Grease is the Word for ‘Emergency’ Increase in Government Powers

Democrat State Representative Kathy Webb of Arkansas is so alarmed that she says she needs “emergency powers” to make sure her stupid, thoughtless citizens do the right thing. Nanny Webb, you see, is upset at sink grease and wants those nitwit citizens to make sure they don’t wash it down their sink drains and she wants to use the iron boot heel of government to make sure they obey her will.

James Taylor, the writer not the singer, of Forbes magazine tells us of Nanny Webb who wants “to declare an emergency” over the offending goop, noting that “Frying hamburgers is now The People’s Business of the Highest Order” in the razorback’s state. Webb has introduced a bill to make sure her serfs toe her line.

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.

Oh, but this isn’t just a bill meant to punish the stupid, stupid people. It’s also a jobs bill. Why, 14 of Webb’s closest pals will get a nice cushy state job on the 14 member panel she intends to create with her new law, not to mention the “adequate staff and facilities” she wants to afford them… at the expense of those stupid, grease-dumping taxpayers, of course.

If this isn’t the perfect example of the nanny state writ large, what is? Here we have this powermad woman imagining that she has the power to compel citizens even to the point of intruding in how they do their dishes? And then she imagines she should be allowed to give all her little pals cushy state jobs to make sure those monsters she calls voters in line.

As Taylor says, “government 101, folks.” Indeed it is.

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  • jim_m

    There is no detail of your life that the left does not want to control.  In return for political support (or a cash payment) they are happy to cast a blind eye at those who refuse to comply, but for those who do not they will use their intrusive laws to crush them under the government’s heel.

    • Hank_M

       “There is no detail of your life that the left does not want to control.”

      Well, aside from abortion, this sums up the left perfectly.

      • jim_m

         Not true.  The left would dearly love to be able to tell which people MUST get abortions.

  • GarandFan

    I’ll do you one better Todd.  Here in Kalifornia the legislators want to add another $1.00 in taxes on cigarettes.  It will “fund” cancer research.  Of course there will need to be a bureaucracy to oversee all the money that will be collected, as well as decide who gets that money.  They’ve already selected a CEO for this new commission.  Juan Vargas.  Seems Mr Vargas (D) has been termed-out of office and could not get elected to another public office in the last election cycle so that he could continue to nurse off the government teat.  If the Proposition passes, Mr Vargas’ new job will pay him $225,000 year, plus perks.

    • Guest

      Vargas is running for Congress,  but don’t let facts get in the way of a good ol rant.

      “Seems Mr Vargas (D) has been termed-out of office and could not get elected to another public office in the last election cycle so that he could
      continue to nurse off the government teat.  If the Proposition passes,
      Mr Vargas’ new job will pay him $225,000 year, plus perks. “

       It’s all made up crap, but it plays well in Podunk.

  • I didn’t know anybody in Arkansas had indoor plumbing. <rimshot>

    But seriously, folks — if I ever found myself sentenced to live in Arkansas after this has taken effect, I would willingly pay a premium for a place with septic instead of sewer service. And I’m betting a premium is what I would pay after an idiocy like this.

  • Guest

    Good thing she’s a Democrat. If she was a Republican she’s be pushing for an “emergency” ban on gay hand-holding and women using contraceptives.

    •  You can hold anyone’s hand that you would like.  Your wife(?) can use any contraceptives that she would like.  We don’t want to pay for it.  Get the government out of the bedroom!

      • Some people get stuck on ideas and just can’t get them out of their… heads.

        • Let’s not get into where they keep those heads and what the majority of the contents thereof are…

          • I WAS trying to keep it out of the gutter.  Pretty sure someone was going to nudge it in, anyway.  


  • Hank_M

    It’s the enforcement that scares me.

    And I don’t know about anyone else, but I am not ready for the Grease Police.

  • Vagabond661

    We had something called “greasing” on the sub, but I am sure it has a different meaning. Hair in the drain is also a problem. We should all shave our heads.

  • ackwired

    Seems like an information campaign explaining how grease makes the sewer system more expensive to maintain would be a reasonable approach.

    • 914

      Joseph Goebbels approves of this message..

      • ackwired

        Why would you say that!?

    • Perhaps…

      But why do that when you can go the whole “It’s the worst thing ever, and we need to form a massive agency to take care of the problem!” route, and spend millions of dollars by paying your friends for a dubious savings of thousands in maintenance costs?

      And is there really a problem with grease in the sewers there?

      BTW, she looks like she’s ‘busy’. 

      Don’t know if that’s a lifetime list, or just this legislative session…


      Nice to know she’s concerned about all sorts of things…

      I think we’re seeing here an exhibit of the “I’m elected to the office, so I have to appear to be doing things to justify my existence here” attitude a lot of politicians get. Whether the things need to be done or not, you do ’em to have something to brag about come the next election. “I authored 563 pieces of legislation to make YOUR lives better! Top THAT, worthless candidate for my crappily-paid position, which I will gleefully abandon when I get the chance to jump to a higher office!”

      • ackwired


  • What she is actually saying is she wants her political machine to be OILED by a little GREASE from the government so she can keep her FAT ass in the SEWER that is called Congress.

  • First they pass a law to stop me from dumping my old motor oil and leftover paint down the storm drain and now they they wanna pass a law to stop me from dumping by hamburger squeezins down the kitchen sink?  Bastards.