. Webb calls her own?

An emergency because of a grease “crisis”.  Damn people, who have been doing this for hundreds of years, have finally driven the state of Arkansas to the brink of Greaseageddon.  The environment is threatened because the sewers might, uh, probably will, uh, definitely will overflow if the state doesn’t step in and regulate it.

No.  Really.  She means it.  Gotta have state mandated “special grease collectors” so all that nasty grease can be collected before it hits those sewers.  No telling how Arkansas has avoided Greaseageddon  before now.  Thank goodness for Rep. Webb’s foresight (because you know, towns and municipalities would never be able to handle such an emergency)!

So how will government do what has to be done, Ms. Webb?

According to the bill, the state will appoint a 14 (!) member committee “with adequate staff and facilities” to study the frying-pan-grease emergency and recommend legislation, enforcement, and other emergency government action to fight food grease. Even after such action, the committee and its “adequate staff and facilities” will perpetually exist, convene, and soak up taxpayer resources.

Because that’s what government does.  It appoints “Grease Czars”, enthrones them in perpetuity “with adequate staff and facilities” and then wastes taxpayer money trying to enforce unenforceable laws passed by morons.



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