Thursday, June 10, 2010

Unsustainable EPA arrogance extends to Amish Farmers

Lefty authoritarians simply can not leave anyone alone. Using government to force EVERYONE to conform to their clearly "superior" moral orthodoxy is their prime directive. No one can be allowed to lead their lives independently, they must be enlightened by the lefties.

“We are supposed to be stewards of the land,” said Matthew Stoltzfus, a 34-year-old dairy farmer and father of seven whose family, like many other Amish, shuns cars in favor of horse and buggy and lives without electricity. “It is our Christian duty.”

But farmers like Mr. Stoltzfus are facing growing scrutiny for agricultural practices that the federal government sees as environmentally destructive. Their cows generate heaps of manure that easily washes into streams and flows onward into the Chesapeake Bay.

And the Environmental Protection Agency, charged by President Obama with restoring the bay to health, is determined to crack down. The farmers have a choice: change the way they farm or face stiff penalties.